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Ohio treasurer calls on Brown to support fracking

Published: Fri, November 18, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.


By David Skolnick



Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican likely running for the U.S. Senate next year, says he supports a “responsible but aggressive” policy on fracking.

“The Mahoning Valley is one of the areas that will greatly benefit from fracking,” said Mandel, who called The Vindicator on Thursday to discuss the issue as well as criticize a decision by a national forest supervisor in the Athens area for postponing a plan to lease more than 3,000 acres for oil and gas drilling.

Fracking is a process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted into rocks, such as in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, thousands of feet below the ground to unlock natural gas and oil.

Mandel called on U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat he’ll likely face in the 2012 Senate race, to support fracking. Mandel also wants Brown to call on Anne Carey, supervisor of the federal Wayne National Forest in Athens County, to change her decision to spend up to six months evaluating a plan to lease the land for drilling.

Brown is with either “Washington bureaucrats and fringe environmentalists or the people of Ohio,” Mandel said.

Carey opted to examine shale-drilling procedures and fracking after local government officials in Athens County, the city of Athens and local residents expressed concerns about the impact it would have on groundwater, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

When asked if Brown supports fracking, Meghan Dubyak, his spokeswoman, said: “Sen. Brown supports responsible domestic energy production. His priority is making certain that fracking negotiations result in good jobs for Ohioans, a fair deal for landowners, a safe local drinking-water supply, and sustainable, long-term economic growth for Ohio communities.”

She didn’t respond to a question about the senator’s position on Carey’s decision.

But Justin Barasky, an Ohio Democratic Party spokesman, said, “Josh Mandel is demonstrating a stunning level of ignorance about a local Ohio issue. This is a decision being made by locals, and Josh Mandel needs to explain to them why he thinks he knows more about their community than they do.”

Mandel said the gas-and-oil business is booming and “a delay in drilling is a delay in job creation for the state of Ohio.”

The business can “rejuvenate parts of Ohio,” including the Valley, he said.

“For the Mahoning Valley, it’s the manufacturing jobs that will support drilling,” such as V&M Star, Mandel said.


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Fracking is DANGEROUS! Brown is right on his stand. Those dangerous chemicals which Congress won't allow to be identified that the Frackers use will pollute our water supplies, not to mention the minor earthquakes they cause everywhere being fracked.

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2glbtactivist(320 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Wouldn't you know Republican Mandel would support destroying our water resource so his rich buddies at Mobil could make money. They are so predictable and so shameless. It must feel awful to know you must do the bidding of a few superrich at the expense of the citizens of Ohio.

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3howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

It is a proven fact that pumping liquids under high pressure into deep wells can cause earthquakes! The United States Army proved it!

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4howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago


"The industry acknowledges that the question of how to handle the waste water that comes from fracking is one of its most pressing problems. In Pennsylvania this problem is particularly acute. Pennsylvania’s geological formations, unlike those of other states where natural-gas drilling has occurred, don’t allow for the usual method of disposal: injection wells that store flowback deep below the earth’s surface. Disposing of the chemical water has meant trucking it to another state or paying local treatment facilities to process it. The facilities, which are not equipped to remove salts, have often sent the frack water back into local rivers. In 2008, a United States Steel plant in Clairton, Pa., complained that the water from the Monongahela River was unfit for use. Loaded with salts, the water tasted and smelled odd and was corroding not only industrial equipment but also dishwashers and kitchen faucets. For several months, the Monongahela River, which provides most people in the Pittsburgh area with drinking water, no longer met state and federal standards. Following a request from the State of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found it would require five times the amount of water in their reservoirs to dilute the river. It took five months to clean it up." from page 6 of the link

"Banks have expressed reluctance to back home mortgages within up to three miles of a well. Whole towns could become brown fields, and home values would drop precipitously." Page 6

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5Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I agree with the previous posts.

The Wayne National Forest and the state forests belong to the people not to the corporations although they timber it and act like it belongs to them.

