Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, is not sure the ODNR should allow such activity without more oversight, however. He said an XTO lobbyist assured him the company had stopped drawing water from McMahon Creek.
"He said they weren't doing it anymore, but that was a while ago so they may have started again," Cera said. "This is a concern."
After originating in central Belmont County, McMahon Creek empties into the river at Bellaire. Cera said he believes the withdrawals would be less worrisome if they occurred closer to the river because there is generally more water there.
"Basically, the ODNR thinks, 'They have the permits, so they should be able to do it.' I just think we need to have more oversight instead of just have the ODNR sign off on it," Cera said.
Stream levels naturally fluctuate based on season, rainfall amounts and other factors. Even if the water is plentiful enough at one point, it may not be at another.Click here to read more.
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