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Monday, August 13, 2012

Medina County Fracking Opponents Happy to Hear of Poor Well Production

From the Medina Gazette:
Opponents of natural gas and oil drilling in Medina County are taking a skeptical, “wait and see” attitude to the news an Oklahoma-based energy company might quit its Harrisville Township well.
Devon Energy Corp. reported to financial analysts last week that the well, near Lodi, and another well in Ashland County are not living up to expectations.
“It seems like it’s too good to be true,” Joanne Slorgie, of Lodi, said Friday. “We’ll still have the well here. It’s there no matter what.”
Slorgie is a member of the Farm and Family Alliance, a group of Harrisville Township residents concerned about the technology used in the well — horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking.”
Opponents say they fear possible health effects and drinking water contamination from fracking, which pumps large quantities of water treated with various chemicals thousands of feet into the earth to free oil and natural gas trapped in the Utica Shale formation.
While Devon has not ruled out the possibility of more drilling in Medina County, company officials said immediate plans are to move to counties to the east, where competitors have drilled more successful wells.
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