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Barnesville residents say 'no' to EnerGreen

Updated: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 12:27 AM EDT

By: Adam Del Rosso


They are making sure their voices are heard -- Barnesville residents are speaking out against a possible project at the East Ohio Industrial Park.


It's a story NEWS9 first brought to you earlier this month and Tuesday night, officials held a meeting for input.


The meeting was standing room only at the Barnesville Fire House lasting two hours with a lot of information discussed and an overwhelming response from residents.


On hand tonight, a few hundred residents, Belmont County Port Authority officials, commissioners, Warren Township trustees, Barnesville officials, Ohio EPA, independent consultants, and the business at the center of attention, EnerGreen.


EnerGreen co-founder Rob Smith started the night explaining what his business plans to do. He said they would take drill cuttings, instead of dumping them at a landfill, and use them to build up and flatten the land at the industrial park site for future development.


According to residents and several others, the concern is with the amount of radioactive material in those cuttings, where it will go, and how it will impact health and the environment in the community. Based on the presentation from a consulting scientist and lawyer, it appears several officials do not want this project either, as it stands.


As of Tuesday night, the lease agreement between the port authority and EnerGreen has not been signed. Board Chairman Marty Gould said the port authority will meet as soon as possible to discuss moving forward with everything that was brought to their attention.


Several other issues were brought up at the meeting including Ohio's lax laws, compared to nearby states, on accepting drilling waste. Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler responded by only citing the state's definition that the waste is accepted at landfills because it includes normally occurring radioactive material, as opposed enhanced radioactive material from drilling.


Stay with NEWS9 as we'll be sure to keep following this story.

Barnesville residents say 'no' to EnerGreen

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