June 28, 2016

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Philpott Rubber CEO protests ‘fracking’ proposal in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Michael K. Baach, CEO of Philpott Rubber, is beating the drum hard to convince Brunswick City Council not to go on record protesting how Ohio regulates hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.”

City Council is considering a resolution voicing concerns over chemicals used in the controversial drilling process employed to reach deep deposits of natural gas and oil.

PETCO, a subsidiary of Philpott Rubber, manufactures a chemical used in the controversial hydraulic fracturing drilling process. The chemical is transported to drilling sites in specially designed trailers, like the one shown above. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Baach attended last week’s Council session to argue against the resolution.

On Monday, he called a press conference to renew his argument that the resolution represented a threat to his company and the city’s reputation.

PETCO, a subsidiary of Philpott Rubber, supplies one of the chemicals used in the fracking process.

Philpott said PETCO, which formed last year, soon will represent 25 percent of Philpott’s overall business.

“Philpott saw this oil and gas business as being a huge opportunity,” he said. “Over time what we have found is we’re going to have to expand our business if we want to survive.”

Baach said the chemical, called CoilChem, is used at the final stages of the fracking process to bring sediment and other chemicals to the surface so they can be disposed of.

Nothing in Council’s resolution would prevent his company’s from marketing CoilChem. But Baach said he feared gas companies would be less inclined to work PETCO.

He warned the action might discourage businesses from moving to Brunswick.

“They might say, if they could do it them, they’ll do it to us,” he said.

“We don’t want to see more taxes on the ballot,” he said. “If you have more (payroll) to tax, then you don’t have to raise the tax rate.”

The resolution is up for a final reading at Monday’s 7 p.m. Council meeting. Council members could take a vote, or they could postpone the reading or send it back to committee for further review.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.