A statement from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District after the district was sued for its natural gas leases and water sales to drillers. The suit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Here is the statement:
“While the MWCD has not been served yet with a copy of the lawsuit and cannot comment on its specific contents, the conservancy district stands firmly behind its record of environmental stewardship when it comes to oil and gas leasing. The MWCD has an 80-year history of leasing its properties for oil and gas extraction, has developed a lease that is considered to be a model for the safeguards and environmental protections of public property that are included in it, and at the same time has ensured that public access to its properties for outdoor recreation are not adversely affected.
“In addition, the very lease that is the subject of this suit, regarding leasing of Seneca Reservoir, was developed through a very public process that included public meetings and comment periods about its contents prior to approval of the lease by the MWCD Board of Directors earlier this year. The MWCD will defend itself in this lawsuit while maintaining its focus on its primary mission of serving as responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed.”
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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.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.