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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:42 AM

No Comments were received

This may not be a huge deal in the scheme of things (single oil and gas well in an Ohio national Forest), but it is interesting to note that during a comment period - when we the people could voice our concerns, not one comment was made.

You can find upcoming projects here in your area (or others) to voice your opinion on:

Application for Permit to Drill, Hite 2 Oil and Gas Well - Kenoil Inc.
Kenoil Inc. proposes to develop a traditional vertical oil & gas well on the Athens Unit. The proposed well pad is 0.67ac and a proposed access road is 600ft in length. This proposal does not include horizontal drilling or high volume fracking.

Location Summary
The proposed well site is located approximately nine miles northeast of Logan, Ohio and mile south of Gore, Ohio on the Athens Ranger District.
District: Athens Ranger District


Gala Goldsmith, Athens District Ranger of the Wayne National Forest, has decided to approve the Surface Use Plan of Operation (SUPO), including the removal and sale of timber from the site, related to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lease 46371 (Hite 2) for Kenoil, Inc. of Wooster, Ohio, to develop one oil and gas well on National Forest land in Falls-Gore Township, Hocking County, Ohio. The location of the well is in S 1⁄2 NW of Section 35, T14N, R16W on National Forest System (NFS) land. The well is not a horizontal well and does not involve high volume hydraulic fracturing procedures related to deeper Ohio shale formations. This well proposal will be similar to oil and gas wells in the immediate vicinity of this project commonly called shallow vertical wells.

The Decision Memo and accompanying map can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/wayne/landmanagement/projects. You may also request a copy from the Athens Ranger District, 13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Phone number: 740-753-0101.

This decision is not subject to appeal in accordance with the provisions of 36 CFR 215. No comments were received during the 30-day Notice and Comment Period for this project. The legal notice announcing the Notice and Comment period was published in The Athens Messenger on May 27, 2012. A prior legal notice was published in The Athens Messenger on May10, 2012, soliciting comments during an initial scoping period.

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nc4bo Nov 2012 #1
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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:00 AM

1. Maybe people just weren't aware of it.

I realized the day of the house explosion in Indianapolis that there was no quick method of finding easily accessible information on oil/gas well sites or fracking sites. Of course, it now seems the earthquake was caused by a gas explosion in the house but my first thought was there any fracking going on in the area.

A DUer found a map from Kentucky University's Geological Survey website and honestly I was completely shocked at how many wells were dotted across the Kentucky/Ohio area. I don't even know if average citizens in that area know how many there were/are.

It seems it would be even more difficult for the average person to get information of proposed drilling sites when the previously/current wells are already in existence aren't easily accessible.

Not sure if the entire gas/oil industry purposely keeps the information difficult to find or if the States have dropped the ball with informing the public - negligently or deliberately, it needs to change.

I'd also think having local media could be of service and involved in informing the local public of what is being purposed in their backyards; that is if media was actually concerned on reporting news that could affect a community or wreck the environment of something like a national forest or wildlife reserve.

Sorry for rambling, it's just I find it disturbing that all this drilling seems to sleaze under the public's radar.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:46 AM

2. I know I wasn't aware of it

Which is why I shared the link. Might be worth checking one a week to make folks aware of these things.

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:04 PM

3. Yes, you are right and thanks for posting The Straight Story.

But you know there are those who really don't want people to be informed - I know you do and seems as a nation, people don't actually want to know unless it's in their own backyard. Sad.

I also learned that fracking isn't as well regulated as most people think. I read somewhere that the companies doing the fracking aren't even required to list the actual chemical brew they use in fracking mixes! Then there's the fact that a PA EPA neglected to notify anyone (incuding the homeowner) that lab tests found toxic chemicals were found in wellwater near a fracking site.

It's a nightmare but all public seems to be hearing is Drill Baby Drill and the media is silent.

Wonder why that is?

I guess all an individual can do is try to get more people concerned.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:06 PM

4. Funny how the media has 24x7x365 news stations

And the government has a ton of web pages out there like this for comments on regulations....and you never see them spend 5 minutes to help people use their own voice...until after something is done.

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