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Mandel ruffles feathers in anti-fracking community

By Bob Downing Published: June 10, 2012

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has upset more thana few anti-fracking activists across Ohio with his comments.

Republican Mandel, who is also running for the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, spoke in Cleveland on Thursday at a program staged by a Cleveland law firm.

He warned that Ohio should not let outside environmental organizations hinder development of oil and gas exploration in Ohio.

In comments reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mandel said "radical environmentalists" were intent on doing everything possible to block drilling development in Ohio.

"There's going to be lots of dollars descending on Ohio from a lot of these radical organizations to try to stop this exploration in Ohio," he said. "There's a misinformation campaign afoot and it's funded from Hollywood. It's funded from Manhattan. It's not funded from the heartland."

Later Mandel said most of the opposition to drilling has come from grass-roots groups and that the paper called fringe environmental groups, not mainstream environmental groups. 



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