A Friday press release from the Ohio Environmental Councuil, a statewide eco-group:
“We have not yet had the opportunity to review the standards, but we are troubled as to whether they truly address the concerns voiced by Ohio’s citizens who are distressed about the wide range of risks to Ohio’s air, land, and water from fracking,” said Keith Dimoff, OEC Executive Director.“Neither the Ohio Environmental Council nor other environmental-conservation groups in Ohio participated in, nor had any prior knowledge of, the development of these voluntary standards."The OEC continues to call for enforceable laws of the highest standard and for a 'time-out' moratorium on horizontal drilling in Ohio to allow for more scientific evaluation of its risks."The OEC also believes it is crucial that a system be established that captures the true external costs of oil, gas, and coal to Ohio communities and the environment. Capturing these external costs will once and for all level the playing field for renewable energy. This can be accomplished through local impact fees, higher severance taxes, and economic disincentives for carbon pollution," concluded Dimoff.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.