Saturday, January 24, 2015

Celebration of Life: Patti Gorcheff - in Youngstown, Ohio

Patti Gorcheff's daughter, Kelsey says, "All who knew my Mom are welcome this Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2pm at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., OH 44505. No viewing hours just a service. Potluck afterwards at church. Anyone who can make it is welcome. My Mom made her wishes known that in lieu of flowers that everyone perform a good deed to a stranger. Also that everyone bring a picture of her of how you remembered her. She stressed on how important it was that she not get flowers, that everyone do the good deed, even going as far as to say she would haunt the living:) I loved her sense of humour even in dark times..." ~ Kelsey
Our dear friend, Patti Gorcheff, passed away early Tuesday morning. Patti was an amazing woman with a passion for life. She bravely spoke out against injustices and wrong-doings especially those which harmed our earth and put lives at risk for profit. Patti was fun and loved to party. She only had to meet you once and she was your friend forever. Her death has left a huge hole in our hearts. Frackfree Mahoning will miss her but we will never forget her.
https://www.facebook.com/patti.gorcheff


 http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2015/jan/22/patricia-gorchef/

Here is more about what Patti wished all who loved her to do in her honour, written down by her friend Jeremy,
Patti said "you can send whatever you want, but you still have to do something nice for someone." After a hearty chuckle, I asked her to expand on what she meant by that and she said something to the effect of "everyone wants to send me flowers, like it will hit some button they have to make them feel like they've done something for somebody. I appreciate the flowers and stuff, but I don't want it to replace their doing something for someone near them. So if they want to send me something, that's fine, but I won't be anybody's 'nice thing' button, I don't want to be the ending place of someone's compassion fulfillment."

As so many times before, Patti set a new parameter for grace and care while navigating extreme hardship, and left me right where she picked me up the first time I met her, in joyful awe of the human capacity for levity and love.

While I really appreciate the support that has so quickly flowed from the few folks I've already told, I'm going to take one from Patti and say this is an opportunity to console someone near you. This is an opportunity to consider places and people where your sympathy and support have not been shared and extend them in that direction. All the love, may we all fight even a little harder in her wake.






NORTH LIMA – Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., for Patricia Gorcheff, 59, who died on Jan. 20, 2015, at Hospice House.

She was born in Altoona, Pa., on June 1, 1955, the daughter of the late Zane and Helen Brunner Wise.

Patricia was a homemaker and an amazing woman with a passion for life. She bravely spoke out against injustices and wrongs, especially those which harmed our earth and put lives at risk for profit. She will continue to be an inspiration to the Frack-Free Mahoning Valley and Frack-Free America National Coalition family.

Surviving are her husband, David Gorcheff; a son, Brandon and daughter Kelsey, both at home; two brothers, Bruce Wise of Altoona and William Wise of Montoursville, Pa; three sisters, Debbie Stevenson of North Lima and Janet Reed and Shirley Rhine, both of Altoona; and a half sister, Joy Glover of Lancaster, Pa.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Wise and a sister, Margaret Schaffer.

