|To the Editor: BG fracking proposal may damage BG economy|
|Written by Chance Stoodt|
|Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:52|
Regardless of what one thinks about hydraulic fracturing, recent efforts to amend the city's charter to ban fracking will not effectively serve that purpose.
The process of hydraulic fracturing has been used for decades and is already highly regulated by the state. Ohio is notable for having some of the toughest standards for drinking water contamination. State legislators also passed a law last year that calls for strict oversight of new drilling. Long-standing federal laws such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act regulate fracking as well. Moreover, there are many resources openly available to the public to ensure proper oversight and to quell the myths and misinformation about the fracking process.
While the proposed amendment will not meaningfully impact oil and gas companies, the increased regulations may hurt local manufacturing and small businesses in the local community. The way the amendment is written, it could be applied to almost any activity that supports jobs
Clearly, this amendment would serve no real purpose, except symbolically. However, it could end up causing real, self-inflicted damage to our local economy; I would hope even opponents of hydraulic fracturing could recognize this and abandon the initiative.
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