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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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Groups Call for Injection Wells to Remain Closed in Weathersfield/Niles Area

Youngstown, Ohio, February 9, 2016 –  Frackfree Mahoning Valley has learned, as of February 9, 2016, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has not yet given permission for fracking waste injection to begin at a newly drilled injection well located in Vienna, Ohio, near family homes and the airport. This new information came to Frackfree Mahoning Valley from Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council, who received it as a result of a public records request.
        Teresa Mills also uncovered, via a public records request dated January 29, 2016, that it seems that Oklahoma-based KTCA Holdings LLC is the new owner of the airport-area Vienna injection well, previously listed as owned by KDA. KDA’s Vienna, Ohio injection well operation is associated with an April, 2015 toxic waste release that resulted in destruction of two wetlands and other adverse impacts.
       Saying that the injection well is close to an “ area of known seismic activity,” Buckeye Forest Council and Frackfree Mahoning Valley are calling for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to deny the injection permit for the Vienna, Ohio injection well near Vienna residences. The groups are also calling for two Weathersfield/ Niles injection wells to remain closed. One of these wells has been linked in news reports and a scientific study with man-made earthquakes.

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SCIENCE ADVISORY PANEL FINDINGS MAY TRIGGER EPA WATER STUDY RE-WRITE

Wait, what just happened? You might be asking yourself this if you just read the Bloomberg News Headline: “EPA Science Advisors Balk at Fracking Study.”

If you remember, back in June, the US EPA released their much-anticipated study on the effects of fracking on water. EPA stated in the press statement accompanying its preliminary report that it had “found no evidence of ‘systemic’ or ‘widespread’ impacts to drinking water.” This presentation of the results created a firestorm of responses ranging from industry’s claims of exoneration to major criticisms of the study by many environmental organizations.

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Big banks brace for oil loans to implode

Banks stockpile cash to offset bad loans

By Matt Egan

Published 01/18 2016 04:35AM

Updated 01/18 2016 04:35AM

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

Big banks are cringing as crude oil is crumbling.

Firms on Wall Street helped bankroll America’s energy boom, financing very expensive drilling projects that ended up flooding the world with oil.

Now that the oil glut has caused prices to crash below $30 a barrel, turmoil is rippling through the energy industry and souring many of those loans. Dozens of oil companies have gone bankrupt and the ones that haven’t are feeling enough financial stress to slash spending and cut tens of thousands of jobs.

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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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Ohio Group Still Concerned about Injection Wells and Induced Earthquakes

Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Buckeye Forest Council Release Joint Statement on StatesFirst Earthquake Primer

Youngstown, Ohio, September 29, 2015 –   Frackfree Mahoning Valley (based in Youngstown, Ohio) and Buckeye Forest Council released the following statement regarding the induced seismicity primer by StatesFirst released on September 28, 2015:

“The idea that human beings can control earthquakes is absurd and an example of hubris. No one can guarantee that earthquakes can be kept small or non-damaging.  It is not known where all of the faults are that may become lubricated by disposal or injection well fluids, thereby possibly inducing a quake.  The quake problem is often associated with unknown faults, many of which cannot be adequately mapped since the cost to do so would be prohibitive.  Continuing on the path the oil and gas industry is on along with some of their allies is gambling with the public health, safety, and welfare. That is unacceptable,” said Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council.

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Hospitalization Rates Jump Near ‘Fracking’ Sites: Study

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who live near “fracking” sites may be at increased risk for hospitalization for heart problems, neurological disorders and other conditions, new research suggests.

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Public Herald 30-Month Report Finds DEP Fracking Complaint Investigations Are “Cooked” & Shredded

DO YOUR DUTY AND FEAR NO ONE!”

~ From the desk of the late and former DEP attorney, Bob Ging

In the largest release of fracking records in Pennsylvania history, Public Herald finds Water Contamination Investigations are “Cooked” & Shredded

by Joshua B. Pribanic & Melissa Troutman for Public Herald

Nearly 40 days after losing her drinking water, Christine Pepper received a certified determination letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at her home in Leroy Twp., Bradford County. The letter would tell her whether fracking was to blame.

Halfway down the first page it read “analytical results do not reveal any impacts from oil and gas activity” meaning the DEP investigation for Complaint #302587 determined the drilling and fracking next to her home did not impact her water supply. According to the state, the drinking water that nurtured her family’s farm for over 50 years was still safe.

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Dramatic Increases of Cancer-Causing Radon in PA Homes Linked to Fracking

Jon Queally, Common Dreams | April 9, 2015 9:45 am | Comments
From EcoWatch
Researchers in Pennsylvania have discovered that the prevalence of radon, a radioactive and carcinogenic gas, in people’s homes and commercial buildings that are nearer to fracking sites has increased dramatically in the state since the unconventional and controversial gas drilling practice began in the state just over a decade ago.

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Gutting of renewable energy policies now driving away business in Ohio, 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.

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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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