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Document exposes web of deceit among Kasich, ODNR, Big Oil



Published: Fri, February 28, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

On Feb. 14, a 13-page plan was released from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to the Sierra Club as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. It outlines a public-relations campaign to be adopted by ODNR and the Gov. John Kasich administration to sell the idea of unconventional shale gas hydrofracking in state parks and state forests as being in the people’s best interest.

Apparently they anticipated it would be a tough sell. The memo enumerates which groups could be relied upon as “allies” to their cause (mostly natural-gas industry groups and various Chambers of Commerce). It also contains an enemies list (aka “opposition groups” ), which includes numerous environmental groups as well as Rep. Bob Hagan and Rep. Nickie Antonio.

Now ODNR is reaping what it sowed. The hornets’ nest has been stirred, and I doubt the issue will just fade away. The ODNR is now the object of righteous indignation from Hagan and Antonio and also from what the authors of the document call “the eco-left.”

I myself am a proud member of the “eco-left.” And if I wasn’t already part of a group concerned about public health and the environment, this document, having exposed the tangled web of deceit spun by ODNR, the Kasich administration, and Big Oil, would surely inspire me to join one.

Raymond Vershum , Canfield


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1CompManRetired(29 comments)posted 4 months, 4 weeks ago

The difficulty of the self proclaimed "eco-left" groups and other taxpayer geologist professors is when legitimate issues come forth the general public pays little attention. Most reading adults know that ODNR alone permits and then collects taxes per barrel that only goes as revenue to ODNR. Protecting this revenue stream is primary to ODNRs concern. The "eco groups" and some Ohio politicians weaken the effort to make meaningful changes by their rants.

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2GoPens(397 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Eivo, you don't care about the less fortunate. If you did you wouldn't give money to the Koch Brothers

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3GoPens(397 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Unless your suggestion includes a check, the Koch's will just throw it where it belongs-- in the trash like everything else that comes out of your pea brain

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4dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Before I read Gopens comment I was laughing in disbelief when I read Eivo's comment. Out of all of the thousand comments bashing the poor. NOW he has a bleeding heart for the less fortunate! Funniest post I've read on here to date!

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5dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Still laughing

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6GoPens(397 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The hilarity never ends with eivo.

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7RustOnMyBelt(112 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The natural gas from fracking IS driving down prices for consumers- in ASIA. "Sold" to the highest bidder NOT to the "less fortunate".

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8dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

And eivo, you can't even remember the stupid statements that you have previously made. Before on this topic, I complained that more Fracking jobs should be Ohio workers. You said that Kasich wouldn't be able to find any because the unemployed don't want to work, remember? Check the Vindy jobs, same jobs because people don't want to work, remember? People just want free handouts, not jobs. But now you say just move out of the way and the fracking companies will just scoop up all of the unemployed! Which one is it? You say different things depending on what side of the issue you are on that day.

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9dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

And when are you going to wake up about the oil companies? They don't pass on savings to consumers, just give multi million dollar bonuses to CEO's. We pay record high gas prices, while at the same time, they have record high profits! More oil and gas drilled = more profits! That's it.
Still waiting for this oil money to roll in as well....

The Bush administration claimed at its outset that the Iraq war would finance itself out of Iraqi oil revenues. When Bush’s National Economic Council director Lawrence Lindsey told the Wall Street Journal that the war would cost between $100 billion and $200 billion, he came under intense fire from others in the administration who claimed that this was a gross overestimation, and he was forced to resign.
The cost of the 2 wars so far? Over 6 TRILLION!

The only way that you will get money from big oil is if you have stock in them.

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10dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

You keep believing that eivo about oil. That is logical and how it SHOULD work, but it doesn't. I don't want to hear about the keystone, you already didn't put your money where your mouth is. Yes, now I remember, it was just the Ohio unemployed that was lazy. 6 trillion? Google how much the Iraq and Afghan wars cost and you will find numerous sources. But here is one!
The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher.
Iraq, Afghan wars will cost to $4 trillion to $6 ... - Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com/...iraq-afghan-...
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11dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

CBO from 2010, so add some years first. The 6 trillion is projected in future benefits paid, replacement of equipment, and other things that we will be paying for in the future for years and years to come. Bottom line is that Iraqi oil has not been used to pay for any of this as promised. It has been paid for by tax payers.

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12dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Great article on how big oil had record profits while producing less oil. Also how they spend all of their profits. Read it all!
http://grist.org/oil/big-oils-banner-...

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13GoPens(397 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Insert Americans for Prosperity for Centers for American Progress and The Koch Brothers instead of George Soros and you get the exact same thing your crying about.

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