“Extractive industries have rarely been beneficial to the residents of Appalachia.” – Kip Rondy

Farmer Kip Rondy is one of the Athens 8 who were arrested for blocking fracking waste from entering an injection well owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia near Torch, Ohio on February 1st, 2014.

The pretrial and rally for the Athens 8 has been pushed back to Monday March 24th at 8am at the Athens Municipal Court.

The pretrial and rally for the Athens 8 has been pushed back to Monday March 24th at 8am at the Athens Municipal Court. The Athens 8 were arrested for blocking fracking waste from entering an injection well owned by K&H Partners of West Virginia near Torch, Ohio on February 1st, 2014.

An event to celebrate Appalachian Activism and raise funds for the Athens 8s’ legal fees is being planned. It will feature a community potluck with live music and speakers—tentative date is Sat March 22, 5-8 pm at the Dairy Barn! Stay tuned for details. You can also donate to the legal fees by going to https://www.wepay.com/donations/9881

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Eight farmers and local business leaders blocked the driveway leading to a fracking waste disposal site operated by K&H Partners of West Virginia. The blockade was supported by more than 150 Torch, Coolville, and Athens Ohio residents.

All eight were arrested by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with trespassing. Please donate to help with their legal fees.

Pretrial Monday Feb. 24th, 2014 at 8 am

The 8 farmers and local food business leaders who were arrested Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 for blocking the entrance to K&H Partners of West Virginia injection well storage site plead not guilty 2/4/14 to trespassing charges. The pretrial is set for Monday Feb. 24th, 2014 at 8am in the Athens Ohio City Building on Washington Street.

8 Farmers and Local Foods Leaders Arrested for Blocking Driveway to K&H Injection Well

Eight farmers and local foods business leaders blocked the driveway of an injection site that receives nearly 3000 barrels of frack waste per day.  The eight held a banner reading “Our Water, Our Lives! Their Poison, Their Lies!” and stopped commerce for much of a business day.  At least two trucks carrying toxic frack waste were unable to enter the site.

The blockade was supported by more than 150 Torch, Coolville, and Athens residents including many families with children. The rally focused on the theme “OUR WATER, OUR LIVES, THEIR POISON, THEIR LIES”. Participants spoke out about the lack of local control over injection well permitting, water contamination with toxic chemicals, and the need for more responsible oversight by ODNR and elected officials.

The site is operated by K&H partners of West Virginia.  The eight were released saturday night after being arrested and charged with trespassing.

Currently the Troy Township site contains a single Class II injection well and associated waste tanks; the current well injects an average of 2,098 barrels of toxic frack waste per day. A second proposed well at the site would receive an additional 4,000 barrels per day. The injection site is located 1.7 miles from the Hocking, 2.2 miles from the Ohio River, and 2.2 miles from Coolville Elementary School. 53% of this waste will come from other states with stronger regulations than Ohio.

In December, the Athens City Council and the Athens County Commissioners voted unanimously to oppose the permitting of the second well.  After the ODNR ignored this vote and granted the permit anyway, the Athens County Fracking Action Network has appealed the permit.  The eight arrestees and their supporters called for K&H and the ODNR to revoke the permit and called for local control over injection wells.  The majority of Athens County residents oppose injection wells.

 

Ralliers also cited the recent Freedom Enterprises spill in West Virginia as a reminder to prevent similar disasters in other Appalachian communities.

Support Rally at the Athens County Courthouse Monday 2/3/14 at 9:15 AM

Support Rally at the Athens County Courthouse Monday 2/3/14 at 9:15 AM at the arraignment of the eight farmers and local business leaders who were arrested for blocking frack waste trucks from entering an injection well disposal site operated by K&H Partners of West Virginia on Saturday. Those arrested include: Kip Rondy, owner of Green Edge Farms; Michelle Ajamian, owner of Shagbark Seed and Mill; Christine Hughes, owner of the Village Bakery; local pastor Smiles Welch, Liz Florentino, Caprice Huffman, Timothy Fultz, and Sean Pavlac, all of Athens County.