Ohio city council opposes fracking well

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A city council in southeastern Ohio is the second public body to oppose a proposed shale gas-drilling injection well in the region.

Citing public health concerns, the Athens City Council voted to support the county commission's objection to the proposed well for hydraulic-fracturing — also known as fracking — in Troy Township southeast of the city.

The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/18Cywbq ) reports that county commissioners sent a letter in September to the state asking for a public hearing on the application by K&H Partners. The letter called it a "highly deficient application that will not prevent pollution of land, surface water and drinking water sources."

The city council voted unanimously Monday night to support the commissioners' objection.

The state says there is no evidence the proposed well would be unsafe.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/

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