Monday, March 17, 2014


Frackfree Mahoning Valley                                             News Release
For Immediate Release:  March 17, 2014
Contact: Jane Spies:  Phone: 330-619-0730 or 234-201-0402 or
Susie Beiersdorfer:  Phone: 234-201-0402  or 330-881-1050 or E-mail:



Youngstown, Ohio, March 17, 2014 – A Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FFM) statement dated March 17, 2014 regarding the March, 2014, Youngstown-area earthquakes follows:

       Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FFM) says that Ohio must have an independent, scientific investigation of the cause of twelve, March, 2014 Youngstown – area earthquakes that occurred near a horizontal fracking operation. FFM says that this investigation must take place in order to ensure that the community’s public health, safety, and well-being are protected.
       Frackfree Mahoning Valley says that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) should not be solely in charge of the investigation based upon their track record in handling the 2011 series of injection well-related earthquakes that led to the now-famous 4.0 magnitude earthquake of December 31, 2011, that was reported as felt in Youngstown, several surrounding states, and as far away as Canada. ODNR should immediately release and publicly share all pertinent data, which is related to the new earthquake activity in Poland Township, Mahoning County, with independent scientists who are also studying, or want to study, these 2014 earthquakes. The data should also be immediately shared with the public to ensure transparency and accountability. Publicly releasing this data will also enable members of the public with expertise in this area to come forward with helpful information.
       Based upon ODNR’s track record in handling the 2011 earthquake swarm that led to the now-famous 4.0 magnitude earthquake and other failures and lack of transparency by ODNR, we do not have confidence that ODNR can conduct a competent study of the March, 2014 Poland Township earthquakes in an impartial and transparent way that ensures that the best interest of the public will be the first priority.
       We believe that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) mishandled the first series of Youngstown-area induced seismic activity in 2011, which we now know, due to a later scientific study, that it was a series of 109 earthquakes, not just the 12 or so largest quakes that we were aware of at that time. The 4.0 magnitude Youngstown earthquake, which scientists have linked to fracking waste injection, occurred on December 31, 2011.
       ODNR was not proactive in handling the earthquakes of 2011. ODNR initially denied the connection between the multiple Youngstown-area earthquakes and deep fracking waste injection at the Northstar 1 well even as late as November 7, 2011,  when state ODNR geologist Tom Tomastik told a media outlet that “there is no link between earthquakes and injection well”, according to a Vindicator Time Line cited below.  The state geologist said this despite the fact that earthquakes had started on March 17, 2011.   Also from the same Vindicator article, referring to the date of November 15, 2011,  Until this point, no substantial evidence-gathering took place … .”  Astonishingly, ODNR permitted increased pressure at the injection well despite the fact that several earthquakes had already occurred.  For more details please see the time line of events at the following url: 
“Earthquake Time line,” Vindicator, March 16, 2012:

       We cannot afford to risk a replay of how ODNR handled the previous series of 109 earthquakes in 2011. There is too much at stake for our community. We do not trust that ODNR can carry out a proper study in a transparent way that allows adequate public, media, and scientific scrutiny.  There are already signs that ODNR is not being open or transparent with the public as evidenced by the following quote from a Columbus Dispatch article of March 16, 2014:
       “Questions about the area’s geology and drilling went unanswered last week by ODNR officials and several state geologists, who said they were told not to comment.”
       The previous quote is from “Scientists study Ohio’s quakes, fracking,” The Columbus Dispatch, March 16, 2014, by Will Drabold:

       This begs the question: Who is telling state geologists not to comment and why?

       Furthermore, how can a state agency properly regulate an industry from which it receives money? Isn’t that a conflict of interest? One example of this is that the state of Ohio makes money from the deep injection of in-state and out-of-state fracking waste, according to the following report of May 23, 2012. A quote from that report follows:
"Ohio charges in-state drillers 5 cents a barrel, and out-of-state drillers 20 cents a barrel to dispose of drilling waste in Ohio." 

  “NBC4 Investigates: What’s In The Drilling Waste Water Traveling Into Ohio?”  May 23, 2012 at:

       We believe that there are already reasons to be concerned about ODNR’s lack of transparency and inability to conduct a proper investigation of the current earthquake situation. For example, as reported in the Columbus Dispatch (3/13/14), the necessary equipment to collect seismic data relevant to earthquake depth that would help to determine the precise cause of the recent earthquakes had not yet been deployed by the state.  Why the apparent delay?  If not yet deployed, when does the state plan to gather the necessary data, or are they planning on trying to collect the data?
     See:  “Stakes high in mystery over fracking, quakes,” by Will Drabold, The Columbus Dispatch, March 13, 2014 at:

       Although it seemed that ODNR had ordered all operations to halt, now we learn that, according to a Columbus Dispatch article dated March 14, 2014, ODNR spokesman Mark Bruce said: “Hilcorp Energy Co.’s one producing fracking well at the Republic Services Carbon Limestone Landfill remains in operation.”  (Columbus Dispatch, 3/14/14)
       These gaps in information do not inspire confidence in ODNR’s handing of this situation. If ODNR is not being upfront and truthful with the public, or if they are not providing all relevant information, how are independent scientists and the community going to be able to figure out what is really going on with the earthquakes?
       The above quote is from:  “Mahoning County well continues to extract oil, gas despite concerns,” by Will Drabold, The Columbus Dispatch, March 14, 2014 at:

       This earthquake situation is not about politics. It is about allowing independent scientists to learn what is causing the earthquakes and to do their work without unnecessary obstacles. It is about the public as stakeholders in what happens as a result of the investigation. It is about a community of people and families seeking to preserve our chosen way of life.  It is our quality of life, the democratic process and the public health, safety, and well-being that are at stake here. Therefore, the public and independent scientists need to have immediate access to all of the records, logs, and data that ODNR has.
       Also concerning is that ODNR tried to rule out injection well operations in relation to the new earthquake activity saying that the closest active injection well is 14 miles away from the Poland Township fracking operation, according to the Columbus Dispatch (3/13/14).   Yet, according to the same Columbus Dispatch article, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist, Arthur McGarr said “… long-term disposal can cause temblors as far as 15 miles away. Even closed wells could cause earthquakes, he said.” (Columbus Dispatch, 3/13/14) 
       The previous quotes are from: “Stakes high in mystery over fracking, quakes,” by Will Drabold, The Columbus Dispatch, March 13, 2014 at:

       It is now known that they were 12 earthquakes in March, 2014, if they are all counted.  The Columbus Dispatch reported on March 14, 2014, that ODNR’s spokesman Mark Bruce said, “… the additional earthquakes that Columbia monitored were incidental.”  Furthermore, the Columbus Dispatch quotes ODNR spokesman Mark Bruce as writing: “ ‘Ohio’s increased monitoring network records micro-seismic events that happen around the state almost daily (and) are not felt, ‘ he wrote in an email.”   (Columbus Dispatch, 3/14/14)
            According to the same article, Columbia University senior scientist Won Young-Kim said “… they are significant and that a connection is likely.” (Columbus Dispatch, 3/14/14).  
              The above quotes are from: “More quakes reported near fracking well,” by Will Drabold, The Columbus Dispatch, March 14, 2014, at:

       We believe that Bruce’s statement about “micro-seismic events” in Ohio could have major implications for scientists’ ability to gain access to crucial data that could help to clarify possible connections between Ohio wells and induced earthquakes, even those that are not felt at the surface.   We say that if ODNR has data regarding other Ohio “micro-seismic events,” that are happening as frequently as Bruce is quoted as saying, this data also must be made immediately available to the public and to independent scientists since it could provide information that could help in the current investigation and also help to determine whether other fracking or injection well operations across Ohio might be correlated with micro-seismic events.
       How will we know what the situation really is regarding earthquakes if we do not have effective methods in place to look, or we simply do not look closely using the methods we do have in place?  
       The community must not be deprived of the information that they need to make informed decisions about earthquakes, fracking, and related processes. Important questions need to be answered and information shared with the public, such as: 
       Could the 3.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Mahoning County on March 10, 2014 near the fracking operation have damaged the well? 

       For background on the latter question, please see: Dr. Anthony Ingraffea and Dr. Terry Engelder:  Video published on YouTube, February 10, 2013, “4/4 Q & A Hydrofracking Debate in Dundee,” :  
       Especially see starting at 8 minutes 57 seconds re earthquakes and fracking at:
       According to a Los Angeles Times article by Paresh Dave, titled “Ohio earthquakes rattle up concerns about fracking” (March 12, 2014):
        “‘The epicenters are right where they are doing the work,’ Ray Beiersdorfer, a Youngstown State University geology professor whose wife co-founded Frackfree America, told the Los Angeles Times. ‘There had never been any earthquakes in this county until these wells starting coming in, so it seems suspect.’ “

       These are just some of the latest reasons why we have no confidence in ODNR’s ability to conduct a transparent, responsible, impartial, and scientific investigation of the cause of the most recent earthquakes. Therefore, if ODNR is reluctant to share information that impartial scientists need access to or fails to deploy the required seismometers in a timely fashion, we are asking for an attorney willing to help pro bono to please come forward to help us to ensure that the data and records are released in a timely fashion to independent scientists and to the public.
        Also of concern to Frackfree Mahoning Valley, is a shocking document, from 2012, that reportedly may be a state plan to promote fracking in state parks and forests to Ohioans. State officials are denying that the plan has been implemented. Under the “Pertinent State Policies” section, it stated: “No oil and gas drilling is permitted that would cause surface disturbance on land within state parks.  Drilling may be permitted underneath inland state park land and waters.”
        The 2012 document named allied groups, neutral groups, and opposition groups or individuals. In addition, the “frackgate” plan, as some refer to it, still has not been adequately publicly scrutinized to see who in fact wrote it or was told to write it, who discussed it, and whether it was implemented. The states’ possible involvement in a meeting or internal discussions on taxpayer-paid time regarding this promotional plan is concerning.
       If further scrutiny of the “frackgate” situation proves that state or ODNR officials or employees or agencies were seeking to “marginalize” or discredit the message of valid public health concerns and to mislabel or to discredit the messengers, then we believe that ODNR cannot do their job, which is to protect the public health, safety, and well-being.  ODNR’s job is not to prejudge and outright dismiss legitimate grievances made by Ohioans.  Further investigation of this plan and the documents that were uncovered are necessary to uncover the truth about what really happened.
       [A PDF of the “frackgate” memo, as some are calling it, and other pertinent information can be found in the following article:]
       “Kasich’s office reportedly involved in 2012 Ohio report to promote fracking in state parks, forests,” by Bob Downing, Beacon Journal staff writer, February 17, 2014 at:
       “Kasich aides said to mull targeting drilling foes,” by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press, as published on, February 18, 2014:

       Earthquakes, even small earthquakes, are nothing to toy with. This is not about politics. It is about science and public health. It is our lives, our health, and our quality of life in our communities and our children’s and grandchildren’s quality of life that is at stake here.  We must do everything possible to ensure their well-being now and into the future.
       Please see the following links for more information. Contact information for Frackfree Mahoning Valley is provided below and at:
Links follow:

Frackfree America National Coalition, based in Youngstown, Ohio:

“Ohio's earthquake average since 2010 has risen,” Associated Press, March 16, 2014, as published at the WFMJ-TV website:

“Ohio Looks at Whether Fracking Led to 2 Quakes,” by Henry Fountain, New York Times, March 11, 2014 at:

Please also see 2 news videos with the following 2012 article:
“Threat of Lawsuit Over California’s Controversial Oil Drilling   Hundreds of wells being fracked in California,” August 29, 2012, NBC Bay Area, by Stephen Stock, Liza Meak, and Mark Villarreal at:

“Ohio earthquakes rattle up concerns about fracking,” by Paresh Dave, March 12, 2014, Los Angeles Times:

“Researcher Says Mahoning Earthquakes Are Likely Linked to Shale Drilling,” March 14, 2014, Ideastream report by Andy Chow: [An excerpt from the Ideastream report follows:]
“The Ohio Department of Natural Resources declined an interview for this story.”

Kasich said state officials continue reviewing earthquake date … ,” The Vindicator, March 15, 2014, by Marc Kovac at:


Earthquake information on the Frackfree America National Coalition, based in Youngstown, Ohio, website:

[Excerpt from url below:]
“--More Ohio Inspectors? – According to an Earthworks report: “Perhaps even mores striking, data in the table reveal that in 2010 Ohio failed to perform inspections at 91 percent of the state’s active oil and gas wells. More than 58,000 oil and gas wells had no regulatory oversight that year. The situation did not improve in 2011. That year, approximately 90% of wells did not get inspected.[5] …” The latter excerpt is from: “Ohio Oil & Gas Enforcement – Inspections,” by Earthworks.
What has happened since 2011 regarding inspections? Is ODNR really able to adequately inspect even with the recent addition of more inspectors? We don’t think so.
Go to Search at the top for keywords Ohio Inspections to find the report.”
“Mahoning Valley group troubled by well at Meander Reservoir,” January 20, 2014,

“Who’s at Fault?” by Mike Costarella,, March 13, 2012:

PDF: “Investigation of Observed Seismicity In the Horn River Basin [Canada], BC Oil and Gas Commission, August, 2012 :

      For media inquiries, to contact speakers for media interviews, or for more information, please contact Frackfree Mahoning Valley at: 
234-201-0402   or e-mail:

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Earthquakes and Youngstown Mayor's Inability To Stop Fracking In Parks and In Protected Drinking Water Source Area To Be Addressed At March 12 City Hall Press Conference 1:15PM

Frackfree Mahoning Valley                                             News Release
For Immediate Release:  March 11, 2014
Susie Beiersdorfer:  Phone: 234-201-0402  or 330-881-1050 or E-mail:


Youngstown, Ohio, March 11, 2014 – Concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley will hold a press conference to address the latest information, implications, and concerns regarding important issues for our community. 
       The press conference will be held in Youngstown, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 1:15 PM, on the public sidewalk outside of Youngstown City Hall, 26 S. Phelps St.
       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 five earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio that took place near a horizontal fracking well operation. 
       Lynn Anderson of Frackfree Mahoning Valley will address the following comments by Mayor McNally related to fracking within Youngstown city limits and why his comments are inaccurate or misguided. According to the Vindicator: “…McNally said he wouldn’t permit drilling in city parks …” and referencing “oil and gas development,” McNally said: “…the city administration has a responsibility to look at responsible ways to raise income to fund city operations …”    [Quotes are from the Vindicator, March 8, 2014, “Youngstown mayor mulls selling 20 Federal Place,” by David Skolnick at: ]
       Dr. Beiersdorfer and Lynn Anderson will make brief statements and address any media questions. After the question and answer period, the two speakers will deliver a packet of information to Mayor McNally’s office.
       Opening up heavy industrial fracking operations in the city of Youngstown is not responsible. There are too many risks to public health, safety, and well-being, including risks to property values and to the democratic process.
       For media inquiries or more information, please contact Frackfree Mahoning Valley at: 
234-201-0402   or e-mail:

