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ODNR's fracking facility permit uncovered through public records check, activist says


Published: Thu, June 5, 2014 @ 11:14 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Henrietta Bibbs takes exception to many aspects of hydraulic fracturing in the Mahoning Valley, such as the oil and gas industry’s claims of job creation.

“They’re bringing in these cowboys from North Dakota, Texas and other states who already know the industry,” said Bibbs, a member of Frack Free Mahoning. “All you have to do is go up and down [state] Route 7 past the motels with all of these cars with out-of-state license plates.”

Bibbs was one of an estimated 40 people who attended Thursday’s two-hour informational town hall-style meeting at Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St. on the North Side.

The session was to discuss the newly “permitted” facility designed to handle waste from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to determine if the material is radioactive.

FFM members want the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to rescind its decision to grant a permit for Industrial Waste Control Inc. on Sinter Court, which allows the company to use West Chester, Pa.-based Austin Master Services LLC to test incoming material for levels of radioactivity.

Susie Beiersdorfer, a geologist and FFM member, said she didn’t learn about the March 6 order from Richard Simmers, ODNR’s oil and gas division chief, until April 10, when a friend told her about having conducted a public-records check. She also found out after a 30-day public-comment period had expired, said Beiersdorfer, who also contended that the ODNR had not established written rules before issuing the permit.

Read more on the issue in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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