Faith Communities


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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

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Write to Governor Kasich and to your state senator and representative: Restore Ohio’s Energy Standards!

LETTER FROM FaCT – Adopted in General Meeting, Akron, OH 

Governor John Kasich
Riffe Centter, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH  43215-6117

CLICK on this to FInd Your State Senator’s Address

CLICK on this to See a Map of Ohio Senate Districts

CLICK on this to Find your State Representative’s Address

CLICK on this to Find a map of your Ohio House District

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Next FaCT Meeting set for August 24, 1:00 p.m.

(Please Note: Changed Meeting time)

at the Community Church of Chesterland

11984 Caves Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026

Come a half hour early — at 12:30 p.m. — and share in a light lunch.

Featured Presenter will be Professor Ted Auch of Cleveland State University.  He will be speaking about the problems associated with frack waste in Ohio and will share with us
his extensive mapping of frack waste in Ohio.

STOP FRACKING signs will be available at the meeting at reduced prices.  Be sure you have one in your yard!

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Fall Meeting set for October 26, 2:00 p.m.
at Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

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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:  rprosek.fact@gmail.com

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Attention Churches: You May Be Approached to Sign Drilling Leases!

Shale Oil Drilling Targeting Akron Neighborhoods

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.

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Pope Francis’s Radical Environmentalism

Exploiting the earth “is our sin,” the pontiff says.
TARA ISABELLA BURTON

Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

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.

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 World Council Of Churches Divests From Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post  | By Yasmine Hafiz
Posted: Updated: 

POLLUTION

The World Council of Churches, which represents over 500 million Christians in more than 110 countries, has decided to divest from fossil fuels, reports The Guardian.

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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)
pr@uua.org

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).

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LETTERS to EDITORS:

Father Pezzulo urges rejection of Ohio’s S.B. 310

Cincinnati Enquirer
Enquirer Opinions Page
312 Elm St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
May 16, 2014

Dear Editor:

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?

Sincerely,
Fr. Neil Pezzulo
4085 Glenmary Trace
Fairfield, Ohio 45014

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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]

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CALL TO ACTION: ALL WHEELING WATER WARRIORS

We need you to send a letter BY MAIL to the US Army Corps of Engineers. This is a draft you may use. Please also share widely with like minded friends.

Comment period closes on Monday, July 28th.

To: Teresa Spagna, teresa.d.spagna@usace.army.mil.

United States Army Corps of Engineers

ATTN: CELRH-RD-N

Public Notice No. LRH-2013-848-OHR

502 Eighth Street
Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070.

RE: LRH 2013-848-OHR

I am writing to share my comments and concerns about the application from GreenHunter, # LRH2013- 848-OHR, to construct a barging platform in Meigs County, OH for the purposes of barging fracking wasteon the Ohio River.

First, I again respectfully request that the comment period be extended for another 90 days. The public should have time to examine this issue more thoroughly. The requirement to submit comments by mail only is not only outmoded, but restrictive to the democratic process which the public notice is intended to assure.

We also respectfully request public hearings in all communities that would be impacted by this plan. The affected public within the Ohio River Valley should be allowed to personally deliver facts and analysis to the Corps. The Ohio River Basin contains fully 10% of the population of the entire country, and these citizens have a right to advocate for clean water. This plan would also impact the residents along the Mississippi River, as GreenHunter intends to barge frack fluid from Texas and Louisiana to injection wells in Ohio and the Ohio Valley. If approved, this plan would add significant infrastructure in the form of a massive river barge fracking waste shipping plan. The people have a right to know that the safety of their drinking water is being compromised for the sake of a business.

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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)

COMPREHENSIVE LIST of CERTIFIED LABS

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Statements of Conscience on Fracking and on the Environment:

(View or Download FaCT Mission/Vision Statement as a PDF)

(View ”FaCT’s Letter to Faith Communities” )

(View “Interfaith Otsego Resolution on Fracking in NY, Sept. 6, 2012″)

View Otsego Video

Faith and Fracking [From New York State - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - VERY INSPIRING]
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Fr. Neil Pezzulo:

(View or Download “Fracking: Contrary to the Common Good And Simply Bad Public Policy” as a PDF)

(View or Download “Episcopal Statement on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “A Catholic Brother on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “Catholic Nuns on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “Statements bearing on Fracking” as a PDF)

(View or Download “People of Faith Confront Hydrofracking” as a PDF)

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L I N K S

FIRST GRACE UNITED CHIRCH OF CHRIST, AKRON

JEWS AGAINST HYDROFRACKING

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST JUSTICE WEB

OHIO VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH in Bellaire, OH

BLESSING OF WATERS VIA SHALESHOCK

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF CHRIST – ECO JUSTICE

FRIENDS OF EUCLID CREEK

HIRAM CHRISTIAN CHURCH 

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF OBERLIN

FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH IN SHAKER HEIGHTS

WEST SHORE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

COMMUNITY CHURCH OF CHESTERLAND 

EAST SHORE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

FAIRMOUNT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

CONGREGATION KOL HALEV in UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH of KENT, OH 

CONGREGATION OHEV TZEDEK in BOARDMAN

ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH in PAINESVILLE 

 

 

 

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