UPDATE! READ ON:
From: Ben Brower [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:40 PM
To: Greg Baroni
Subject: Arnason SWD permit application with EPA
In mid-2013, Jordan submitted application to the EPA for a salt water disposal (SWD) permit which would be used to dispose salt water that is produced from nearby oil wells. At this point, Jordan has not had significant oil discoveries in this area to justify this SWD well therefore, as of yesterday, November 12, Jordan has requested the EPA suspend our SWD permit application. In the event we ever wish to move forward with this permit, we will be required to start the public comment period from the beginning. Jordan has been performing oil and gas operations in this area for the past few years and we have always attempted to keep the local officials and land owners informed of our activities as we desire to be good neighbors. You are welcome to share this information with residents and media outlets
Benjamin S. Brower, V.P.
Jordan Development Company
1503 Garfield Road North
Traverse City, MI 49696
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SENT LETTERS ON THIS SUBJECT! THIS ROUND IS WON!
Fracking WAS coming to Indian Springs.The Metroparks had leased the entire Indian Springs Metropark for potential drilling.
What is fracking? Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas. During the process, the water is polluted with chemicals that are so dangerous that they then are disposed of by injecting them back into the deep rock layers where the oil came from. These Injection disposal wells are used to permanently 'store' the contaminated waste fluids including toxic, cancerous chemicals which should NEVER be returned to the hydrologic cycle again nor can they be recycled (thus the injection well). However; nowhere in the 23 page permit are the chemicals listed. No MSDS (material safety data sheet) of any kind are included. Should a leak occur, the impact would be
dramatic: Drinking water from wells would be affected. This site is also just south of Big Lake: the headwaters of the Huron River Watershed (see map attached). The obvious danger here requires little explanation: a spill or leak will travel south through the entire watershed to Lake Erie and the Great Lakes Watershed.....
The expected maximum daily volume of fluid to be injected is 20,000 barrels. The volume of such activity inherently imposes a tremendous amount of road wear and tear, plus noise and air pollution from equipment and diesel truck convoys – none of which our area is prepared to deal with – not to mention ‘disturbing the peace’. The industrial nature of these construction and transportation efforts, in our otherwise forested and country setting, is
undesirable and directly, negatively impact our home values,(re)mortgaging ability and insurance rates. Although “ …no significant environmental impact should result from the proposed injection”, accidents do happen, well-casings leak and guaranteeing containment is impossible. In the areas, where these problems have happened, property values have plummeted to the point of being unsaleable.
THANKS TO ALL WHO SUBMITTED LETTERS TO THE EPA - YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!
In order to attain a formal public hearing, residents must express significant interest, in the form of Letters sent to the EPA which may be sent via email, fax or U.S. mail. Letters must state specifically what issues are being raised, and be directed to EPA Anna Miller; refer to subject: Arnason B2-2, SWD, MI-125-2D-0005 and include your name, city/town and state.