I am writing to urge support for legislation to guarantee full disclosure of chemical information to emergency responders and medical personnel with regard to fracking procedures in Ohio.

It is imperative that oil and gas companies be required to report hazardous chemicals they use in their fracking efforts, just like any other factory, and this is not the case in Ohio currently.

Records from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show that the state’s 179 underground disposal wells have absorbed more than 1 billion gallons of fracking wastewater since 2010.

Oil and gas drilling produces millions of gallons of salty wastewater (brine), often mixed with harmful chemicals and radioactive material from deep underground.

The industry is currently not required to report chemical trade secret information to the ODNR, the only agency regulating it.

In addition, information may not be available at the time of an exposure, due to an allowable reporting delay of up to 60 days after drilling.

Environmental safety and preserving human and animal health supersedes any current laws that allow drillers to keep chemical “trade secret” information confidential.

I believe it is morally wrong to keep this information from health researchers, medical personnel and the public at large.

Ohio law needs to be changed so emergency medical services can treat victims immediately in an emergency situation, as well as alert others in the area to any health risks.

I urge you to write or call your legislators to urge them to support the medical right-to-know measures that would change Ohio laws to force drilling companies to fully identify and disclose hazardous substances used in their procedures to state and county emergency planners and local fire departments.

Katherine DeSantis

Lake Township

True victims

I was appalled at the picture of Dennis McGuire’s relatives on the section front (“Lengthy execution puts states in bind,” Jan. 18).

Where was the picture of the poor family of the victim and her unborn child, who suffered for more than 20 minutes?

I also question if their attorney; Jon Paul Rion, would call this execution “unquestionably cruel” if the victims would have been his daughter and grandchild.

It is disgusting that the parties involved seem to see nothing more than potential dollar signs for this cruel, senseless act of murder.

Why should Dennis McGuire’s children profit from his so-called suffering, anyway? If they are truly remorseful for their father’s heinous actions, they would donate an award to the true victims’ family.

Josephine Davis

Akron

Show concern

There were hundreds of thousands, young and old, who arrived in Washington on Jan. 22 to protest the continuation of abortions. They gathered, marched, sang, prayed and listened to speeches in bitter cold. There was no violence, no destruction of property.

They were there in protest of the killing of innocent babies. I saw no report of this amazing event in the Beacon Journal. Shame on it for not being fair and balanced.

Kenneth E. Lauck

Canton