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READ MORE about earthquakes at fracking natural gas well east of Poland, Ohio HERE:

With excellent timing, Youngstown State University has scheduled speakers already for March 25-28 (including Dr Ingraffea and Dr Beiersdorfer) AND ALSO will be screening Triple Divide film on March 28 at McDonough Museum
ENTIRE SCHEDULE HERE for this series of Marcellus Shale Documentary Project events: 


Saturday, February 15, 2014

SPEAK UP! An Open Public Townhall-style Meeting Will Be Held Friday Feb. 28, 2014 In Youngstown, Ohio




Youngstown, Ohio, February 14, 2014 – Thousands of Youngstown, Ohio voters have again indicated via their petition signatures that they want to vote in May, 2014 on whether or not to ban fracking within Youngstown city limits and to uphold their unalienable right to local control and self-governance to protect their public health, safety, well-being and the democratic process.

The group says that voters want to decide how they want their communities to be. It is their right.

The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee is pleased to officially announce that they have surpassed their goal of collecting enough signatures on their petitions to add a ballot question to the May, 2014 ballot in Youngstown. The signatures will now go through the required legal processes to create a ballot question.

“With our strong showing at the polls last time and our powerful base of almost 5000 Youngstown voters who voted YES for the Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment in November, 2013, we fully expect to win this time. We only needed 6 percent more YES votes and we would have won last November. Especially as the nation is watching the West Virginia drinking water tragedy related to the coal industry unfold, and they see the shocking inadequacy and failure of state regulatory oversight and its disastrous results, the local community is increasingly concerned about the safety of our drinking water source, and rightly so. We need local self-governance that affirms our inherent rights to local control to protect public health, safety, and well-being,” said Susie Beiersdorfer, a Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Community Bill of Rights Committee member.

The Community Bill of Rights Committee and supporters of Frackfree Mahoning Valley say that the truth about the realities of fracking and related processes and infrastructure and their high risks to our public health, safety, and well-being and to our democratic process is becoming clearer every day. In addition, there is loss of property values and private property rights as in forced pooling and unitization. Numerous and almost daily news reports cover accidents, irregularities, and suffering related to fracking and related processes and infrastructure

Despite continual news reports, both local and national, of adverse situations and suffering, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) continues to misguidedly permit toxic fracking waste injection wells and other fracking related infrastructure near homes and other densely populated areas. Issues related to the protection of the drinking water source for over 200,000 people – Meander Reservoir, fracking-related concerns about Mill Creek Park, injection wells built in Niles, and the risk of injection well-related earthquakes are ongoing concerns for the community.

The group says that despite their oppositions’ exorbitant spending against the charter amendment and oppositional efforts in what the group believes is an attempt to stifle the Community Bill of Rights positive message, the supporters of the Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment are gaining ground because the truth always resonates. The Community Bill of Rights supporters received a tremendous amount of positive feedback as they canvassed door to door. The Community Bill of Rights Committee expects to gain even more ground this time – enough to win.

“We are asking voters to please vote “YES” in May, 2014 to protect our water, air, and soil, and to affirm all citizens’ fundamental rights to local control and to protect the public’s health, safety, and well-being. Inherent fundamental rights are always enforceable,” said Susie Beiersdorfer.
Frackfree Mahoning Valley, Frackfree America National Coalition (based in Youngstown), and members of the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee announce that they will officially kick off their public awareness campaign by having an open, public townhall-style meeting on Friday, February 28, 2014. The townhall will include a screening of some brief films, a brief presentation by geologist Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D., Professor of Geology at Youngstown State University, and – sure to be lively – open discussion where attendees can ask questions, voice their concerns, share information, and offer positive solutions.

All media, the general public, first responders, health professionals, attorneys, public officials and representatives, and all others are invited to attend this very important, free townhall meeting.

The townhall program is titled, “Man-made Earthquakes, Toxic Fracking Waste Injection Wells, Open Fracking Waste Impoundment Pits, and What a Community Bill of Rights Means for Communities: Finding Common Ground, not Shaky Ground.”

The public townhall-style meeting will take place on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7 PM to 9 PM at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, located at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio. (Elm & Illinois.)

The groups plan to reach out to other Ohio communities and other states to address common concerns including those issues that they say state regulators have failed to address adequately for the public.

For example, many citizens locally and nationwide have expressed their highly valid concerns about public health and safety and democratic process risks associated with heavy industrial fracking-related operations and also to the underground injection of millions upon millions of gallons of toxic fracking waste that are constantly being created by the unconventional fracking process.

Where will all of the massive amounts of toxic fracking waste go? There is no good solution to this problem other than stopping the creation of more waste in the first place. Ohio is not a dumping ground for toxic fracking waste, nor are any other states. No one and no community is expendable.

