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Fracking Recommendations to be Presented at Council Wednesday

Kent Sustainability Commission will make recommendations for regulating the controversial drilling practice locally

Members of Kent City Council will hear several recommendations for regulating the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas drilling at tonight's meeting.

The Kent Sustainability Commission, a citizen board which has spent the past several months researching the issue, will present their suggestions for local laws and practices designed to regulate drilling on the local level.

It won't be the first time city council has heard from residents about fracking.

Most recently, members of the group Concerned Citizens of Ohio attended a council meeting last month to urge action on the issue. Their goal is to see local laws adopted to protect residents and the city from potential damages caused to infrastructure, water resources and other property as a result of fracking operations.

Some of the recommendations council will hear tonight from the sustainability commission include:

  • Withholding mineral rights on city-owned land when "unconventional drilling practices are employed."
  • Establish background levels for certain chemicals present in city water supplies prior to drilling.
  • Promote clean drilling by offering reductions in roadway maintenance bonds when closed-loop drilling practices and engineered surface water empoundments are used.

Look for coverage of tonight's meeting Thursday on Kent Patch. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

RECENT COVERAGE:

  • “Fracking: Promise or Peril?” Forum to be held at Kent State University
  • Fracking Opponents Urge City Council to Act
David Badagnani February 06, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Thank you for this article. There is no "of" in Concerned Citizens Ohio.
Steve February 06, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I went to Kent State University. I have a hard time envisioning Kent with hundreds of large heavy duty tankers constantly driving through with full loads of our fresh water, fracking waste-water full of contaminates or the new chemical slurry that is used to make up the fracking process to remove the shale underground. There are better ways to get energy, this is not one of them. Too many side effects and risks...it's not worth it.

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