The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home in Youngstown is in charge of arrangements.
- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2015/jan/22/patricia-gorchef/#sthash.tDXapKr9.dpuf
NORTH LIMA – Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., for Patricia Gorcheff, 59, who died on Jan. 20, 2015, at Hospice House.
She was born in Altoona, Pa., on June 1, 1955, the daughter of the late Zane and Helen Brunner Wise.
Patricia was a homemaker and an amazing woman with a passion for life. She bravely spoke out against injustices and wrongs, especially those which harmed our earth and put lives at risk for profit. She will continue to be an inspiration to the Frack-Free Mahoning Valley and Frack-Free America National Coalition family.
Surviving are her husband, David Gorcheff; a son, Brandon and daughter Kelsey, both at home; two brothers, Bruce Wise of Altoona and William Wise of Montoursville, Pa; three sisters, Debbie Stevenson of North Lima and Janet Reed and Shirley Rhine, both of Altoona; and a half sister, Joy Glover of Lancaster, Pa.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Wise and a sister, Margaret Schaffer.
The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home in Youngstown is in charge of arrangements.
- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2015/jan/22/patricia-gorchef/#sthash.tDXapKr9.dpuf
NORTH LIMA – Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., for Patricia Gorcheff, 59, who died on Jan. 20, 2015, at Hospice House.
She was born in Altoona, Pa., on June 1, 1955, the daughter of the late Zane and Helen Brunner Wise.
Patricia was a homemaker and an amazing woman with a passion for life. She bravely spoke out against injustices and wrongs, especially those which harmed our earth and put lives at risk for profit. She will continue to be an inspiration to the Frack-Free Mahoning Valley and Frack-Free America National Coalition family.
Surviving are her husband, David Gorcheff; a son, Brandon and daughter Kelsey, both at home; two brothers, Bruce Wise of Altoona and William Wise of Montoursville, Pa; three sisters, Debbie Stevenson of North Lima and Janet Reed and Shirley Rhine, both of Altoona; and a half sister, Joy Glover of Lancaster, Pa.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Wise and a sister, Margaret Schaffer.
The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home in Youngstown is in charge of arrangements.
- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2015/jan/22/patricia-gorchef/#sthash.tDXapKr9.dpuf
NORTH LIMA – Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., for Patricia Gorcheff, 59, who died on Jan. 20, 2015, at Hospice House.
She was born in Altoona, Pa., on June 1, 1955, the daughter of the late Zane and Helen Brunner Wise.
Patricia was a homemaker and an amazing woman with a passion for life. She bravely spoke out against injustices and wrongs, especially those which harmed our earth and put lives at risk for profit. She will continue to be an inspiration to the Frack-Free Mahoning Valley and Frack-Free America National Coalition family.
Surviving are her husband, David Gorcheff; a son, Brandon and daughter Kelsey, both at home; two brothers, Bruce Wise of Altoona and William Wise of Montoursville, Pa; three sisters, Debbie Stevenson of North Lima and Janet Reed and Shirley Rhine, both of Altoona; and a half sister, Joy Glover of Lancaster, Pa.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Wise and a sister, Margaret Schaffer.
The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home in Youngstown is in charge of arrangements.
- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2015/jan/22/patricia-gorchef/#sthash.tDXapKr9.dpuf

Monday, November 17, 2014

Scientists link over 1000 earthquakes to fracking or fracking waste injection wells in Ohio, yet the state of Ohio only lists 18 quakes on their website. Why? How Can Illinois and Other States Benefit From Ohio’s Experience With Fracking Induced Seismicity?

Scientists link over 1000 earthquakes to fracking or fracking waste injection wells in Ohio, yet the state of Ohio only lists 18 quakes on their website. Why?  How Can Illinois and Other States Benefit From Ohio’s Experience With Fracking Induced Seismicity?

November 14, 2014

By Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, Professor of Geology, Dept. of Geological & Environmental Sciences, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio 4455, (330) 941-1753, ray@cc.ysu.edu

Prior to shale gas development the state of Ohio had suffered slightly over 200 felt earthquakes since 1776.  Many of them were near Anna, Ohio which sits in an extension of Illinois’ New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones.  Since 2011 three Ohio counties, all aseismic, have suffered over 1,000 positive magnitude earthquakes. All of the earthquakes were human induced due to fracking for shale gas or injection of liquid frackwaste. The quakes are restricted to four locations, two housing injection wells and two fracking well pads.

Locality
County
Year
Induced Cause
Recorded Quakes
Reported on ODNR Website
Reference
Youngstown
Mahoning
2011-14
Injection
566
12
Kim, 2013
Skoumal, 2014,
Skoumal, et al 2014a
Uhrichsville
Harrison
2013
Fracking
400
0
Friberg et al, 2014
Poland
Mahoning
2014
Fracking
77
5
Skoumal, et al 2014b
Niles
Trumbull
2014
Injection
2
1
Linert,  2014
Runyan, 2014
TOTALS



1045
18


After the first swarm of earthquakes triggered by the Northstar 1 injection well in Youngstown, Ohio  (2011-present) the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued new rules regarding injection wells, which includes mandatory seismic monitoring.

