Texas Company Will Not Frack At “The Wilds”

Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum obtained mineral rights to The Wilds in 2011.(Photo: Flickr)
Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum obtained mineral rights to The Wilds in 2011.(Photo: Flickr)

The drilling company that holds the mineral rights to The Wilds animal preserve near Zanesville says it won’t do any deep-shale drilling on the property.

Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum obtained the mineral rights to the sprawling Muskingum county property two years ago. It’s home to several conventional drilling wells, but no horizontal fracturing, or fracking. Company officials did not immediately return phone calls, but a short release calls the decision business-driven. It was good news to Nathan Johnson from the Buckeye Forest Council, a non-profit that’s openly opposed fracking.

“We’re glad that the sort of impacts that are associated with high-volume fracking won’t evidently be an issue for The Wilds. That’s a great decision,” Johonson says.

Some environmental groups have linked earthquakes in northeast Ohio to wells that store fracking waste water. Industry leaders insist dee-shale drilling and waste-water storage can be done safely.

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