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Playing politics
To the editor: Why should we be coerced by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry into believing that we should wait until after the elections in November to vote for the approval of the Keystone Pipeline?

Playing politics with the elections and fearing retaliation is reckless and ill-favored. We should be allowed to access our affordable, abundant natural resources and not allow the heavy hand of government to block us from reaching our full potential.

This energy boom will continue with the Bakken formations expecting to be producing 1.7 million barrels a day by 2020, up from 1.1 million a day this year. The pipeline (a $7 billion project) will create thousands of jobs, give the economy a shot in the arm, lower gas prices and wean the U.S. from foreign imports.

This project went through the incredibly strict and expensive EPA approval process with flying colors. Also, the Fraser Institute disclosed it to be safer by pipeline than by rail or roadway. This report should pacify the environmentalist concerns.

It makes no sense to let government policies constrain America’s freedom of action today. Let’s insist that our representatives okay this project, and get America back to its greatness in the world.
Ted Georgoff


Oregon council on Monday is expected to raise the sewer rate to pay for Phase I of the wastewater treatment plant improvement project.

The city has planned on raising rates for the last few years, but just recently established the higher amount.

The project is in accordance with the city’s EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which requires the city to increase the secondary treatment capacity of the wastewater treatment plant from 24 million gallon per day to 36 million gallons per day to eliminate secondary treatment bypasses and sanitary sewer collection system overflows during wet weather.

The project is being constructed in two phases over the next five years. Phase I is nearly completed.

The $16 million project is being funded by a combination of a grant, loans, and city funds.

“This ordinance is needed to establish a capital improvements charge to pay the debt on Phase I of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Secondary Treatment Improvements Project,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman at a committee of the whole meeting last week. “Council is aware of the project, which we have been working on since 2009.”


The Lake Township trustees were asked Tuesday to reconsider their decision to intervene in a rate case FirstEnergy has filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Hans Rosebrock, an economic development manager for FirstEnergy, said the company’s rate plan filed in August is designed to “help shore up” the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant and two other plants.

The plan, if approved by the PUCO, would cover electric service for consumers from June 2016 through May 2019 and set a 15-year agreement between FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, for purchasing power through Davis-Besse, the W.H. Sammis Plant and Ohio Valley Electric Corp. units. The utilities would sell power into the wholesale market and when wholesale prices exceed costs, consumers would receive a credit; when wholesale prices are less than costs, consumers would pay a charge.

Rosebrock said the company is projecting the “cost-based” arrangement would save consumers $2 billion over 15 years.


For a chemical element discovered in the 17th century, phosphorus can still be puzzling for researchers; at least when it comes to tracking it from farm fields to tributaries of Lake Erie where it plays an integral role in the formation of harmful algal blooms.

For years – well before the algal bloom of 2011, described by some as the largest in the lake in decades - growers in Northwest Ohio have been adopting conservation measures to reduce run-off from farm fields.

Farm Service Agency offices in six local counties report enrollments are up during the past decade in a voluntary program that pays growers to convert cropland into filter strips along ditches and streams.

• In Fulton County, filter strip acreage has grown steadily, from 56 acres on 15 farms in 2004 to 559 acres this year on 158 farms.


Oregon council on Monday will consider approving additional design engineering services from Poggemeyer Design Group to install a sanitary sewer for $105,963 as part of the Cedar Point Road Relocation project.

Cedar Point Road will be relocated approximately 1,000 feet south of its current location between Wynn Road and just east of Otter Creek Road. The purpose of the project is to accommodate future industrial growth for BP-Husky Refining and adjacent property owners.

To provide future sanitary sewer service to Wynn Road and Cedar Point properties near the intersection of the roads, the city decided to incorporate a new sanitary trunk sewer main in the design and construction of the Cedar Point Road Relocation project, which is expected to go out to bid in February.

“Currently, the city has almost completed the design of the relocation of Cedar Point Road between Wynn and Otter Creek Road,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman at a committee of the whole meeting last week. “When we’re looking at a road improvement, we want to look at the underground infrastructure to see if there is any potential of a future sanitary sewer, and whether we should accommodate for that sewer before we do the road project.”


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