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Fracking is Frightening GreenHunter/Roscoe Mills Injection Well Rally

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GreenHunter/Roscoe Mills Injection Well Rally

Saturday October 31, 2015 10AM

Greenhunter, the company which seeks to barge frack waste on the Ohio River, is setting records for the amount of out-of-state frack waste they are injecting underground in their Meigs County injection wells. With much of the oil and gas industry in financial trouble, with plummeting stocks, and investors getting scared, it’s a perfect time to add to the Halloween ambience by letting Greenhunter know that Southeast Ohio Residents are ready for them to cease and desist! RIP. Join us for a sign making party on the evening of October 26th, and then a rally on the morning of October 31st.
RALLY:
WHAT: FRACKING IS FRIGHTENING RALLY. Cider and donuts provided. We will stand with gravestones representing the disastrous results of corporate sponsored chemical contamination (C8, Love Canal, Clyde, Ohio, Bhopal). We will wear black, and paint our faces as skulls. It is Halloween, after all!
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 10 AM (expected to last only a few hours, drive time included)
WHERE: 33 BETWEEN CO 124 AND TWP 371 (BETWEEN THE HOTSPOT AND THE RAVENSWOOD BRIDGE).
MEIGS CARPOOL MEET AT THE HIGH SCHOOL 42091 POMEROY PIKE AT 9AM.  ATHENS CARPOOL MEET AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON EAST STATE STREET, PARKING LOT UNDER THE SOLAR PANELS AT 9AM. FROM THERE WE WILL CARAVAN OUT TO THE ROSCOE MILLS INJECTION WELL IN MEIGS COUNTY.
Please let us know if you’d like to come, but need a ride, so that we can match you with a driver.
THIS IS NOT A CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ACTION, AND NO ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.
GRAVESTONE MAKING PARTY:
WHAT: Join members of AR! to paint gravestones for the rally. Paint, brushes, and cardboard provided.
WHEN: Monday, October 26th. 6 PM to 8 PM
WHERE: Shagbark Seed and Mill, 88 Columbus Circle, Athens, OH
If you can only come to the rally, but not the sign making party, that’s perfectly fine! We will make extra gravestones.
RSVP so we know how many donuts to get!
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
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Organizers Training

Want to start organizing to keep fracking waste and fracking from coming into your community?frackingwaste

Appalachia Resist! is sponsoring an organizers training taught by Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival. RAMPS is a non-violent direct action campaign based in the southern coal fields of West Virginia

Saturday August 16th, 2014 9:00-5 at Arts/West

9:00-10:00 Welcome/Morning Circle

10:00-11:30 Ready Response Brigade Basic Training  Want to get a call when an action is happening?  Being on this list means that you’ll be alerted to actions that are happening to fight fracking and injection wells in our region, so that you can have the chance to show up and support these actions if you can. This workshop will include more information on the ready response brigade, the basics of non-violent direct action protest etiquette, and a bit about your legal rights at a protest.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the security culture workshop to fully understand why not all actions are advertised ahead of time and to learn how to participate in security culture.

11:30-12:30 Security Culture  Do you ever wonder why some protests are publicly advertised, while sometimes you don’t hear about an action until it’s already happening?  Learn why and when sharing action information on a need-to-know basis can help make actions more effective.  This workshop is about security measures activists can take to protect ourselves and keep the element of surprise when necessary. It will also help explain how to support and participate in actions in a safe and secure way, even when you may not know all the details ahead of time!

12:30-1:30 Lunch provided by Appalachia Resist!

1:30-3:00 How to Form your Own Action Group  The more groups we have working on plugging the injection wells and stopping fracking the better! Learn how to form you own action-planning group with people you trust and enjoy working with, so that you can utilize the tactics and strategies you care most about. This workshop will include an intro to running a group with consensus so that everyone gets to be a full participant.

3:00-4:30 How to Plan an Action The nuts and bolts of how to plan an action, including time frames, roles that need filling, media, and other considerations. Will also include direct action success stories.

4:30-5:00 Debrief/Next Steps

To RSVP and for more information email: appalachiaresist@gmail.com..  Donations will be welcome to help us cover expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Please let us know a week in advance if you need childcare.

