Ohio EPA: Artesian of Pioneer still in very early phases in developing new water system

Ohio EPA: Artesian of Pioneer still in very early phases in developing new water system

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019 10:15 PM
Updated: Mar. 12, 2019 10:15 PM

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people from across the tri- state area are trying to learn more about a plan to sell ground water to communities looking for a new water source. good evening, i'm hunter petroviak.fox 55 first told you about artesian of pioneer's proposal to drill into the michindoh aquifer and sell the water to areas around toledo.there haven't been enough studies as to where the aquifer actually lies ... but we do know it's under at least a portion of the counties you see on your screen.tonight the ohio environmental protection agency hosted a meeting to explain the process and address any concerns people may have. fox 55's cody butler has been covering this issue since july ... he's live from fayette, ohio with more. cody?the ohio epa says this is a very unique situation becuase they are dealing with a private company wanting to start a new water system instead of an existing municipality.but many people from northeast indiana are hoping the new water system won't be approved. people are lining the streets of fayette, ohio to make sure their voices are heard.they are opposing a plan from artesian of drill wells in this field and sell the water to communities around toledo. many people from northeast indiana made the drive to fulton county ohio this afternoon.they had a message for the ohio environmental protection agency.many hoosiers are worried if this water system is approved ... their wells will dry up.the ohio epa has several steps in place before it can approve a new municipal water system ... like the one being proposed. right now an ohio epa spokeswoman says we are still in the very early stages. "there is still a lot of information that we don't even know yet about what this potential water system would look like," said heidi grismer, ohio epa spokeswoman. right now ... artesian of pioneer is asking for approval for one well site.ohio regulations require two so there is a back up system. there also has to be a general and detailed plan submitted. spokeswoman heidi grismer says there is no time line for when all the approvals are in place. that's because they haven't seen anything like this. questions about the aquifer itself ... like how long it would take to refill are being directed to the ohio department of natural resources.the epa is still taking public comments before it makes a final decision on the well site. but you only have until friday. ways you can turn those letters friday. ways have until but you only the well site. decision on before it comments taking public epa is still resources.the natural department of the ohio directed to take to refill long it would ... like how aquifer itself about the questions like this. questions about the aquifer itself ... like how long it would take to refill are being directed to the ohio department of natural resources.the epa is still taking public comments before it makes a final decision on the well site. but you only have until friday. ways you can turn those letters are on our website ... wfft dot com. the ohio e-p-a will have more informational meetings and public comment periods. reporting live from fayette, ohio ... cody butler ... fox 55
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