Governor’s Letters

There were 665 letters collected.  Lyle and Angie Brigle counted and sorted them as follows:  192 from Bryan, 103 from Pioneer, 71 from both Montpelier and Defiance, 35 from Edon, 34 from Archbold, 33 from Edgerton, 18 from Stryker.  Twenty-eight other communities were also represented with numbers ranging from 1 to 9.

It is interesting to note that three phone calls to our Governor’s office, two of which were only voicemail messages not returned, resulted in our having to mail the letters rather than hand-deliver them as originally intended.  Apparently our “security-minded” elected officials must keep their distance from constituents.

Even the phone call from The Bryan Times asking for clarification did not get a response by the time of publication.

As reported in The Bryan Times Dec. 8 article, the letter made several key points:

The people signing them were “adamantly opposed to the plan by Artesian of Pioneer to sell water from the Michindoh Aquifer to communities in the greater Toledo area.”

The “existing Ohio regulatory process through the Ohio EPA and ODNR does not consider the impact of continuous water withdrawals upon the sustainability of the aquifer.”

“The current lack of scientific certainty should not be the excuse for postponing measures to protect the aquifer.”

“Privatization of our water benefits one company and endangers hundreds of thousands of residents and could lead to more large water withdrawal projects from the Michindoh Aquifer.”

Well testing underway

Even though Ed Kidston, (Mayor of Pioneer, OH, and CEO of Artesian of Pioneer) questions whether the Michindoh Aquifer even exists, his company is drilling test wells in it.  See the Bryan Times Nov. 13, 2018 article for details. Please note that these “test wells” do not need to be regulated by any Ohio agency. Only when they are slated to become “production wells” do they fall under the oversight of agencies whose mission it is to protect our water supply. So, in the meantime, are the drillers licensed? Do they follow accepted practices in drilling and capping off wells to prevent contamination or run-off?

“Does Michindoh aquifer even exist?”

Those were the words included in a statement by Ed Kidston, Mayor of Pioneer, OH, and CEO of Artesian of Pioneer during the November 12 council meeting.  First, he asked if anyone could verify that a contract had been signed indicating something was happening with the Michindoh aquifer.  Then he asked, “Does the Michindoh aquifer even exist?”  The third question was whether anyone could tell him whether a well drilled 20 miles away would harm the citizens of Pioneer.  For a complete report on the council meeting, see The Toledo Blade.

It might be a good idea for Mr. Kidston to attend the presentation by Dr. Jeremy Rentz on Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 – 8:30  in the Pioneer Community Center.  His talk is titled “Effects of large water withdrawals on the Michindoh aquifer.”  Dr. Rentz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Trine University.  I’m sure he would be able to answer the question whether the Michindoh aquifer even exists.

We are left to wonder why anyone who has repeatedly stated his intention to sell Michindoh Aquifer water to communities to the east would now be questioning its very existence!


Dr. Jeremy Rentz Presentation

Williams County Alliance Presents “Effects of large water withdrawals on the Michindoh aquifer” by Dr. Jeremy Rentz, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Trine University, Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Pioneer Community Center.  Q&A will follow the presentation.  For a flyer describing the event, go to “What Can You Do? – Jeremy Rentz, PhD”