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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


1CompManRetired(29 comments)posted 6 months, 3 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 6 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 6 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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4GoPens(397 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The hilarity never ends with eivo.

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5RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 6 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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6GoPens(397 comments)posted 6 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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