Cincinnati’s water supply is under threat.  Much of the watershed of the Ohio River lies on top of the Marcellus Shale; the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers being entirely on top of the Shale, which is only a few feet beneath the surface in Licking Co., Ohio. The Shale is a geological formation rich in natural gas.

Public awareness began with drilling for gas, threatening the water supply of New York City. There is constant venting and flaring causing air pollution, and each deep gas well uses millions of gallons of water, sand, 171 products, and 245 chemicals (some secret & toxic)..  “Hydraulic-fracturing” is now exempt from the “Safe Drinking Water Act,” “The Clean Water Act,” “The Clean Air Act,” “The Right-to-Know-Act”, and other important protections. The 2005 Energy Bill exempted oil and natural gas industries from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Mayor Mallory, City Manger Dohoney, City Council and our excellent Greater Cincinnati Water Works should be able to protect us from poisons in our drinking water.  But they can’t unless Congress changes the law.  Let’s all work together to make our city safer for our children.


Frank W. Carpenter


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Elz on March 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    The whole water supply question nationwide needs a rethink. A lot of it looks like the biggest resource grab since we stole the continent from its original inhabitants. It will take crises like these to force us into reconsideration.


  2. Today teh NY TIMES tells us that

    Saving U.S. Water and Sewer Systems Would Be Costly (see: )

    Why worry about global instability? We’ll all be dead from poisoned water before then.


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