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Ohio Communities & Businesses Stand with Munroe Falls on Importance of Local Control in Face of Fracking

On the heels of FrackGate, and the Governor’s State of the State address, this week kicks off oral arguments  in the Supreme Court case State of Ohio ex rel. Jack Morrison, Jr., Law Director City of Munroe Falls, Ohio, et al. v. Beck Energy Corporation.

At issue in this case is the ability of localities to protect their community character by exercising their traditional land use powers over oil and gas development. These powers were removed in 2004 by the Ohio legislature at the request of the oil lobby and given to the Ohio Department of Resources via HB 278. Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson told Ohio.com : “All we’re saying is, let’s use some common sense. The state says they don’t want oil and gas wells to be drilled in certain places. Well, why should the state be the one who is able to pick that and just totally ignore the citizens,”.

A group of Ohio municipalities have weighed in on behalf of home rule protections against fracking operations in the controversial Ohio Supreme Court Case pitting communities against unfettered oil and gas development. The cities of Broadview Heights, Euclid, Mansfield, and North Royalton, and the Village of Amesville, submitted a “friends of the court” brief .

The municipalities’ brief explains the importance of community character, quality of life and economic well-being, and asks the court to consider the grave threats to communities across the state if the state’s oil and gas law, which itself contains little to no consideration of community character impacts, is allowed to pre-empt local control. Representing the municipalities are attorneys with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Community Fracking Defense Project and a local Columbus attorney.

A brief submitted on behalf of health professionals warns that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR ) by statute is required to issue permits if minimum spacing and setback requirements are met however “The agency cannot consider serious health threats that result from chronic, low-dose exposure to toxic chemicals, devastating harms from predictable but long-term migration of pollutants, or significant diminution in the value of nearby property that cannot be used or enjoyed in close proximity to oil or gas wells.” Health Professional Brief by EarthJustice

Numerous Ohio business’s also submitted a supporting brief noting that it is unfair for this one industry to be provided exemptions to zoning and related laws by which they are required to adhere: Business Brief by OEC

On the other hand, a handful of energy companies along with the American Petroleum Institute filed briefs supporting Beck Energy.  As of 2013, Beck is the only energy company in the state listed by ODNR with a final Non-appealable Order for Material & Substantial Violation:  ODNR Order . Their experience includes over 50 violations including those of dumping and pollution as recorded by the ODNR  and EPA over the years.  Despite this, the State Of Ohio, the Canton Chamber of Commerce and others listed as ‘allies’ in the recent state park leasing scheme and subsequent cover-up are coincidentally supporting Beck.

Review all the parties and briefs: Supreme Court and  Watch it Live 2/26/2014 9am

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Kasich Administration Caught in Fracking Conspiracy Cover-Up

Monday, February 17, 2014

For Immediate Release

Columbus, OH – In an attempt to bury a story about a planned administration spanning conspiracy to promote fracking in public parks, a secret communications plan was leaked by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration to reporters late Friday afternoon.

The 2012 document [PDF] contains a Nixon-style enemies list. It includes detailed plans for various agencies spanning Kasich’s administration to “marginalize” opponents by teaming up with “allied” corporations, including Halliburton, business groups and media outlets.

Now more records have been released and they show Kasich may very well be caught up in a cover-up.

The Columbus Dispatch was told by Kasich’s spokesman that “the governor’s office had never seen the plan.” However, an additional document released today casts very serious doubts about this claim.

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OSHA: $7000 Fine to Sidewinder Drilling at REX Energy Site

2/26/2013 CARROLLTON

OSHA Closed the case August 2013 with $7000 Fine: Violation Report

The cause of Abdal L. Audeh’s death was massive blunt impact injuries to the chest, Stark County Coroner Dr. P. S. Murthy ruled Tuesday.Audeh, 28, of Saint Clair Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, was killed Monday at an oil-rig site at 1165 Brussel Road in Washington Township, which is operated by R.E. Gas Development, a subsidiary of Rex Energy Corp.

Audeh and Alex R. Cox of Cadiz were working on the rig around 4 p.m. Monday when Cox told Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams they had forgotten to hook up a safety line, which is used to keep drilling equipment from swinging around the platform and striking workers. Audeh was struck by the equipment and transported to Aultman Hospital in Canton, where he was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. Cox suffered a head injury for which he was treated at Mercy Medical Center, also in Canton, and released Monday.

Both men worked for Sidewinder Drilling, based in Houston.

Read more: http://www.timesreporter.com/x898139064/Coroner-rules-on-cause-of-death-in-oil-rig-accident?refresh=true#ixzz2k6CLX4ot

 

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Beck Energy Corp Lawsuit, Violations & History by ODNR and EPA

As of 2013, Beck is the only energy company in the state listed by ODNR with a final Non-appealable Order for Material & Substantial Violation:  ODNR Order

Their experience includes over 50 violations including those of dumping and pollution as recorded by the ODNR  and EPA over the years.

Despite this Beck obtained a permit from the ODNR to drill a gas well 400 feet from the bank of the Cuyahoga River and through the Cuyahoga Falls aquifer in Munroe Falls, Summit County, Ohio. The aquifer serves 60,000 residents in two cities.

Generally speaking, the ODNR Division of Oil & Gas has stated on the record that in over 20 years, they have denied only 2 permits for environmental reasons. They are required by law to issue permits to encourage exploration.  Their expertise and consideration in issuing permits is limited to geology. Alternatively, the task of providing for basic citizen health & safety and quality of life measures falls on the localities via zoning as was detailed in the Oil & Gas Regulatory Reveiw as commissioned by the Governor via Order 86-35. They found among other things that the ODNR was not issuing violations consistently across the state for the same offenses.

The State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., 2013-Ohio-356 (Ninth Dist.), is a lawsuit by Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. When Beck began drilling in 2011, the City issued a stop work order and filed a lawsuit. The City claimed that Beck’s activities were illegal because Beck did not comply with City ordinances that required Beck  to post a performance bond, attend a public hearing and secure planning commission approval.

Follow the case through the Supreme Court 

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