The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources, has issued two permits authorizing OMNI Energy Group to drill two injection wells in Richland Township.

The permits were approved Wednesday after OMNI Energy filed a motion for contempt, plus damages and sanctions against ODNR earlier this week.

ODNR says the applicant must meet all permit terms and conditions, plus pass required testing.

The location, between U.S. 40, I-70, and State Route 331, generated concern among the community.

County commissioners, residents, and township trustees all voiced their opposition to the location.

If the wells are constructed, the operator will be required to receive a chief’s order, authorizing injection operations