Comments needed by December 12th!

Fracking is the method of extracting very hard-to-get-at natural gas by pressure washing it out of the ground.  The process uses a lot of water to extract natural gas that is trapped between rocks.  The waste water from this process can be injected back into the ground with a special permit.  Well injection permits allow oil and gas industries to inject waste water into wells that go deep into the ground.  The problem is that the waste water is not only water, but a cocktail of acids, detergents and poisons that are not regulated by federal laws and can be problematic if they seep into drinking water.  Additionally, there have been reports that fracking has caused earthquakes, which are actually caused by the pumping of waste water deep into injection wells for disposal.


The State of Idaho wants to turn over authority for permitting injection wells for the disposal of oil and gas waste water from local representatives to the EPA.   This would take the decision-making away from local hands.   Without local oversight, decisions could be made without regard to local citizens’ rights or concerns.  There is no doubt that natural gas extraction can have negative consequences for the local environment in which it takes place.




A public hearing will be held only if there is significant public interest. Request for a public hearing will be accepted until December 12, 2017. Only if requested, a public hearing will be held on January 8, 2018.  Requesting a public hearing does NOT obligate you to attend the hearing, or testify, it just lets the federal government know that the citizens of Idaho want to be able to have input in the decisions made for us.


Requests for a public hearing may be mailed to: Evan Osborne, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, 1200 6th Ave., OCE-101, Seattle, Washington 98101. For additional information regarding the public hearing, please contact Evan Osborne (206) 553-1747 or




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December 3, 2017

Evan Osborne

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

1200 6th Ave., OCE-101

Seattle, Washington 98101

Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0584

Dear Mr. Osborne,

Please consider this as my formal request for a public hearing on the docket number cited above regarding transferring the State of Idaho’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) program for Class II injections wells from Idaho to EPA.

The issues of Class II injection wells for disposal of oil and gas wastewater has grave ramifications for citizens, property values and community standards.  It is incumbent upon our government to consider the concerns of those whose lives will be most directly affected by the proposed rule change prior to any decision being made about this matter.  The public has a right to participate in this process and to address our concerns to the appropriate government representatives in a formal comment process that must include a public hearing with an opportunity for citizens to provide oral comments regarding this matter.

I understand that the public hearing would be held on January 8, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Banner Bank Building, 950 W Bannock Street, Boise Idaho.  I hereby request that hearing to be scheduled and conducted.




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