Injection Wells 101 – finding a place for our fracking waste

Unconventional oil and gas operations have to eliminate the flowback waste that results from fracking. Recycling is an available, but not a frequently used option. Companies prefer to use underground injection wells. The number of these wells being developed is growing at a rapid pace, and residents who live nearby are left with questions and concerns regarding the environmental and health risks. View the recording below. 

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About the Presenters:

Felicia Mettler from Torch CAN DO

Felicia Mettler


Felicia Mettler is a wife, mother, and accidental activist. Leader of the Grassroots group Torch CAN DO and board member of Buckeye Environmental Network (BEN). She has become a strong voice educating others about Class II injection wells, not just for her community but for the state of Ohio as well.

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Jessa Chabeau from Environmental Health Project

Jessa Chabeau


received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh where she focused on Community Organization and Social Administration, while also becoming certified in Human Services Management. While studying at the University of Pittsburgh, Jessa participated in a 9-month field placement at EHP, which led to her officially joining the organization after graduation. These experiences have specifically prepared her for her current position as Case Manager. In addition to her role as the Case Manager, Jessa is the convener of the Stress Team and Outreach Team and a member of the Health and Wellness Team at EHP.

Ted Auch from Fractracker Alliance

Ted Auch


Ted Auch joins us from FracTracker. Ted’s primary responsibilities at FracTracker Alliance include mapping and bringing to light data gaps associated with the waste, water, and land-use footprint of the unconventional oil and gas build-out across the Midwest/Great Lakes region of North America.

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