Coolville citizens meet with scientists to learn more about injection wells

Published: Dec. 3, 2015 at 11:33 PM EST
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COOLVILLE, Ohio (WTAP): Residents of Coolville, Ohio came together Thursday night to fight a very familiar foe: injection wells.

Just north of their community on Highway 50 sits an injection well facility that has been there for years.

Residents gather every month to educate themselves about injection wells and what they can do about them.

Officials encouraged concerned citizens at their meeting to make their voices heard.

"Test results help," said Teresa Mills, Ohio Organizer. "Data helps. But there's one thing that is more important than all of that together and that's each and every one of you in this room. While the industry does have more money, I will be the first one to say that they have more money. But we got bigger mouths."

On top of learning what they can do about injection wells, citizens used the meeting to simply share their stories and come together as a community.

"But is anyone else experiencing things that they've never experienced in their home before?," asked a concerned citizen.

Mills stressed to residents that though the battle might be tough, she believes they can make a change.

"I know that the people in this area have the guts and the fortitude to stop it," said Mills. "It's not going to happen overnight but it can happen."

Besides giving residents a boost in determination, officials gave Coolville residents more information about the effects of injection wells, and details about their specific area.

"I hate to inform you that for the first three quarters of 2015, Athens County ranks number one for taking in the most waste," said Mills.

Coolville residents are currently working on a temporary ban on injection wells, and don't plan on giving up until they succeed