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200 rally in Columbus against hydraulic fracturing

Published: Wed, January 11, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.


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Jamie Frederick held up the pair of heavy-duty ear protectors she used to try to block out the sounds of drilling near her Coitsville home.

They didn’t work.

“Living through the drilling and fracking phase of the most recent well was a truly terrifying experience,” Frederick said. “Twenty-four, seven, nonstop, we were subjected to such unbelievable levels of noise that you could only understand if you heard if for yourself. It would have been more peaceful to live on an airport runway.”

(Editor's note:There is injection well drilling in Coitsville. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has not issued Utica or Marcellus shale drilling permits in Coitsville.)

The noise was only part of the problem, Frederick told other protesters at an anti-fracking rally Tuesday at the Statehouse. She recounted health problems, contaminated water, property damage and other issues that have affected her and her husband since they moved to the Youngstown area several years ago.

Frederick was one of the speakers during the two-hour protest. About 200 people participated, including more than 40 who traveled by bus from Youngstown, the site of a New Year’s Eve earthquake that many believe was caused by an injection well used to dispose of fluid waste from oil and gas production.

Participants held signs, sang and chanted in unison, hoping to persuade lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to stop all horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Ohio until after studies are completed to ensure the emerging oil and gas-production method is safe.

Fracking is the process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted into rocks thousands of feet below the ground to unlock natural gas and oil.

“We came down to raise our voices to stop fracking and stop the destruction of our state, our land, our air, our water,” said Susie Beiersdorfer, a part-time geology instructor at Youngstown State University. She added later, “This is the first line of defense, getting the legislatures to pass a moratorium at the least, and I’d love to just see a ban on all fracking. ... It’s not for everyone’s advantage; it’s for private profit.”

A public meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown, giving residents, city and Mahoning County officials an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources about recent seismic activity in the area.

“The people of Ohio and the Mahoning Valley need to get some answers from their government officials,” said state Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, who was at the protest. “We need to find out why Ohio has become the dumping ground of the United States and why it’s so important that Pennsylvania and New York bring their toxic chemicals and dump them into the Mahoning Valley and cause earthquakes that we have to come out on the stairs of the Statehouse and complain about.”


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I only wish I could have been there in Columbus - Fracking and Brine Deep Well Injections are bad for our lives and property.

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2Attis(1134 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

We have laws against criminal behavior and a war on terrorism. Anyone that causes earthquakes is a terrorist. Anyone that pollutes aquifers is a criminal. So why are the mother earth frackers and toxic waste injectors allowed to continue their corporate crime and corporate terrorism? Wasn't the earthquake enough to shake us out of our lethargy?

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3thirdthink(11 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Ha yeah. Don't forget to remind them about King Kasich's SB5 exploits. Hagan was kicking and screaming on that issue before it became popular too. He's pretty much the defacto watchdog for the state. Thank god someone's paying attention.

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4XL(18 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

POWER TO THE PEOPLE! We need to put a $1.00 per gallon environmental tax on motor fuels right now.

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5Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Ianacek, " If toxic materials or practies are indeed being dumped on the Valley , we will find out in due course ." - - - - - -" If ? "
- - - - - - - - -You have just discredited yourself. We know toxic chemicals are being dumped here there are no ifs. Surely you heard of the clean water act by now -an excuse to withhold the list of stuff in the waste water.There would be no need for this unless one were hiding something.

Then you say "we will find out in due course." - - -When will that be after the injecting is long done and the water is poisoned? When we are all sick? I can't believe what I am reading here.

"Sometimes , I think any actual mistreatment of the Valley by outsiders is encouraged by the way a lot of Valley dwellers talk about their own community . "- - -So the residents are to blame for for the shipping of chemical water and disposal in their area when they had no say about it? You want to blame us for this?

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6Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Why do you think they are drilling 9000 foot plus wells if the waste water weren't full of chemicals? Unbelievable .If you doubt its toxicity go drink a quart of fracking waste water.

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7southbelle22(16 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

A resident of Coitsville told me that it is not just injection wells being drilled in Coitsville but also numerous gas wells being drilled in the Clinton-Medina formation. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLARIFIED IN THE EDITOR'S NOTE. This information is easily obtained by ODNR. When they are done with the Clinton-Medina formation they will then drill deeper into the Utica. Drilling in Coitsville has been going on for years. I wonder how many others there are already sick? It's a real shame. Coitsville is (was) a beautiful area. I used to hunt there.

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8Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

green -You sound familiar. I think my chances of survival better.

commoncitizen - " If you don't know WHY they drill 9000 ft down MAYBE you should look it up instead of posting BS ."- - -What BS?

My POINT is for the slow rollers if the waste water wasn't harmful than there would be no need to inject it at all? Right? So where is the BS in what I said? My point is for the slow rollers is that the water is injected into the ground because it isn't something pleasant or safe to leave on the surface .

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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

commoncitizen, "I'm willing to bet that most of the people writting here do not know how or why fracking is used. Do they know the difference between oil/gas wells and injection wells?? Seems like most people "group" the two processes as the same thing." - - -You know it is possible that I missed something but I went back and reread the comments thus far but I'm not seeing what you are. I think most folks responding to this article do indeed understand the difference between fracking and injecting.

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10Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

green -you posted that a long time ago or someone else did. "If its so dangerous, why do they spray it on the roads during the winter??"

- -Good question. Another good question is why if so much is going on our streets are permanent injection sites necessary?

If it is harmless why does PA ship it to Ohio. Why does Texas ship it to Ohio after all there is a lot of country between here and Texas?New York doesn't want it either. So many whys.Perhaps the biggest why is why does the clean water act have a loophole that allows the chemicals to not be listed with in the fracking waste water?

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11Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Ytown20 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/c...

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13XL(18 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The people have spoken and the drilling will be stopped. The vision of people like Susie Beiersdorfer have made it happen. Now is the time to pass legislation that puts the real cost of gasoline at the pump. The next governor of Ohio should be a man of vision like Bob Hagan. If only he could be persuaded to run.

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14southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This madness must cease. The U.S. must develop alternative fuel sources.

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