In Stark County, OH, Plain Township has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing on township property. Everyone in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale seems to be in a rush to save themselves from something that hasn’t proven dangerous. Go to any current producing state and it won’t take long to see there aren’t problems and fracking has been common place for years.
It’s understandable to want to take time and fully evaluate a situation, but an outright ban on a practice that is widely used doesn’t seem prudent at this juncture. Hopefully, the number of cities and towns that take this type of action will be limited.
If you are a mineral owner, this can create a number of issues. If you are surrounded by public property (e.g. roads), there is a chance your minerals just became worthless. Oil & gas companies need a certain number of acres to drill horizontal laterals and, if Township property is needed to make a commercial unit, you might have just been left out.
“A resolution — approved on a 2-1 vote — would ban drilling companies from using the form of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, on any township-owned land. The ban covers streets and roads, parks, fire departments and other land.”“ ‘We do not own this property. We are stewards of this property,’ Trustee Louis Giavasis said, explaining why he supported the ban. ‘We are charged with being sure that this property is here for future generations.’ ”
“After the vote, four township residents thanked Giavasis and Leno but urged them to go a step further and completely ban horizontal hydraulic fracturing throughout the township.”
Read the full news release at CantonRep.com