Another item to be discussed will be newly allowed impoundments for fracking waste in Ohio. Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FFM) cites the lack of transparency and the lack of easily accessible public information about the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) allowing (as of January 1, 2014) football field-sized open toxic fracking waste impoundment “lagoons.” The group says that they have no confidence in ODNR’s stated intentions to allow public comment or even listen to public concerns about the lagoons or other new rules. FFM says they are not waiting for ODNR’s timetable, and that ODNR’s track record of lack of transparency about issues such as this is alarming and needs to be highlighted.

All people and communities are encouraged to attend the free townhall meeting to discuss what they and their local representatives can do to proactively protect their public health, safety, well-being, and fundamental rights.

The February 28, 2014 Youngstown townhall meeting details and printable flyer are at the following url:

For media inquiries or more information, please contact the group via Frackfree Mahoning Valley at:

234-201-0402 or e-mail:

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Friday, February 14, 2014

BAKESALE Eat Brownies Ban Fracking - Youngstown Registered Voters Can Sign Petition & Eat Their Cake, Too

Eat Brownies Help Ban Fracking! ~ Cake for Community Rights!
Spend Your Dough!
Donuts for Democracy! ~ Nuts for Nature!
Pizzelles for People's Rights!
 Buy A Cookie to Stop Fracking!

Rise Up, People, Buy Ben's Bread!
Fritters Against Fracking!
~Fundraiser Bakesale~
EVERY Saturday, through May 2
10 a.m. to 1p.m.
Inside the Universalist Unitarian Church of Youngstown
1105 Elm St, Youngstown, OH 44505
on the first floor, Channing Hall.
Available for purchase will be brownies, cupcakes, pizzelles, rice-krispie treats, fudge, fruit loaves, baklava, sesame candies, a variety of cookies, healthful bread and more.
Youngstown registered voters, please bring a friend to learn about the ballot initiative petition. Can also sign up to help canvas! READ MORE about this Community Bill of Rights here:
The church raises funds by selling Fair Trade coffee for $1 per cup which includes one refill, so sit in a cafe atmosphere and have coffee with your pastry.


Sampling of Baked Delicacies That Will Be Available at This Fundraiser Bakesale Saturday February 1, 2014
Northside Farmers' Market has begun its 10th Season
 in the same location:
(Every Saturday from 10am -1:00pm)
across from Wick Park
Inside the Universalist Unitarian Church of Youngstown
1105 Elm St, Youngstown, OH 44505
on the first floor, Channing Hall.
With farmers, Healthy food & snacks, Cooking Demonstrations 
& Samples/Recipes for new ways to prepare vegetables, fruit & herbs.
and WIC farmers’ market coupons (produce)
For more information – Jim Converse Market Manager 330-518-6971

Find them on facebook at

ALSO fundraising T-shirts For SALE! Very dashing shade of maroon with dramatic white text - come see!
T-Shirts That Will Be Available at This Fundraiser 10am-1pm Saturday February 1, 2014
Learn and volunteer to help with Community Bill of Rights Vote YES! campaign for May  6, 2014 primary in Youngstown, Ohio, = voters to decide whether we will have local control! PLEASE contact us to help canvas every day until primary - need not be a Youngstown resident. ~ spread the word :-)
Call 234-201-0402 or email:
READ bill HERE: 

FOLLOW Protect Youngstown & Mahoning Valley on facebook at

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And on a related cake note, a graphic reminder from the Sierra Club urging folks to remind President Obama that he cannot have his cake and frack it, too! :-) 
Remind President Obama that he cannot have his cake and frack it, too!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

PLEASE! All Concerned Ohio Citizens Contact ODNR: Tell State To Cease Its Mendacity & Hypocrisy NOW!

Urgent request from Frackfree Mahoning Valley – based in the Youngstown, Ohio area – January 16, 2014:

       Please, concerned citizens of Ohio, tell the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) why we object to Director James Zehringer’s statements (1/16/14) to the press and please, concerned citizens of Ohio request for ODNR’s Director Zehringer to further clarify and correct his statements.  Would you please, concerned citizens of Ohio, send a letter or e-mail to ODNR and copy your local media? Thank you.
       We, and many other concerned citizens, have no confidence in state officials who say things to the public, using what we believe to be Orwellian, misleading or inaccurate statements and “word play” like the following.
       We take issue with statements made by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director, James Zehringer to the Youngstown Business Journal on January 16, 2014.  Mr. Zehringer’s comments can be heard on The Daily Buzz 1/16/14.  The news video link is at:

ODNR Director Zehringer said:
[ Comments start at approximately minute:  01:41  ]
“ … Hydraulic fracturing has been around in Ohio since the 1950s.  It’s been done safely. There’s never been a reported case of water contamination from hydraulic fracturing. …”
       For an explanation of some reasons why we object to such statements, please see the following speech by Dr. Anthony Ingraffea who explains why hydraulic fracturing (fracking ) that is unconventional horizontal fracking  – has not  been done for sixty years or since around 1947 or “the 1950s.”  Dr. Ingraffea’s biography is at:

Dr. Ingraffea’s explanation starts at minute 4:00: 
 [DR. ANTHONY INGRAFFEA AT HAMPTON HIGH 1/12/11 PART 2 “  uploaded 12/4/11  ]
Direct link to below embedded video:

Another reason, among many, why we take issue with the claim about there being no “reported case of water contamination from hydraulic fracturing” follows [“Unearthed: The Fracking Fa├žade” YouTube, published May 4, 2012: ]
[Water contamination discussion starts at about minute: 3:36 – 12:42  ]
The video includes more information regarding how old unconventional fracking really is.
Direct link to below embedded video:

In conclusion, if fracking and related processes and infrastructure were so safe for public health, safety, and well-being as state officials and others like to say, they would not have to resort to word play games or misleading or inaccurate statements as we show above. 
Fracking cannot be done safely, or even fairly, with the technology as it stands today.


