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Fayette County to Require Permits for Injection Wells


Operators of future underground injection wells in Fayette County will have to obtain a permit from the county.

The County Commission on Wednesday amended the county’s development code to require county permits for injection wells and holding ponds.

A public hearing will be required before the county board of zoning on permit applications for wells in districts zoned for heavy industrial use. Three public hearings will be required before the zoning board, planning commission and County Commission for wells in other districts.

Injection wells pump oil and gas drilling waste underground for disposal.

Opponents of the practice say local permitting is a good step but doesn’t go far enough. Mary Rahall says the county should ban the disposal of such waste.