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Water-testing help for Carroll County landowners

By Bob Downing Published: January 4, 2012

The grass-roots group, Carroll Concerned Citizens, is holding a workshop Thursday on water testing for landowners.

The program on understanding water test results will be 7 p.m at the Church of Christ-Christian Disciples, 353 Moody St., Carrollton.

Landowners need to get their drinking water sampled by a laboratory approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency before oil shale-related drilling on the property begins, said Mo Osman of Summit Environmental Technologies based in Summit County.

Companies are not required under Ohio law to do well testing. Some companies may test wells within a certain distance of the wells, but others could be at risk, said spokesman Paul Feezel.

Testing  can cost $200 to $700.

Carroll County, southeast of Canton, is the No. 1 shale drilling area in Ohio.

For more information, contact Feezel at 330-627-7163 or


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