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Q:  How can I identify the trucks I see on location in order to understand what type of fluids or solids they may be hauling?

A: Click for the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2008)developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and others for use by fire fighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in quickly identifying the specific or generic hazards of the material(s) involved in the incident, and protecting themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of the incident.

Q: Why do I always hear that “there has never been a proven case of water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing” when I personally know of people whose water went bad after drilling?

A: This is a very carefully worded sentence based around the words “hydraulic fracturing”.  The industry defines hydraulic fracturing as the moment underground fractures are split — and NOT the entire process from drilling to cementing to fracturing. The industry could never claim that there has never been a proven instance of water contamination due to the whole process of GAS DRILLING, but when they confine their definition to the single moment of the underground fracturing— they can legally defend the statement.

Q:  Is it true that the oil and gas industry is exempt from many federal environmental acts?

A:  Actually the  oil and gas industry is exempt from some provisions within the following acts: 1.Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act 2.Resource Conservation and Recovery Act 3.Safe Drinking Water Act 4.Clean Water Act 5.Clean Air Act 6.National Environmental Policy Act 7.Toxic Release Inventory under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. To read the details: Petroleum Exemptions

Q:  The ODNR recently (2012) provided a comparison of Ohio’s well construction standards to those of states with similar drilling operations and stated that the new rules being drafted in Ohio today as a result of SB 165 rule making are more numerous and thus more stringent than other states – is this true?

A:  No. The document, found here http://www.shaleohio.com/documents/ohdrillingregulations.pdf

lists simply numbers of standards however upon review of actual detail, one finds the quality of standards in other states far exceed Ohio as seen in NRDC_Response_to_ODNR_Drilling_Regulation_diagram_FINAL