Don’t Frack Ohio
by Myriam Fallon
June 5, 2012
The fracking industry is causing destruction and pollution across the country and now they’re trying to ramp up their efforts in Ohio.
Its time for the people of Ohio to stand up and protect their state from the dangers of this practice, and set a precedent for the rest of the country. Join groups such as 350.org, Ohio Alliance for People & Environment, Buckeye Forest Council, Ohio Student Environmental Coalition, Food and Water Watch, and Greenpeace as we come together for the Dont Frack Ohio movement from June 14-17, in Columbus, OH.
The 14-16th will be dedicated to training and movement building, and on the 17th well be taking over the Ohio statehouse for a peoples assembly that will pass legislation that Ohioans need to stop this destructive practice.
Hydraulic Fracturing (known as fracking) is a huge mistake for many reasons. Weve seen its effects on local water supplies. From dead creeks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to the wells poisoned to the point where residents cant drink from their faucets. There are thousands of barrels of toxic and radioactive poison that is a byproduct of the fracking process being injected underground into dozens of wells in Ohio every day. And towns across the country are being turned into industrial zones, crisscrossed by endless tanker trucks.
While foreign countries (France) and other states (Vermont) are banning fracking, Gov. Kasich wants to bring more of this to Ohio, which makes sense since the industry donated over $200,000 to his last campaign. His recently passed legislation allows fracking companies to hide the chemicals theyre using by calling them trade secrets. It also prevents the public from commenting on, or appealing, any part of the fracking process. You can read more about the legislation here.
Ohio is just the latest of many states poised to become a sacrifice zone. We cant let that happen. If we stay silent, special interests will win; if we speak out together we have a chance.