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Protect our water while we have it

Published: Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Protect our water while we have it

Jeanne Starmack’s May 15 arti- cle reported that “3,000-gallon capacity trucks will fill up with water from Aqua’s Hamilton Lake, take it to sites in Ohio, where gas companies drill for natural gas.” The mayor of Struthers, Terry Stocker, said, “the lease agreement is for $6,000 a year, and the city is getting $3.25 per truck. At an average of 100 vehicles a day, that’s $1,625 per week, $6,500 a month, or $78,000 a year, plus the lease, that’s $84,000 a year.” Stocker based those figures on a five-day week and added, “We’re hoping it becomes a 24-7 operation.”

It is clear that this deal was not thought through properly.

Each gas well needs 1,000 truckloads of fresh water and then the poisoned fluid must be removed.

How much water will really be removed?

The company claims excess capacity for our region. If there is a drought, will the gas companies lose access before people’s supplies are cut?

“Excess” water from this and other similar lakes feed Ohio rivers — that water will be lost to communities downriver

Drilling companies get a massive discount at $1.25 per 1,000 gallons. Consumers pay $5.75 for 1,000 gallons, most of which goes back into the potable water system after treatment. The water in this deal is gone — not reusable

Damage to the roads, increased noise and air pollution will not be compensated.

Here are suggestions for covering the costs of this business:

Charge a toll (say $500 per truck per month) to pay directly for infrastructure repairs.

Charge double the consumer price for water.

Limit the term of the lease to 1 year and examine the results

The use of Route 616 to 680 is straight through residential neighborhoods — an unacceptable accident risk.

Ohio’s water belongs to the people of Ohio not to Aqua; they only clean and deliver it.

Our water is our most valuable national life resource, and we are giving it to the wealthy at a low, low price. Why?

Alexander Lamb, Poland


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately, Mr. Lamb's underlying premise that the Ohio people own the water is incorect. I have a deep well and under Ohio law, I own the water while it is under my land to the exclusion of all others, even the people of Ohio.

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2UticaShale(854 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Free enterprise at work in Struthers!

Yes, think business and forget the government debt ladden handout.

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3walter_sobchak(1922 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Lamb needs an education about legal issues regarding water rights. The water in Lake Hamilton has been impounded on AquaOhio's land by a dam in which they constructed years ago. The water is theirs and they can sell it. As far as charging trucks a toll on the public highways, this is not legal. Look at the uproar that took place in PA when Fast Eddie Rendel wanted to convert I-80 into a toll road. If the trucks are using state highways, they are constructed to handle the loads. Trucks pay huge taxes on their fuel already for that purpose. If you don't want that highway with a state designation in your community, have your local state rep get it removed from this designation. Then, you can limit the highway use and pay totally for its upkeep since you will lose the state money.

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4Billybob21(96 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Very well said Mr Lamb. People in Campbell need to wake and read this letter. There water department is about to be sold to aqua.

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5republicanRick(1168 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Lamb should take a 5th grade science class.

He thinks the water is gone, not reusable -- utter nonsense.

What if we have a drought -- never happened here. We might as well worry about an asteroid hitting Meander Lake and poisoning the water.

He worries about trucks on rt 616 -- a state route, and trucks carrying DRINKING water...not exactly hazardous.

We cannot let these science-challenged worry warts impede progress.

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