Ohio will seek the following reforms to its Class II deep injection well program.  It should be noted that rules or permit conditions do not prevent earthquakes, in Ohio or anywhere else.

1) Requires a review of existing geologic data for known faulted areas within the state and avoid the locating of new Class II disposal wells within these areas;
2) Requires of a complete suite of geophysical logs (including, at a minimum, gamma ray, compensated density-neutron, and resistivity logs) to be run on newly drilled Class II disposal wells. A copy of the completed log, with analytical interpretation will be submitted to ODNR;
3) Evaluates the potential for conducting seismic surveys;
4) Requires operators to plug back with cement, prior to injection, any well drilled in Precambrian basement rock for testing purposes.
5) Requires the submission, at time of permit application, of any information available concerning the existence of known geological faults within a specified distance of the proposed well location, and submission of a plan for monitoring any seismic activity that may occur;
6) Requires a measurement or calculation of original downhole reservoir pressure prior to initial injection;
7) Requires conducting a step-rate injection test to establish formation parting pressure and injection rates;
8) Requires the installation of a continuous pressure monitoring system, with results being electronically available to ODNR for review;
9) Requires the installation of an automatic shut-off system set to operate if the fluid injection pressure exceeds a maximum pressure to be set by ODNR;
10) Requires the installation of an electronic data recording system for purposes of tracking all fluids brought by a brine transporter for injection;

Unfortunately rule number 10 has never been implemented. Had it been, it may have prevented the owner of the Northstar 1 well from illegally dumping up to 480,000 gallons of toxic and radioactive fracking waste into the Mahoning River (McCarty, 2013.) The cleanup has cost Ohio taxpayers over three million dollars.

At the time these rules were announced I recommended requiring a sonic log in addition to the required gamma ray, compensated density-neutron, and resistivity logs. The sonic log can identify faults transected by the bore hole, the others can’t.  This is important if the well drills through a fault plane. This was very relevant to the Youngstown injection well because the borehole penetrated about 200 feet into the basement rock and actually penetrated a fault. Normally these basement faults cannot be detected by any logs in wells that are limited to the overlying sedimentary layers.

Faults in the sedimentary layers above the (generally Precambrian) basement are rarely the source for the larger, potentially damaging earthquakes. Experience in Ohio and elsewhere indicates that these dangerous induced earthquakes occur in the basement rocks.

Therefore a minimum recommendation is that the installation of at least one initial seismometer near every well targeted for fracking or waste disposal should be required. If activity above a yet to be defined threshold magnitude near the well is then detected, an array of at least 4 sensitive stations need to be added before fracking or injection can resume. The Ohio injection well monitoring plan currently requires 4 sensitive seismic stations. These seismic stations have come into play because both the Youngstown injection well and one or both of two 2014 injection wells in Niles, Ohio have triggered additional earthquakes.

The fracking process itself has also triggered earthquakes in Ohio. Two of the only five reported cases, worldwide, are in the Buckeye state. The induced seismicity due to fracking in Ohio drew public attention in March of this year when 77 earthquakes ruptured at least 300 meters of a previously unknown fault under a municipal waste landfill. It now turns out that in October of 2013, over 400 earthquakes were generated due to fracking in Harrison County, about one hundred kilometers to the south. This information was kept secret from the public until the publication of a scientific journal article about the event (Friberg et al, 2014). Several of the 2013 earthquakes were magnitude 2.0 or greater and met the criteria for listing on the ODNR OhioSeis website. They were not posted.

