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D&L blasts Hagan and Sammarone over well study comments



Published: Thu, January 5, 2012 @ 6:06 p.m.

D&L blasts Hagan and Sammarone over well study comments

YOUNGSTOWN

The company that operated a shutdown brine-injection well sharply criticized state Rep. Robert F. Hagan and Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone for statements they made to The Vindicator about a study the company will fund near and around the well.

In a statement today to the newspaper, D&L Energy Group said it was “disappointed with the cynical comments” made by the two.

D&L is paying for an independent entity to conduct a geology examination in and around the injection well on Ohio Works Drive. The results would be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which would determine if the well could resume operations.

Eleven earthquakes were centered close to the well in the past 10 months.

Hagan said the study would be “bought and paid for by D&L,” and he wouldn’t trust the results.

Sammarone and Hagan said people would be more comfortable with an independent study rather than one that could be perceived as being influenced by D&L.

In the statement, D&L wrote: “To attack a solution without offering a legitimate alternative would indicate these officials are acting against the company in a personal fashion. They seem less concerned with finding answers about why our area has experienced earthquakes, and would rather see D&L shut down as a sacrifice to political expediency.”

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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