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Friday, July 10, 2015

Ohio Communities Continue to Push for Right to Ban Oil and Gas Development

From NGI:
More than 100 local and state government officials from across Ohio have sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich asking that he support initiatives aimed at giving local communities more control over oil and gas drilling. 
In the letter, the elected officials said they are deeply concerned about the "frenzied pace" and "growing threat hydraulic fracturing poses to our health and environment." An overwhelming majority of the officials that signed the letter represent communities in which no high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has occurred. The officials, however, point to the truck traffic, industrial supply chain operations and underground injection wells that have fanned out across the state to support the unconventional oil and gas industry. 
Some of those communities located in counties such as Summit, Cuyahoga and Medina have hosted conventional oil and gas drilling in shallower fields like the Clinton Sandstone. City council members and senators from larger cities such as Columbus, Akron and Cincinnati also signed the letter, which It is being circulated by Environment Ohio, a group that has been critical of the oil and gas industry's operations in the state. 
The number of injection wells to dispose of the millions of gallons of oilfield waste generated in the Utica Shale has increased across the state. In the letter, the officials complain of growing amounts of that waste, along with criminal issues that they contend have increased and a spike in truck traffic related to the shale boom that has strained local roads.
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