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200 rally in Columbus against hydraulic fracturing



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

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Trumbull County resident Werner Lange dressed as Uncle Sam showed his feelings on fracking.

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By MARC KOVAC

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

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.”


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1Ianacek(909 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Even a "part time geology instructor" presumably has at least one eye on the "private profit" they get from doing their job . There's nothing wrong with a business trying to earn a profit . Until the USA elects a lot more Socialist candidates to various offices , I'll continue believing private enterprise , capitalism & entrepreneurship are the foundation of the American economy .

Let's let science solve the problem of the earthquakes . If toxic materials or practies are indeed being dumped on the Valley , we will find out in due course . 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 . You only have to read the online comments in many of the stories . Surely it's time to admit that , while we don't know for sure what's ahead , Youngstown's worst days are behind it .

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2triciafloyd52(12 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

in the 1980's ,the head of the geology dept , i believe at the time, at y.s.u., ann harris, warned everyone that youngstown, ohio was on one of the largest faults in the world that could litterally rip from the great lakes to the ohio river. she said several smaller less damaging quakes would be better and that is what we are getting . this was predicted before the drilling here. consider the quakes happening in and around japan - are they drilling? and how about south america? are their recent quakes from drilling?. people need to stop panicking and find facts. solve the problem by eliminating the need for the drilling , oil , gas , methane ,butane , etc, which means no more plastic , no more cell phones , tv's ,carpet, refrigerator, cars, etc. find an alternative to heat your house and transport goods. and people complaining about the noise, well that means you are close enough that you got paid for that drill . didn't you check into it before taking the money?

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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4green(34 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Unionforever - are you really a union guy? Because if you were, you would realize that union jobs and lots of them will be coming. You and Hagan must not want union people to continue to work. Thanks. How about the front page picture of Hagan holding up his fist like a Black Panther - I can hear him singing " Power to the People". I'll remember this Bobby next time you"re on the ballot and I'll remind all the union people as well.

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5Attis(879 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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6thirdthink(11 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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7XL(18 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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8Ytown20(118 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks to all the protesters and Professor Beiersdorfer for protesting the fracking process. No potential job is worth jeopardizing our most precious resource, water.

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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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10Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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11commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

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.

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12southbelle22(16 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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13green(34 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Bigben, I'll drink a quart of fracking water if you'll drink a quart of septic tank liquid.

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14commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Bigben, sounds like you know (or don't know) enough to be dangerous!!! If you don't know WHY they drill 9000 ft down MAYBE you should look it up instead of posting BS .

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15Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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16Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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17green(34 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Bigben, you'd rather drink a quart of crap - really??? If its so dangerous, why do they spray it on the roads during the winter?? Oh wait, you probably didn't read that, its true. So why isn't anyone worried about it running off when its' sprayed on the street, yet everyone is complaining about it going down miles below the water table?

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18Ytown20(118 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

@green: I doubt a lot of people would even fathom that this chemical-laced fluid is actually sprayed on the roads during the winter. So it is likely there isn't awareness yet among the public. Can you site your sources that show this is actually taking place in Mahoning County?

"Brine is toxic and often contains a high concentration of metals, Dick said in response to a man who wondered why the material is injected so deep into the earth." -Vindy.com article titled, Forum on drilling attracts 130, posted today.

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19Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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20Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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21Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

http://www.buckeyeforestcouncil.org/i...

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22Hlecter(59 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Frack you Hagan and Sherrod Brown too.

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23YNGAirSupporter(16 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Excerps from WKBN on 12/29/2008:

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

A rude awakening ACROSS the Midwest today, after a pre-dawn earthquake rocks Illinois. But all the way into Ohio, residents felt the aftershocks. And it begs the question: Could something like that happen here?

"WE HAVE JUST AS MANY EARTHQUAKES AS CALIFORNIA FOR EXAMPLE."

But Geologist Ann Harris (YSU Geology Professor) says we just can't feel them. Hundreds though are detected here in the Buckeye State.

Harris says Ohio usually experiences quakes that rank about a five on the Richter scale, resulting in very few injuries or damage, much like they felt in the Midwest.

"I WAS LAYING IN BED AND FELT AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN THE ENTIRE HOUSE STARTED TO SHAKE. YOU COULD FEEL IT, THE BED AND EVERYTHING MOVING. IT WAS VERY FORCEFUL."

But officials say a stronger, more damaging one could hit the Valley.

"THERE'S A PREDICTION THAT IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A MAJOR QUAKE IN THIS AREA."

So big, it could be worse than they've ever had in California, mainly because Youngstown sits between two faults. But don't start shaking yet, officials say chances are it won't happen soon. Just remember, earthquakes can rattle both coasts and in between, AT ANY TIME. While it's hard to predict when an earthquake could hit....it's easy to prepare. Ohio does offer earthquake insurance for home owners that's usually relatively cheap.

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24XL(18 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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25southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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