Just two days after Saturday’s “The British Are Coming” march, British Petroleum officials invaded Trumbull County for a country club dinner “meet-and-greet” with local politicians Monday night. At the same time, Trumbull County residents and allies gathered across the street to express their opposition to the proposed fracturing of their home.
BP has begun the process of leasing up to 84,000 acres in Trumbull County. Residents were gathered to highlight concerns about the environmental and health impacts of BP’s plans to frack Trumbull County. Fracking involves the injection of millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals such as benzene, toluene, and ethylene glycol. Fracking has been linked to cases of water contamination in towns across the country including Dimock, PA and Pavilion, WY, and a Duke University study found a seventeen-fold increase in methane levels in water located in close proximity to drilling sites.
Demonstrators displayed a sign reading “From the Gulf to the Lake, British Rule is a Mistake,” a reference to BP’s troubled environmental history. On April 20, 2010, a BP drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the largest oil spill in recorded history. “We really don’t like what they’ve done in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Niles resident John Williams. “They’re coming to Trumbull County to take care of 84,000 acres here.”
Residents attempted to enter the meeting, followed by cameras from local television channels 21, 27, and 33. They were met at the door by BP officials, and Senator Capri Cafaro came out and agreed to distribute literature on the dangers of fracking to the Trumbull area politicians gathered in the dining hall.
Not content to let the environmental terrorists of BP continue their dinner without opposition, a small group returned to the country club later that evening. Armed with a snare drum and a violin, they marched through the dining hall chanting: “Chemicals and cancer go hand in hand, stop the fracking, save the land!”
Monday night’s actions send a message not only to BP, but to extractive industries across the world: as long as you continue your efforts to extract, poison, and kill in the name of profit, you can expect resistance.