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Anti-fracking rally expected to draw recently arrested protesters

Published: Sat, July 27, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Jamison Cocklin



More than 15 public-advocacy and activist groups will gather Monday in the city for an anti- fracking rally that the organizations say is expected to draw hundreds of people.

The rally will take place at Courthouse Square in the city’s downtown beginning at 11:30 a.m. Speakers from several organizations are expected to discuss the growing concerns that “Ohio has been targeted by the oil and gas industry for disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,” according to a press release about the rally.

Organizers also will call on the state’s lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to ban underground injection wells and caution against the dangers of naturally occurring radioactive materials in the waste.

Among the rally organizers and participants are the Ohio Buckeye Forest Council, Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Progress Ohio.

Other notable organizations include Appalachia Resists, which shut down a waste storage and transloading facility owned by Texas-based Green Hunter Water LLC in Washington County in February. Ten of the group’s members were arrested at the facility for their opposition to the company’s proposal to barge fracking wastewater up the Ohio River.

Bill McKibben, a nationally renowned environmental activist and co-founder of the participating organization 350.org also is expected to be on hand. In February, McKibben was arrested in Washington, D.C., with a host of others, including celebrities, who tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The most recent data, released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, shows 14.2 million barrels of fluids and other waste from fracking were disposed in the state’s 191 injection wells in 2012 — a 12 percent increase from 2011.

But some geologists and those in the oil and gas industry say Ohio’s rock formations and its laws and regulations are uniquely suited to accommodate and deal with the waste.

Training for registered participants in “nonviolent direct action and group dynamics” and informational sessions about the fracking process and injection wells started today in Ravenna.

For information, visit www.dontfrackoh.org.


1bmanresident(607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What are these people possibly protesting? How else is there going to be jobs to be had in this Valley? If these groups were around when Steel Mills were just getting started then we would still be a country full of people living off the land and smoking the "peace pipe". Then again these people have had their fair share of the Peace Pipe.

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2sknirak(120 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

There's a bumper sticker I've seen that says, "Worship the Creator, not His creation".

Jobs are the big need definitely. People need jobs to feed their families, pay their bills and get on with their lives.

Maybe the protesters ought to "get on with their lives" or maybe "get a life".

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3James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Don't forget- the gas and oil from fracking is going to be EXPORTED.

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4bunkpatrol(360 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Socialize costs and privatize profits.

Follow the pollution into town and the money out of town.


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5redeye1(5512 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I see STOP is at it again with his tax proposal They have already proven that solar power isn't as cost efficient as they once said but once again he keeps harping on it . Were you one of the fools that invested their money in this adventure or what?

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6James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Like solar-powered cars, boats, planes, rockets, stoves, furnaces, welding, submarines, motorcycles, electric, steam shovels, trains, lawnmowers, tractors,... STOP?

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7greevey(23 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Why does the Vindy continue to cover the same dozen or so big mouths? To the energy companies: the overwhelming majority in this Valley support responsible drilling and the jobs it brings. Drill more - create more jobs - stimulate our local economy. Don't believe the anti-everything rhetoric.

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8yctmovies(2 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"It's because you suck that we frack"

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9walter_sobchak(2587 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Since energy cannot be created nor destroyed, all energy must be renewable. It is just that everytime we use it, a portion of the energy becomes less usuable. The energy that is obtained from the "green" sources comes from the sun. There is not enough energy coming to this planet to meet our daily needs to power industry, transportation, and domestic needs and also grow our crops. Thus, we obtain our energy from stored sources such as oil, gas, and the evil coal that the president wants eliminated. Now, there is the possibility that some of the crude oil we extract is abiotic since we are finding it in areas it normally does not exist but this is a small fraction. Personally, I believe small modular nuclear reactors are a strong possibilty as they can be constructed off-site and shipped in for installation but we would need a large quantity. But, to believe we can meet our energy demand from wind, solar, and geothermal is utter folly.

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10oh13voter(1205 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

So sad,

At the rally today in Warren there were more presenters and vendors than attendees.
What a joke !
Why does anyone listen to these people ?
All they do is preach to their sycophants.

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11oh13voter(1205 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Good to see you hanging on to your misinformed views.
Oil and gas jobs have increased in OH faster than any other sector of employment in the last two years.(that's jobs employing citizens of OH).
As for trucks with TX tags, I see tractor trailors everyday with out of state tags. Maybe we should ban them from coming through our state.
Only trucks with OH tags should be allowed in OH.

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1276Ytown(1321 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey ABC100!

Ohio Job Growth: http://www.deptofnumbers.com/employme...

Ohio Labor Dept. facts: There were 5,201,500 jobs in Ohio in June 2013 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,342,955 employed persons for the month. Ohio lost 12,500 jobs in June 2013

In 2012, the oil/gas industry added 39,000 jobs in Ohio.

39,000 is 0.7299331549676162% of 5,342.955. Wow! Less than 1% of jobs created last year by the gas/oil industry!

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13southsidedave(5183 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Fracking is BIG business...and governments are not to turn away much needed revenue, so protest all you desire.

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14kurtw(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The Anti-frackers are just a bunch of aging Hippies and ex-flower kids (most of them elderly females) attempting to rejuvenate themselves by finding another "Dragon" to fight.

In their youth, it was the Vietnam War- the evil Pentagon- now it's fracking- the Evil Shale Gas Industry.

The same mentality. They couldn't justify their opposition then and they can't logically justify their opposition now. Both times, a play on emotions.

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15kurtw(1670 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Re: Post #12 "taxing gas and diesel fuels to European Levels".

If we did that, we wouldn't be promoting "green" energy at all (because it doesn't exist)- what we would be promoting is mass transit, travel by Rail, buses, etc. as well as pedestrian traffic and bicycles.

Now, in Europe all of that evolved naturally over many years (based in large part on their geography as well as a collectivist mindset). Here it would have to be imposed by a Political Elite- the Liberals.

Roughly 20 per cent of Americans identify themselves as Liberals- yet they seek to impose their agenda on the entire country. How is that possible?

Part of it has to do with their control of the Public Schools and the Media. They set the agenda and they control it.

It's a tough nut to crack and I wish I had the answer. Only solution, if a nutcracker doesn't work, try a hammer...

P.S. Also, taxing gasoline and diesel fuels at that level would generate enormous revenues. Can we trust the current political elite- Obama and Company- the Democrat Machine- to use that money wisely- to benefit the Public?

If you believe that- let me tell you another.

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