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Athens supports waste ban

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Athens Messenger

Athens County commissioners have voted to support proposed state legislation that would ban disposal of fracking waste in injection wells.The commissioners voted to sign a letter being circulated that voices support for legislation being proposed by State Reps. Denise Driehaus and Robert Hagan, D-Youngstown, and state Sen. Michael Skindell. The letter is addressed to the three Democratic legislators.

A spokeswoman for Driehaus said that legislation banning disposal of fracking waste in injection wells is slated to be introduced in the Ohio House, with Driehaus and Hagan as co-sponsors. She said Skindell is expected to introduce companion legislation in the Ohio Senate.

The letter cites environmental concerns about the chemicals used in fracking oil and gas wells, as well as toxic underground substances that are brought to the surface by the fracking process.