I am writing in response to the May 15 article "Forest Fracking."
The author and those who are "irked" seem to either chose to ignore, or are unaware of the fact that over 1,300 oil and gas wells have been developed in Wayne National Forest to date. And yes, many of these have used hydraulic fracturing.
What is more "irksome" is the fact that surface impact of horizontal wells is far less than those of vertical wells. This has been studied before, and recently.
In 2009 the Ground Water Protection Council produced a study for the Department of Energy, and concluded that horizontal drilling "has not introduced any new environmental concerns" and stated that in fact, "the reduced number of horizontal wells needed, coupled with the ability to drill multiple wells from a single pad has significantly reduced surface disturbances and associated impacts to wildlife, dust, noise and traffic."
There is nothing new about oil and gas development in Wayne National Forest. There is nothing new about the techniques used to enhance production either - we've been safely hydraulically fracturing wells in Ohio for the last 60 years. What is new is the sensationalist claims of a few uninformed people with an agenda to demonize an industry and a proven technology. This is another unfortunate example of "not telling the whole story," and it could come at the expense of many unemployed Ohioans who stand to gain employment opportunity in the safe and responsible development of Ohio's energy resources.