Environment Ohio
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The Cleveland Plain Dealer
By
John Funk

Reaction Wednesday to Gov. John Kasich's proposed comprehensive energy program ranged from caution to disappointment to rage.
Kasich's 10-part energy reform package is wide-ranging, from shale gas wells to gas pipelines, from smart grid technologies and power generation to workforce development. Some of the new regulations are administrative while others will require legislation.
Kasich is proposing a comprehensive array of new rules about those chemicals, requiring well developers to reveal exactly what chemicals and in what concentrations are added to the water used in what has come to be called "fracking."
But the proposal he released Wednesday states only that the chemicals "must be disclosed to regulators."
"We were disappointed that the governor's policy of disclosure of drilling chemicals appears to only extend to regulators, not to the public," Julian Boggs, advocate for Environment Ohio said.
"We hoped that we could all agree that the public has a right to full transparency and accountability when thousands of chemicals are being pumped into the ground near our homes, businesses, and parks."
The information will be made public, said Kasich's spokesman Scott Milburn.
"Actually, we're putting in place the nation's first cradle-to-grave public reporting system. Companies would have to report volume and chemical descriptions for everything they use in every step of the process and that information would be publicly reported by the Department of Natural Resources," Milburn said in an email.
ODNR spokesman Carlo LoParlo said the agency is developing a public searchable database that detail the chemicals or chemical class used to fracture every well.
Boggs and others are also strongly opposed to the governor's plan to encourage industry to generate electricity with waste heat -- and then call it renewable energy.
Because of the details of existing state law, including waste energy could kill any further development of wind farms, they say.