Monday, June 6, 2016

Frackfree Mahoning Calls for End of Fracking Waste Operations, Marking National Day Of Action June 7, 2016


For Immediate Release:   June 5, 2016
 
Contact:  Jane Spies:  Phone: 330-619-0730 (cell) or 234-201-0402  or e-mail frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
Susie Beiersdorfer:  Phone:  330-881-1050 or 234-201-0402 or e-mail frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
Contact: Teresa Mills: Phone: 614-539-1471 or e-mail tmills@chej.org
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Groups Call for a Halt to Toxic Fracking Waste and Man-made Earthquakes in a National Day of Action to be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016:  Frackfree Mahoning Valley Will Mark the Day by Calling for the State to Permanently Shut Down Local Injection Well Operations

June 5, 2016 – Even though unconventional fracking currently appears to be experiencing a shale bust, the toxic fracking waste problem is still here and getting worse as millions of gallons and tons of fracking waste is constantly being created, according to groups organizing a National Day of Action to be held on June 7, 2016. 

       On June 7th, groups and concerned citizens in about sixteen states will call for a halt to toxic fracking waste and related man-made earthquakes in an event titled “Freedom From Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: National Day of Action.”

       One of the major concerns the groups want to address is:

Where is all of the fracking waste going when there is no good or safe way to handle it that effectively protects public health, safety, and well-being?

       On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, a national coalition of local coordinators and groups will hold rallies or actions throughout the day to shine light on the numerous problems associated with toxic, radioactive fracking waste and its “disposal,” including its links to earthquakes, spills, and leaks.  They say the pollution risks to water, air, and land due to toxic fracking waste are unacceptable. Events being planned include a tour of waste sites, “toxic tea parties,” rallies, and presentations.

       To mark the National Day of Action locally, Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) will call for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)  to permanently shut down local injection well operations that FMV says are located in an area of known seismic activity and are a serious  risk to public health, safety, and well-being.

       On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, beginning at 11:30 AM, members of Frackfree Mahoning Valley and concerned citizens will visit sites including downtown Youngstown, Ohio, and waste or fracking – related sites in Ohio and just across the border in Pennsylvania.  Rallies or events will take place on public land at:
 
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Federal Square, Downtown Youngstown, Ohio.

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM – Niles/Weathersfield injection well near 1745 North Main Street, Niles, Ohio, 44446.

2 PM to 4 PM – Vienna, Ohio – FMV will attend the “Toxic Tea Party” next to a fracking waste injection well at 1085 Youngstown-Kingsville Road (SR 193) Vienna, OH, 44473.  Everyone is welcome.  See the Facebook Event page for interesting details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1038779286214015/
5 PM to 7 PM – Pennsylvania fracking site near earthquake epicenters in North Beaver Township, PA, 3250 Howard Drive, New Castle, PA, 16102.

       All media and the public are invited to attend.  

       More details about the local “Mahoning and Trumbull Traveling Rally: Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes” can be found at the following Facebook Event page: 
       Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) says that on June 7th they will especially focus upon the urgent need for Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Chief Simmers to immediately stop the Vienna, Ohio injection well near the airport. The group says Chief Simmers has the authority to do this by denying an injection permit for the Oklahoma company that owns the injection well.  In addition, FMV is calling for ODNR Chief Simmers to keep the Weathersfield/Niles injection well operation closed. The Weathersfield/ Niles site has already been linked to man-made earthquakes.   FMV says both of these permanent shutdowns must be done to protect drinking water and the public health, safety, and well-being. The group says all injection must stop especially in light of the fact that they believe we are located in an area of known seismic activity. Ohio cannot be a toxic fracking waste dump – no state should be. The risks are too high a price to pay, says FMV.

       “We know there are injection and disposal wells being permitted in rural and residential areas way too close to homes and communities. This is not progress. Such toxic waste operations, located anywhere, pose unacceptable levels of risks including spills, decreased property values, man-made earthquakes, lightning-related explosions, and pollution of drinking water, air, and soil.  It’s time for industry and government to own up to the fact that unacceptable impacts are occurring related to fracking waste. You cannot regulate earthquakes, for example. The only real answer to this huge fracking waste problem is to stop this madness and really protect public health, safety, and well-being, “said Teresa Mills of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), founded by Lois Gibbs of Love Canal renown.

