BEAR LAKE - A public information meeting will be held on the proposed injection wells in Columbus Township at 7 p.m. today at the Bear Lake Fire Hall.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave notice of proposal to issue final permits to Bear Lake Properties to operate two Class 2 injection wells "used for the disposal of produced fluids (brine) associated with oil and gas production activities ...." in Columbus Township in September.
Bear Lake Properties was given permission to inject waste water from drilling into a depleted gas zone within the Medina Formation at a depth between 4,200 and 4,300 feet.
Karl Kimmich, Bear Lake Properties president, said the meeting is being held in response to several letters written by the company offering to hold informational meetings.
"We would like to provide information regarding the underground disposal of brine in general and our project in particular. We also plan to discuss the strict regulatory environment under which we will operate," Kimmich said. "We believe that there is a tremendous amount of misinformation regarding this project being disseminated by a few local individuals who are portraying themselves as highly knowledgeable regarding this process."
Kimmich said the company has met with county and local officials, several residents and has offered to meet with interested parties since the project started nearly two years ago.
Residents opposed to the plans have held two protests near the site of the wells in the last two months.