As Brian pointed out in a post yesterday, Kasich’s office is responding to recent earthquakes near Youngstown, and the public outcry about safety concerns with fracking and the toxic waste it produces, not by addressing the public’s concerns but instead by hunkering down and trying (pretty unsuccessfully) to change the subject.

According to Kasich’s logic there’s no reason to slow down on the expansion of fracking since the fracking process and fracking wells are completely safe, it’s only the millions of gallons of toxic waste the process produces that’s a problem. So hey, full speed ahead!

Gas and Oil industry groups, not surprisingly, are pushing the exact same story. And they’ve formed a new group to help promote their message, hiring a Kasich ally to lead the effort.

The Ohio Petroleum Council, the Ohio Oil & Gas Association and other industry groups are coming together to form the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance (OERA) to defend fracking in Ohio. And they’ve hired Rebecca Heimlich, former head of the Ohio chapter of Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, as their director.

Kasich and Americans for Prosperity were joined at the hip during the SB5 Campaign with Kasich doing secret videos to motivate their troops and Rebecca providing “grassroots training” (funded by big corporate donors) to Tea Party Activists in which she regales them with tales of union evils, warns them of the dangers of allowing public employees to fairly negotiate with local communities and the state and promotes the “benefits” of SB5 and Kasich’s budget.

She also helped influence legislators and the Kasich administration to include some of the worst union-busting language in SB5.

Rebecca, wife of Cincinnati Republican politician-turned-lobbyist Phil Heimlich, has also been recruited by Kasich as a candidate for the Ohio GOP central committee as part of Kasich’s grand plan to unseat Kevin DeWine as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.

Heimlich and her group sent out an email yesterday morning with statements from gas and oil industry spokespeople along with a “fact sheet” that mirrors Kasich’s main point: it’s not fracking that causes earthquakes, it just the millions and millions of gallons toxic waste they produce.

With SB5, John Kasich and his pals in the legislature allied themselves with big-money donors from Americans for Prosperity and other anti-union groups, ignoring the concerns, complaints and voices of Ohio’s citizens in an attempt to push through their anti-worker agenda.

It seems he hasn’t learned his lesson.

Kasich is now teaming up with the same players, again ignoring Ohio’s citizens, dismissing their questions about environmental safety and blowing off their concerns about the safety of their families with an annoyed wave of the hand.

Don’t try to tell John Kasich about fracking. He’s heard all he needs to know from spokespeople for the industry that stands to gain the most from its expansion in Ohio. And if the people who produce millions of gallons of poison-filled water say it’s safe to dump it in Ohio, then gosh darn it, John Kasich is going to believe them.

Evangelize!
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  • Anonymous

    I love that one of the points in the fact sheet is that James Zehringer, Kasich’s Natural Resources Director, says fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes. I’m not saying they do, but find it hilarious that a high-school educated former fish farmer-turned legislator is put out there as an authority on seismologic activity.

    Also reassuring: telling us that other industries inject toxic chemicals deep into the earth too, it’s not just Oil and Gas. Gosh, that makes me feel so much better.

  • Anonymous

    I love that one of the points in the fact sheet is that James Zehringer, Kasich’s Natural Resources Director, says fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes. I’m not saying they do, but find it hilarious that a high-school educated former fish farmer-turned legislator is put out there as an authority on seismologic activity.

    Also reassuring: telling us that other industries inject toxic chemicals deep into the earth too, it’s not just Oil and Gas. Gosh, that makes me feel so much better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1819390896 Neil Zizelman

    Why did I just feel like someone punched me in the gut while reading this laughable “fact sheet”? (Heimlich)

    I agree that using a quote from James Zehringer is laughable at best.

    This “fact sheet” is so ridiculous that it could easily be used to make a case AGAINST fracking.

    I am constantly shaking my head and thinking “Is this SERIOUSLY the best they can do?”…..”Are the SERIOUSLY this delusional, incompetent and so saturated with arrogance that they REALLY, TRULY believe that the citizens will buy this reeking load of elephant chit?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1819390896 Neil Zizelman

    I see no personal backhanded slap to Zehringer. I’m from his home county and know his crop farming, poultry and fish farming operations well. I even know a couple of his family members who are good people despite Jim’s political aspirations and misguided political beliefs. The criticism of using Zehringer’s comment on the “fact” sheet is not aimed directly at Zehringer himself and certainly not at him personally, but at Kasich and OERA  for including his comment as some sort of “fracking expert supported proof” that fracking is indeed “safe” simply because of Zehringer’s position title. They (Kasich and OERA) mistakenly believe that when a citizen reads that the Director of the Dept. Of Natural Resources says fracking is safe, it lends credibility to the statement. They are banking on the fact that nobody will realize that the Director of the Dept. of Natural Resources is just a politically appointed hack who has no education, nor life experience that deals with anything even remotely close to fracking.

    As far as Kaisch appointing him, I could somewhat agree with appointing him to the Dept of Agriculture. He has real life experience that deals with several of the aspects of that department. No issues with education for me in this aspect.

    However, Jim has no business being the director of natural resources. None. I have a natural resources education  and work experience within ODNR. There are no less than 19 divisions within the department that are highly technical and I would wager that at least half of them are completely foreign to him.

    In reality, some of the meetings he goes to, he probably has to have someone explain to him what is being discussed and/or, just lets someone else make the decisions since he doesn’t have the faintest clue as to what they are talking about…..No, that’s not an exaggeration either…

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.burik John Burik

    After our Governor’s “reflection” on the message he received from SB 5/Issue 2 he’s returned to business as usual.

  • clambake

    You are correct. My guess is there would be little difference as far as fracking goes. I do think Strickland did get more coal money than Kasich, however.

  • Dmoore2222

    When you elect an amateur as governor, he’ll have no problem seeing other amateurs as experts so long as they tell him what he wants to hear. Fools like Kasich never know when to stop campaigning and start governing which includes an honest and thoughtful look at whatever is at issue. His statement about attracting the best people for Ohio government appointments (which was really only a ruse to justify higher salaries for his cabinet) falls flat when you look at this one and others like the State Superintendent of Instruction who didn’t even apply for the job but was appointed after the one truly qualified candidate withdrew.  If anybody wonders about Kasich’s judgement just look at the near miss he had with proposing a $400 million deal for Sears, a failing 20th century enterprise. Crap like this is not going to attact businesses to Ohio or dispell the notion that Ohio is a has been state.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps if you had an idea what kind of salary and benefits YOU AND I are paying for an unqualified person to make decisions about OUR health and welfare like this, you might be more concerned.  We are hearing from Republicans ALL THE TIME that if we don’t have a job or IF WE AREN’T RICH it’s our own fault for not having gone to college and gotten the big bucks.  But people like YOU think all a person has to do is be good buddies with a politician and you can be stupid as all hell and make big bucks.  Something wrong with the double standard here.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…maybe we should focus on what the current governor is doing and not concern ourselves with what ifs.

    Of course, doing that would take away your opportunity to hide your agenda behind your narration.

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