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Eco-groups protest first Utica well in Geauga County

By Bob Downing Published: January 8, 2012

Last Thursday, the Ohio Environmental Council and partner eco-groups staged a protest in Geauga County.

Geauga County is getting its first deep Utica shale well for natural gas.

The eco-groups want the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to toughen its rules to strengthen environmental protections.

Also involved in the Middlefield protest were the Buckeye Forest Council and the Network for Oil & Gas Accountability and Protection.

The protestors then traveled to the banks of Grand River, which is within two miles of the drilling site developed by Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. The environmentalists said the river, a state wild and scenic stream, could be at risk from the drilling.

The Parkman Township drilling will rely on hydraulic fracturing or fracking, the use of water, sand and select chemicals to free up more natural gas deep underground.

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