Environmental Groups Sue Manatee County Over Piney Point Deep Injection Well

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DEP employees contemplate the process water atop the gypstack at Piney Point.  This problem exists today largely because of the inaction of this agency.  Photo DEP.

It needs to be said again:  this easy-way-out solution is no different than dumping garbage into the creek to get it out of sight.  Scientists do NOT KNOW what becomes of this toxic process water.  They know that liquids migrate underground and migration is not possible to control.  The chance of polluting our aquifer may be small but it is there.  Deep well injection is a bad idea and should not even be considered.  The danger is that once our drinking water is polluted, we have no means to correct the problem.

Manatee County has no right to put our aquifer at risk.

There is an interesting quote in the link at the end of this article:  Florida Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried says:  “At some point the Department of Environmental Protection has to actually start protecting the environment.”

The interest, of course, comes from the implication that  the DEP has not protected our environment.  And that is a true implication.  It is especially manifest with the phosphate industry which the DEP has protected at the expense of the environment.

Our springs are dying, our rivers and aquifer are declining and pollution has never been worse.  And the DEP continues to allow the water management districts to issue more and more pumping permits and to allow AG to pour excessive fertilizer into our rivers and groundwater.

In Florida the water protecting agencies protect industry.  We have no effective water protecting agencies in Florida.

Go to this link to see the original article here at WTSP Channel 10 news.

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Environmental groups sue Manatee County over Piney Point deep injection well

The well will take the remaining wastewater left inside Piney Point’s reservoir and plunge it 3,000 feet underground.

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Manatee County could potentially face a lawsuit over its decision to send the remaining wastewater from the former Piney Point phosphate processing plant thousands of feet underground.

The lawsuit filed by environmental groups accuses county commissioners of endangering the health of people and the environment by disposing of waste into the Florida aquifer.

RELATED: A deep injection well seems to be the solution for Piney Point’s reservoir, but what exactly is it?

Deep injection wells first became widely used in the 1930s when oil companies were looking for ways to dispose of brine. Twenty years later and chemical companies got in on the well action, sending industrial waste into a deep grave since it proved to be a cheap and relatively safe way of disposing hazardous byproducts.

Federal officials insist that deep injection wells pose very little risk to the groundwater that sits above them. However, there have been several instances of wells failing and sewage seeping out. One such case happened here in Florida.

Back in the 1990s, in Miami-Dade County, dozens of disposal wells failed, releasing wastewater into aquifers that could have been used to supply Miami’s drinking water in the future.

A 2012 investigation by ProPublica revealed that, at the time, more than 200,000 well inspections found structural failures to be routine. Between 2007 and 2010, more than 17,000 integrity violations were issued nationally.

1 Comment

  1. Outta sight, outta mind….for how long?!
    3000 feet is not all deep, and what goes down is apt to come up somewhere at some time…

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