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Protect Public, Sue MWCD

Protect Public, Sue MWCD

Lea Harper and her husband Steve, property owners near Seneca Lake in Guernsey County, filed suit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court yesterday after two years of effort and organizing to stop the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) from leasing public land and selling public water for horizontal, hydraulic, high-volume slick water fracturing (fracking).
The “final straw” came last February, when the conservancy district approved the lease of Seneca Lake, the third largest inland lake in Ohio, to Antero Resources for fracking. The MWCD subsequently approved a pipeline to siphon two million gallons a day of reservoir water to sell for fracking, thus destroying the water forever to reap conservancy district profits. So far, the MWCD has made $78 million in bonus payments for leasing and projects to make hundreds of millions more in royalties plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in windfall profits by selling reservoir water.

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