Commish signs water sale deal


    News-Herald Staff Writer

    CADIZ – Harrison County Commissioners have approved a deal with a Columbus company to help provide water for fracking purposes.
    Commissioners inked a 15-year plan to work with Kokosing Construction, the same firm that is currently cooperating with the Village of Cadiz on similar operations, to sell water to oil and gas companies as part of the mineral removal process. Company representatives Aaron Tom and Jim Jackson attended Wednesday’s session as Commissioner Barbara Pincola gave an overview of the pact.
    “We have an agreement for water sales between Harrison County Commissioners and Kokosing to essentially represent Harrison County for the sale of water to companies, primarily for fracking,” she said “This agreement is a blanket agreement for all the water sources in Harrison County we’ll have access to. Right now, we only have access to aquifer water at Piedmont.”
    She said Kokosing was building an impoundment plant to store the water and would recoup its costs on a 70-30 percent basis, with the county receiving the lower percentage in the beginning. Once the firm is fully repaid, the amount shifts and the county would receive 70 percent of the sale proceeds. Tom interjected that there would be no financial risk to the county.
    “Kokosing is a well-known company throughout the country,” Pincola added. “We look forward to working with them.”

    The complete story can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.


    1. This is a disservice to the citizens of this county.
      Water is a far more precious resource than gas or oil.
      This non-conventional practice of Horizontal hydro fracking wastes and pollutes water. Worse yet it permanently removes water from the water cycle.

    2. I agree with you Kathryn…our water is bad enough to drink let alone haveing Gas or Oil accidently leaking into it. Here soon our lakes will be empty then what?? It doent rain enough here to replenish the water. I dont care how much money the county is getting what about the citizens that live here…soon we are going to look like that movie The Hills Have Eyes…LOL Also…what is the county going to do with that extra money oh I know there pockets….


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