BREAKING: Two Arrested at Private Meeting Between Gas Industry and Politicians in Trumbull County

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2012
Contact: Ohio Fracktion: (216) 586-4890, ohiofracktion@gmail.com; Susie Beirsdorfer/Frackfree Mahoning: (234) 201-0402, frackfreemahoning@gmail.com

Brookfield, Ohio — Two Trumbull County residents were arrested Thursday afternoon outside the Ohio Shale Forum, another closed-to-the-public meeting on fracking attended by Ohio Governor Kasich, officials, legislators, and gas drilling representatives in Brookfield, Ohio at the Yankee Lake Ballroom. Continue reading

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Advisory: Mobile home park residents stand up to fracking water withdrawal facility

Reposted from our friends at Occupy Well Street:

Riverdale residents Kevin June, Deb Eck, and her twins Amanda and Chevelle pay a visit to Aqua America CEO, Nick DeBenedictis’ mansion to protest the loss of their mobile home community.

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MEDIA ADVISORY – For Immediate Release
May 29, 2012

Hands Across Riverdale
Jersey Shore, PA

WHAT: A vigil commemorating Riverdale Mobile Home Park and showing support for residents who are about to be evicted from their homes by Aqua America.

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm & Friday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Riverdale Mobile Home Park, 7 Riverdale Lane, Jersey Shore, PA 17740 Continue reading

NBC Report Reveals Toxic Inadequacies in “Brine” Disposal

For months, residents have pushed the ODNR to test the brine being disposed of in our communities and parks. Despite innumerable requests, the ODNR has apparently concluded that the best way to protect their paychecks is to continue to accept 20 cents for every barrel of brine shipped in from out of state, and 5 cents from each produced in Ohio, without testing one single barrel of it. Clearly, if they were to publish the same levels of toxic contamination that have been found in “brine” tested in West Virginia, they fear that Ohioans would rally against the hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic waste now being brought in to Ohio for disposal.

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Elisa Young, featured in this news story, has requested that you write to ODNR Chief Rick Simmers (Rick.Simmers@dnr.state.oh.us) and Director James Zehringer (James.Zehringer@dnr.state.oh.us), and demand that they take the responsibility to exercise their authority under Section 1509.06 of the Ohio Revised Code and test the brine so Ohioans KNOW what’s in it.

Although we must continue to urge our failed regulatory bodies to protect the residents of Ohio, it is equally important that we take actions ourselves. Friends of Ohio Fracktion recently delivered a brine sample to an independent lab for chemical analysis. The lab has so far not delivered results, but we expect they are soon to come. Clearly, a single test is inadequate to determine the full contents of all “brine” disposed of in Ohio, so we urge all residents to investigate potential sites where brine may be collected for further testing. And if you would like to support Ohio Fracktion’s long term goal to continue testing “brine,” you can donate here.

Action Alert: Marcellus Outreach Butler and allies occupy office of Act 13 sponsor Brian Ellis

Reposted from our friends at shadbush collective.

Contact: Ben Fiorillo – 412-482-0041bfiorillo@gmail.com or Diane Sipe – 724-272-4539sipediane5@gmail.com

Marcellus Outreach Butler and their allies occupy office of Act 13 sponsor Brian Ellis, retrieve water for families affected by fracking

Lyndora, PA – On Monday morning about 20 members of Marcellus Outreach Butler and their allies entered the office of state representative Brian Ellis (11th district) to call attention to the dangers created by Act 13 and demand justice for the ten families in Ellis’ district whose water has been contaminated by fracking operations. Clad in haz-mat jumpsuits and carrying jars of contaminated water from households in Connequenessing Township, the protesters demanded to know why, despite evidence of water contamination and air pollution in his own district, Representative Ellis sponsored Act 13, which takes away local authority to zone natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzwybgbContinue reading

Concerned residents hold church service at Vienna injection well

May 19, 2012
Contact: Annie Lukins, Jonathan Sidney, Ohio Fracktion, (206) 708-4872, ohiofracktion@gmail.com

Concerned residents hold church service at Vienna injection well

Vienna Township — About 20 residents of Trumbull County and surrounding areas gathered in prayer Saturday at a newly operating fracking wastewater injection well in Vienna Township.

