The drop in gas prices at the pump has been welcomed by customers and it also seems to have slowed the pace of the fracking business in Ohio.
Kent City Council took this market slow-down as an opportunity to urge State legislators and the Governor to re-evaluate the Ohio regulatory framework that the fracking industry operates within to make sure there is a balance between the economic gains and possible environmental consequences before the next upswing in natural gas prices.
Kent City Council spent a lot of time exploring the options for the City to limit fracking impacts on Kent residents — and most importantly on Kent’s water resources.
On important local matters like fracking, cities tend to prefer some degree of regulatory control but cities are bound by the authority vested in them by the Ohio Constitution — and at this point the courts have consistently knocked-down any city efforts to intervene so Kent City Council took the approach of appealing to the State to strive to do better.
Here’s the letter that was sent to Kent’s state representatives, including the Governor.
The Governor’s a busy man with a State to run and a Presidential race heating up, but he still found time to answer the City’s letter.
The City also expressed it’s support for a recent Portage County resolution urging the State to impose a moratorium on injection wells in Ohio until more research can be done on their possible environmental impacts.
Here’s that County resolution: