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Barnesville Village Council approves source water protection plan

The Barnesville Village Council approved a source water protection plan during a Monday night meet, but some residents aren't satisfied (WTOV).

The Barnesville Village Council approved a source water protection plan during a Monday night meet, but some residents aren't satisfied.

Barnesville operates a public water system that serves more than 9,800, including Switzerland of Ohio and Quaker City.

With the oil and gas industry development in the area, village council created a drinking water protection plan. For more than 2 years, council, along with the Ohio EPA, Gulfport Energy, ODNR, and more gathered to create the plan.

The plan says well pads must be placed more than 500 feet from the reservoirs.

But some residents filled council chambers, asking them not to approve it with concerns of contaminated drinking water.

They do not want well pads in the watershed.

Council voted ultimately to approve the source water protection plan. Members said the plan is evolving and can change through the years, but for now, is in effect.

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