According to event organizers from Ohio Fracktion, the service was designed “to pay respects to those who have died of cancer, who are experiencing neurological damage, who have chronic lesions on their skin, who have lost the ability to have children, and whose water has been poisoned by drilling chemicals or are forced to breathe the toxic airborne byproducts of hydrofracking.” This gathering was held in solidarity with a global Day of Direct Action Against Extraction, and one of a series of events building momentum for the largest action against fracking in the country’s history, scheduled for June 17th in Columbus.

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Action Alert: Sermon at Vienna Township Injection Well, Saturday May 19th

This Saturday, May 19 at 12:00pm, residents of Trumbull County and surrounding areas will gather at the new injection well in Vienna Township to pay respects to the harmed, the sickened, the dead, and the disappeared: those who have died of cancer, those who are experiencing neurological damage, those who have chronic lesions on their skin, those who have lost the ability to have children, and all those whose water has been poisoned by drilling chemicals or are forced to breathe the toxic airborne byproducts of hydrofracking. Reverend Monica Beasley-Martin of Liberty Township will give a sermon at the Vienna well, and lead residents in prayer for the land. Located just north of the corner of Sodom Hutchins Road and Warren-Sharon Road (old 82), the Vienna well is just one of over 170 injection wells in Ohio receiving toxic fracking wastewater from states including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Texas. This gathering is part of an interstate Day of Direct Action Against Extraction. Continue reading

Action Alert (TOMORROW!): Join Us at the Statehouse as Frackers Meet with Kasich and Legislature

Tuesday, May 15 (tomorrow), the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is holding its Annual Meeting and Legislative Reception in Columbus.  Entitled “The Shale Energy Belt: Making Ohio Great Again,” the meeting will feature a keynote address from John Walker, CEO of EnerVest, the gas company that owns more wells that were cited for violations by ODNR than any other operator in 2011.  The reception is scheduled for 5:30 at the Statehouse Atrium.

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Gas Industry Leases Ohio State Government

At least 30 out of Ohio’s 33 State Senators have accepted donations from the fracking industry.  13 have accepted donations totaling over $10,000, and 21 have accepted donations of $1,000 or more.  The 30 Senators who have accepted donations from the fracking industry have received an average of $13,109 each.

At least 66 out of Ohio’s 99 State Representatives have accepted donations from the fracking industry.  16 have accepted donations totaling over $10,000, and 48 have accepted donations of $1,000 or more.  The 66 Representatives who have accepted donations from the fracking industry have received an average of $7,949 each.

Listed below are the top 10 fracking “scavengers” from both the Ohio Senate and House, along with their phone numbers. Continue reading

RELEASE: Multi-City Roadshow to bring anti-fracking message to Ohioans across the state

Reposted from our friends at Don’t Frack Ohio:

Press advisory
May 10, 2012

Roadshow to launch to bring anti-fracking message to Ohioans across the state

COLUMBUS — As the spring heats up, so does the opposition in Ohio to fracking, the controversial drilling method for natural gas that is spreading across the state despite mounting protests and scientific uncertainty. On Saturday, May 12, Don’t Frack Ohio organizers will hit the road to bring increased attention to the damage fracking is causing in the state and to build momentum for the largest action against fracking in the country’s history, scheduled for June 17th in Columbus.

The roadshow will visit nine cities, where organizers will meet with community members to discuss the impacts of fracking on Ohio, offer training on how to design strategic actions that move local campaigns against fracking forward, and to recruit for the June 17 event.

WHAT: Don’t Frack Ohio Spring Roadshow. Don’t Frack Ohio is calling for a ban on fracking in the state.

WHEN: May 12-20

WHERE: Dates are set and some locations are still to be determined. Please check with Ohio organizer Danny Berchenko for specifics.

May 12th—Cincinnati, OH  (10-1pm)
May 13th—Athens, OH  (2-5pm)
May 14th—Youngstown, OH  (6-9pm)
May 15th—Canton, OH  (6-9pm)
May 16th—Ashtabula, OH  (6-9pm)
May 17th—Cleveland, OH  (6-9pm)
May 18th—Mansfield, OH  (6-9pm)
May 19th—Oberlin, OH  (2-5pm)
May 20th—Columbus, OH  (2-5pm) Continue reading