After the March 2014 fracking earthquakes the ODNR made the following statement:
New permits issued by ODNR for horizontal drilling within 3 miles of a known fault or area of seismic activity greater than a 2.0 magnitude would require companies to install sensitive seismic monitors. If those monitors detect a seismic event in excess of 1.0 magnitude, activities would pause while the cause is investigated. If the investigation reveals a probable connection to the hydraulic fracturing process, all well completion operations will be suspended. ODNR will develop new criteria and permit conditions for new applications in light of this change in policy. The department will also review previously issued permits that have not been drilled.
In Ohio activities will pause at a Magnitude 1.0 event. After England’s fracking-induced earthquakes, the cut-off was set at Magnitude 0.5. The newly proposed seismic magnitude cut-offs in the Illinois traffic light approach (Green <2, Yellow 2 to 4, and Red >4) appear too high and are not restrictive enough to provide an appropriate level of public safety. For example, the observed seismicity due to fracking in the Horn River Basin of British Columbia, Canada were from Magnitudes 2.2 and 3.8 (British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, 2012). These quakes were strong enough to deform the well casings in the lateral portions of nearby wells. This would fall in the Illinois Yellow zone, which requires nothing mandatory until three such events, after which there would be a consultation.  The Northstar 1 well in Youngstown was shut down on December 30, 2011 and was followed by a Magnitude 4.0 earthquake the next day, which caused damage to peoples’ homes. In his report, Dr. Kim of Columbia University (Kim, 2013) concluded, “that continued injection of fluid at Northstar 1 well could have triggered potentially large and damaging earthquakes.”

In regards to the geology, the 1000+ eastern Ohio earthquakes occurred on inactive faults that are over one billion years old. These faults would not have moved, if there had been no injection or fracking. Illinois has two known earthquake zones, The New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones. Illinois already has a known seismic risk. Illinois needs to write rules that are more restrictive than Ohio, not less. The state’s regulators also need to work with geologists and geophysicists, that have no conflicts of interest regarding oil and gas, to delineate regions of the state that are off-limits to both fracking and injection wells.  Given what is already known about the historical seismicity in the region, to not do so, would be irresponsible and willfully ignorant.

Anna, The Former Earthquake Capital of Ohio, had damaging earthquakes in 1930, 1931 and twice in 1937. It also suffered swarms of aftershocks, a qualitative indication of human caused earthquake triggering. Based on local newspaper accounts John Armbruster, (Seismologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) confirmed that there were oil and gas wells operating in that area at the time of the quakes. Because of the Anna’s seismic swarms and prolonged series of earthquakes, he considers it a candidate for triggering, but without more detailed knowledge it is difficult to make a strong case.

The policy for posting a seismic event on the ODNR website is that the earthquake was felt or it was magnitude 2.0 or greater. Earthquakes in Mahoning and Harrison counties meet that criteria and have not been posted.  The company doing the injecting and the ODNR control the data for Trumbull county and we have to trust them that there have only been the two earthquakes.  I have filed a public records request through my state representative’s office over two months ago and have not yet received any information.

Finally, I stress the importance of realizing that rules or permit conditions do not prevent earthquakes, in Ohio or anywhere else.

References cited:

British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, 2012, Investigation of Observed Seismicity in the Horn River Basin, http://www.bcogc.ca/investigation-observed-seismicity-horn-river-basin Viewed November 3, 2014

Friberg, P.A., Besana-Ostman, G.M., and Dricker, I., 2014 Characterization of an Earthquake Sequence Triggered by Hydraulic Fracturing in Harrison County, Ohio, Seismological Research Letters Volume 85, Number 6 November/December 2014

Kim, W. Y., 2013, Induced seismicity associated with a fluid injection into deep well in Youngstown, Ohio, J. Geophys. Res. 118, 3506– 3518,

Linert,  B. J., 2014, Scientists search for clues in quake, September 3, 2014 Warren (OH) Tribune Chronicle, http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/615078/Scientists-search-for-clues-in-quake.html?nav=5021 Viewed November 3, 2014

