Working to protect why we live here...for our families and for their futures


NEW FUNDING CHALLENGE:
  Thanks to the generosity of many donors and extra matching funds we have EXCEEDED OUR GOAL!   Funds will be used to continue our efforts to protect landowners rights.

THANK YOU!

If you would like to support our efforts, please send  your tax deductable contribution to:
Carroll Concerned Citizens, Inc.
PO Box 503
Carrollton, OH  44615

 
 Carroll Concerned Citizens - Our Goals

Carroll Concerned Citizens is a citizens-based organization whose goals are to:

  • Educate citizens about the long-term health, economic and environmental impacts of mineral extraction activities in Carroll and surrounding counties
  • Provide common outlet for citizens to voice concerns
  • Work with and via government offices regarding permit reviews and regulatory enforcement
  • Support the use of legal means to uphold the rights of Ohio landowners.
We generally hold public meetings the first Thursday of each month to share concerns, discuss opportunities for action and engage in civil debate.  (Check Next Meeting section for exact dates/times)

Our meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information contact Paul Feezel 330-813-8880 or email neighbor@carrollconcernedcitizens.org


Carroll Concerned Citizens, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Ohio.

Officers

Paul Feezel - President
Alan Kemerer - Vice President and Secretary
Deborah Ruehs - Treasurer


Send tax deductible donations to:
Carroll Concerned Citizens, Inc.
PO Box 503, Carrollton, OH  44615

BREAKING NEWS

Monroe County Ohio Shale Gas Fire During Fracking Operation - 20 fracking trucks and chemicals burn and local fish kill  reported.  Click to see WTRF News Story.

Next Meeting
 
September 4 at 7pm – Ohio Dept of Natural Resources on Mining and Landowner Water Replacement. 

The lead hydrologist from ODNR Dept of Mines and Reclamation will review the updated Procedural Directive on Water Replacement.  This updated document is the direct result of CCC’s questions about when, how and who pays for water replacement associated with mining operations.  

October 2 at 7pm – Ohio Organizing Collaborative’s Listening Project Results

November 6 at 7pm - Ohio Dept of Natural Resources on the Carrollton Winn/Trip Mine Reclamation Project (tentative)


January 8, 2015 at 7pm - OSU / UC Air Quality Monitoring Project Initial Results (tentative)

The meeting will be held  Church of Christ Christian Disciples at 353 Moody Ave. Carrollton just south of Route 43/39 intersection.  The Church of Christ drive goes back behind the Church of God located right on Moody.  Meetings are free and open to the public regardless of what county you live in. 

UC Water / Methane Study Expanded to Other Ohio Counties
(click here to see details on how to participate)

UC/OSU Air Study - How to Participate

Researchers at UC/OSU are currently seeking a limited number of landowners in Carroll and surrounding counties willing to host the small passive sampling devices on their property.  Specifically, the landowner's property should either have a well pad or be immediately adjacent to the well pad. 

Carroll Concerned Citizens is acting as one of the local non-profit partners to assist in identifying landowners and potential sites to include in the study.  The initial geographic focus is in Carroll and surrounding counties because of logistical constraints.  However, if you feel you have a good site based on the two criteria below, please contact the study coordinator as they may be able to work out the logistics.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to be considered for participation in the unbiased study, please contact Dr. Erin Haynes at the University of Cincinnati by phone at 513-558-5427 or via email at Erin.Haynes@UC.edu


Last Meeting Summary
June 5, 2014 - Attorney Alan Wenger on Landowner Considerations In Shale Gas Production Areas. 
Attorney Wenger has substantial experience in shale gas leasing and working for landowner rights specifically in Carroll and surrounding counties.  He will share what his firm, Harrington Hoppe & Mitchell, LTD is seeing rega rding royalty payments, division orders, unitization requests, mineral sales and assignments, dormant mineral rights, lease forfeitures, easements and state preemption cases.

March 6, 2014 - Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Linda Yeager, District Administrator of the Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District shared information about the 4R Tomorrow program that promotes nutrient stewardship, water management and backyard conservation to protect water quality in local communities and across Ohio. 
Watershed Specialist, Josh Britton hired by Carroll and Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District introduced upcoming plans for the Atwood, Leesville, Tappen and Clendening watershed monitoring and water quality improvement projects.
A good Q&A session identified several opportunities for CC SWCD to collaborate with CCC’s Water Sentinels program to select monitoring sites, share water quality results and help educate the public about the importance of water quality.


February 6, 2014 - Listening Project Seeks Input on Shale Gas in Carroll County  

Caitlin Johnson, Organizer with Communities United for Responsible Energy (CURE) – a campaign of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) – A shale-focused “listening project” in Carroll County.  Listening projects are citizen driven interviews of friends, family and neighbors to collect their experiences – good, bad or neutral – during the shale boom. 

CURE’s goal is to train 10-15 local volunteers to help reach a target of 500 Carroll County citizens with a short seven question interview. The responses to the questions – which will be kept anonymous – are to be complied later this summer and shared through a county-wide public meeting.

