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 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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Cleanup Under Way as Officials Assess Size of California Oil Spill

Pipeline operator says spill could be as large as 2,500 barrels, while 500 barrels may have reached the water

 

Local residents stand on oil-covered rocks and sand at Refugio State Beach in  California on Tuesday.ENLARGE
Local residents stand on oil-covered rocks and sand at Refugio State Beach in California on Tuesday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
By

TAMARA AUDI,
ALEJANDRO LAZO and
ALISON SIDER

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.—As an investigation and cleanup efforts began Wednesday, federal officials said that oil that spilled from a burst pipeline near shore here Tuesday had spread into two large patches in the Pacific Ocean, covering an area 9 miles long by midday.

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Medina County charter initiative gets under way

Charter PetitionPhoto by GLENN WOJCIAK

Charter Petition

Emilie Judy (right) and Lynn Kemp gather signatures on an initiative petition to create a charter for Medina County government. Petition signers came to a meeting held at the Medina Library to organize support for the charter. 

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:00 am | Updated: 7:34 pm, Tue Apr 28, 2015.

 

By GLENN WOJCIAK The Post staff writer

 

MEDINA – A grassroots movement to establish a charter form of government in Medina County has launched a unique petition drive to get the issue on the November ballot.

About three dozen people attended a meeting at the Medina Library April 23 in which they circulated petitions to get the charter issue on the ballot and described their motivation for establishing a county charter. First and foremost, the proposed charter contains a “bill of rights” which supporters hope will empower them to resist efforts to drill new oil and gas wells in the county or build big transmission pipelines like the Nexus Pipeline proposed by Spectra Energy.

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Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

April 21, 2015
SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
This handout photo, taken Jan. 16, 2014, provided by Southern Methodist University, shows Remi Oldham, an SMU geophysics graduate student, running a cable to connect the seismometer to communications interface equipment housed in the orange metal box in Willow Park, Texas. The interface equipment allows the transmission of the data collected by the seismometer back to SMU. With real-time monitors, scientists linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking. It’s an area that had no recorded quakes for 150 years on faults that “have been inactive for hundreds of millions of years,” said SMU geophysicist Matthew Hornbach. (Hillsman Stuart Jackson/SMU via AP) SMU, Dedman School of Humanities, Geology, Research, Seismic, Off Campus, Willow Park, Texas, Secondary Fire Station, Heather Deshon, Chris Hayward, Remi Oldham
Copyright 2014, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.

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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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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.

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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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