Interesting quotes from the “Quote of the day” section on the Front page

“In 2004, the General Assembly took away any right that Ohio’s cities and villages had to regulate the ‘permitting, location and spacing’ of oil and gas wells. That is, if someone wants to drill for oil and gas in your town, he or she doesn’t need your OK. Someone in Columbus gets to decide.
The 2004 ‘pre-emption’ bill’s lead sponsor was then-Rep. Thomas Niehaus, a suburban Cincinnati Republican who is now the state Senate’s president.”
Tom Suddes: Term limits, gutting of home rule have blocked accountability, The Columbus Dispatch, 1/15/2012
Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
“Between 2005 and 2009, the oil and gas service companies used hydraulic fracturing products containing 29 chemicals that are (1) known or possible human carcinogens, (2) regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act for their risks to human health, or (3) listed as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. These 29 chemicals were components of more than 650 different products used in hydraulic fracturing.”
from: Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Minority Staff, April 2011)
Serious Risks of Fracking Admitted by the Industry

“Natural gas and oil drilling and producing operations can be hazardous and may expose us to liabilities, including environmental liabilities.
Natural gas and oil operations are subject to many risks, including well blowouts, cratering and explosions, pipe failures, fires, formations with abnormal pressures, uncontrollable flows of natural gas, oil, brine or well fluids and other environmental hazards and risks. Our drilling operations involve risks from high pressures and from mechanical difficulties such as stuck pipes, collapsed casings and separated cables. Some of these risks or hazards could materially and adversely affect…” Read more

This is from the Chesapeake Energy 10K Report, p. 29 (p. 75 of the overall PDF document)


“Hydraulic fracturing as it’s practiced today will contaminate our aquifers.
Not might contaminate our aquifers. Hydraulic fracturing will contaminate New York’s aquifers. If you were looking for a way to poison the drinking water supply, here in the Northeast you couldn’t find a more chillingly effective and thorough method of doing so than with hydraulic fracturing.”

Hydrofracking Sure to Contaminate Water — article by Paul Hetzler in the Watertown Daily News

“A Layman’s Guide to Lease Terms

Lawyers and consumer advocates say that leases often contain or lack fine print that landowners should not overlook in signing leases. Here are some examples of key clauses that landowners have come to regret…” (continue reading)
NYT, Dec. 1, 2011


“The natural gas industry has exemptions or exclusions from key parts of at least 7 of the 15 major federal environmental laws designed to protect air and water from radioactive and hazardous chemicals.”
(NYT: Lax Rules for the Natural Gas Industry, March 3, 2011)
The following federal laws do not apply to the gas industry:

  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Superfund Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act



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