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Fracking in Johnstown

Fracking in Johnstown

Dear Friends,

Below is a letter I received and I suspect others have as well. I think we should go next Saturday. I will be there. I am sure we should tell others, put it on web site.

Hi All,

     My name is Kelly Walker and I am with the Columbus Community Bill of Rights—we are gathering signatures to pass a city ordinance that would basically ban fracking and it’s waste products from the city of Columbus, we are also working on a similar ban for Franklin County. 

We have learned that landmen have been knocking on doors in Johnstown to discuss mineral rights leasing with local landowners.  So, a couple of weeks ago we held an informational session on the impacts of fracking that the landmen probably won’t be sharing with potential lessors. 

We are following up that presentation with a screening of the documentary Groundswell Rising

this Sunday, August 7th, 6:30 PM

at the Village of Johnstown City Council Chambers, 599 S. Main St., Johnstown, OH 43031. 

Judging by the Concerned Citizens website you and people you know may be interested in the screening and the Q and A afterwards.  So please join us if you can and bring along some friends.  Also, could you post this info on your website?

I forwarded a copy of our flier to each of you, please use if you like.


Kelly Walker  cell (614-783-9086)

 LINK to Poster:  Johnstown Flier 7aug2016

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3 Responses to “Fracking in Johnstown”

  1. Gary Sitler says:

    I am the land man who has been knocking on doors and acquiring oil and gas leases from landowners who support oil and gas exploration near Johnstown. As always seems to be the case with the “anti-frackers”, Kelly et. al. do NOT know the facts and are WAY off base. For example: Did you know that there have been over 6,000 wells fraced in Licking County since the mid 1960’s with NO effect to ground water? I will be at your meeting armed with the facts that make Kelly’s fracking concerns in the Johnstown a moot point. It’s too bad that you choose to waste citizens time on a Sunday night when they could be home with their families.

  2. admin3 says:

    From: Jim Neuenschwander

    Hi Ken and Carol

    Would you pls share this e-mail with the attendees at the 7Aug16 Johnson Meeting discussed in your below e-mail?

    Below is the Federal EPA fracking study link


    The movie “Groundswell Rising” discussed as lack of economic gain which is not true for Ohio as the below link lists about $18 billion of Ohio projects in various stages of completion

    So in addition to the leasing and royalty payments made to Ohio land owners, thousands of high paying jobs are being created in OH

    Based on the rule of thumb that each $ 4 billion of capital project investment creates about 10K jobs , then about 45K project related jobs could be created in Ohio . And each project job creates about 10 percent operating jobs so about 4.5K operation jobs could be created based on the above link

    Since you are requesting Ohioans to sign the Columbus Community Bill of Rights petition pls advise if the 7Aug16 meeting attendees would like to visit an Ohio shale well and use that Ohio data? I will be glad to help coordinate a site visit

    Finally, JobsOhio were mentioned on 7Aug16, so I’ve cc’ed JobsOhio’s David Mustine

    Thx a lot


  3. admin3 says:

    Hi, Jim,

    Thank you for the articles you sent. I will pass on the information and links that you sent about the impacts of fracking here in Ohio to the attendees.

    I read the articles with interest and then spent some time this afternoon to do some of my own research. I find the economic impact of fracking in Ohio much more mixed. For example, here is some of the information I found with key excerpts underneath:

    • Politifact Fact Check: Fact Checking the Economic Impact of Fracking in Ohio

    Kasich’s spokesperson Rob Nichols pointed to data showing that fracking was responsible for just 2.6 percent of the 278,150 total jobs created in the state during that time period.
    As for revenue, Nichols said data from Ohio’s Department of Taxation shows that oil and gas industry brought 0.017 percent ($19.89 million) of all state revenue ($118.3 billion) between fiscal years 2014 to 2015. (By comparison, the auto industry added about three and a half times more jobs.)
    By all estimates, fracking jobs account for 2 percent of those added in the state during Kasich’s tenure. Shale development has improved GDP by about 1 percent and contributed to less than a percent of the state’s tax revenue.
    • Columbus Dispatch: Fracking Boom Hits Speed Bumps:
    The decline is a result of a pullback by companies such as Chesapeake Energy, the largest producer operating in the state, which had 190 new drilling permits last year and only 98 so far this year.
    A reduction in permits is going hand in hand with a reduction in drilling. Energy companies had 19 rigs drilling new wells in the state last week, down from a recent peak of 47 in January, according to oilfield-services firm Baker Hughes.
    As rigs go idle, workers get laid off, including those who work for outside companies that serve the rigs.
    • Columbus Dispatch: So Where’s the Boom that was Promised?
    Oil and gas industry officials predicted in September 2011 that the growing effort to tap oil and gas in the Utica shale would lead to more than 200,000 new jobs in four years.
    So far, that has not panned out, even in the counties with the most drilling activity.
    “The deep-down question people need to ask is, ‘With this activity that’s going on in the community, to what extent is it benefiting the community?’ ” said Tim Kelsey, an agricultural economist at Penn State University who has studied the effects of shale development on his state.
    “If it is non-local companies bringing in non-local supplies and non-local workers, then there isn’t much of an effect on the area.”
    More than three years after the first Utica drilling permit was approved, transient workers are among the most-tangible signs of the shale “boom.”
    While economic activity has boosted sales-tax revenue significantly, which helps the economy, there has been little measurable change in the underlying labor market.
    • Think Progress: A 600 Million Dollar Fracking Company Just Sued this Tiny Ohio Town:

    A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought more than 180 million gallons of water from the town last year. That water use, combined with a dry fall, prompted the village to temporarily shut off water to Gulfport Energy. Now, a second company has a water agreement, and there might not be enough water to go around.

    A few years ago a group of us went to Carroll County—the fracking “hot spot” in Ohio. We met with local officials and with farmers who had signed leases. Based on what we saw and learned that day, the quality of community life was reduced and residents were faced with many problems they hadn’t anticipated, including those who had signed leases. Since then the EPA reports that “Carroll County exceeds EPA’s cancer risk level of concern,” and that roughly 27% of Ohio’s residents live within a half-mile threat radius of a methane-emitting facility. In addition to three counties —- Perry, Monroe, and Warren —- have a cancer risk in the highest 10%. Ohio has the most threatened schools and the most threatened medical facilities per state.” This, too, has economic implications of long-term consequence.

    I’m not sure you and I will ever agree on this, but based on what I have learned in these past few years, fracking brings far more problems than benefits to the areas where it occurs. And any gains tend to be quite short term and the risks and damage can be long-term with us as community members left to live with (and pay for) the results.



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