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Environmental group says that Ohio isn't financially prepared for fracking
The group says that fracking costs millions of dollars in road damge and and healthcare issues
by WKSU's OZIE IKUENOBE

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Ozie Ikuenobe
 

A new report says Ohio is not prepared for the financial and health effects that come with fracking.

Environment Ohio says that in addition to the environmental damage fracking is doing to communities, it can cost millions of dollars in road damage and dealing with wastewater.

Julian Boggs, policy advocate for Environment Ohio, says that oil and gas companies spread misinformation about fracking, which is why it’s still going on in Ohio and other states.

Boggs on fracking costs

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“Fracking damage can incur real costs to communities. Whether from ruined roads, declining home values, increased healthcare costs, contaminated livestock and livestock losses. Additionally, when we consider the financial impacts here, we should also consider future financial impacts, from potential cleanup.”

Boggs says a potential solution would be for legislators to require drillers to carry insurance to cover any damages. Boggs says that requirement might force energy companies to be more cautious with fracking practices.

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