To the Editor: BG fracking ban meaningless
Written by John McAvoy   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:26
BG City Council bans something that will never happen.  Great job City Council.
It's always a joy when our elected officials go out and make the tough decisions based on factual data.
Unfortunately, we didn't see that last night when Bowling Green City Council went way out on a limb, and banned hydraulic fracturing within the city limits.  Good job boys, you really showed BG your leadership abilities, passing more "Feel Good" legislation that's absolutely meaningless and places BG taxpayers at risk.
If you had taken a little time and performed due diligence, you would have discovered two things;
1) According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources,  less than 900 extraction wells in Ohio have utilized horizontal fracturing process, all those in southeastern Ohio.  This will never happen in NW Ohio as the geologic rock formations doesn't support this type of extraction process.
2) Bowling Green has no jurisdiction in matters affecting natural resources that belong to the state, i.e. gas, oil, coal, etc.. Any ban BG puts in place will be thrown out when appealed by the Ohio DNR, who has jurisdiction.
After the vote, at least Robert McOmber had some decency to come clean and tell why he voted for the ban;  Basically he said;
"...Why not,  If anyone ever contests the ban, which they won't, we'll simply spend your taxpayer dollars defending the ban..."
Curious,  Why did he say "no one will ever sue BG over the ban?"  Again,  simple answer; "ODNR says that fracturing will never happen in this area anyway, because of rock structures."
Well Robert,  why in the heck did you vote for this and support the Community Bill of Rights amendment if you know this will never happen. How much pressure came from FreshWater Accountability Project to pass this "symbolic" legislation?
Common  folks,  you're there to represent all of BG, not pass legislation that you know is faulty and exposes the taxpayers to huge liabilities and litigation.
John McAvoy

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