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Former Oil Site in Marion County Can be Reused
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 23, 2014 @ 6:46PM
Created on June 23, 2014 @ 6:16PM

When oil and gas sites stop being oil and gas sites, sometimes they can't be used for anything else. That's not the case for a former oil facility in Marion County.

The former oil storage facility has been tested by the Department of Environmental Protection, and they found that the area is safe to be used for open green space, like a community park. The former Shell Downs Station on Sunshine Road in Rachel is 8.7 acres of land that used to hold storage tanks for oil. Crude oil would be brought there, then pumped out. Operations at the site stopped in the early 2000s.

Now through the Voluntary Remediation Program with the DEP, soil samples have been taken around the site to check for harmful chemicals. They found that the site was safe for people to be around it. An agreement was put in place, however, that says no groundwater should be used at the site and that buildings should not be constructed there. Pasupathy Ramanan, a project manager with the DEP, said these are precautions that can be taken that keep any contaminants in the ground from spreading and make the land reusable.

"These types of ways are there, by which one can take care and utilize such properties for long-term use again," Ramanan said.

There are no final plans for the site, except that Shell would like to sell it to interested buyers.

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Jun 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Uh, what about all the 'shoddy deals' under the EPA? Lies about global warming; intimidation, bullying and such? Yeah, govt entities like NSA spying on LAW-ABIDING citizens, IRS discriminating against LAW-ABIDING citizens; Obama/Hillary and Benghazi; Dept of Justice (Pfft!Joke) Eric Holder's refusal to uphold our laws unless it helps his crooked liberal political party and its destructive dishonest immoral objective.

So when these govt idiots clean up their own act; then maybe, just maybe, we'll believe they care about PRIVATE INDUSTRIES' corruptness. One corrupt lying dishonest entity calling another entity crooked is like one rotten apple calling another rotten apple... well, rotten!! NO ONE LISTENS TO LIARS ANYMORE! The gig is up! Time to pay the piper!
Jun 24, 2014 at 8:34 AM
…In a June 26, 1994, Cleveland Plain Dealer article entitled Environmentalists Leery of Possible Loopholes, Chris Trepal, co-director of the Earth Day Coalition in Northeast Ohio, lambasted the enabling VAP legislation as “one of the poorest public policy measures I’ve ever seen.” A clairvoyant Richard Sahli, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council, echoed his sentiment in the May 26, 1994, Cincinnati Post, “We do predict there will be a lot of shoddy cleanups under this bill the state will never catch.” Testifying before the House Energy & Natural Resources Committee on behalf of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Cincinnati environmental lawyer David Altman asserted, “This bill is a definite bait-and-switch. What it is supposed to do and what it does is two different things.”

A seminal, 152 page 2001 Gund Foundation funded study by the Green Environmental Council confirmed the critics’ predictions. A dearth of agency resources to provide meaningful regulatory oversight combined with the lack of a credible, established enforcement mechanism has rendered the feckless, industry aligned program toothless. “It’s a broken program – it doesn’t work,” declared the council’s Bruce Cornett in an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Both the Sierra Club and Ohio Citizen Action opposed the 2000 $400 million Clean Ohio state bond issue out of concern the fungible proceeds could be utilized to prop up the lame Voluntary Action Program and create a trojan horse polluters slush fund. “This is the governor’s attempt to whitewash his EPA,” charged Jane Forrest Redfern, environmental projects director for Ohio Citizen Action in a November 1, 2000, Cleveland Plain Dealer article. Dedicated professionals, veteran Ohio EPA bureaucrats attempted to rectify the problem. According to the October 4, 2000, Cleveland Plain Dealer, “EPA staffers who shared some of the environmentalists’ concerns, at one point launched a quiet but unsuccessful campaign to disband the program.” For six years after the Voluntary Action Program’s 1996 implementation, the U.S. EPA refused to extend program participants federal immunity and threatened to decertify the Ohio EPA due to the VAP’s expansive, inhibiting secrecy provisions and tangible lack of transparency. In a brokered, bifurcated modification to the Ohio VAP that “frankly doesn’t make sense at all,” according to Ohio Public Interest Research Group director Amy Simpson (Akron Beacon Journal, February 24, 2001), an alternative “memorandum of agreement” VAP track with enhanced public access was crafted. Companies that elect the original, opaque, “classic” option, which conceals under an embargo the extent and nature of contamination, will not be afforded U.S. EPA liability insulation. “Why Ohio would want a two-headed monster is beyond me,” quipped the Ohio Environmental Council’s Jack Shaner. In SCA’s case, the jaundiced, green and incompliant wants to hide what you can’t see. Mark Chesler Oberlin, Ohio
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