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Mahoning Valley group troubled by well at Meander Reservoir

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2014

From Frackfree Mahoning Valley on Friday:

RE: Local drinking water concerns, fracking-related issues, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Zehringer’s statements made in Niles, Ohio on January 16, 2014

Date:January 17, 2014

A new “exploratory” well has been permitted near the drinking water source for approximately 200,000 people - the Meander Reservoir.

“Meander Reservoir serves as the drinking water source for the residents of Youngstown, Austintown, Canfield, Niles, Girard, and portions of Boardman. …,” according to the Alliance for Watershed Action and Riparian Easements (AWARE) at the following url:

Especially in light of the on-going drinking water disaster and coal-related chemical spill in West Virginia that has gone through parts of Ohio including Cincinnati, would you please consider writing more about this extremely important issue for our community?

This West Virginia tragedy illustrates how one chemical spill, lack of adequate inspections, and lack of accountability over a period of decades can cause an enormous portion of the entire state of West Virginia to suffer.Our hearts go out to the people who are affected by this.

Obviously, we must prevent such an occurrence in Ohio and everywhere. One of the first steps to finding real proactive solutions to protect our communities is open public dialogue in real time, honesty, truth, transparency, facts, and scientific studies and expertise, as well as citizen petition and ballot initiatives.

What is not helpful is misleading statements made by state officials or representatives.

False reassurances by ODNR Director Zehringer on January 16, 2014 while he was in Niles, Ohio, do not increase our confidence in ODNR’s ability to protect the public health, safety, and well-being.It only takes one industry mistake or accident for irreversible harm to occur. We believe that Director Zehringer made misleading, misdirecting, or inaccurate statements to the press and public.

Fracking cannot be done safely, or even fairly, with the technology as it stands today.

A Frackfree Mahoning Valley blog post url about ODNR Director Zehringer’s statements that we are distributing via twitter, Facebook, and e-mail follows. Sources and more questions are provided below the blog post.

If you want more information or to speak with us, would you please contact us at the numbers or e-mail address above?

Thank you very much for considering this information.It is greatly appreciated.

Frackfree Mahoning Valley

The Frackfree Mahoning Valley Blog Post url is below the following excerpt:

“Please, concerned citizens of Ohio, tell the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) why we object to Director James Zehringer’s statements (1/16/14) to the press and please, concerned citizens of Ohio request for ODNR’s Director Zehringer to further clarify and correct his statements. Would you please, concerned citizens of Ohio, send a letter or e-mail to ODNR and copy your local media? Thank you.
We, and many other concerned citizens, have no confidence in state officials who say things to the public, using what we believe to be Orwellian, misleading or inaccurate statements and “word play” like the following.
We take issue with statements made by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director, James Zehringer to the Youngstown Business Journal on January 16, 2014. …”

To read the whole blog post please see:

Here are a few more questions and issues that we want ODNR to address in a public, free, open forum where conversation in real time can take place:


--Water:“Some states confirm water contamination from drilling,” Associated Press article in the Vindicator, January 6, 2014,


--New football field – sized, open fracking waste centralized impoundment pits – “lagoons”: “Recycling waste” sounds good on the surface, but what about this? It’s not good in this case. Please see:

--More Ohio Inspectors? – According to an Earthworks report:“Perhaps even mores striking, data in the table reveal that in 2010 Ohio failed to perform inspections at 91 percent of the state’s active oil and gas wells. More than 58,000 oil and gas wells had no regulatory oversight that year. The situation did not improve in 2011. That year, approximately 90% of wells did not get inspected.[5] …” The latter excerpt is from: “Ohio Oil & Gas Enforcement – Inspections,” by Earthworks.

What has happened since 2011 regarding inspections? Is ODNR really able to adequately inspect even with the recent addition of more inspectors? We don’t think so.

Go to Search at the top for keywords Ohio Inspections to find the report.

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