Sunday, July 26, 2009

CO2 Sequestration Poll for Darke County on

Thank you, Darke Journal for conducting this poll - and many thanks to our residents who voted in the poll against the proposed CO2 sequestration project in Greenville, Ohio.

As you will recall, The Daily Advocate, did a poll prior to our Call to Action Meeting the end of June.... results below

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PLEASE NOTE: This poll was conducted prior to the past month’s concerted effort to educate and inform the public regarding the proposed sequestration.


Published July 1, 2009

Recently, The Daily Advocate sent out a Reader’s Poll to online newsletter subscribers about the proposed carbon sequestration project in Greenville. The poll consisted of 10 questions based on concerns the newspaper was receiving from local residents.

The poll was sent out to 2,268 subscribers and received 161 responses.

Of the 161 responses, 73 percent felt that there should be a public vote on the proposed project.

“How do we stop this project? The people of the county should decide what happens,” wrote on respondent.

“A public vote is the best way to go. Why? Because the co2 sequestration affects all our properties, all our jobs, and all of our community not just a select few government leaders who ‘should’ be representing the county,” wrote another.

“This project should be voted on by the public.We the public and our children will be the ones who will have to live with the after effects for years and years to come,” said another.

Many others (40 percent) felt that the project needed local government approval to move forward.

Concerns were other big issues. Fifty-nine percent said that local farmers should be concerned about the impact of the project.

And, 36 percent said that the project would impact their property’s value. Fifty percent said that the project was dangerous.

“I do not feel this project is in the best interest of OUR community! It’s an experiment with too many risk factors, especially when it’s messing with our fresh water supply,” states one individual.

“This is a threat to our lifestyle and our community and me and my family are strongly opposed to anything to do with this project. Battelle can take this project back to the city with them,” another person strongly stated.

The majority did not feel that the project was a good idea for the community (59 percent) or that it would make our community more ‘green’ (50 percent).

Respondents strongly agreed that they needed more information about the project (55 percent) and that Battelle, the company proposing the project, did not seem very committed to the well being of the

community (44 percent). Thirty-eight percent of respondents said that the project should provide a reward to the community for taking the risk.

Read more comments from the respondents on the Web site at