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 Fact Meeting will be on June 22 at 2 pm.
350 South Portage Path
Akron, OH 44230
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.
If you can attend, please RSVP to Ron Prosek, Convener, at: email@example.com
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.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
FaCT Participants have been busy writing letters to the editor to each of their local publications. We will be sharing some of them in this space.
To The Plain Dealer:
It’s embarrassing that the Plain Dealer actually published Kevin O’Brien’s total dismissal of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. With over 97% of the scientific community supporting the IPCC data, his assertion that the reports represent “a quarter-center of cooking data, ignoring observable phenomena, twisting the scientific method into a pretzel, crying ‘wolf!’ and generally giving science a black eye” would be laughable except that I’m afraid he’s serious.
If anything, IPCC reports have underestimated the climate response. Rising CO2 levels, melting ice and rising seas are observable facts. His assertion that “merry pranksters” are making it all up for political purposes with the aim of damaging US energy policy and weakening the US economy is absurd. Those that are profiting from “business as usual” are the fossil fuel companies that are grabbing every dollar they can now with no accountability to future generations. Rather, investments in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.
O’Brien correctly states that the bottom line is still “We’re all gonna die!” but his approach of living better by making the most of our fossil fuel resources without paying attention to the impacts on our planet and its inhabitants is very short-sighted.
Nancy King Smith,
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
This letter was published in The PD’s online Blog on April 10:
To The Plain Dealer:
It’s time for Ohioans to lead their leaders into the clean energy future. Sadly, the Republican leadership in Columbus is trying to kill Ohio’s clean energy and conservation standards which were passed almost unanimously in 2008. They are doing this by pushing SB 310 quickly through the legislature to a vote.
SB 310 calls for a freeze of Ohio’s very modest renewable energy and conservation standards at 2014 levels and for a “study” of those standards. Those standards have already helped create 25,000 Ohio renewable energy and conservation jobs. Ohio has long been well positioned to be a leader in solar panel production and wind energy parts production. Those standards have helped grow this economic sector in our state. They have also helped move Ohio from the state with the highest air pollution to the state with the third highest air pollution, and those standards have saved Ohio energy consumers an estimated $1 billion.
What possible good can come of interrupting this progress? The purpose of SB 310 is to remove a viable alternative to dirty coal and fracking and keep us dependent on fossil fuels. Our leaders must hear from us. Contact your State Representative and Senator to urge them to vote against SB310.
-Anne Caruso, FaCT Participant
A Unitarian Universalist Response to the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement
Since June of 2013, the campaign to divest endowments at colleges, universities, and religious institutions from fossil fuel holdings has continued to gather momentum and inspire debate. Within the UU denomination, a committed group of pro-divestment activists, now know as Unitarian Universalists for Fossil Fuel Divestment and Sustainable Reinvestment, has worked hard to develop a proposed Business Resolution calling for Fossil Fuel Divestment of the UU Common Endowment Fund.
The Business Resolution was submitted to the UUA with signatures from 100 congregations – far more than the number required – and has been formally admitted to the Agenda of the 2014 General Assembly. Registered delegates from congregations will have the opportunity to vote then; be sure to check the official Agenda when it is released in May to learn when this is scheduled to take place.
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]
L I N K S
OHIO VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH in Bellaire, OH