An update on lawmaker action and other activities at the Ohio Statehouse related to horizontal hydraulic fracturing:
Green Party: The Ohio Green Party endorsed several candidates running in the November election, including Susie Beiersdorfer for Youngstown City Council president. Beiersdorfer is a teacher, geologist and community activist and a co-founder of Frackfree Mahoning Valley.
New report: Ohio oil-and-gas drilling operations are producing 30 million gallons of wastewater each year, according to a new report issued by Environment Ohio.
The total is “enough to flood the Ohio statehouse under 90 feet of toxic waste,” according to “Fracking by the Numbers,” a first-of-its-kind survey of waste produced via horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
“The numbers don’t lie — fracking has taken a dirty and destructive toll on our environment. If fracking continues unchecked, these numbers will only get worse,” Christian Adams, an Environment Ohio state associate, said in a released statement. “Wastewater is flooding our state — and over half of it is coming from wells in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ohio should not be a regional dumping ground for toxic wastewater.”
Protest: Environmental advocates delivered a letter to Gov. John Kasich urging him to stop the disposal of fracking waste in the state.
Food and Water Watch, the Buckeye Forest Council, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and 30 other groups signed the document with hopes of convincing Kasich to sign an executive order blocking injection wells for waste fluids generated by horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Ohio and other states.
More than a dozen backers held signs, displayed an oversized faux toilet and talked about the dangers of fracking during a brief press conference near the Statehouse.
“Ohio has become the dumping ground for radioactive toxic waste,” said Donna Carver, representing the Buckeye Forest Council. “We need to stop this. We need to ban these injection wells.”
Recommendations: The Marcellus Shale Coalition released a guidance document calling for proper planning, health and safety precautions, well control and other recommendations for drilling, fracturing and completing wells in Pennsylvania.
The list included disclosing the composition of fracturing fluids, routine testing of high-pressure equipment and comprehensive well-control training.
“While a host of critically important steps are required to bring a shale well into production, the drilling phase and hydraulic fracturing and completions process are certainly two of the most crucial,” Kathryn Klaber, the coalition’s chief executive officer, said in a released statement.