McCarty, J.F., 2013, Youngstown man admits dumping toxic fracking waste into Mahoning River, The Cleveland Plain Dealer , August 29, 2013, http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/08/youngstown_man_admits_dumping.html Viewed November 14, 2014

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, Recent Events List, http://www2.ohiodnr.com/geosurvey/earthquakes-ohioseis/ohioseis-home Viewed November 3, 2014

Runyan, E.,2014, Earlier Weathersfield quake accompanied increase in pressure at well
September 13, 2014 Youngstown (OH) Vindicator http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/sep/13/odnr-more-seismic-activity-occurred/ Viewed November 3, 2014

Skoumal, R. J. ,2014, Optimizing Multi-Station Earthquake Template Matching Through Re-Examination Of The Youngstown, Ohio Sequence, Master‘s Thesis, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio


Skoumal, R. J., Brudzinski, M. R. and Currie, B. S. , 2014,  Induced earth- quakes during hydraulic fracturing in Poland Township, Ohio, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. (submitted) and personal communication

Monday, November 3, 2014

Warning Signs: Toxic Air Pollution Identified at Oil and Gas Sites - Community air monitoring reveals chemicals linked to health hazards

Warning Signs: Toxic Air Pollution Identified at Oil and Gas Sites REPORT RELEASED October 30, 2014.
Read the summary of the report here.
Read the full 40 pp report as a PDF file here.
Warning Signs: Toxic Air Pollution Identified at Oil and Gas Sites Community air monitoring reveals chemicals linked to health hazards

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ohio Citizens Urged To Rally Behind Bill of Rights Effort in Youngstown - Door-To-Door and Financial Help Requested!

The 2014 Election Day is rapidly approaching and we need your help in passing the Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment. The Community Bill of Rights asserts our unalienable rights to breathe clean air, drink pure water and exercise local control to ensure a safe and healthy community now and in the future.

We are seeking your help and there are many ways to support the Bill of Rights effort.

In May of 2013, the first time it was on the ballot, the CBR garnered 42% of the vote; in November, it was endorsed by 45% of the voters. Given increased publicity about the hazards of hydraulic fracturing"”to say nothing of the recent spate of earthquakes near Poland, Ohio"”we are quite confident that this time the public is ready to support our right to clean water, clean air, and local control.

Can you help us get the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights passed? We want to finance a direct mail campaign that will cost about $5,000. Two small billboards will total $1,500"“$1,800 dollars for the month remaining before the election. And much-needed radio time, to be effective, would start at $500. During the last election, our opponents spent over $81,000 against the initiative; our treasury"”built with small donations and bake sale proceeds"”stands at about $1500.

Please consider supporting the hard work that the FrackFree Mahoning Valley activists have been doing and will continue to do until this charter amendment is passed. No one in the group is paid for any of the countless hours they have spent gathering information, knocking on doors, talking to citizens, educating the public about the issue, designing literature, etc.

Any amount would be helpful, of course, but we are asking you to dig deep and help us get this done.

Please visit our two websites, protectyoungstown.org and frackfreeamerica.org, both of which have been developed and are maintained completely by volunteers.

We hope you share our conviction that allowing fracking and injection wells in the city of Youngstown would be a monumental mistake, and that the only way we can protect Meander Reservoir, Mill Creek Park, and the city itself from this real threat is to pass the Community Bill of Rights on Nov 4, 2014.

Checks can be made out to the Community Bill of Rights Committee and sent to PO Box 43, Youngstown, OH 44501.

Thank you for your support.



 
Please contact Protect Youngstown NOW thru Nov. 3rd and Help the #Youngstown ballot initiative (ISSUE #4 Community Bill of Rights) get a YES! vote on November 4! ~ Can help immediately - need not be a Youngstown resident - call 234-201-0402 or email: frackfreemahoning@gmail.com to arrange your canvassing/ flyer-ring hours and get your list of confirmed addresses and map. This is NOT cold-calling - these are known confirmed individually addressed voters.

