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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 fracking and its many inherent problems, 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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As Fracking Chemicals Reach A Creek Companies Fight Against A Fracking Waste Ban

BY ALEJANDRO DAVILA FRAGOSO APR 15, 2016 8:00 AM

CREDIT: BILL DICKINSON/FLICKR

View of the New River bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia. A tributary of the New River has traces of endocrine disrupting chemicals associated with fracking, according to a new study. Researchers discovered the chemicals near a fracking fluid waste site. The New River is a local water source.

The smell of gas surrounding the northern streets of Lochgelly, West Virginia, was so pungent that Brad Keenan could taste it as he was driving home with his windows up that evening in 2004. He called 911 and the gas company, thinking a punctured gas line was to blame, but the smell and the evacuation it prompted came from something few knew existed in town: fracking waste.

“I had no idea what was going on,” said Keenan, 54, who by then had been living for two years near Danny E. Webb Construction Inc., a dumping site for fracking fluids. “You couldn’t even drive out there because the smell was so bad,” he told ThinkProgress.

At least two open pits holding fracking wastewater were responsible for the smell that got homes evacuated and forced some businesses and a daycare center to temporarily close, according to interviews and published reports. After state citations and complaints, pits were covered giving some temporary relief to affected residents. Keenan notes, however, that Wolf Creek, a major waterway traversing his 140-acre property, is polluted.

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With Fracking, maybe the State of the State Ain’t So Great:

Picketers at Governor Kasich’s State of the State in Marietta on Apr. 4
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EPA Needs to Collect Information and Consistently Conduct Activities to Protect Underground Sources of Drinking Water

Publicly Released March 28, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not collected specific inspection and complete or consistent enforcement information, or consistently conducted oversight activities, to assess whether state and EPA-managed Underground Injection Control (UIC) class II programs are protecting underground sources of drinking water. EPA guidance calls for states and EPA regions to report certain information and for EPA to assess whether programs are effectively protecting underground sources of drinking water, but the agency does not. Specifically:

EPA annually collects summary data from state and EPA-managed programs on the types of inspections they conduct. However, these data are not specific enough to determine the number of different types of inspections that states and EPA regions are to conduct to meet their annual goals.

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Pennsylvania families win $4.2 million damages in fracking lawsuit

HARRISBURG, PA. | BY DAVID DEKOK

A federal jury ruled on Thursday that Cabot Oil & Gas Co must pay more than $4.2 million in damages to two families in northeastern Pennsylvania who said the company’s fracking operations contaminated their ground water.

Six jurors in federal court in Scranton awarded $1.3 million each to Scott Ely and Monica Marta-Ely, a married couple in Dimock. Each of their three children received an award of $50,000.

A second couple, Ray and Victoria Hubert, also of Dimock, about 32 miles (50 km) south of Binghamton, New York, each received $720,000, and their daughter Hope was awarded $50,000.

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Big bankruptcies are coming to the oil and gas sector

Zach Scheidt, The Daily Reckoning

Warning: This “Safe Energy Industry Is In Danger”

The canary at the drill rig just croaked.

Last week, one of the largest energy companies in the U.S. – and a major darling of the shale or “fracking” industry — started showing major signs of distress.

“Chesapeake Plunges 40% on Report It Hired Restructuring Adviser” shouts the headline from Bloomberg.

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Compressor Stations and Toxic Gases

Physicians Speak Out on the Health Effects of Fracked Gas Compressor Stations from CTSB on Vimeo.


Link: Summary on Compressor Stations and Health Impacts -February 24, 2015


MORE THAN A PIPELINE: IT’S A TOXIC INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

By Mina Hamilton

A little known aspect of gas pipelines is that they require large compressor stations to help concentrate and move the pressurized gas along.As compressor stations release large amounts of methane, plus other toxins, they contribute significantly to global warming. They are noisy, humming 24/7, and are subject to dangerous explosions and fires. At public meetings and during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application process, gas pipeline companies have not revealed the number, location and size of planned compressor stations.

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Injection wells spur concerns in Athens County

Athens County residents Loran Conley, left, and Felicia Metter worry that a new fracking-wastewater
injection well might foul the nearby Hocking River.  State officials think the injection wells are safe.

COOLVILLE, Ohio — Five months ago, Felicia Mettler had never heard the terminjection well. She didn’t know what one was or what it held. She didn’t know what an injection well looked like.

But like many of her neighbors, the growing number of injection wells in Athens County has caught her attention.

In the first three quarters of 2015, Athens County’s injection wells took more fracking wastewater than wells in any other county in Ohio.

It was the first time that Athens County took the most fracking waste. Almost 93 percent of that waste came from out-of-state oil and gas wells, likely in Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

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Interactive map: Bakken crude on Ohio rails

Every week, millions of gallons of highly flammable Bakken crude oil are moved by rail through Ohio to refineries along the East Coast. Railroad companies are required to report to the state estimated averages of how many trains carrying 1 million gallons or more of Bakken crude oil move through each county each week. Crude-oil trains travel through the heart of Cleveland and Columbus, and they pass through or near Akron, Toledo and Youngstown.

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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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