To the Editor:
I am writing, as an Athens County resident and landowner of nearly 19 years, to express my ever-increasing concerns about hydraulic fracturing in this county, state, country and much-too soon state parks and forests.
I urge all area residents to become informed on this topic, speak with neighbors, visit the Buckeye Forest Council, Sierra Club and Ohio Department of Natural Resources websites, and most importantly, watch "Gasland," the award-winning documentary about this practice.
If, as a landowner, you choose to sign a lease with a gas and oil production company, please consult an attorney prior to signing to ensure that your property rights, your clean water and your quality of life, as well as that of your neighbors, are safeguarded. Additionally, it is of utmost importance to consult with any mortgage lender and property insurance carrier prior to signing to ensure that your signing does not violate the terms of your mortgage, resulting in default, or your insurance policy, resulting in cancellation or a prohibitively high increase in your premiums.
A number of local citizens are discussing ways to address city and township officials to protect all residents and keep our water and air safe to drink and breathe. Please educate yourselves about these issues, talk to neighbors and local officials, and work to keep Ohio clean.
New England Road