Importance of Local Engagement in Ohio’s Shale Gas Region
Carrollton Ohio: The Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) will explore four different perspectives of a recent change to chemical disclosure in the shale gas industry at the September 3 Carroll Concerned Citizens meeting. A panel with representatives from the faith community, first responders, local citizens, and legislative watchdogs will each share their views on continued erosion of local control with the shale gas industry.
The Federal Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act requires industries to disclose chemicals used in their businesses to local planners and first responders as a matter of public safety. Ohio changed that disclosure for shale gas drillers to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources rather than directly to local first responders.
Ohio used their annual budget process get around this Federal Act that all other industries have to comply with. Some leading public safety policy researchers believe that this change sidesteps the intent of the Act and puts first responders and citizens in Ohio’s shale gas regions at greater risk in the event of an accident on the road or an emergency at a pad.
The meeting will be held at the Church of Christ – Christian Disciples located at 353 Moody Ave. Carrollton and will begin at 7pm. It is free and open to the public.
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