Help Phone Bank NOW!
Call for phone number lists:
234-201-0402 frackfreemahoning@gmail.com

READ MORE on how to help: http://www.protectyoungstown.org/canvas-now.html


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coast-to-Coast March for Climate Action Arrives in Mahoning Valley, Youngstown, Ohio

Coast-to-Coast March for Climate Action Arrives in Mahoning Valley, Ohio, Thursday, October 9, 2014

OHIO – On Thursday, October 9th, the Great March for Climate Action will enter the Mahoning Valley on their route from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The marchers marched over 2,600 miles to reach Youngstown through flash floods, blinding dust storms, excessive drought, crop-crushing hail, and tornado watches.
Marchers have looked forward to Ohio as a challenge and opportunity to address the state’s toxic injection wells storing radioactive frack waste and they will interact with neighboring communities dealing with the consequences of these wells. The Climate March will inspire action as they pass through the state laying the foundation for residents to continue acting long after the marchers leave.
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October 9, 2014 Mahoning Valley Events and March Route:

PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN WHEREVER THEY WOULD LIKE

ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE! Contact: Frackfree Mahoning Valley 234-201-0402

SAFETY NOTE: Great March for Climate Action would like anyone marching or assisting to please don bright colours, a hunter-orange cap, or a neon safety vest - thank you for staying safe along these busy thoroughfares.

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/307536392781711/

7:00am Thursday, October 9. Leave Newton Falls, First Section, 12.4 miles, 5 hours

12noon - 12:30pm Welcome & Lunch
     Welcome to the Mahoning Valley Greeting and Picnic Lunch MEDIA INVITED!
     On the Niles Greenway bike path, corner of State Rt. 46 and Salt Springs Rd., Mineral
     Ridge, Ohio
     Join us in welcoming and/or join in the March. Bring a picnic lunch.

12:30pm Second Section: Bikeway, 4.1miles, 90 minutes
    March past Meander Reservoir, the drinking water for 220,000 people and out to Mahoning Avenue.. 
    Having traveled through Toledo on the way, it is very important that we do not take great drinking water
    for granted. Our water must be protected!
    *THERE ARE BIKE RIDERS ON THIS TRAIL - SINGLE FILE NECESSARY AT TIMES
   
2:00 pm  Arrive at Mahoning Avenue, 30 min snack & water break at Mill Creek/MetroParks Bikeway's 
    Mahoning Avenue Trailhead

2:30pm  Third Section: 8.3 miles to camp, 3 hours, 20 minutes
    March up Mahoning Ave to downtown Youngstown
    Community members especially welcome at this juncture and anywhere along Mahoning Ave. to
    accompany Marchers, and to lend a hand pushing/pulling March cartage - use WRTA bus #40.
    Residents of Youngstown can easily take the #40 Austintown bus to wherever the March is at
    that time and march back into Youngstown. ($3 - must have EXACT change)
    Bus leaves Federal Station(340 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503) at 3:10pm Arrives Austintown
    Plaza at 3:33pm. Walk 3 blocks west to the bike path trail head.
    Leaves Federal Station 4:10 Drop off wherever March is.
    Leaves Federal Station 5:10 Drop off wherever March is.
    BUS SCHEDULE: http://www.wrtaonline.com/schedules/tt40-austintown.htm BUS info: 330-744-8431
    877-845-9782 Bus route PDF

5:30pm Arrive at Mister Peanut bridge, cross Mahoning River into downtown MEDIA INVITED!.
    Additional Youngstown residents gathering at the B&O Station Brewery and joining March
    Good photo op of  50 Climate Marchers and Welcoming city residents coming over the bridge together.
    Continue though city past Youngstown State University.

