Ohio laws don't restrain gas drillers...

Ohio laws don't restrain gas drillers, critics say

There are 1 comment on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 6, 2009, titled Ohio laws don't restrain gas drillers, critics say. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Only in Ohio do natural-gas companies drill wells only 100 feet from homes. State laws governing gas drillers here are among the most lenient in the nation, experts say, in part because drillers help write the rules.

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Granville, OH

#1 Jul 6, 2009
Man Laura, where did you get these facts. 1. Landowners do not DEED anything, they LEASE them and it is NOT everything under their property, but the oil and gas. Some leases are for coal, or water, or some item, but I have never seen and oil and gas lease that covers everything under a property!
Your article states “In Ohio, companies can legally:
• Drill on land despite opposition from homeowners. This is simply not true. There are specific rules and guideline for filing Mandatory Pooling procedures and it is a very lengthy process with hearings. Furthermore, that the property owner(s) affected can actually own a portion of the well.
• Choose not to notify neighbors of imminent drilling. This is true IF they are located outside the drilling unit. Outside the 10, 20 or 40 acre drilling unit. But why would they notify a neighbor over 300 feet away? If you wanted to put in a swimming pool and were permitted to do so, would you notify your neighbors??
• Burn excess gas in the open air. True. This flaring and is permitted and done in areas where there are NO gas sales or limited sales do not justify the building of a pipeline. However, in the suburban areas there are lots of markets to sell the gas and flaring is not needed.
• Pipe gas directly into houses without adding the sulfurlike odor that alerts residents to leaks. True, but it is free to the landowner with the well and they landowner is NOTIFIED in the lease that if he/she takes the FREE gas it is at their own liability and risk. They do not have to take the FREE gas at all.
Just a little more research would have been nice! In a day of our dependence on foreign oil and Canadian natural gas we should be backing the oil and gas producers of Ohio for not only reducing that dependence, but the employment they offer, taxes they pay and operating for 150 years pretty safely!

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