Company, Ohio group at odds over wastewater well

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A company proposing another gas-drilling wastewater well in Athens County will make its case to the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission as a group of advocates challenges the company's permit.

The Athens Messenger ( ) reports the commission will let K&H Partners of West Virginia participate in the proceedings.

The appeal was filed by the Athens County Fracking Action Network, which raised concerns about groundwater protection.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office wants the appeal dismissed, arguing that drilling permits can't be appealed to the commission. The commission is expected to rule on that in March.

The new wastewater injection well would be in Troy Township, where K&H already has one such well. The newspaper says about 150 people protested at that site on Saturday, and eight were arrested for criminal trespassing.