6:30pm Arrive at Elm Street overnight site, FOOD AND REST at The First Unitarian Universalist Church
      of Youngstown
,1105 Elm St [Elm & Illinois], Youngstown, Ohio 44505 330-746-3067
      NOTE: assistance will be provided in getting local spirit marchers back from the UUYO Church to the
      Mister Peanut  bridge/B&O Station Brewery

BONUS
7pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014. A segment of the Marchers will be guests at A Community Revolution: Elevating the Rights of People and Communities Over Corporations presentation by Thomas Linzey, Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) in Moser Hall, Room 2000 (Schwebel Auditorium), 134 Lincoln Ave, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44503
FREE and open to the public. There is FREE on-street parking after 5 p.m. at the metered parking spaces along Lincoln Avenue and nearby streets.

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Great March For Climate Action on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClimateMarch


Bus route and schedule:
WRTA BUS #40 / Austintown  route and schedule
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First Section: Newton Falls to intersection Salt Springs Road & Rte 46
Second Section: intersection Rte 46 & Salt Springs Road to Mahoning Avenue, Austintown
Third Section: Trailhead on Mahoning Avenue to The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More Earthquakes Could Follow, Frackfree Mahoning Valley Calls For Immediate Halt to Fracking Waste Injection Wells Near Youngstown, Ohio


Frackfree Mahoning Valley                                             News Release




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CITING THE 2.1 MAGNITUDE WEATHERSFIELD EARTHQUAKE THAT OCCURRED NEAR YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO ON AUGUST 31, 2014,   FRACKFREE MAHONING VALLEY (FFM) RELEASES A STATEMENT THAT CALLS FOR AN IMMEDIATE HALT TO FRACKING WASTE INJECTION AT THE TWO WELLS IN QUESTION. FFM BELIEVES MORE EARTHQUAKES COULD FOLLOW.

GEOLOGY PROFESSOR, DR. RAY BEIERSDORFER, WILL GIVE UPDATED SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 ABOUT THE NEW WEATHERSFIELD QUAKE AND THE EARTHQUAKES THAT OCCURRED IN MARCH, 2014, NEAR A HORIZONTAL FRACKING OPERATION IN POLAND, OHIO.

ALL MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO ATTEND DR. BEIERSDORFER’S SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 TALK TITLED, “THE SCIENCE OF SHALE GAS: GEOLOGY, SEISMOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS,” AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY, MOSER HALL, ROOM 2000 AT 7:00 PM EASTERN TIME.

Youngstown, Ohio, September 3, 2014 – Here we go again? Could the Youngstown, Ohio, area face more earthquake swarms due to fracking waste injection?

       In the interest of protecting the public health, safety, and well-being, concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FFM) are calling for an immediate halt of all waste injection at two, new Weathersfield injection wells that are, reportedly, near the epicenter of the 2.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred on August 31, 2014 in the Weathersfield/ Niles, Ohio area.  FFM wants to know if waste injection is still ongoing at the wells, or not.

       Please see a WFMJ-TV news report of September 2, 2014, titled, “ODNR investigating quake centered at Weathersfield injection wells,” at the following url:


       For an earlier news report, please see a WFMJ-TV news report of September 1, 2014, titled, “Weathersfield earthquake raises new questions about injection wells,” at the following url:


       Frackfree Mahoning Valley says that it recently held a press conference on August 14, 2014 in Youngstown, where geology professor, Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, raised questions about a July 11, 2014 “Order by the Chief” of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) allowing an increase of injection pressure at one of the two injection wells in Weathersfield.  FFM distributed copies of the ODNR order to media who were in attendance at the press conference.

       Frackfree Mahoning Valley observes that about two weeks after urging more scrutiny into ODNR’s allowing increased injection well pressure, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake occurred.  Was this just a coincidence or is it linked? FFM says that an objective, independent, scientific investigation should take place to see if there is an actual link that can be documented. The group says that all injection at the Weathersfield/Niles injection wells must stop now.  The public deserves to know whether or not increased pressure actually was implemented at the injection well, or wells, before the earthquake occurred.

       Many questions remain:  As mentioned above:  Was there an actual increase in pressure at the injection well following ODNR’s July 11, 2014 order? Is the Youngstown-area community on the path of having yet more earthquakes due to deep well waste injection that may have lubricated an unknown or known fault?

