From our friends at Appalachia Resist:
To: News Media
From: Nate Ebert, Spokesperson Appalachia Resist!
RE: Madeline ffitch status conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today the status conference for Madeline ffitch, the Athens County resident who faces a fifth degree felony charge for blocking a frack-waste injection well was held at the Athens County Courthouse. The prosecution continued to ask that Madeline be disallowed from peacefully and legally participating in any Athens County anti-fracking protest, while counsel for the defense argued that this violates the defendant’s first amendment rights. After the conference, Madeline and her legal counsel Bob Fitrakis made statements to press and supporters. They noted this week’s U.S geological survey study showing that the frack-waste being dumped in Ohio shows radioactivity levels over 3000 times higher than federal safety standards for drinking water. They also noted the lax standards for Class II injection well safety in Ohio. Madeline said, “When government ignores its citizens, principled and conscientious people must act. The dumping of toxic radioactive waste here threatens the entire population of Appalachian Ohio. Citizens must act. They must. This is no less than a matter of life and death.”