From the Associated Press:
Officials in a southeastern Ohio county have apologized for a scenario they used for an emergency-responder drill that offended some people.
The Athens County Emergency Management Agency and the Athens County Local Emergency Planning Committee issued an apology on Thursday for using a scenario involving a fake anti-fracking extremist group.
Activists protesting the hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — process of natural gas drilling have been vocal in and around Athens, home to Ohio University.
The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/1j3jBv2 ) reports the action was taken after Roxanne Groff, a member of the Athens County Fracking Action Network, requested the apology from county commissioners.
The written mea culpa said "the scenario caused distress to people who have spent countless hours striving to protect the environment and our citizens."
Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/
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