Activists Block Fracking Injection Well
YOUNGSTOWN, OH. A group of 7 activists blocked an access gate to an injection well owned by V&M Star, preventing toxic wastewater from being injected into the well. The action is in response to the Y.O.U.N.G Expo 2011. Taking place today in Youngstown, it is the first natural gas and hydro-fracturing industry conference in the state of Ohio.
“There is no guarantee that these toxins don’t migrate into drinking water, only a guarantee that these companies put profits before our health and safety,” said anti-fracking activist Ben Shapiro, a member of the blockade.
Fracking has polluted drinking water supplies in communities all across the country. ProPublica has identified more than 1,000 cases of water contamination near drilling sites documented by courts, states, and local governments.
The injection of brine water into deep rock formation can lubricate faults, and is probably the cause of the only 7 recorded earthquakes with epicenters in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Earthquakes began after the injections began at the occupied well in Youngstown.
Jackson Kusiak, who was blockading, said “We want to make it clear to the Natural Gas Industry and to our representatives that fracking is unsafe and irresponsible, and not the solution for our country’s energy problems.”
 Lutsgarten, Abraham. “Buried secrets: Is natural gas drilling endangering U.S. water supplies?” ProPublica. November 13, 2008. As cited by Food and Water Watch. documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/fracking_ban.pdf
 Associated Press. “Youngstown Earthquakes linked to Fracking?” Oct. 31, 2011. woub.org/2011/10/31/youngstown-earthquakes-linked-fracking