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Environmentalists concerned with all drillers, not just BP
They say all oil and gas producers pose the same risks

Valerie Brown

BP is leasing 84-thousand acres north of Youngstown to drill into the shale layers deep beneath Ohio. It’s the latest entry into the state’s fast-growing oil and natural gas industry.

Nearly two years ago, a BP offshore oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico.  But environmentalists say BP is not the only oil and gas producer to be concerned about.

Jeffrey Dick is a professor of geological and environmental sciences at Youngstown State University.

Professor Jeffrey Dick talks about the environment versus the economy

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Dick: “They all pose the same potential risks to the environment. And also because of the production they bring with [them] the promise of economic development for eastern Ohio. And those are the two things that have to be weighed against each other: environmental risk versus economic development.”

Dick says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources must adopt regulations to minimize spills. And the Environmental Protection Agency must monitor waterways regularly.

Dick also says BP and other drillers need to experiment with different methods that will fracture the shale without using so much water.

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