By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Harrison County Commissioners have approved a deal with a Columbus company to help provide water for fracking purposes.
Commissioners inked a 15-year plan to work with Kokosing Construction, the same firm that is currently cooperating with the Village of Cadiz on similar operations, to sell water to oil and gas companies as part of the mineral removal process. Company representatives Aaron Tom and Jim Jackson attended Wednesday’s session as Commissioner Barbara Pincola gave an overview of the pact.
“We have an agreement for water sales between Harrison County Commissioners and Kokosing to essentially represent Harrison County for the sale of water to companies, primarily for fracking,” she said “This agreement is a blanket agreement for all the water sources in Harrison County we’ll have access to. Right now, we only have access to aquifer water at Piedmont.”
She said Kokosing was building an impoundment plant to store the water and would recoup its costs on a 70-30 percent basis, with the county receiving the lower percentage in the beginning. Once the firm is fully repaid, the amount shifts and the county would receive 70 percent of the sale proceeds. Tom interjected that there would be no financial risk to the county.
“Kokosing is a well-known company throughout the country,” Pincola added. “We look forward to working with them.”

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