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Protesters arrested at lease signing with BP in North Lima

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NORTH LIMA, Ohio - Associated Landowners of the Ohio Valley and BP officials are wrapping up leasing mineral rights for exploration of oil and gas on property owned by Trumbull County residents at the Greenford Bobcats Space Center in North Lima.

BP is expecting about 2,000 people to sign by the end of the day.

But the lease signing was interrupted for a few hours Sunday by protesters with Ohio Fracktion who say they want to warn residents about hazards of fracking.

Annie Lukins was arrested for criminal trespass and obstruction of officials business. She is out on bond after being arrested November 30th at a D&L injection well in Youngstown.

Lukins says an opportunity for some quick cash by landowners could turn into a crisis. She says 50-percent of well casings will fail during their life span and that causes water contamination.

Jeremy Bingam and Jonathan Sindey were also arrested for allegedly pulling fire alarms.

Goshen police say the men pulled the fire alarm for the Smoke House Restaurant which is not associated with the lease signing.

Police said the men apologized. They are still in jail being held on 17-hundred dollars bond.

The group says they just wanted to sound the alarm to property owners.

Susie Beiers Dorfer, also with Ohio Fracktion, says BP has had everything from a refinery explosion in Texas City, where there was a loss of life, to the Gulf of Mexico explosion where there was a loss of life.

The protesters say profits are short lived with many companies making a quick exodus. But BP insists it will be a good neighbor and has executives looking to move here.

Ron Rybarczyk, BP America Director of Government and Public Affairs, says BP will operate with safety in mind. The company has a lot of resources and is a very large company, one of the biggest developers of gas in the U.S. and North America.

He says BP has the scale to do this the right way and the commitment to do it the right way. He says the company's plan is to be here for the long term.

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