The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission has
declined to reconsider its decision to deny an appeal by a local
anti-fracking group opposed to a Torch area drilling-waste injection
well in eastern Athens County. The matter is now heading to a Franklin
The Athens County Commissioners have
agreed to write a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
urging them to review and perhaps take over Ohio's oil and gas
regulatory primacy from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Athens County Commissioner Chris
Chmiel said Thursday that he'd like to see the county planner position
come back under the umbrella of the board of commissioners after
tensions arose recently regarding a new hire.
The Federal Hocking School District is
continuing to push the Athens County Commissioners to void several
previous actions related to Holzer Health Clinic as the clinic continues
to seek a tax exemption.
Comparisons to the popular AMC drama, "Breaking Bad," are unavoidable:
Two Athens County residents have pleaded guilty to multiple counts
related to running an apparent mobile methamphetamine lab out of an RV.