Recent Meeting SummariesSeptember 3, 2015 - The Importance of Local Engagement in Ohio's Shale Region
Federal Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act requires
industries to disclose chemicals used in their businesses to local
planners and first responders as a matter of public safety. Ohio
changed that disclosure for shale gas drillers to the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources rather than directly to local first responders.
The Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) explored four different perspectives of a recent change to chemical disclosure in the shale gas industry. A panel with representatives from the faith community, first responders, local citizens, and legislative watchdogs shared their views on continued erosion of local control within the shale gas industry.
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/