Mission Summary: To spread the truth about fracking to faith communities
throughout Ohio and beyond: Fracking harms God’s Creation. It must be stopped, AND…
We must move to a new paradigm of renewable energy if we are to save God’s Creation, which sustains all life on earth.
Plea for Help: Urgent Situation in Portage County
Message from Gwen Fischer of Concerned Citizens Ohio:
Interfaith Statement on Climate Change
“Lazarus, come out: A Shared statement of hope in the face of climate change”
[a statement by faith leaders of many different Christian denominations at Old South Church in Boston, April 27, 2013]
As people of the Ressurrection, it is appropraite that we gather in this Easter Season to praise God and to celebrate the beauty of God’s Creation. As Christians, we do not live in the despair and melancholy of the tomb, but in the light of the Risen Christ. Our ressurrection hope, which is grounded in the promise of renewal and restoration for all of God;’s Creation, gives us energy and strengh to respond to the accelerating threat of climate change.
Let us be clear. The sientific data is stark. We know that climate instability is reaching a dangerous point. Now is the time to slow the rate of catastrophic climate change. Unless we take action now, our children and our children’s children will live in a world of increasingly unexpected and dangerous climate events. Climate change already affects the ability to grow crops to feed the growing world population, creating significant concern for food security. The poorest among us are becoming even more vulnerable. Biodiversityin many regions of the world is being destroyed, and species are becoming extinct at alarming rates.
“The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.” ~ Pope Francis I
Thank you UU Fellowship of Oberlin for a great FaCT Meeting on May 19
And Congratulations on your one-year anniversary in your present building — a great facility!
PLANS PENDING FOR NEXT MEETING. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS.
Our affiliate, FaCT of the Ohio Valley [FaCT-OV], serves Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties in Ohio and Brooke, Marshall, and Ohio Counties in West Virginia
FaCT-OV meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. at the Ohio Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellaire, OH. For more information, please contact Pat Jacobson at: Patnjake@sprynet.com
Warwood Residents Keep Up Opposition to Frack Water Plant
May 8, 2013
WHEELING – Relentless in their efforts to keep frack water from being recycled in Warwood, neighborhood residents on Tuesday handed Wheeling City Council a petition bearing the signatures of more than 200 people who feel the same way.
For the fourth time in as many council meetings, concerned residents packed the room to urge their elected officials to stop a proposed treatment plant for natural gas drilling waste from locating on the former Seidler’s Oil Service property on North 28th Street. Houston, Texas-based GreenHunter Water is planning $1.7 million of construction at the site, which will result in 798,000 gallons of storage capacity.
After hearing more opposition Tuesday, Wheeling officials reminded residents that the property on which GreenHunter Water plans to build already is zoned industrial, and the city’s options are limited as long as the company plays by the rules.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
This section links to letters that FaCT participants have had published in Ohio newspapers:
Statements of Conscience on Fracking and on the Environment:
Faith and Fracking [From New York State - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - VERY INSPIRING]
Faith leaders join the fight against fracking
By ROBERT WHITE, Commentary
Published 10:38 pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2013
People of faith sometimes speak inconvenient words, and America is better for it. We believe God calls us to be a voice for poor nations suffering the ravages of climate change, a voice for our children and generations yet unborn and a voice for the beautiful and beleaguered planet Earth.
In New York, the attention of many faith leaders and communities is focused on the imminent danger to our land, air, water and health posed by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” We join with other concerned citizens — doctors, business owners, farmers, chefs, artists, mothers and teachers — to organize and oppose this dangerous natural gas extraction method being considered by the Cuomo administration.
Psalm 24 declares, “The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. For he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.”
OHIO VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH in Bellaire, OH