Oil/Gas drilling has become “unconventional.”

What is “fracking” ?  How does it affect you? 

THE LATEST: Much of the toxic radioactive waste from fracking comes from other states and is being trucked to Ohio and injected into the ground beneath our feet and spread onto our landfills, which eventually leach these toxins and radioactive materials into ground water.

This site is meant to be a resource to help you understand why fracking should be banned and to help you make informed decisions for yourself, decisions about how to help protect your community.  Visit here often to keep up on legislative changes, industry positions, current news article and more…

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Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio’s state parks are safe from fracking after a legislative panel pulled the controversial provision on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

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Ohio high court’s Munroe Falls oil ruling wrongly quashes home rule rights, again: editorial

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The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Tuesday that Munroe Falls could not apply local zoning laws to oil and gas drillers. Beck Energy Corp. of Ravenna plans an oil and gas well in the Summit County city. In this 2013 file photo, cattle graze near a massive Nomac drilling rig at a Harrison County well owned by Chesapeake Energy. (Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer, File, 2013)
Editorial BoardBy Editorial Board   of The Plain Dealer
on February 21, 2015 at 5:23 AM, updated February 21, 2015 at 5:24 AM

The state Supreme Court, siding with the Statehouse oil and gas lobby, has yet again pruned the home rule power of Ohio cities and villages, a decision, be it noted, enabled by an Ohio General Assembly in thrall to special interests.

At issue: A bid by Summit County’s Munroe Falls to use zoning to keep Ravenna-based Beck Energy Corp. from drilling an oil and gas well inside Munroe Falls’ city limits.

In Tuesday’s 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that a 2004 state law, signed by then-Gov. Bob Taft, gives the state “sole and exclusive” power to regulate oil and gas production in Ohio.

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How We Banned Fracking in New York

 | January 22, 2015 2:13 pm | Comments

[Editor’s note: A thousand anti-fracking activists rallied outside of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address in Albany yesterday to celebrate the statewide ban on fracking, thank Governor Cuomo, and begin the work of fighting fracking infrastructure projects and promoting renewable energy. Here below are the prepared remarks from Sandra Steingraber’s speech at the post-rally victory party in the nearby Hilton Hotel.]

ssteingraberbwMy friends, we are unfractured.

And thereby hangs a tale.

It’s a tale in which we all are—each one of us is—a starring character and a co-author. We are the maker of this story that has been shaped by our unceasing, unrelenting efforts—all of which mattered and made a difference.

Every rally. Every march. Every jug of Dimock water. Every public comment. Every local ban. Every letter to the editor. Every letter to the Governor. Every concert. Every expert testimony at every hearing.

 

Thank you. Thank you for providing the surprise plot twist to our story. Thank you for revealing yourself, in the final chapter—and, God, what a page-turner that was—as our protagonist. Photo credit: David Braun

It all mattered.

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growth, now driving away business, report says

Utilities are working to meet new standards on renewables
A new study says Ohio was a leader in encouraging renewable energy growth but is sliding backward due to uncertainty from state lawmakers. New capacity and investment in wind energy went from No. 13 in the country to none, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts report. (LM Otero/AP)

Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media GroupBy Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group 
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on January 13, 2015 at 2:55 PM, updated January 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s renewable energy policies sparked tremendous investment in the industry, but recent moves by state lawmakers have slowed that growth and threaten its future, according to a report released Tuesday.

Ohio was No. 13 in the country for new capacity and private investment in wind at the end of 2012, according to the Pew report. However, new investment halted in 2013 because of “uncertainty” created by legislative debate over Ohio’s renewable energy standards and the expiration of a federal production tax credit, according to the report.

The report from The Pew Charitable Trusts examined the industry’s growth following 2008 state incentives for utilities to seek renewable sources and after state lawmakers began talking about eliminating the renewable energy standards in 2013.Read the report below.

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Remember Mark Jacobson, the Stanford University Professor who during a Late Show With David Letterman appearance said we already have enough wind to power the entire world “seven times over?”

That wasn’t hyperbole—Jacobson believes it and his team at the Solutions Project has unveiled a 50-state plan on how the U.S. could shed itself from oil, coal and nuclear sources. It comes in the form of a large, interactive map that provides a plan and projection for each state when you click on it.Here are a few examples of what the map has to offer:


“The new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future,” said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. “It provides all of the basic information, such as how many wind turbines and solar panels would be needed to power each state, how much land area would be required, what would be the cost and cost savings, how many jobs would be created, how much pollution-related mortality and global-warming emissions would be avoided.”

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Wind, Water Solar – Preliminary Outline of Plan for Ohio Features Relatively Short Payback Time

Visit The Solutions Project Web Site to get a look at the outline of the WWS Plan for Ohio at: www.thesolutionsproject.org

AND, Watch the amazing presentation by Professor Jacobson in the sidebar widget to the right.

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Well casing failure can contaminate groundwater

View Dr. Ingraffea’s Newest Video on Shale Gas & Climate Change

 View Dr. Ingraffea’s Study on Fluid Migration in Marcellus Shale

Dr. Ingraffea’s General Recommendations on Fracking:

Where fracking is not yet occurring, it should be banned, and the use of all hydrocarbon fuels should be reduced as fast as possible.  Also, the use of renewable, non-hydrocarbon fuels should be vastly accelerated.

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