|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1998
Washington, D.C. – U. S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) today expressed his opposition to a federal proposal to allow drilling on private land around Mosquito Creek Lake in Cortland, Ohio. "After careful consideration, I am compelled to join many of my constituents in opposition to any drilling around Mosquito Creek Lake," said Traficant in a letter sent today to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management. The federal government owns the mineral rights underneath the lake.
Two years ago, Traficant wrote to the Interior Department to express concern over BLM's proposal to allow drilling for oil and gas below the lake. At that time, Traficant agreed to withhold final judgment on the proposal until the BLM completed a planning and environmental assessment. That assessment was recently completed.
"I have carefully considered the assessment, and the proposed safety procedures to contain leaks, spills and overflows," noted Traficant in his letter to BLM. "Quite frankly, given the amount of natural resources in this country, the benefits of extracting gas and oil from the wells do not outweigh the potential damage that could be done to the environ- ment, water quality, and overall quality of life for area residents. I cannot, in good conscience, support the proposed drilling. It is not in the best interests of my constituents," concluded Traficant.
Traficant said today that he intends to continue working with
all interested parties to reach a mutually acceptable arrangement.