Oil Field Jobs -Area and state officials will discuss the impact the oil and gas boom will have on the Tuscarawas Valley’s drinking water and highways at an informational meeting 7 p.m. tonight at Valley View Community Church in Sugar creek.
The meeting, titled “Who’s protecting the public’s right, and how?” will feature representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Transportation, Dale Arnold from the Ohio Farm Bureau, Tuscarawas County Engineer Joe Bachman and state Rep. Al Landis, R-Dover. The event is hosted by the Sugarcreek Rotary Club.
“Protecting the drinking water sources of all people is a pledge of Rotary,” said Rotarian Arnie Klaiber. “There needs to be a time and place for people to get real answers to their questions, and see who is protecting our water and our residents.”
There are concerns about the practices surrounding hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” the chemicals used and their effect on the water sources, the processes followed, and the responsibility to repair and maintain roads that were not built for heavy truck traffic.
These concerns and many more may be addressed at the forum.
“I think it’s going to be a very informative meeting and helpful for the community,” Landis said. “It’s going to be a learning experience for the audience and those on the panel, also.”
The state representative has been attending other meetings to learn more about issues connected with the oil and gas industry, including a forum Tuesday in Youngstown on seismic activity in the Mahoning Valley which has been linked to a deep injection well there. The well is being used to dispose of industrial waste water from Pennsylvania used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
Arnold said he will discuss questions farmers should ask a lease broker before signing a lease; an oil and gas company before allowing them to bring equipment onto a farm; an attorney before allowing him/her to represent them; before joining a landowners’s group; and questions to establish a good environmental baseline on water quality and quantity.
The event is free and open to the public. The church is located at 2772 Simons Dr.
The meeting will take place in the church itself, immediately next to the Family Life Center, which is host to another event. Following the meeting, cookies and coffee will be available in the church narthex.Check out Oil Rig Jobs to see if they can help you get your new career off to a fast start Alberta Oil Careers – good luck!