|Fracking opponent warns industry will come for BG’s gas|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:26|
Lisa Kochheiser, one of the organizers of the push to ban fracking in Bowling Green, said Tuesday that amending the city's charter is the best way to protect the city.
Kochheiser, speaking before a talk by Dr. Deborah Cowden, complained that "the media's rhetoric" has "already become riddled with the state regulatory and industry perspective."
"We are working with bringing the public focus back to the reality of BG's situation," she said.
Kochheiser said that the industry will eventually be interested in drilling for the reserves of oil and gas that lie beneath the city. It may take time for that to be economically viable, but it will happen, she said. And because extracting the resources may be risky, the drilling may be done by "wildcatters," who are "more willing to take risks in matters of human and environmental health."
"If we don't put real protection in place the doors will be open to drill and they frack they want," she said.
That protection, she said, will not be provided by the city ordinance now be considered by city council. That ordinance would be "preempted" by state regulation as soon as the gas and oil industry comes in to drill.
A charter amendment, Kochheiser said, takes its authority "from the Ohio state constitution and the U.S. Declaration of Independence."
A charter amendment can only be made by the initiative of residents, and only changed by the initiative of the people, and "is not susceptible to being changed by city officials at their whim."
City officials have also complained that the wording in the charter amendment is vague. The amendment, she said, "is intentionally worded as it is to encompass the fracking process in its entirety" from drilling through distribution through the disposal of waste.
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