Frack Waste Trucks Blocked from Entering K&H2 Injection Well Site in Athens County.

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TORCH, OHIO – An Athens County resident has barricaded the gates of a frack-waste transfer station near the rest area off of HWY 50. No trucks can enter or leave the site, and K&H injection well operations are effectively stopped for the business day. Crissa Cummings, age 42 of Millfield has locked herself to the gate, charging that the recently drilled K&H 2 injection well is operating unsafely. Cummings noted that ODNR reports show that more than 12 tons of contaminated soil and water have been removed from the site since January, and that 410 feet of cement casing has been lost down the injection well shaft, signifying a potentially dangerous situation. “In light of the recent studies that have linked fracking chemicals to birth defects, I feel sick when I think about all the babies and the pregnant friends that were protesting at this site in February, a couple of weeks after the brine spill,” says Cummings.

A banner has been placed over the gates that reads “12 TONS OF SOIL AND WATER CONTAMINATED. K&H2 NOT SAFE”. Supporters wearing white hazmat style suits and ventilator masks are gathering, holding signs and chanting. Cummings herself is wearing a ventilator, noting that at least 4 workers have died since 2010 from exposure to frack waste, which contains high rates of benzene and other chemicals that can sicken people and be fatal when inhaled. Cummings says, “When a community says it does not want injection wells because we don’t believe they are safe, and our public servants ignore the desires of the public and our locally elected officials, the only recourse left to us is to use our bodies to stop the toxic frack waste from being injected into these dangerous wells.”

Peggy Gish, 71, who was an organic farmer in Athens County for more than 30 years, sits alongside Crissa occupying the space in front of the gate. Gish also plans to remain as long as possible. Of her action, Gish says, “I do this because I care about the health and safety of the people living in this region and for future generations who also want clean water, air, and land. Energy companies should not be allowed to make huge profits at the expense of the health and safety of the local people.”

8 people were arrested at this same location earlier this year for protesting the injection of radioactive toxic fracking waste in Athens County, after the ODNR ignored hundreds of public comments as well as the objections of the Athens County Commissioners,.

Through a records request, community members have found ODNR reports showing that in January 2014, the drill rig at the K&H 2 unexpectedly hit saltwater and gas. When the pit overflowed with the fluid, a nearby creek was contaminated. After well operators initially attempted to build a containment wall with the contaminated soil, the company was told to remove up to 20 tons of contaminated soil and water. 

Also during January, ODNR reports show that approximately 410 feet (or 200 bags) of cement disappeared down the well shaft during well construction. Though this signifies probable cracks and fissures in the surrounding rock into which the cement may be leaking, neither K&H Partners nor ODNR has completed an adequate follow up investigation.

The local community, including the Athens County commissioners, has repeatedly called for proper seismic testing and geologic characterization at the K&H site. The ODNR has ignored these demands. Now, the accidental spill, coupled with the enormous loss of cement brings up serious concerns about possible contamination of the aquifer. ACFAN and Appalachia Resist! have recently submitted a complaint about the K&H 2 to the federal EPA, charging that the problems and the conduct at the K&H 2 site constitute violations of Ohio Revised Codes 1501:9-1-07, and 1501:9-1-08, which concern prevention of contamination, and safety of well construction, as well as a violation of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

UPDATE:  6PM

Crissa and Peggy held the space and stopped injection well operations for most of the business day.  Crissa was charged with trespassing and released on her own recognizance.  Her arraignment and support rally are scheduled for 9am tomorrow (Friday June 6th) at the City Building in Athens.  Please stay tuned to our YouTube Channel for videos of today’s action currently being uploaded.

 

UPDATE:  Friday June 6, 3PM

Crissa was arraigned and the pre-trial was set for Monday June 19th at 8am.  Feel free to join us to rally in her support.  See also, NBC4’s coverage of yesterday’s action here.  As well as the print media coverage from the AthensNEWS, The Athens Messenger, and the Akron Beacon Journal.

 

 

Christine Hughes Protecting Her Communtiy

Christine Hughes 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.

Timothy Fultz Proud to Take Action to Stop Injection Wells

Timothy Fultz was on 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.

“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.