Just look at what mining did to that area from the 1800s through the present. The scars are still there and water troubles are too.It is bad enough to do this type of drilling on private property which can effect all of us but on public land?

As for jobs I don't think this rush is going to be a drop in the bucket.If your worried about jobs stop Free Trade from bleeding what is left out of the country.

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6ytownredux(117 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Josh Mandel is truly an opportunist with a personal or party agenda and has no care for the citizens of Ohio. He has set up a website to show govt salaries without any type of context in how long they have been there, what previous contracts were or anything. Now he is politically pandering possible ohio jobs while trying to paint his probably opponent into an alternate postion.

The person in charge of that forest gave their explanation, (Carey opted to examine shale-drilling procedures and fracking after local government officials in Athens County, the city of Athens and local residents expressed concerns about the impact it would have on groundwater, The Columbus Dispatch reported.) So is Mr. Mandel saying he does not care what the people of ohio want especially the community where something would effect it? He just wants political cronies to put pressure against the will of the people?? Lets hope this young man does not get elected to anymore statewide offices.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Restore Youngstown to its former glory . Drilling wells and its support structure can be stopped . . . ..


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8Micropterus(5 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

If you folks in Youngstown want fracking jobs, can't you just walk over to PA and work there? Let the people in PA sell away their pride to the Oil and Gas industry. We Ohioans (including Mandel) should be smart enough to avoid the same old unsustainable "boom and bust" system.

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9howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

There is now an EPA study that proves fracking fluids have contaminated an underground fresh water aquifer.
Read this article about it:

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10howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Another good article about man's ability to create earthquakes.

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11Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Howard -
The article you refer says that the government deposited 165 million gallons of toxic waste into this hole in the earth. The article goes on to report that "Unfortunately, the injections probably triggered earthquakes in the region." Furthermore, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Remdiation Venture Office goes on to say that the army discontinue the use of this well in 1966, more than 40 years ago, because of the possibility the fluid injection was triggering earthquakes in the area.

Note the words probably, and posibility. These words do not mean the same thing as proof. In addition, science has progressed some in the last forty years since the well was closed, and guess what , still no proof, imagine that.

This leaves the possibility that the earthquakes were also being caused by other natural conditions. No where did it say that the Army "proved" that the injections caused, or could cause eartthquakes.

Furthermore, you fail to site the first paragraph of the report sited in the link that says the following:
"Deep well injection for liquid waste has been safely used for many years at sites throughout the United States without documented damage to human health or the environment. After an extensive study of deep injection wells across the country by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it was concluded that this procedure is effective and protective of the environment." Hmmm... don't want to use the EPA findings either?

The comments in the post are without merit.

If we were to eliminate the 5 causes in the article you refer to, we should stop building dams, because water is heavier than air and causes a massive change in the stress load.

We should stop all the coal mining in the country that supplies more than half the electricity in the country (of course we would not want to switch to our newly found supply of natural gas, that clean burning resource that does not pollute like coal).

Another human cause of earthquakes mentioned, is drilling a gusher dry, where the combination of liquid extraction and injection changed the tectonic action in the field. The article states " "Few will deny that there is a relationship between hydrocarbon recovery and seismic activity, but exactly how strong a relationship exists has yet to be determined." They caution that in regions where tectonic activity is already high, extracting oil and natural gas could trigger strong quakes." Ok no drilling in San Francisco along the San Andreas fault.

I like this one a lot. Number 5 way for human's to create an earthquake is to Create the World's Biggests Building. A geologist claimed the Taipei 101 was causing earthquakes along a long-dormant fault line. The article states that while it is possible, the building would have to weigh ten times the 700,000 metric tons of the Taipei 101.

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12commyliberal(94 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Typical Republican tactic to play up ties with rural right leaning voters over urban Democratic voters. Rural land owners looking for some cash can be shortsighted BUT we all pay the price for pollution.

Best pay attention in the 2012 elections or we are going to turn our air water & earth over to the corporate raiders. They dont care cuz they can wreak havoc on an area & move on to their gated communities surrounded by an oasis of purity while the rest of us deal with the consequences.

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