Join ACFAN this Monday, March 18 at noon for a rally on the courthouse steps in Athens. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is not doing its job! ODNR should be protecting Ohioans from carcinogenic, radioactive frack waste. Instead, the ODNR allows waste injection wells to operate after they have failed safety inspections. For 25 years ODNR continuously issued permits for new injection wells to D&L Energy, a company with a history of at least 120 citations, violations and injection well suspensions. We now know that D&L’s owner, Ben Lupo, recently ordered the illegal dumping of hundreds of thousands of gallons of radioactive, carcinogenic frack waste into the Mahoning River. It’s time to tell the EPA to investigate ODNR’s failure to protect Ohioans from carcinogenic, radioactive frack waste.
For more info and updates go to ACFAN.org
Eight of the GreenHunter 10 decided to take the plea deal offered by the prosecution. They were offered 30 days suspended jail time, and each was ordered to pay a $250 fine, $280 in court costs per person. In addition, the group must pay $2,383 collectively in restitution to GreenHunter. That brings our legal costs for those eight up to $6,623 including bail.
You can donate by clicking on the “Donate” Tab to the right. The kicker is that these defenders of our water also can’t put themselves in arrest-able positions at actions for a year without risking 30 days in the pokey. Stay tuned for updates on Nate Ebert’s trial, the prosecution wasn’t ready for him.
Call The Authorities!
If you haven’t yet called Cmdr. Michael Roldan USCG, Chief of the Hazardous Materials Division at 202-372-1420 to ask him not to approve the barging of frack waste on the Ohio River, now would be a great time.
The hearing today for the Green Hunter Ten has been moved to 3PM at the Municipal Courthouse at 259 Butler (between 2nd & 3rd street) See you there!
Appalachia Resist! and ACFAN will join the Buckeye Forest Council, Frack Free Ohio, Food & Water Watch, Center for Heath, Environment, and Justice; Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Sierra Club and maybe YOU for a day of lobbying state legislators. We will be calling for calling for a return of local municipal control over oil and gas activities, emergency medical right-to-know and a ban on liquid waste resulting from fracking, and maybe having a little fun while we’re at it.
The lobby day begins at the Ohio Theater at 10:00 a.m., with lawmaker meetings scheduled throughout the day. There will be a rally on the Statehouse lawn at 1:00 p.m., featuring AR!’s own Madeline ffitch, and the day will culminate with a delivery to Governor Kasich’s office at 2:30 p.m.
Our contingent will be leaving from Athens (location TBA) around 7AM, to make it to the training at 9. Yes, there will be a training- we don’t know how to lobby lawmakers either!
If you are interested in joining us, please contact email@example.com and let us know if:
1) You are in the Athens area, have a vehicle that seats four or more people and are willing to give rides in exchange for splitting gas/parking expenses.
2) You are in the Athens area, need a ride, and are willing to split gas/parking expenses.
3) You are coming from somewhere other than Athens
TUESDAY 5 MARCH: Pretrial for the Green Hunter Ten at 2PM the Washington County Courthouse in Marietta OH! Be there and support Appalachia Resist!
Abraham Lustgarten, journalist and author of <a href=”http://www.propublica.org/series/fracking”>ProPublica’s excellent series on fracking</a> will be speaking tomorrow, Tuesday the 26th, from 9AM to 10:20AM at the Baker Center Theater on OU’s campus.
Our friends over at @SEOFIG (that’s the Southeast Ohio Fracking Interest Group) send us the following communique. If you live in WashCo, write to the Times. Or, join SEOFIG.
If you’re one of our non-regional readers, consider friending and following SEOFIG-they’re pretty damn cool!
Feb. 18, 2013
Hello SEOFIG members and supporters,
A public notice about an application for a new injection well in Washington Co. ran last week (Feb. 11-15) in the Marietta Times. Jann Adams, a SEOFIG member has written a letter to ODNR with comments and objections. We encourage you to write letters, too. You may use part or all of Jann’s letter in your own. Comments/objections must be received in writing (see addresses below) within 15 days after the last day of the public notice. The last day was Feb. 15 so your letters must be received by March 2. Here is Jann’s letter:
To: Chief Richard J. Simmers
Division of Oil and Gas Mineral Resources
2045 Morse Road Building F-2
Columbus, OH 43229-6693
Cc: ODNR Director James Zehringer
2045 Morse Road Building D
Columbus, OH 43229-6693
Re: comments about new permit application for UIC well by Redbird Development
The new permit application by Redbird Development LLC for a new injection well (Redbird SWD #2) in Dunham Township, Section 23, Washington County needs to be denied and studied for the following reasons: to determine the toxicity of the materials being disposed, the safety of the operation and the site, seismic stability, and to put in place a contract with the company to repair damage to roads due to heavy truck traffic. In January, State Representative Bob Hagan asked for a moratorium on oil and gas waste-disposal injection wells. In his letter to the governor, Hagan stated the reason for the action would be to assure citizens “that such wells are not adversely changing our natural environment in an irreparable way.” When I have gone to the ODNR website, there is such praise for oil and gas exploration that it appears to be an advertisement for the industry. How can ODNR lend such support and also be the official watchdog for safety?
Before the new permit is approved, please consider the following:
- Brine and other waste from the oil and natural gas industry must be tested and the chemical content clearly stated. Disposal of these chemicals must meet the same standards that all other companies must adhere to under federal laws of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.
- The disposal site must be clearly marked from the road with appropriate signage, fencing, and safety measures for dumping.
- The injection well must be inspected regularly (every 10 weeks). In an Athens newspaper, it was reported that, “According to Ohio Department of Natural Resources records of Athens County class II injection well inspections, the Hahn Paul, Hazel Ginsberg, Miller Carless and Earl Akers wells have each gone more than 30 weeks without being inspected in the last three years.” These companies have had violations in the past. We must be vigilant on waste disposal operations. If there are not enough inspectors, then no new injection wells should be permitted.
- Conduct seismic testing – According to studies in the Youngstown area, injection wells play a part in possible earthquakes. Southeastern Ohio has had six earthquakes in the last two years.
- Oil and natural gas companies have signed road use contracts to assure that damage caused by the industry is repaired by the industry. Waste disposal companies must also be responsible for road repair. This should not fall on the shoulders of citizens.
Please consider these concerns before approving the permit.