       The groups say, contrary to some reports that may seek to minimize the induced seismicity problem, man-made earthquakes are not necessarily small. Scientists have linked a magnitude 5.6 quake in Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 to waste injection.  A Canadian earthquake of magnitude 4.4 was reported as being “triggered by fluid injection during hydraulic fracturing,” according to a CBC News report by Betsy Trumpener (8/27/2015, “Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake in northeastern B.C.”).

        The June 7th National Day of Action is being coordinated by Buckeye Forest Council (BFC), The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future (FaCT), Frackfree America National Coalition (FANC), Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection (NEOGAP), and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA).

       Coordinators say there is still time for more individuals or groups to get involved in the events planned for June 7, 2016, by contacting Frackfree America National Coalition at:
234-201-8007 or by e-mail at frackfreeamerica@gmail.com 

       More information about the June 7, 2016 National Day of Action can be found at the following website address and Facebook Event page: 

       For media inquiries or for more information on fracking and related processes, toxic fracking waste, or how to coordinate or participate in a local rally or action, contact Frackfree America National Coalition by phone at 234-201-8007 or by e-mail at frackfreeamerica@gmail.com  .

       For questions regarding the local events of “Freedom From Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: National Day of Action” please contact Frackfree Mahoning Valley at frackfreemahoning@gmail.com or by phone at 234-201-0402.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) Will Hold A Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:15 PM Press Conference in Youngstown’s Mill Creek Park To React to Comments Made By Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officials Regarding Utica Shale Fracking, And To Present Recently Received Troubling Documents Regarding Spills in Mahoning County


 Youngstown, Ohio, April 25, 2016 – Concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) will hold a press conference in Youngstown, Ohio, on the public sidewalk in front of Mill Creek Park’s “D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center” in Fellows Riverside Gardens on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 1:15 PM, to give their reaction to statements made by Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) officials at an event to be held at Mill Creek Park on Tuesday. (The address of Fellows Riverside Gardens is 123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio, 44509.)
       At their press conference, FMV will distribute and discuss troubling, newly received Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) well inspection documents.  Speakers will provide recent information and concerns about local fracking waste injection wells and the potential for more injection-well related, man-made earthquakes and their risks to public health, safety and well-being.
       Teresa Mills of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) recently received the ODNR documents (copies of which will be distributed at the press conference) as part of an Ohio Open Records request.   
       According to the Vindicator, ODNR Chief Simmers will address “… recent advancements in the regulation and production of the Utica Shale.”  (Vindicator, 4/10/16, “ODNR official at event”) http://www.vindy.com/news/2016/apr/10/odnr-official-at-event/
       Frackfree Mahoning Valley says ODNR promotes unconventional fracking, a process which results in the constant creation of millions of gallons of toxic fracking waste. There is no good or safe solution to the problem of where all of this waste will go.  This enormous waste problem cannot be ignored especially considering our local history of negative impacts that have already occurred in Youngstown and the surrounding area. FMV points out that we are situated in an area of known seismic activity, therefore, injection wells must be stopped. 

        On Tuesday, FMV will call for ODNR to deny an injection permit for a recently drilled Vienna injection well near a family home and the Youngstown-Warren Regional airport. The group says two Weathersfield/Niles injection wells already linked to earthquakes must remain shut down. 
       Frackfree Mahoning Valley says that they do not have confidence in ODNR fracking or injection well regulations, especially in light of local and national spills, man-made earthquakes, and air, water, and soil pollution. They do not trust so-called “advancements” in regulations to protect public health, safety, and well-being, since, even though there were allegedly “strict” regulations already in place, they failed to prevent the 2015 Vienna injection well fiasco where extensive water contamination still occurred despite rules and regulations.  
       Furthermore, local fracking and injection well – related earthquakes still occurred with regulations already in place. Regulations failed to prevent man-made earthquakes in Weathersfield/Niles, Youngstown, and Poland Township. FMV wonders whether the injection wells in North Lima, also too near homes, will be the next to trigger earthquakes.  Obviously, earthquakes cannot be regulated. It is wrong for regulators to pretend that they can control earthquakes. Injection must stop.
        FMV says the unprecedented increase in induced seismicity in Oklahoma could be a preview of what might happen locally if Ohio regulators stay on their current path, i.e., permitting more and more injection wells, which is making Ohio essentially a toxic fracking waste dump and risking more water contamination and earthquakes. This is unacceptable.
       Geologist Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D., Professor of Geology at Youngstown State University, will give a brief statement at the press conference and address any media questions. Concerned citizens of Mahoning County and Vienna, Ohio, will give brief presentations and be available for any media questions afterward.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Deny Permit: Ohio Fracking Waste Injection Well Close To Area of Seismic Activity; Free Showing of Oklahoma Shakedown at February 12 Youngstown Townhall

