Danger of environmental devastation in Ohio/USA
American Electric Power (AEP) leased 150,000 acres around and beneath the Wilds in Ohio to Anadarko Petroleum. The Wilds is a conservation centre which contains mine land. However, the electric utility AEP donated it for the animal research centre and wildlife park, while retaining the mineral rights. A drilling lease has been signed encompassing around $ 15 million for leasing minerals rights over the next seven years to Anadarko Petroleum. Conventional drilling operations already occur.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium oversees the animal preserve, which serves as a breeding facility requiring normal light routines for animal health. According to Columbus Zoo CEO Dale Schmidt, noise and lights generated from the gas wells is an environmental concern for the Wilds’ animals. Moreover, Environmental Advocates have argued that spills and poorly designed wells can poison streams, groundwater and wildlife.
Anadarko Petroleum is a Houston based oil and gas exploration and production company.