Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Natural Gas Leak in Monroe County, Ohio

Dec 22, 2014 Issues: Energy

Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement and summary regarding this week’s natural gas leak in Monroe County:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who were forced to evacuate their homes so close to the holidays as a result of the recent natural gas leak in Monroe County. I am extremely concerned with the frequency in which these accidents have occurred in Ohio this year, and even further disturbed by the slow response time in resolving these situations. It is clear that a more thorough, statewide policy needs to be put into place, along with the necessary funding, to more quickly address these kinds of accidents that are forcing Ohioans from their homes and causing potential damage to our air and water.

“Natural gas development can be a great economic driver for our State, but it must be done with the proper safety protocols, oversight, and preparation. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I welcome input from Governor Kasich if further federal funds or technical assistance are needed to bolster Ohio’s efforts in maintaining safety around the natural gas and oil development taking place throughout Ohio.”

Earlier this week, a leak at the Triad Hunter Stalder well pad near Sardis in Monroe County started leaking natural gas. On June 28th, a StatOil North America well pad in Clarington, Ohio leaked chemicals which caused a fire that sent twenty trucks into flames and burned for nearly a week. On May 4th, an oil and gas well in in Beverly, Ohio leaked approximately 1,600 gallons of oil and chemicals into a tributary of the Muskingum River. All three incidents resulted in evacuations of nearby residents.