BARNESVILLE, Ohio -- Scores of Barnesville residents spoke out on Monday night against a project they say could impact the health and welfare of the community.
It was standing room only at the Barnesville Fire House, which hosted the meeting meant for public input on the project. At issue is a plan by EnerGreen to use drill cuttings in an upcoming development project at the East Ohio Industrial Park. EnerGreen co-founder Rob Smith explained that his company intends to use the drill cuttings, produced by local gas drilling, to build up and flatten the land at the industrial park. Smith says this will prevent the drill cuttings from ending up in local landfills.
However, many area residents question whether or not the drill cuttings could pose a radioactive hazard to the community. Several area officials voiced their opposition to the project, as well.
The Belmont County Port Authority, which will ultimately decide for or against the project, took no action on the proposal last night. Chairman Marty Gould said the port authority will meet as soon as possible to consider the input gathered at Monday's meeting.