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)
Write to Governor Kasich and to your state senator and representative: Restore Ohio’s Energy Standards!
Governor John Kasich
Riffe Centter, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Next FaCT Meeting set for August 24, 2:00 p.m.
at the Community Church of Chesterland
11984 Caves Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026
Fall Meeting set for October 26, 2:00 p.m.
at Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Please join us! Newcomers are encouraged to participate.
If ever there was a time for people of faith to stand up and be counted, this is it.
Nothing less than God’s Creation is at stake.
Would your place of worship be willing to host a FaCT General Meeting?
Contact Ron Prosek, Convener: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention Churches: You May Be Approached to Sign Drilling Leases!
Shale Oil Drilling Targeting Akron Neighborhoods
The shale oil and natural gas drilling rush in Ohio is now seeping into some Akron neighborhoods. Sixth Ward Akron City councilman Bob Hoch ( Hoke) tells AkronNewsNow several residents in his Ellet ward expressed their concerns at this week’s council meeting over more companies seeking drilling leases in their neighborhoods. Hoch says the drillers need a larger area of land to drill so they’re approaching churches in residential areas for the right to drill on their property.
Pope Francis’s Radical Environmentalism
This past weekend, Pope Francis did something that was quietly revolutionary. In a talk at the Italian university of Molise, Francis characterized concerns about the environment as “one of the greatest challenges of our time”—a challenge that is theological, as well as political, in nature. “When I look at … so many forests, all cut, that have become land … that can [no] longer give life,” he reflected, citing South American forests in particular. “This is our sin,exploiting the Earth. … This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation.” And the pontiff isn’t stopping there; he’s reportedly planning to issue an encyclical, or papal letter, about man’s relationship with the environment.
World Council Of Churches Divests From Fossil Fuels
The Huffington Post | By Yasmine Hafiz
The Unitarian Universalist Association Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement
June 28, 2014
For more information, contact:
UUA’s Public Relations Director
(617) 948-4386 (office)
BOSTON–Delegates at the 2014 General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) meeting in Providence, RI, today passed a resolution calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies in the UUA Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF).
LETTERS to EDITORS:
Father Pezzulo urges rejection of Ohio’s S.B. 310
Enquirer Opinions Page
312 Elm St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
May 16, 2014
I’m sure I was not alone in my horror at reading that the Ohio state legislators in Columbus,
during a late night session passed S.B. 310. This bill would essentially gut and destroy Ohio’s
energy efficiency and renewable energy standards which have been the law – a law which
has served the people of Ohio well since 2008. This law is helping Ohio move forward and
become a leader in job creation in the renewable energy field.
Why would something withproven benefits to Ohio citizens be destroyed? I simply do not understand
why we are going backwards and adopting regressive and punitive policies which will cost consumers,
many of whom live in rural economically deprived areas, substantially more money on their utility bills.
According to Ohio State University professors this will cost the average family to pay five
hundred dollars ($500) more each year on their utility bills. This could cost the average small
business three thousand dollars ($3000) annually.
These estimated costs do not even begin to mention the cost to the environment. Clean
renewable energy has been a hallmark in Ohio, creating more jobs locally than any other state
in the country. Billions of dollars have already been invested in renewable energy sources
in Ohio and much of that would be lost if S.B.310 was to move forward. There are 2.5 billion
dollars alone in wind energy projects ready to start up in Ohio. This will create jobs, tax revenue
and a cleaner more efficient energy source.
S.B. 310 will not help the average Ohioan and will have untold costs on the quality of the water,
the air and our own health. To continue down the same path we will simply be repeating the
same mistakes. We must learn from our past history. How many more water supplies do we
need to destroy in the name of energy independence, or alleged consumer demand? At what
point will we realize that we have misused or been bad stewards of God’s creation?
There is simply no benefit to S.B. 310; it reduces (eliminates) any and all initiatives for
conservation of energy for both the consumer and the producer.
Any tax breaks or serviceswhich could help a poor family save money will be lost if this insanity
is allowed to continueunchecked. Weatherization programs, free efficient light bulbs and many other
services now being offered by the utility companies themselves or a local community action agency will
cease to exist. Expenses will rise and the vulnerable among us will suffer disproportionally.
Enough is enough already. There is a responsible balance between job creation, tax revenue,
renewable energy and protecting the environment. How is it that people who are savvy
enough to get elected to important and responsible positions cannot look toward the Common
Good of all the people, and not simply towards lobbyists with lots of campaign donations?
Fr. Neil Pezzulo
4085 Glenmary Trace
Fairfield, Ohio 45014
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
Hearing on EnerGreen 360 Contract set for July 24
The Belmont County Port Authority board will be meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 24th at the Courthouse Annex (the former church behind the courthouse) in St. Clairsville to vote on the contract that will allow EnerGreen 360 to use the East Ohio Regional Industrial Park as a landfill and processing site for
a projected 600,000 tons per year of potentially toxic/radioactive shale well drill cuttings.
The Port Authority will hear a presentation from EnerGreen before voting on the project.
Please attend the Port Authority meeting and let them know that you oppose bringing these materials to Belmont County!
A B& W version of this ad in the Barnesville Enterprise and posters will be placed around town.
-FaCT-OV [Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness of the Ohio Valley]
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]
L I N K S
OHIO VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH in Bellaire, OH