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Southeastern Ohio has been a hotbed of oil and gas activity for the past several years. Much of that success has rapidly decreased in the most recent months; however, a new company is currently proposing an innovative approach to the oil and gas industry that would bring jobs to the Cambridge area.
EnerGreen 360 is a multifaceted company that wishes to address the growing problem of Ohio’s overcrowded landfills, create commercial industrial sites, and establish new jobs.
Founder Joe Lorenz has over 20 years of experience in the oil remediation business. President Rob Smith has over 30 years in the solid waste business. They realized that together they have the expertise for uncovering a logistics solution to earthen material management.
We are passionate about being a job creator,” said President Rob Smith. “We’re still trying to make sure to educate, though."
Essentially, the company would transport and reuse earthen materials that are produced at new drilling sites to establish a hard, clean fill for industrial sites that are otherwise rendered as undevelopable. This safe process helps in the economic development of land that is deemed “Brownfield Site,” or old Cambridge area strip mining.
EnerGreen 360 would create about 15 to 20 jobs, broken down into operators, a foreman, and a superintendent. Collectively, these jobs would gross annually $452,000. With another six jobs created for the roving crew and other staff, the total gross wages would be approximately $1,028,000 each year.
The company has collaborated with other agencies in order to complete the necessary studies and obtain the necessary permits for operation. Specifically, Jobs Ohio assisted with a significant hydrogeological study to support OEPA beneficial use permits.
EnerGreen 360 has developed encapsulating methods to treat the drill cuttings and eliminate dust and debris leaving the treatment site. The encapsulating method has been proven since 1985 and meets Commercial Industrial VAP standards and compaction standards for new construction.
Studies have indicated the cuttings treatment process would not pose a substantial risk to ground or surface water sources, and monitoring will be done and secondary and tertiary containment strategies adopted.
Safeguards would also exist to prevent off-site contamination, including those addressing as many as thirty trucks delivering to the cutting facility daily. The facility could take in as many as 1,000 tons of cuttings per day.
The material would be radioactive, but the measurable radioactivity, measured in millrems (mRem), is minimal. The calculated annual radiation dosage when working at or living near the facility is less than a dental x-ray at 0.1mRem.
Liability for any contamination would be shouldered through insurance and the state of Ohio.
The proposed location of the facility is in the D.O. Industrial Hall Park, just south of Cambridge. The site is an attractive location for the business due to the location of existing infrastructure, a large population related to Utica Shale, and the flat acreage that is available.
Similar facilities are currently being used in Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, but it is the first of its kind in Ohio.
“We’re excited about getting our operation going,” said Smith. “I’m looking forward to being even more of an integral part of the community.”
Currently, the business is still waiting for permits from the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
EnerGreen 360 has had a Cambridge presence over the past three years. They are members of the Chamber of Commerce, BUCKEYE STEPS safety meetings, and OOGA. Additionally, they have given numerous presentations to economic leaders over the past two years and have been exhibitors in the Guernsey County Shale-A-Bration.