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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Support Growing for Muskingum Watershed to Sell Water to Shale Gas Developers

From the Times Reporter:
Support is growing for a request that the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District temporarily authorize selling water from its lakes.
Rich Milleson, the economic development coordinator for the village of Cadiz, made one such request to MWCD board members at their meeting Thursday in Salt Fork Lodge near Cambridge.
“It appeared to me that my statements were well-received,” he said afterward. “I’m hopeful that the board will take this under serious consideration.”
During the board meeting, MWCD Chief of Conservation Sean Logan told board members he had just received a fax from The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. The letter from John Stark, Ohio Freshwater Conservation director, expressed the Dublin-based group’s support for the MWCD’s temporary water sales to shale gas exploration firms.
“We believe than an interim policy of a few water withdrawals, carefully considered on a case-by-case basis from MWCD reservoirs are preferable to contractors removing these same volumes of water from many of the MWCD’s streams and the surrounding area, particularly during the low-flow period of late August and September,” he wrote.
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