News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hennes Paynter Communications

Knight Foundation

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Anti-fracking activist sues Ohio watershed district over records request
Whether the district's list of land leases is public record is at the heart of a suit that's the latest twist in efforts to stop the sale of water for fracking

Clendening Lake is part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, the largest watershed within Ohio. The district's decision to sell 15 million gallons of water from Clendening to Gulfport Energy for use in fracking has angered some residents.
Courtesy of MWCD
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The denial of a public records request from the managers of the state’s largest watershed has led to a lawsuit.

Toledo resident Leatra Harper is suing the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District after her request for the addresses of individuals and businesses leasing land in the watershed was denied. She's head of the Southeast Ohio Alliance to Save Our Water, an anti-fracking group, owns a cabin near Seneca Lake and opposes the district’s decision to sell 15 million gallons of water for fracking operations.

Watershed spokesman Darrin Lautenschleger says the district has complied with her other public records requests.

LISTEN: Lautenschleger on watershed records requests

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:19)

“I can tell you that this particular requester has received from the conservancy district over the past year [or] year and a half more than 4,000 pages of documents for public records requests. So there has certainly been no attempt by the conservancy district to withhold records or not provide records that do belong to the public.” 

Lautenschleger says the district is trying to protect the privacy of other cabin owners who may not want to receive anti-fracking literature from Harper’s group.

LAUTENSCHLEGER: Protecting people from mailings
Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download

(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
Informative especially for nonmembers of North Hill. I appreciate the fact that you mention that the younger generation has an easier time than the elders but t...

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

More join the battle against Ohio's current forfeiture laws
NOT TRUE IN OHIO! ! My cousin's 8 rental houses were siezed in the early 2000s. He was a decorated Cleveland Police officer and detective (now retired). His dis...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University