Frackfree Mahoning Valley                                 News Release
and
Buckeye Forest Council
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For Immediate Release:  February 9, 2016
Contact: Jane Spies:  phone: 330-619-0730   or   234-201-0402
Teresa Mills: phone: 614-539-1471
Susie Beiersdorfer:  phone: 330-881-1050 or 234-201-0402
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Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Buckeye Forest Council release new information, call for the injection wells near fracking waste-related earthquake epicenters in Weathersfield/Niles to remain closed, and call for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to deny an injection permit for a newly drilled Vienna airport area injection well near family homes saying the well is close to an “area of known seismic activity”:
Frackfree Mahoning Valley will hold rallies at two local injection wells on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, and host a Friday, February 12, 2016 “Film Night and Town Hall – Style Meeting” on why these injection wells and others must stop. Both the film screening of “Oklahoma Shakedown” and town hall will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7 PM to 9 PM, at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, located at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio. (Elm & Illinois.)

Youngstown, Ohio, February 9, 2016 –  Frackfree Mahoning Valley has learned, as of February 9, 2016, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has not yet given permission for fracking waste injection to begin at a newly drilled injection well located in Vienna, Ohio, near family homes and the airport. This new information came to Frackfree Mahoning Valley from Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council, who received it as a result of a public records request.
        Teresa Mills also uncovered, via a public records request dated January 29, 2016, that it seems that Oklahoma-based KTCA Holdings LLC is the new owner of the airport-area Vienna injection well, previously listed as owned by KDA. KDA’s Vienna, Ohio injection well operation is associated with an April, 2015 toxic waste release that resulted in destruction of two wetlands and other adverse impacts.
       Saying that the injection well is close to an “ area of known seismic activity,” Buckeye Forest Council and Frackfree Mahoning Valley are calling for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to deny the injection permit for the Vienna, Ohio injection well near Vienna residences. The groups are also calling for two Weathersfield/ Niles injection wells to remain closed. One of these wells has been linked in news reports and a scientific study with man-made earthquakes.
       “One huge problem is that it’s not known where some faults lie until they are activated and an earthquake occurs.  Then it’s too late.  Drilling and injecting into injection wells is essentially gambling with the public health and safety, drinking water integrity, and the well-being of the community. That is unacceptable. It’s egregious, actually. The “Findings, Conclusions and Order of the [Oil & Gas] Commission” that ruled on the AWMS injection well said with regard to seismicity, geophysics, and injection operations that ‘… to a certain extent both the industry and the Division are ‘working with their eyes closed.’ [p. 12, 8/12/15] ODNR must deny the permit to inject in order to protect the public health and safety and stay consistent with its other decisions.  It’s too high risk for man-made earthquakes and drinking water contamination, “said Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council.
        The groups say that ODNR should never have permitted the Vienna, Ohio well to be drilled in the first place, considering ODNR’s previous Order by the Chief (9/24/14) that denied a toxic waste injection permit at the Khalil #3 injection well, in east Youngstown, Mahoning County finding it is “located in close proximity to an area of known seismic activity.”  
        The new Vienna well is only 6.7 miles from the AWMS injection well in Weathersfield/ Niles that ODNR ordered to be closed due to seismic activity.  The Vienna well is only 8.6 miles from the Northstar 1 injection well, site of the now-famous 4.0 magnitude induced quake that ODNR also shut down.  It is 16.9 miles from the man-made earthquake site in Poland Township, Ohio. Therefore, the groups believe that the Vienna, Ohio well is also close to “an area of known seismic activity,” and it must be stopped by ODNR.  (See map below).
       Furthermore, Mills found that the Vienna well in question is of similar depth to those mentioned in ODNR’s previous decisions. From what the groups can gather, the wells use very similar operations to those that have been shut down or denied a permit to inject in Youngstown and Weathersfield/ Niles.  If ODNR is to remain consistent with its previous decisions regarding Khalil and the American Water Management Services (AWMS) well, they must deny this permit to inject.  (Links to the Khalil and AWMS decisions are below).
        Frackfree Mahoning Valley will rally at two local injection well sites on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to call for them to remain closed or denied a permit to inject. Frackfree Mahoning Valley will gather at the Weathersfield/ Niles injection well on public property starting at 1:15 PM at the Weathersfield/Niles injection well near 1745 N. Main Street, Niles, Ohio. The group will then move to public property adjacent to the Vienna, Ohio injection well on State Route 193 near the Youngstown – Warren Regional Airport for a rally that will begin at 2:15 PM.(EVENT on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/462312783973898/
       On February 12th, Frackfree Mahoning Valley is showing an Oklahoma earthquake documentary film titled “Oklahoma Shakedown” in part to illustrate how the enormous problems associated with fracking, earthquakes, and injection/disposal wells across the states are similar.  Now we learn we have an Oklahoma-based company seeking to operate in Vienna.  This just serves as an example of how states are tied together in this. We believe it will be beneficial to share information to help get this stopped locally and nationwide,” said Susie Beiersdorfer of Frackfree Mahoning Valley.
       “Oklahoma Shakedown” – a timely, compelling, must-see film by Taylor Mullins about man-made earthquakes (induced seismicity) related to injection or disposal wells in Oklahoma - will be shown on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Frackfree Mahoning Valley “Film Night” town hall - style meeting at 7 PM to 9 PM at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, located at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio. (Elm & Illinois)  (EVENT on facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/944652922298043/ )