Images of natural gas and oil well being drilled by Halcon in Meander Creek Reservoir Protected Drinking Water Source Area, Mahoning Valley, Ohio
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Local Residents' Concerns Over Rigs Drilling Gas Fracking Wells In Protected Drinking Water Source Area

PLEASE! All Concerned Ohio Citizens Contact ODNR: Tell State To Cease Its Mendacity & Hypocrisy NOW! Urgent request from Frackfree Mahoning Valley – based in the Youngstown, Ohio area – January 16, 2014:

       Please, concerned citizens of Ohio, tell the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) why we object to Director James Zehringer’s statements (1/16/14) to the press and please, concerned citizens of Ohio request for ODNR’s Director Zehringer to further clarify and correct his statements.  Would you please, concerned citizens of Ohio, send a letter or e-mail to ODNR and copy your local media? Thank you.

RALLY 11:00 am Niles, OH 44446 THURS Jan 16, 2014
EVENT on web: Welcome James “Not in my backyard” Zehringer:
Peaceful Outside Protest: MEANDER Reservoir THEME
Time: 11am, 123 N. Main Street Downtown Niles, 44446
MAP: Ciminero’s Banquet Center (across from tire shop & Sparkle). Meet in front of Ciminero’s sign. Stay on Public Sidewalk. Do not block traffic or pedestrians. Bring a sign if you have one. Protect Meander Watershed. Restore local control. Rally outside w/ signs, talking to media and standing up for Clean Water and Local Control!

We would like a public meeting with ODNR concerning the Liming well pad on Yerke-Young Rd. <2000’ to the Meander Creek Reservoir shore (Protected Drinking Water Source Area)
SEE well HERE:
See ODNR PERMIT for Halcon:

If anyone could get on talk radio today, Please ask the public to come out and join us! Give details.
There will be some extra signs. Lynn will make some posters and hopefully get there. John bringing the old/classic HONK FOR CLEAN WATER sign... YES!!! Hoping for Honks!

Government Affairs Council Presents Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer
Date: 1/16/2014
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Check-In & Lunch; 12 - 1 p.m.
Program Location: Ciminero's Banquet Centre, 123 N. Main St., Niles 44446
James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which regulates the oil and gas industry in Ohio, will discuss a variety of topics at this GAC luncheon. Zehringer has said that the regulation of dangerous wild animals, environmentally safe development of shale in Ohio and reduction of phosphorous in the state’s waterways are key priorities. Before taking over as ODNR chief, he served as director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Zehringer is the former owner of the Meiring Poultry and Fish Farm in Fort Recovery, which received several awards for outstanding environmental practices. He also served as a former state representative for the 77th House District and as a Mercer County commissioner. After his talk, a panel consisting of government officials, landowners and business people will dialogue with Zehringer about shale development and other topics. Event Sponser: VEC Inc. (Valley Electrical Consolidated )

Please CALL IN RonVerb show 3-6pm Mahoning Valley residents need to know ‪fracking‬ is being permitted in Meander Reservoir - in the Drinking Water Source Protected Area - great opportunity to present our own local water concerns & issues & help to raise general public awareness. For example: Meander drinking water & MillCreek Park concerns. Live Internet stream so anyone can hear the WKBN radio 570 AM call-in talk show on RADIO or ONLINE Toll Free: 800-777-5700
Local: 330-729-9977

INFO about the permitted wells 1 mile from Reservoir:

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) states (in effect 1953):

743.25 Jurisdiction of municipal corporations to prevent water pollution.

No person shall pollute a running stream, the water of which is used for domestic purposes by a municipal corporation, by putting therein a putrid or offensive substance, injurious to health. The director of public service of a city or board of trustees of public affairs of a village shall enforce this section. The jurisdiction of a municipal corporation to prevent the pollution of its water supply and to provide a penalty therefor shall extend twenty miles beyond the municipal corporation limits.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953
Can be read online at source HERE:

MORE about the wells on the shores of Meander Creek Reservoir, Mahoning Valley, Ohio, and in the Protected Drinking Water Source Area:

ALSO READ: February 23, 2012   Tribune Chronicle news story [excerpt]
"MINERAL RIDGE - Meander Water is hiring ms consultants of Youngstown to investigate why numerous cracks appeared in its filter house annex on Jan. 3. Officials placed detectors on the walls over the cracks to determine whether they would continue to grow. The building is next to the construction of the $24 million solids contact clarifier recarbonation project. MVSD officials say they do not know whether the cracks may have been formed because of earth movement that was a result of the project or from an earthquake that occurred in the area on Dec. 31. The annex building was built in 2005. The investigation is expected to cost about $23,000. "
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Man-Made Earthquakes & Fracking Waste Injection Wells Concerns from Youngstown, Ohio to Azle, Texas to Prague, Oklahoma: Frackfree America National Coalition Seeks Dialogue, Info Sharing