       Why should the local community care about a 2.1 magnitude quake? There are many reasons, including that Youngstown has already experienced a swarm of at least 109 tremors followed by a now-famous 4.0 magnitude earthquake on December 31, 2011, linked to an injection well, Northstar 1. 

       The group says that the link of fluid injection into injection wells and potential man-made earthquakes (induced seismicity) has been established scientifically for decades. If the current 2.1 magnitude quake is indeed associated with the injection well or wells, could Youngstown be facing more, and possibly bigger earthquakes to come? 

       The largest earthquake linked by scientists to waste injection wells is a Prague, Oklahoma 5.7 magnitude quake in 2011.  One alleged victim has recently filed a lawsuit in that case. FFM says that earthquakes cannot be strictly regulated to keep them small.  This is toying with nature and needs to stop. The risks and costs of potential earthquakes are too high a price to pay, says FFM.

       Frackfree Mahoning Valley stresses that more scientific investigation is needed before anyone can claim definitively that the Weathersfield injection wells and the earthquake event is linked in reality. One should not leap to conclusions, but it is still a good, valid, scientific question considering the proximity of the wells to the August 31 earthquake epicenter and the established history of man-made seismicity associated with injection and fracking wells in the Youngstown, Ohio, area.
  
       Could this 2.1 magnitude quake be the beginning of a series of quakes similar to the 2011 earthquake swarm that science has now shown involved over 109 tremors?
Please see the following chart that lists some of the earthquake activity in 2011:
       Frackfree Mahoning Valley says it does not have confidence that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will adequately safeguard the public health and safety based upon ODNR’s previous handling of the 2011 earthquake swarm related to the Northstar 1 injection well that led to the 4.0 magnitude earthquake. That quake was reported as felt in the local area, several surrounding states, and as far away as Canada.  Throughout most, if not all, of 2011, ODNR denied and minimized the significance of the possible injection well links to the repeated local earthquakes, as evidenced by the following Vindicator timeline: 

       See “Earthquake Time line,” Vindicator, March 16, 2012:
       Please also see a March 17, 2014 press release by Frackfree Mahoning Valley for more details of the group’s concerns about ODNR’s handling of the 2011 earthquake situation at:
       FFM says the right thing to do to protect public health and safety is for ODNR to immediately halt injection at the Weathersfield injection wells, if it has not done so already.

       Furthermore, ODNR and local officials should be making plans for earthquake preparedness and educating the public of correct earthquake preparedness safeguards since apparently our area has become earthquake-prone when it never was before.

       As part of a previously planned educational talk titled, “The Science of Shale Gas: Geology, Seismology and Environmental Concerns,” geologist Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D., Professor of Geology at Youngstown State University, will answer questions and provide the latest scientific information that he has gathered about the August 31, 2014, 2.1 magnitude Weathersfield earthquake. Dr. Beiersdorfer will also provide new information about the March, 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio, that took place near a horizontal fracking well operation.  All media and the general public are invited to attend this free event.  Dr. Beiersdorfer’s talk will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 7:00 PM, Eastern Time, at Youngstown State University (YSU), Moser Hall, Room 2000. Dr. Beiersdorfer’s talk is part of an educational speaker series on Energy and the Environment that is taking place this Fall, 2014 semester on Wednesdays at YSU.  READ MORE:  http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/blog/youngstown-state-university-site-of-speaker-series-on-fracking-concerns-will-be-held-september-though-november-2014

       An important excerpt from a journal article discussing the Northstar 1 injection well by Dr. Won-Young Kim follows:

Although we do not know the WSW-ENE extent of the fault(s) in the Youngstown area, it is possible that continued injection of fluid at Northstar 1 well could have triggered potentially large and damaging earthquakes. “
JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH: SOLID EARTH, VOL. 118, 3506–3518, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50247, 2013  “Induced seismicity associated with fluid injection into a deep well in Youngstown, Ohio,” Won-Young Kim   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jgrb.50247/abstract

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