Former oil executive calls for strict fracking regulation

8:07 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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Ohio has become the epicenter of an oil and gas boom because of what lies thousands of feet below the surface -- shale that's rich in natural gas and oil.

But as industry comes into our state and even our backyards, some are concerned about public health and safety, especially when it comes to our water supply.

John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company, says that companies must be held to high standards.

"I think the regulations need to be very, very tough in order to weed out operators unwilling to make the commitment to do it right, unwilling to spend the money, unwilling to do the engineering, unwilling to do the maintenance and the care and the protection of the Earth that should be compelled by regulations," he says.

Hofmeister says Ohio, its enviroment and drinking water can be protected and safe.

"There is a way that we can compatibly industrialize, in a sense, oil and gas for the benefit of Ohio and the people of Ohio and, at the same time, protect what is a beautiful state," he says.

"It takes cooperative engagement with all the parties, and that has to be open and transparent, no hidden agendas."


















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