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ODNR addresses concerns over Cadle well

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It was an emotional and heated day at the Mahoning County Commissioner's meeting.

Citizens concerned about the boom in shale drilling, demanded answers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, about a well they feel is located too close to a Valley drinking water source.

"I want to know why the county commissioners didn't forbid this well in the first place," said Youngstown resident, Jean Engle to county commissioners.

What began as an informational meeting for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to address concerns about the Cadle well on Blott Road in Jackson Township, slowly turned in to frustration for some who felt all their questions weren't answered.

"Fine. The ODNR says everything is fine. We've got everything under control. The split in the casing, we don't consider it a threat. But they don't know. And what's at stake here is water for 220,000 people," Engle said.

The well that's located in what's considered the protected Meander Reservoir watershed is at issue. The well is a drinking water source for hundreds of thousands in the Mahoning Valley.

Another concern is that it is the same well that had a cracked casing at ground level last year, but according to ODNR, it has since been repaired and created no environmental concerns.

"Our well is constructed to protect the drinking water. The 30-inch conductor is used to stablize the hole. The 20-inch surface casing is used to isolate the ground water. Which it did do. Our staff is out there all the time and they care about people's public health and safety. The drinking water. We do not want to hurt anyone in this process," said Tom Hill, ODNR Regional Supervisor for Northeast Ohio.

Mahoning County Commissioners organized the informational session. They even offered to take written questions to present to ODNR, that will be answered in writing in the next 10 days.

But instead, commissioners felt they came under fire, for something they say only the state has control of when it comes to issuing permits for oil and gas wells.

"Though we serve as a bully pulpit for you to holler at us for the wells, we're the only ones giving you the opportunity to voice your opinion, pass along that information and get answers. We don't take it lightly," said Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler.

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