Is Ohio Fully Ready for Fracking?

From The Columbus Dispatch:
A new report by an environmental-advocacy group warns that Ohio is unprepared to shoulder the costs of a coming shale-drilling boom and should take steps to make sure oil and gas companies, not taxpayers, pay to protect the state.
Other studies have warned about the pollution and health risks of shale drilling and “fracking,” but Environment Ohio’s “Cost of Fracking” report defines them in terms of dollars and cents.
The report highlights a $265 million estimate to repair Pennsylvania roads damaged by drillers’ trucks and $300,000 that one oil company paid to replace and filter contaminated well water for 14 homes around Dimock, Pa.
The road-repair figure came from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “Look at what’s happening in other states,” said Julian Boggs, a policy advocate for Environment Ohio. “We want to get out in front of this thing.”
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