OU Faculty Senate To Hear First Reading Of Fracking Resolution

By
Steffany Hiett

Dateline
Updated Mon, Mar 12, 2012 10:49 am

Members of the Ohio University Faculty Senate are holding a meeting tonight to discuss their stance on the ever-controversial issue of hydraulic fracturing.

The Finance and Facilities Committee will present the first reading on the faculty's resolution on Hydraulic Fracturing, also known as "fracking," on land owned by Ohio University.

Faculty Senate Chair Joe McLaughlin says the senate wants to be on the record saying that more studies need to be done before fracking can begin on Ohio University land.

He also says they have put together a list of things that the university can do when it comes to fracking.

"In the resolution, there's a whole list of recommendations for what the university should require of any leases that it might enter into," says McLaughlin.

McLaughlin says this is an important issue to the faculty senate because the members are a part of the community built here at Ohio University.

"We're concerned about the environment and the area and we feel as faculty we have a responsibility to urge the university to protect its resources and to be a responsible citizen," says McLaughlin.

McLaughlin says this is an important issue that the university should not take lightly.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. tonight in Walter Hall, room 235.

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