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Another question about fracking

Published: Tue, February 19, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Another question about fracking

When The Vindicator re- ported on D&L’s deliberate dumping of hazardous frack waste, Mayor Sammarone was quoted, asking: “Why would you give the guy a permit in the state of Ohio after all those violations? How did that happen?”

This question can also apply to the drilling of a hydrofracturing well in the protected watershed of the Meander Reservoir, source of Youngstown’s drinking water. Tom Holloway, the chief engineer of the MVSD, claimed he knew nothing about this well being drilled.

The ODNR has, so far, permitted CNX Gas Co., LLC to drill the vertical well and at least one horizontal fracking well which will be 1.5 miles in length under our protected watershed.

StateImpact Pennsylvania is a radio collaboration between WITF, WHYY and NPR. Reporters Scott Detrow and Susan Phillips cover environmental impacts of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drilling. They reveal that CNX Gas Co., LLC has had 13 violations in Pennsylvania since 2009 and paid $78,250 in fines. One violation is similar to D&L’s. On July 23, 2012, they were charged with Code 401CSL — “Discharge of Pollutional Material to Waters of Commonwealth.”

Because CNX is a limited liability company formed by Consol Energy of Pittsburgh, the parent company will take no responsibility when the inevitable damages happen.The limited liability company is organized this way so they can claim bankruptcy after creating extreme environmental damage.

The City Council of Pittsburgh voted unanimously to pass a ban on fracking after a company dumped hazardous fracking waste into their river.

And now, our county commissioners want to supply this fracking company with our Meander Reservoir drinking water to frack this well?

No. Now way. We, the taxpayers of Mahoning County, say, stop this now.

Lynn Anderson, Youngstown


1kurtw(1197 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

For: Lynn Anderson

Mmm. There's a concept in journalism called a "trusted source". Certain sources can be trusted and others can't because of their track record.

When a Catholic Bishop tells you, the latest allegations of child abuse will be looked into and the offenders will be removed- I become suspicious.

When an environmental activist describes the kind of scenario you describe- I become suspicious and want to check into the matter as deeply as I can because I hear "axe grinding" in the background.

Your record (the Environmental Movement) of truthfulness in matters having to do with hydraulic fracturing isn't much better than that of the Roman Catholic Church in matters having to do with child abuse.

In both cases, my suspicions are aroused.

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2nipsy(153 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Regardless of the company's environmental record or the safety of the whole fracking process, Meander Reservoir should be off limits to any well drilling. PERIOD!!! Meander Reservoir is a GEM, and is vital to this area and must be protected from any possible contamination.. I don't know for sure that there is going to be drilling under that body of water but I do know that if there is then someone needs to be called on the carpet. Immediately!

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3danny347(10 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago


If one can't argue with facts, one needs to attack them with unrelated attacks?

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4kurtw(1197 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

You have to wonder how a drilling technique that operates several thousand feet below the water table can effect water quality. Only possibility is that the cement casing can leak and, of course, that can occur with any kind of well. Bottom line: unless we want to rely on each others body heat to keep warm ("bundling"- the Puritans used to that with a board between each other for obvious reasons) we are utterly dependent on fossil fuels of some kind for the time being. Eventually, maybe, Al Gore and his friends will come up with a better approach.

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