        The film screening is free and open to the public. All media, elected and appointed officials, and the general public are invited to attend this very important event.

       Please view the very timely and compelling “Oklahoma Shakedown” movie trailer here: 
     
       The groups say, to truly protect public health and safety, the only real solution to the injection/disposal well problems, including water contamination and man-made earthquakes is to stop the injection wells and to quit producing billions of gallons of fracking waste that has to be “disposed” of somewhere. There is no good or safe solution to this major problem.  The groups say they do not consent to being used as human experimental subjects while “regulators” or companies try to control injection well-related earthquakes. It’s not working.  It cannot work. Earthquakes cannot be regulated. The groups say it is reckless and immoral to place these operations in our neighborhoods, especially with the known dangers and the long list of unknowns, such as:  Will a large earthquake be triggered or drinking water polluted?

       For more information, see the January 21, 2016 news release titled “Buckeye Forest Council and Frackfree Mahoning Valley Release a Joint Statement Saying State Representatives Sean O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, and John Patterson’s Injection Well Bill (HB 422) Won’t Work To Protect Public Health And Safety:  Groups Say The Bill Ignores The Seriousness Of The Fracking Waste-related, Man-made Earthquake Issue and Resulting Threats To Drinking Water and Property Values. “:    

       PDF uploaded document:  RE: Northstar Kahlil #3 Well – Mahoning County; Ohio Department of Natural Resources, ORDER BY THE CHIEF, September 24, 2014,  “Denial of Permit to Inject Brine or Other Waste Substances pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 1509.22:

        PDF uploaded document: “Before the Oil & Gas Commission,” American Water Management Services, LLC  vs Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management; Appeal Nos. 889 & 890, Review of Chief’s Orders 2014-372 & 2014 – 374 (AWMS #2 Well); FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND ORDER OF THE COMMISSION, Date Issued: August 12, 2015:


       Map of Vienna, Ohio and other local injection wells. Map was created by Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council on February 9, 2016:


For media inquiries or for more information:
e-mail Frackfree Mahoning Valley at  frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
or call: 234-201-0402
e-mail Buckeye Forest Council at Teresa@buckeyeforestcouncil.org
or call: 614-539-1471
www.buckeyeforestcouncil.org

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click image to view larger map of distances to seismically active areas (due to well activity) near Vienna, OH where the former KDA injection well is now owned by KTCA of OK

map of Seismically active areas near Vienna, OH former KDA injection well now owned by KTCA of OK
Distances to seismically active areas (due to well activity) near Vienna, OH where the former KDA injection well is now owned by KTCA of OK

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fracking Waste Bill HB 422 Won't Work To Protect Public Health and Safety from Hazards of Injection Wells


Buckeye Forest Council and Frackfree Mahoning Valley Release a Joint Statement Saying State Representatives Sean O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, and John Patterson’s Injection Well Bill (HB 422) Won’t Work To Protect Public Health And Safety:  Groups Say The Bill Ignores The Seriousness Of The Fracking Waste-related, Man-made Earthquake Issue and Resulting Threats To Drinking Water and Property Values.

