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