A statement received from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, on reports of drilling wastes being illegally dumped into a storm sewer in Youngstown, a report being investigated by two Ohio state agencies:
“I am furious that up to 20,000 gallons of wastewater was dumped into a storm drain on Salt Springs Road. My understanding is that Hard Rock Excavating and its employees blatantly disregarded multiple rules and regulations on the books and put our local environment at serious risk. I am reassured to hear that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are investigating this matter and criminal charges will be filed.
The natural gas industry could be a huge boon to our economy, but only if everyone is adhering to the Ohio rules and regulations. Anyone who purposely puts Ohio’s environment in harm’s way should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
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.