Youngstown, Ohio, January 21, 2016 - Buckeye Forest Council and Frackfree Mahoning Valley released the following January 21, 2016 statement regarding HB 422:
       HB 422, an injection well “regulation” bill sponsored by State Representatives Sean O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, and John Patterson will not work to protect public health and safety of Ohio communities.  HB 422 ignores science and the seriousness of Ohio’s fracking waste – related, man-made earthquake issue and resulting threats to drinking water and property values.  Toxic waste spills and releases are far too numerous locally or nationwide.
       The April 2015toxic waste release in Vienna, Ohio, three fracking waste spills in Torch, Ohio, the intentional dumping of fracking waste into the Mahoning River, and injection well – related earthquakes in Mahoning County, Trumbull County, and Ashtabula County were not prevented by increased or so-called “strict” regulations. Earthquakes cannot be regulated. 
       “The bill makes reference to not placing wells near known fault lines. At first glance, that may sound good to some people. Not knowing where the fault lines are in Ohio renders this null and void.  None of the fault lines in Ohio that were associated with the man-made earthquakes were known faults until the quakes happened,” said Teresa Mills of Buckeye ForestCouncil.
       “Ohio is becoming a toxic waste dump. No state or area should be.  If HB 422 passes, it will simply enable more out-of-state and in-state toxic fracking waste to be injected under Ohio by offering false assurances that injection or disposal wells can be made safe by mere regulations.  Ohio cannot afford to allow false assurances to rule the day,” said Susie Beiersdorfer of FrackfreeMahoning Valley.
       HB 422 won’t stop nine billion gallons of clean Ohio water from being turned into toxic waste. The bill won’t stop billions of gallons of toxic waste fluids from being pumped into the ground beneath Ohioan’s feet.
       Based upon experience and scientific findings, our position is that injection of toxic fracking waste is an inherently unsafe, ultrahazardous method of handling billions of gallons of toxic fracking waste that is constantly being created.  There is no safe or good solution to where to put all this waste or how to handle it in a way that safeguards public health and safety. A major reason for using injection wells to dispose of toxic fracking waste is the low disposal cost to the industry. We reject this reasoning because the public’s health and safety must come first.
       We are not lawyers, but we believe that operation of an injection well is not a legitimate business activity. We believe that it is a current and “imminent danger to the public health or safety,” or the environment. (The latter references similar words in Ohio law.)
       Politicians sponsoring HB 422 must consider the simple truth that one cannot regulate something that is by nature unsafe and make it safe. It’s that fundamental. They and their allies should stop pretending that it’s possible to do so. This fallacy is causing danger and harm to people and communities.
       Just as we, as a society in the interests of protecting public health and safety, abandoned and outlawed the use of asbestos, leaded gasoline, and lead paint, we must realize that injection of toxic fracking waste must be treated the same way.  The risk of great harm from this practice is unacceptable and too high a price to pay. Society cannot achieve a so-called “balance” with the use of asbestos, leaded gasoline, or lead paint. Science and good public policy have found their use simply unsafe, as injection of fracking waste will be - and the sooner, the better, in our opinion.
       Injection wells entail unacceptable costs in terms of public health and safety, property values, property rights, and social costs of losing our democratic rights.  Risking potential adverse effects from surface spills on our drinking water supply or small, repeated earthquakes on our aging infrastructure such as gas lines, water lines, or sewage lines is unacceptable.
       Drop this bill. The only real solution to the injection well and fracking waste problem is to stop injection wells and to stop producing billions of gallons of toxic waste fluids. We cannot permit politicians or bureaucrats to pretend that human beings can “regulate” earthquakes or can “regulate” an inherently unsafe process and magically make it safe. It makes no common sense.
       Passing HB 422 is not a legitimate solution. It is part of the problem.
      
For media inquiries or more information, contact:
Buckeye Forest Council at: 614-539-1471 or teresa@buckeyeforestcouncil.org or
Frackfree Mahoning Valley at:  frackfreemahoning@gmail.com or call:  234-201-0402
Buckeye Forest Council:  http://buckeyeforestcouncil.org/
Frackfree Mahoning Valley:  www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com  

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