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Hydraulic Fracturing Montville Township Trustee Meeting. February 14, 2012. Background. Local area residents attend 1/10/12 meeting with concerns about Hydraulic Fracturing Operations coming to Medina County. Stack of articles against Gas Drilling

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  • Local area residents attend 1/10/12 meeting with concerns about Hydraulic Fracturing Operations coming to Medina County.
    • Stack of articles against Gas Drilling
    • Suggested that Trustees adopt a resolution that ODNR’s DMRM (Div. Of Mineral Resource Mgmt) notify us when a drilling permit is filed.
    • Suggested that Trustees adopt a resolution that prohibits fracking on township land.
  • Found many reports in support of new gas exploration industry.
    • Rep. Dave Hall, Chr. OH Ag. & Nat. Res. Comttin OH House. – views the industry very positively.
    • Ohio has adopted strict new regulations on drilling
    • State inspectors present throughout drilling process
    • New wells must have two layers of cement casings to prevent leakage of material into nearby wells.
    • Spoke with Bill Thorne – no statutory support for a moratorium on fracking.
    • Need to have RUMA – Road Use Maintenance Agreements now required by law.
    • Problem is with Injection Wells, not fracking.
current facts
Current Facts
  • Medina County has only one drilling permit in Harrisville Township .
    • Permit is to Devon Energy Production Company
    • Pad is started for a horizontal fracturing well
    • Also have one in Ashland
  • Medina County lies on potential large, rich, utica shale deposits
  • Townships have no control on this industry aside from not allowing it on township property.
  • OTA welcomes the industry to Ohio.
so what can we do
So What Can We Do:
  • Understand the Industry and Process
  • ODNR has the sole responsibility to permit, monitor and inspect this whole industry.
    • Writing report regarding the Youngstown Earthquakes.
      • Will modernize the fines and penalties for infractions.
      • Set up procedures to eliminate current safety issues.
      • Good research and very informative.
educational powerpoints
Educational Powerpoints
  • Chesapeake Energy Shale Operations Overview Powerpoint
    • Chesapeake not coming any further west (as of now)
    • Have very impressive business plans and procedures
  • County Commissioners have to Develop RUMA – view ODOT Powerpoint
    • County Engineers and ODOT District 11 have one
so what can we do1
So What Can We Do?
  • Be Notified: Request to be notified to new permit requests and adopt Resolution to prohibit fracking on Township land.
  • Be Educated: Chesapeake Energy Shale Operations Overview
  • Be Prepared: Create a RUMA: “Road Use and Maintenance Agreement” and Impact Fees.
  • Be Aware: New industry will impact many governmental services and local businesses.
new developments
New Developments
  • It is the injection wells , not the fracturing that most are concerned about.
      • Disposal of used fracking (brine) waste water solutions are injected back into the earth.
      • New permits for injection well drilling have temporarily been suspended by ODNR while they prepare a report.
  • Fracking with propane gel is on the horizon
    • Propane gel turns into gas when heated and 100% is recovered with the natural gas – eliminates frack (brine) waste water problem.
fracking with propane gel
Fracking with Propane Gel
  • Alternative to hydraulic fracturing
  • Safer and more efficient than water
    • does not bring the fracking chemical to the surface
    • leaves them behind as gel turns to gas when heated and mixes with fracked gases.
    • 20-30% more expensive than water fracking
    • Developed by small energy company in Calgary, Alberta called GasFrac.
    • Stlll awaiting a permit in the US
ohio township association
Ohio Township Association
  • Welcomes the development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale in Ohio.
  • Recommends the following to ensure that local government interest are protected:
    • Require a RUMA as a condition to a permit to drill
    • No statutory support for Impact Fees (suggested by OTA)
property owners
Property Owners
  • Awareness groups need to target individual property owners with anti fracking literature
    • Only way to impact the industry coming here
    • Landmen approaching land owners to get leases
    • Must have legal advise – Bill Williams, Canton
    • Surface rights and sub surface rights.
    • ODNA does not have a blacklist as yet for drilling violations.