A veteran Ohio environmental activist has filed a petition with the federal EPA, charging that a 12-year-old Ohio law violates federal law and endangers public health and safety.
Theresa Mills says federal law requires industries to file detailed reports on the hazardous chemicals they use…with cities, local emergency management agencies, and local first responders, but the Ohio law says oil and gas drillers need to send the information only to the state Department of Natural Resources.
Mills warns, in a chemical emergency involving drillers, that could mean that volunteer firefighters and other first responders would be flying blind.
Mills: "And if they can't find a chemical inventory, they're going to be lost. they do not know what they are going to be walking into."
Mills and other environmental advocates predict that, with the current fracking boom, the chances of a chemical emergency are increasing. So, they say, full disclosure with easy access, is important.