Jackson County commissioners approve ordinance to ban injection wells

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - At Tuesday night's meeting, Jackson County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that would ban all injection wells, not just deep injection wells.

"There's too many unknowns and we would rather that if a company, whether it's Waste Management or any other company has to get rid of something, that there has to be some alternative to deep well injection," Jackson County Administrator Ernie Padgett said.

The Jackson County NAACP has been a constant voice for those who oppose the proposed Springhill Landfill injection well.

"They've been, you know, patiently waiting," Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman said. "A little frustrated throughout the last two months just wanting to get it done and get this piece behind us because we still have work to do."

Last week, county commissioners, the Jackson County NAACP, and other county leaders met with Senator George Gainer and Waste Management representatives to discuss other options.

Leaders said they're optimistic about what they've heard so far.

"We're involved in meetings with the other entities involved and we're excited about just trying to figure out something that better suits the county than an injection well," Pittman said.

One of the options discussed was a state-of-the-art water treatment plant that could possibly service that entire area.

Both sides have agreed to go until the end of March to try to find an alternative to the Springhill Landfill injection well.

County officials will monitor the status of the proposed well in Campbellton over the next several months and into the next legislative session.

Monday, Walton County commissioners signed a resolution to support Jackson County in opposition of exploratory and injection wells.