Take the Carroll County survey online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGMZLRH

January 9, 2014 - Introduction of a new study  to understand the effect of unconventional gas drilling on air quality.   Erin Haynes, PhD from the University of Cincinnati (UC) will share more information about a new joint UC / Oregon State University (OSU) study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences looking at air quality during the shale gas exploration lifecycle.  Click here for pdf Fact Sheet

November 14, 2013
A Study of Methane in Ground Water Near Gas Wells - University of Cincinnati  Assistant Professor of Geology, Amy Townsend-Small, PhD, is leading a study to examine methane and other components in groundwater wells in Carroll County during the onset of drilling for natural gas in the region. Dr. Townsend-Small and her team are monitoring about 25 groundwater wells at varying distances from shale gas sites in the Utica Shale region of Ohio.
Rose bud permit update - CCC's geologist completed Phase 1 of their analysis and determined a number of serious concerns about the permit's lack of data, inconsistent data, analysis methods used and conclusions reached.  CCC has contacted ODNR and the US Dept of Interior's Office of Surface Mining that oversee's ODNR's Division of Mines to share these expert findings and seek additional analysis.

October 3, 2013 - Rosebud Carrollton Mine Permit Status Update.
ODNR did not provide any responses to our July 25 informal conference questions.  Additionally, the new Procedural Directive regarding water replacement for dewatered landowners has been delayed again.  The new target for release is December 1.  Because Carroll County residents are so concerned about the potential for the proposed mine to impact their water, surface rights, and provide increased risk at shale gas wells and mid-stream operations, CCC engaged a well known geologist specializing in mine geology to do a detailed analysis of the geotechnical data contained in the permit.

July 25, 2013 -
ODNR / Rosebud Carrollton Mine Application Informal Conference.  Over 50 citizens participated in this two-way information sharing conference.  ODNR provided an overview of the permit review process, mining regulations, and general room-and-pillar mining operations.  Many citizens asked questions with ODNR staff provided answers where they could or offered to follow up.  Finally, 13 citizens provided formal commentary and/or questions that will be addressed by the ODNR staff within 60 days of the meeting. 

June 6, 2013 -
Huff Run Coal Mine Reclamation Project -   Marissa Geib Watershed Coordinator for Huff Run / Mud Run Watershed Restoration Partnership shared their work through ODNR to improve water quality impacted by abandoned coal mines in Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties.

May 2, 2013 at 7pm -
Rosebud Carrollton Mine Application Strategy Session. ODNR has received supplemental information from Rosebud regarding the Carrollton shallow room-and-pillar mine application.  Our attorney and experts are reviewing the information now to determine if it resolves the 21 page information request from ODNR and the nearly 4 pages of additional questions / concerns raised by Carroll County residents.
Public notices of the application request have been published in the local newspapers for 2 weeks now.  CCC plans to request an "informal conference" with ODNR to express any remaining concerns.  This informal conference is a key means for citizens to show ODNR that we expect them to protect landowner rights. 
Please join us as we work together to review the new data and maps and develop our strategies.

April 13, 2013 - Volunteer Stream Cleanup - 12 Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District and Carroll Concerned Citizens volunteers joined forces to clean up trash at the Valley Run Wildlife Area.  Thanks to all who helped and Kimble for donating the trash dump.  We hope to make this at least an annual event.



FracTrack Shale Gas Wells in Carroll County

Click here to link to website.  You must zoom in using zoom controls on upper left to see well detail.

Shale Gas Well Status  Copy of Well Status 5-4-13.xls
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HOT NEWS
5/19/13 - PA DEP receive over 1,000 complaints of water impacts from shale gas drilling. Times-Tribune article
1/11 - EPA update on research project regarding hydraulic fracturing potential impacts on drinking water.  Link to EPA presentation
1/2 - Journal of Nature reviews impacts of natural gas leakage.
12/29 - ODNR way behind on goals for needed shale gas inspectors.  (read full Plain Dealer article)

Check the Archives tab for summaries of previous CCC meetings.
Hot Topics and News!

WANTED: Ohio Researcher looking for 10-20 Carroll County landowners within 1 mile of planned, drilling or drilled shale gas wells.  Must have ground water well and allow water to be tested about 4 times per year.  The testing is free and results will be shared with the landowner.  Contact PaulFeezel@CarrollConcernedCitizens.org or 330-627-7163 if you are interested.

Water Testing
- A CCC presentation on why landowners might consider additional water testing, various levels of testing, and approximate costs.  See the Resources and References tab for more information...including EPA certified testing labs.

 Coal Mining 

April 1, 2013 -
Water Sentinels continue monitoring Carroll County water with pending Rosebud mine and shale gas activity (Public News Service - Radio link)

  Gas and Oil Exploration 


Quick Ohio Facts
Ohio shale gas and frack fluid injection well maps - Ohio.com
Shale Gas Well Spreadsheet 2011 to current

Recent News Coverage
Feb 15, 2013 WV well worker killed by explosion during brine transfer.
Feb 14, 2013 Midstream to build oil, gas processing facility near Leesville Map
Feb 2, 2013 Shale Summit midstream players give insight into their view of Carroll and Columbiana County's future. (video)


Other News 

Kasich slashes ODNR 14%, EPA by 12% and Soil and Water Conservation by $6.4 million.  Who will speak now for landowner?  More wells, more mines and less oversight--a recipe for landowner water disasters. 
Columbus Dispatch article
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