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Gas drilling surges in Ohio; brings jobs, worries

After a childhood spent moving around, Patti Gorcheff vowed that she'd never uproot her daughter. But she says an oil and gas drilling frenzy in her area has forced her to change her mind.

She and her husband are selling the family home and fleeing with their 15-year-old before the drinking water becomes contaminated, said Gorcheff, 56, of rural North Lima in northeastern Ohio. She's heard the accounts from neighboring Pennsylvania of contaminant-laced water being discharged into rivers — and of fears there that, despite officials' assurances, drinking water might be harmed.

"I've never been so afraid," she said. "They're taking advantage of us because we're one of the poorest areas in the country. We have to move out of this area, we just have to.

Ohio residents like Tish O'Dell of the Cleveland suburb of Broadview Heights are skeptical. O'Dell said many of her neighbors were vulnerable to deals offered by lease buyers, known as landmen, because of the down economy. One woman, she said, had no idea such destruction would occur.


Advocates explore constitutional powers to appoint consumer nominee


Consumer groups are calling on President Obama to seize rarely-used powers in the Constitution to make a recess appointee out of consumer financial watchdog nominee Richard Cordray.

Obama’s efforts to appoint Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the Wall Street reform bill have been hampered by Republicans, who have blocked the nomination.

House Republicans who have kept Congress occupied in pro forma sessions have made it all but impossible for Obama to use his recess appointment powers.

But Cordray backers point out that the Constitution allows for the president to actually force the chambers to adjourn, which could open the door to a recess appointment.
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