Frackfree America National Coalition          News Release                            
For Immediate Release:  January 8, 2014
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Youngstown, Ohio, January 8, 2014  -  The Youngstown, Ohio area is a community that experienced what residents and scientists now know was at least 109 earthquakes in a place where there had been no previously recorded quakes.  The multiple Youngstown earthquakes included the now-famous 4.0 magnitude 2011 fracking waste injection well – related quake.

      Concerned citizens of Frackfree America National Coalition, based in Youngstown, and Frackfree Mahoning Valley have been following events in earthquake-rocked Azle, Texas and earthquake swarms in Oklahoma, where some reputable scientists suspect that the largest quake, a 5.6 magnitude in Prague, Oklahoma, is linked to injection well operations.

      The local citizens’ groups are now reaching out to seek dialogue, share information, and to open channels of communication with the Azle, Texas community, with Oklahoma, with Ohio or other states with neighborhoods that may be experiencing similar situations involving injection wells and man-made earthquakes.  The groups are seeking to work together with others to find real, fair solutions to our common problems and concerns, here in Youngstown, Ohio, and other places with apparently similar issues, like Azle, Texas.

      An Azle, Texas townhall meeting took place on January 2, 2014 where over 800 residents gathered to get questions answered by Texas state officials (the Texas Railroad Commission) about the approximately 30 earthquakes they have had in about the last two months, according to multiple news reports.  In an astonishing turn of events, those officials reportedly would not answer the concerned citizens’ questions.  Residents of the Youngstown area have experienced other similar situations of a shocking lack of transparency on the part of their state regulatory agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  The Youngstown group says public officials need to be responsive, honest, and transparent to the public and to the media.

       As reported in an especially compelling news article and video, Melanie Williams spoke of her experience at the Azle townhall meeting.  It was reported that she is a Hurricane Katrina survivor who relocated to Azle where she is experiencing the earthquakes that some suspect will be scientifically found to be linked to injection well disposal. She said she had to move from her home in Texas because of foundation problems and major leaks, according to the WFAA news report that follows:

       See “Angry Azle crowd disappointed by lack of answers regarding quakes,” by Teresa Woodard, WFAA, January 2, 2014 at

       Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D., Professor of Geology at Youngstown State University, gave information, in a December 27, 2013 news release, which is highly relevant for the ongoing earthquake/injection well issues in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, and other states where man-made earthquakes, also known as induced seismicity, may be taking place:
       “It is especially disconcerting that residents in Prague, Oklahoma experienced a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that reputable scientists think may possibly be linked to deep disposal well injection of toxic fracking waste. An earthquake of this magnitude can cause human injury and collapsed buildings – especially in areas where earthquakes are not common and infrastructure is not reinforced to safeguard against earthquake damage. We already had 109 earthquakes in Youngstown, Ohio, including the 4.0 on December 31, 2011.  Human beings cannot regulate earthquakes to make sure that they stay small. This is especially true because the two faults under Youngstown have been destabilized. This is an irreversible effect of the D&L Northstar 1 injection-induced seismicity. We must stop injection wells now to help to prevent a possible 5.6 or greater magnitude quake, as well as smaller tremors,” said geologist Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer.

       Dealing with the risks and realities of injecting millions of gallons of toxic fracking waste into deep injection wells along with the possibility of induced seismicity is still an on-going problem in Ohio. Even though there is a history of injection well-related earthquakes in Ohio, injection wells continue to be permitted by the state agency, ODNR.

       For example, the Youngstown-based groups, Frackfree America and Frackfree Mahoning Valley, are currently working toward increasing public awareness nationally and locally of a Niles, Ohio area injection well that is now being built despite local community laws enacted in Weathersfield Township and Niles banning injection wells. ODNR permitted it anyway, and it is now being built.  The groups believe that this injection well’s close proximity to the epicenter of the 2011 Youngstown 4.0 magnitude quake shows inadequate concern by ODNR for public health and safety.

       Also of great concern is an injection well being considered by the Ohio state agency to be built in Conneaut, Ohio, a city in Northeastern Ohio near the Pennsylvania border.  Conneaut is only about 15 miles from Ashtabula, Ohio, the site of a series of earthquakes related to injection well disposal of Class I waste. The strongest earthquake there was a 4.3 magnitude quake in January 2001.  The rational, responsible reaction by the state of Ohio would be for the ODNR to deny the permit based upon public health and safety issues, but will they?  According to the Star Beacon, there is a 15 day public comment period regarding the permitting of this injection well, but again, will the ODNR listen?  For details see:
“Brine injection well sought for Conneaut,” by Mark Todd, Star Beacon, January 4, 2014 at: 
“A Fluid-Injection-Triggered Earthquake Sequence in Ashtabula, Ohio: Implications for Seismogenesis in Stable Continental Regions,” by Leonardo Seeber, John G. Armbruster and Won-Young Kim, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, February, 2004, vol. 94, no. 1, 76-87 at:

       Yet another deep injection well permit has been applied for in Brookfield, Ohio, near Youngstown.    See:  “Injection well planned for site in Brookfield,” by Brenda J. Linert, Tribune Chronicle, January 6, 2014 at:

     See information about the Ashtabula and Youngstown earthquakes:  “Ohio earthquake was not a natural event, expert says,” by Kim Palmer, Reuters, January 3, 2012 at:

       “Our position is that the injection wells must stop now as a measure to protect the public’s health, safety, and well-being. Millions upon millions of gallons of toxic fracking waste are continually being produced. The waste has to go somewhere. Where is it all going to go? There is no good, safe solution for this problem at this time. For the sake of protecting the public interest, the enormous amount of toxic fracking waste needs to stop being produced in the first place. There is no good place to put it,” said geologist Susie Beiersdorfer of Youngstown, Ohio.

       Frackfree America and Frackfree Mahoning Valley believe that science and common sense must prevail over politics and greed when it comes to toxic fracking waste injection wells, risks of drinking water contamination, and man-made earthquakes. The best interest of the public’s health, safety, and well-being must come first.  A solution must be implemented quickly to protect the public.

       The groups say that in addition to safety, public health, private property, property value, and general well-being issues, proper democratic processes must be followed relevant to the gas and oil industry, which should immediately be required to follow the rule of law without special exemptions or special treatment. Local control and self-governance must be upheld. (See the Community Bill of Rights Committee, December 27, 2013 news release below for more details about earthquakes, injection wells, and local control.)

       The groups believe that it is not fair for officials to imply that since studies are being done, injection well operations should continue despite the concerns and real damage taking place now – including serious adverse effects to the quality of life of residents experiencing the earthquakes. Citizens are concerned, and rightly so, that the earthquakes could get bigger or more frequent. Even the effects of smaller, repeated earthquakes on infrastructure, walls, house foundations, bridges, or dams need to be considered.

       Since some officials, who are supposed to protect the public health, safety, and general public interest, seem to be ducking out the back door and apparently refusing to speak with the media, it is important for communities to legally protect their own families and neighborhoods.  The Texas official’s refusal to speak with media after the Azle townhall meeting was yet another shocking example of lack of transparency by state officials who are supposed to be accountable to the public.

Similar ignoring or minimizing the public’s legitimate concerns has also happened in other states, including Ohio. State officials are accountable to the public. The public pays their salaries. They should speak with the public or media in real time when the media request interviews.

       Concerned citizens of Frackfree America and Frackfree Mahoning Valley are reaching out with information, experts, and human compassion and empathy for what residents in earthquake swarm areas must be going through right now. It sounds strikingly similar to what happened in Youngstown in 2011.  So far, the public is left to pay for any earthquake damage, and injection wells continue to be permitted by the state.

       See:  KDFW Fox 4 news video and article, “Lack of answers at earthquake meeting rattles Azle residents,” by Brandon Todd, January 2, 2014 at:

       See:  CNNMoney: “Is drilling causing Ohio earthquakes? By Poppy Harlow and Erica Fink @CNNMoney January 17, 2012: 11:13 AM ET”
[Especially see second video titled, “Ohio's mysterious man-made earthquakes”]
       Frackfree America and Frackfree Mahoning Valley say it is time for clear-thinking adults to stand together in unity and to legally intervene to stop this irrational quest for corporate profits while some ignore the real adverse effects of fracking and related processes and infrastructure, including injection well-related seismicity, and risks of air, soil, and water pollution.  Those of us from different states can learn from each other and share scientific and other valid information among ourselves. The people need to be heard. We are not expendable. No one is expendable.

       For more information, please see the following press release: "Fracking, Earthquakes, Water, and Local Government Control:  Youngstown, Ohio and Niles, Ohio Area Concerned Citizens Seek to Affirm Local Self-Governance Rights to Protect Their Public Health, Safety, General Welfare, Property Values, and Private Property Rights" (12/27/13) that provides information about earthquakes and injection wells, as well as other topics:

        A Frackfree America National Coalition Facebook post has many informative links regarding Azle area earthquakes and townhall news reports at:

       The following video is a recording of a large public informational meeting about the earthquakes and injection well in Youngstown, Ohio, that took place in January, 2012, at the Covelli Centre after the Youngstown earthquakes. Especially see the discussion between the state geologist and a Youngstown City Councilman about the inability to predict where a fault lies until “activities” start - “after the fact,”  at minute 1:21:55:

       People living near heavy industrial fracking operations talk about their experience:    “Westwood Lake Nightmare” (published June 23, 2013); Trumbull County, Ohio.

       Editorial: Star-Telegram, “Texas Railroad Commission can’t just tippy-toe around quakes,” January 4, 2014 at:

“Surprise quakes stir up Tarrant County residents, by Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune, January 5, 2014, Arlington Voice at:

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