Sunday, March 24, 2013

The time I was validated by the Oxford Environmental Commission after creating a piece of fracking legislation without any formal guidence.

On Wednesday, March 6th I went to my second Oxford Environmental Commission meeting and presented my legislation to them. I was afforded a ten minutes on the official agenda; they ended up speaking with me for just over 50. I don't really know why they gave me so much time, as they had other stuff to discuss and were probably there for at least another hour, but it made me feel appreciated.

They had the only legally-trained person on the board look it over, and she said it looked good. Councilwomen Kate Rousmaniere, who sits on the commission, requested I put together something of a "cover letter" that would explain where I took the different ideas or language presented in the legislation from, so as to provide some form of rational for the potential law to whomever would be evaluating it along the legal process. I am in the process of creating this, and will present it to the commission at their next meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd. At this time they will vote on a resolution that would either give it their recommendation or lack there of, and it will be moved on to be presented to city council. Due to the circumstantial timeline of my project and how I will no longer be in Oxford come mid-May, they are trying to have the legislation expedited to the council, and I will ideally be presenting my work to them on Tuesday, April 16th. To my knowledge, they will not vote on it at this time, if at all. Essentially after the presentation, the whole thing is out of my hands, so it does not matter where I am geographically located at the time, and that is the place in which I want to be when I am completed with my creative project.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The time I created a piece of fracking legislation without any formal guidence.

I've done it. I wrote a law. I'm assuming Butler County Progressive PAC is going to ask me to run against John Boehner in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. I await my formal request.

Here's that thing I made:


MODIFYING Sec. 923.16(a) - Private Industrial Waste Treatment Facilities, of Codified Ordinances of the City of Oxford, Ohio, Title III, Chapter 923 - Sewers and Sewage Disposal

WHEREAS, there is concern about the potential for waste being injected into the ground within the confines of the city and being harmful to its citizens and the environment; and

WHEREAS, municipalities have the power and responsibility to enact laws preserving public health, safety, and welfare of the municipality and its citizens; and

WHEREAS, officials are unable to assess the risks to the public health, safety, and welfare of injected waste; and

WHEREAS, the guarantee of safety to public drinking water cannot be adequately affirmed in areas of deep injection wells; and

WHEREAS, the City is located near the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, which is recognized nationally as an important source of regional drinking water; and

WHEREAS, there is a preponderance to localized seismic activity in areas of deep injection; and

WHEREAS, there is need to expressly prohibit waste disposal by injection into any land within the City; now, therefore

    It is recommended to the Council of the City of Oxford, State of Ohio:

    Section 1.    That Section 923.16(a) - Private Industrial Waste Treatment Facilities, of Codified Ordinances of the City of Oxford, Ohio, Title III, Chapter 923 - Sewers and Sewage Disposal, be modified as follows:

(a)    In lieu of introducing untreated or partially treated industrial wastes and polluted waters in the sanitary sewers of the City, the owner of premises producing such wastes may construct and operate at his expense private waste treatment facilities, with the effluent discharged to a natural outlet, provided such facilities are constructed and operated in compliance with Ohio R.C. 6111. Discharge shall not mean injection into any land by well or otherwise, which shall be prohibited on any land in the city.

    Section 2. That existing Section 923.16(a) of Chapter 923 of Title III of Codified Ordinances of the City of Oxford, Ohio be repealed.


Anyways, tonight I present it to the Oxford Environmental Commission for critique and general feedback. I'm not scared they're gonna tear it apart or anything... not at all...