Fracking

Further Fallout from Rover’s Reckless operations: drinking water problems emerge in Canton

The fallout and indirect damage from the irresponsible operations of Rover Pipeline’s parent company continue to mount in Ohio. Just last week we learned from a citizen complaint to our office as well as a Canton Repository article that at least 100 households in the Canton area are experiencing problems with their drinking water.

Fracking in State Parks

Gov. John Kasich signed the new state budget into law, but with 47 line-item vetoes. The Ohio House of Representatives overturned 11 of those vetoes, including Kasich's veto on allowing the Ohio General Assembly to take over appointing members to the Ohio Oil and Gas Leasing Commission. This could lead the way to fracking, or the process of drilling to extract oil and gas from shale rock, in state parks and other public lands.

Today we look at the process and the impact of this decision.

‘Government Violating Own Laws to Pave Way for Fracking Plan’ in Ohio’s Only National Forest

“The Wayne National Forest is home to many species who can’t afford to have their habitat damaged by oil and gas development,” said Nathan Johnson, public lands director with the Ohio Environmental Council. “We need to do all we can to protect wildlife that can’t protect themselves.”

Industry, Environmental Groups Plug Bill To Address 'Orphan' Oil And Gas Wells Across State

Melanie Houston, director of Oil and Gas for the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, also relayed her group's support for the bill.

"Orphan wells pose a hazard to the environment and to human health and safety," she said. "Until they are located and properly plugged, they are pathways to pollution."

Ms. Houston said the risks include fire, overflow of oil or brine into ecologically sensitive areas like streams, and underwater contamination. She noted orphan wells have been found under buildings, houses, lawns and recreation areas in both rural and urban settings.

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