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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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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2 West Virginia towns evacuated as another oil train derails, catches fire

BY CURTIS TATE

McClatchy Washington Bureau February 16, 2015

Train Derailment

A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene.

JOHN RABY — AP

The CSX train was traveling on the same route as another crude oil train that derailed and caught fire 10 months ago in downtown Lynchburg, Va. It was the second derailment in as many days of a train loaded with crude oil. Early Sunday, a Canadian National train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Ontario. At least seven cars burst into flames.

In Monday’s derailment, residents of two small towns east of Charleston were evacuated, and at least one tank car fell into the Kanawha River, according to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The river supplies drinking water for several local communities, and residents wereurged Monday to conserve water.

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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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Fracking: So where’s the economic boom that was promised?

By Spencer Hunt & Dan GearinoThe Columbus Dispatch  •  Tuesday January 28, 2014 7:22 AM
CADIZ, Ohio — Rich Moore had never heard of fracking or Utica shale until his union posted a job opening in September.But they are the reasons the formerly out-of-work Detroit pipefitter now lives in a trailer in a cold, muddy Harrison County campground.Moore is one of thousands of transient workers who live in campers, motels and apartments in shale country.They’re here to drill and frack the Utica shale, as well as build the pipelines and processing plants that connect natural gas to businesses and houses. The demand for skilled labor has brought people from as far away as Texas and Florida to Harrison, Carroll and other eastern Ohio counties.

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The following article appeared in the December 25, 2014 edition of the STAR BEACON.  It is datelined from Vienna, which is a township in Trumbull County, Ohio.

Pa. Industry grows by sending its wastewater to Ohio

It’s easier to get rid of leftovers over the border

EDITOR’S NOTE:  As Astabula County works to begin fracking in the county, the following is the first in a series about fracking in neighbor Pennsylvania.

By JOHN FINNERTY
CNHI State Reporter

VIENNA, Ohio—This eastern Ohio hamlet is home to about 1,000 people, a traffic light, and a high school.  Businesses are few; the only grocery store in town closed this past summer.

The biggest landmark is on the outskirts of town—a regional airport that serves Warren, about 10 miles to the west, and Youngstown, 10 miles to the south.

Less descript is the facility that tethers tiny Vienna to the sprawling natural gas industry across the border in Pennsylvania.

About a mile from the town center, a cluster of five injection wells pours natural gas drillers’ wastewater deep into the earth.  In the first half of this year alone [2014], these wells accepted and deposited underground 350,000 barrels of waste from Pennsylvania—more than 14 million gallons—according to records kept by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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Ohio renewable energy policies spurred 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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