Brookfield set to meet on emergency plan for township

BROOKFIELD — Township trustees have asked the director of the Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency to attend the Oct. 2 meeting to help the township create an emergency plan and safety protocol.

Trustee Gary Lees said he has contacted Linda Beil to discuss having a plan in place in case of major flooding, a gas well fire or other major problem or disaster.

”We want to be prepared and have a plan in place in case something happens, like a major disaster,” he said.

Lees said he wants to have township residents involved with creating a plan since there are 18 injection wells in Trumbull County. Officials said they are concerned about chemicals and materials being brought to the area by trains that pass through many communities. Lees also is concerned about having boats and other items ready in case of major flooding.

In another matter, trustees said they received a letter from Highland Field Services of Pittsburgh, a subsidiary of Seneca Resources Corp., saying the company is interested in only meeting with township officials on injection well drilling and does not want to meet at a public forum.

Trustee Chairman Ron Haun said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources did not respond to an invitation for a public meeting. Trustee Dion Magestro said he will contact State Rep. Sean O’Brien, D-Brookfield, about arranging a meeting with ODNR and Highland Field Services.

Resident Tom Wike said he is concerned about a well that is 250 feet away from homes and the Wyngate Manor Mobile Home Park off state Route 7.

Jane Spies with Frack Free America said there needs to be a public meeting.

”We are concerned for the public’s safety and the dangers of gas wells being so close. The best thing is for them not to drill at all,” she said.

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