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.
OUR COMPLETE MISSION STATEMENT: (View or Download “FaCT Mission/Vision Statement“ as a PDF)
Next Meeting: Sunday, April 6, 2:00 pm.
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
Our next meeting, on Sunday, April 6, will be held in Rocky River
at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH 44116
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US. PEOPLE OF ALL FAITH TRADITIONS ARE WELCOME.
IF EVER THERE WAS A TIME FOR PEOPLE OF FAITH TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, THIS IS IT!
FaCT Participants Weigh In On SUNOCO Ethane Pipeline in Portage County
January 16, 2014
RAVENNA–It was a packed house today in the County CommissionBuilding in Ravenna where the county commissioners heard from SUNOCO officials and residents about the planned ethane pipeline that is to be constructed through the county.
Officials assured the commissioners that everything would be hunky-dorey (as they always do). Citizens who spoke before the commissioners were buying none of it.
Several referred to experiences with landmen representing SUNOCO as misleading, deceptive, and sometimes involving using the implied or explicit threat of the use of eminent domain against property owners that refused to sign easement agreements.
FaCT participant Dr. Ted Voneida, of Twin Lakes, reported that the pipeline would cross 70 watercourses in Portage county alone. He related how pipelines and other oil/gas infrastructure in Belmont County had already severely scarred the landscape and had broken up natural habitats.
Other FaCT participants who spoke included Robin Gray of Medina County, and Gwen and Stan Fischer, Mary Greer, George Sosbee, and Cathy Doak of Portage County. Mary Greer was the main organizer of citizen testimony at the hearing. Kathy Flora of Geauga County was also in attendance and provided information for this article.
Kathy sent out this link to a video of the meeting. It will take you to the Portage County Commissioners Web Page. From there, you will have to select the meeting of January 16, 2014 “video.” You have to get a bit into the meeting before the hearing on the pipeline commences. It is well worth watching and hearing:
Read a more complete account of the meeting by Bob Downing of the Akron BeaconJournal:
FaCT Participants Featured in Wheeling Article
Ted and Swanny Voneida, frequent FaCT participants from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, OH were recently featured in the following article in the Intelligencer Wheeling Register:
Drilling at Lake Raises Concerns
Watershed district wants to permit fracking
January 16, 2014
“I am deeply concerned about the health effects of oil and gas drilling,” Ted Voneida said during a Wednesday meeting with representatives from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District regarding plans to lease the Piedmont property for drilling. “If you do this, you will violate your own charter.”
Along with Piedmont, the district manages several large eastern Ohio lakes, including Tappan Lake, Clendening Lake and Seneca Lake.
Swanhild and Ted Voneida of the Kent Unitarian Universalist Church
Photo by Casey Junkins
Swanhild and Ted Voneida attend a meeting Wednesday with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District board regarding natural gas drilling at Piedmont Lake.
Religious community chooses nature over riches of a natural gas lease
Catholic News Service
VILLA MARIA, Pa. — With 761 acres of mostly wooded property nestled along the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary feel they have been entrusted with a special oasis.
The land encompasses a 250-acre organic farm, grazing land for cattle and sheep, wetlands and shaded open space where members of the community, employees and visitors can relax, walk and pray, all to gain a deeper appreciation of creation.
So when the landmen representing the energy companies approached in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with offers of thousands of dollars per acre for the natural gas rights in the shale formations deep below the surface, the sisters stepped back and asked themselves what the land they have nurtured for nearly 150 years really meant to the community.
What they decided was to firmly tell the landmen, “No.”
Never mind that some of the sisters’ 80 neighbors had readily signed on, likely bringing industrial-scale natural gas mining that uses the controversial slick water hydraulic fracturing process to the congregation’s doorsteps.
The Industrialization of Ohio’s Countryside –
David Beech Photo Tour shows the shocking results of fracking in Carroll County: http://www.gcbl.org/blog/2013/08/ohio-
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
FaCT-OV MEETING RE-SCHEDULED for January 14
The FaCT-OV meeting will meet Tuesday, Jan. 14th, at 7pm at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling. (It was originally scheduled for Jan. 7th but the weather is too cold to ask people to come out for a meeting.) We will work on the next step in opposition to Green Hunter and other issues.
For Baseline and Follow-up testing of your water wells, be sure that you are using ONLY Ohio EPA Certified Testing Labs. Follow the Link below to a comprehensive list of certified labs:
(You should get Tier III Testing)
Statements of Conscience on Fracking and on the Environment:
Faith and Fracking [From New York State - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - VERY INSPIRING]
OHIO VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH in Bellaire, OH