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Sat. meeting to explore fracking issues

By Mike Sever | staff writer Published: November 30, 2012 4:00 AM

Four people will relate their stories of living with fracking and the impacts of deep drilling for natural gas Saturday at a meeting sponsored by Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville.

The session is set for 7:30 p.m. at King of Glory Church, in the Streetsboro Plaza, located just off S.R. 303 in Streetsboro. The church is located in the large plaza north of the Circle K gas station at the corner of S.R. 303 and S.R. 14.)

Speakers include: Kari Matsko of Lake County, who started researching the potential impact because of her own health effects from drilling in 2006; Maria Payans of Pennsylvania, whose nonprofit was formed because of the impact of drilling on neighbors in rural areas of Pennsylvania; Tracy McGary of Columbiana County, who will present personal experiences with seismic testing and the effect on her own well and other wells in her rural area; and Paul Feezel, head of the nonprofit Concerned Citizens of Carroll County, a very large, very active grassroots organization that helps citizens deal with the impacts of fracking through water testing and information outreach, and which also works with local officials to accept -- but mitigate -- the more harmful consequences of drilling.

Matsko is a member of STRONGER, a public-private organization formed in 1999 to carry forward the state review process started in 88 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Payans has committed her life to speaking out about what she has personally experienced and witnessed in the lives of others, and also she currently works with an environmental attorney in an attempt to remediate some of the problematic outcomes of drilling on property and health.

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McGary is the owner of a small petting zoo who says her life has been turned into chaos by the gas and oil industry in her county. Her story depicts the problems that go unremediated and the outcomes in personal lives right next door to Portage County.

Feezel presents a practical approach to what residents can expect when gas exploration moves nearby. He lives one mile from drilling in a beautiful rural 100-acre setting.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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anonymous Jan 28, 2013 7:39 AM

Myopic Portage Commissioners and apathetic RTown Trustees should stop ignoring Frackophiles the Fracking imprecations. . The RTown well has depleted property values, polluted with 24/7 noise, blanketed ground level ozone, leaking condensate tanks, flaring air pollution, rumbling trucks and underground waste chambers, No one knows how long it will take the injected poisonous chemicals to leach into our water aquifers, toxic ozone to saturate to killing levels, or why our politicians have not followed the example of other communities with Fracking regulations. The ODNR doesnt care about locals. We must enact safeguarding zoning and taxes and then enforce with more than helpless winks. The RTown well arguably has contributed to scores of road-kill, one motorcyclist death and dozens of ill residents unable to sleep for the day & night deafening interruptions. .