Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ohio Citizens To ODNR: Revoke/Deny Five Fracking Waste Injection Permits Immediately - Brookfield wells pose imminent danger to public health, safety, and welfare

News Release: original at: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/blog/ohio-citizens-to-odnr-revokedeny-five-fracking-waste-injection-permits-immediately-brookfield-wells-pose-imminent-danger-to-public-health-safety-and-welfare

Frackfree America National Coalition, based in Youngstown, Ohio
 www.frackfreeamerica.org
Buckeye Environmental Network www.buckeyeenvironmentalnetwork.org
Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)  www.chej.org
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For Immediate Release:  October 9, 2017
Contact: Jane Spies, M.S. Ed.: Phone: 330-619-0730 or   234-201-8007 or e-mail:  frackfreeamerica@gmail.com
Contact: Teresa Mills: Phone:   614-507-4406   or e-mail:   tmills@chej.org
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A really bad situation just got much worse, says groups:  Out-of-state company applies for three more fracking waste injection wells in Brookfield, Ohio for a total of five potential injection wells in a highly populated, man-made earthquake-prone region. 

A citizen rally opposing the proposed injection wells will take place on the Brookfield village green on Thursday, October 12, 2017 starting at 5:45 PM to 7 PM.
[ event on facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/139644563434935 ]
Groups say the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) should immediately deny the three new permit applications and revoke the two drilling permits that ODNR had already issued because the proposed injection wells are an imminent danger to public health, safety, and welfare.
Ohio, October 9, 2017 –  A really bad situation just got much worse, according to Frackfree America National Coalition, based in Youngtown, Ohio (FANC),  Buckeye Environmental Network (BEN), and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) and concerned citizens in Brookfield who are continuing their strong opposition to the placement of what they just learned is a total of five proposed fracking waste injection wells to be located way too near family homes, businesses, and government buildings in Brookfield, Ohio.[1]
       FANC’s, BEN’s, and CHEJ’s October 9, 2017 joint statement follows:

       On September 28, 2017, Highland Field Services, a Seneca Resources subsidiary, applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for three new permits for injection wells to be located in the same area as the previous two wells in Brookfield, Ohio.[2]
       Teresa Mills of Buckeye Environmental Network has confirmed that there will be another public comment period for the three new injection well permit applications.
       The groups say this proposed injection well operation is not a done deal.  They and concerned citizens are ramping up their efforts to inform the public of why this massive injection well operation must not be allowed by ODNR and why it is totally unacceptable for ODNR and Seneca Resources to site what the groups believe is a dangerous, risky operation in a populated location near known areas of man-made seismic activity.

        A citizen rally opposing the proposed injection wells will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2017 starting at 5:45 PM to 7 PM at the village green at Brookfield Center, Brookfield Township, Ohio  44403.  All media and the public are urged to please attend.
       Additional rallies or meetings to oppose the injection wells are being planned to take place in October and in the near future.

       Groups say it is astonishing that ODNR and Seneca would even consider siting these injection wells in a highly populated area that is very near known epicenters of man-made earthquakes related to injection wells or fracking wells, including a now-famous magnitude 4.0 Youngstown man-made quake that happened on December 31, 2011.  That quake and others were linked to the Northstar 1 injection well.[3]
       The groups, FANC, BEN, and CHEJ, believe the drilling and operation of the injection wells pose an imminent danger to public health, safety, and welfare, and therefore, ODNR should revoke the two drilling permits already issued, and immediately deny the applications submitted by Seneca on September 28, 2017.
       They hope Seneca will see the light, realize that this is an extremely bad business decision, and withdraw their plans for all five proposed injection wells so unbelievably and unacceptably close to family homes.

       The groups are also renewing their call for immediate public meetings in Brookfield, Ohio with ODNR and Seneca, both of whom seem to be resisting meeting with the public even though these wells, if allowed to operate, will have profound effects upon the region and residents’ quality of life, their property values and rights, and public health and safety.
       Although Highland Field Services (subsidiary of Seneca Resources) wrote to the Brookfield Township Trustees that they’re not opposed to participating in a public forum, Highland prefers a private meeting with “elected officials only” first.[4] ODNR apparently simply declined to meet with the public.
       We insist that there should be no meeting about the proposed Brookfield injection wells with “elected officials only” behind closed doors that bars the public and media from attending.[5]  This would be completely unacceptable and a disservice to the Brookfield community and the entire region.  Ohio Sunshine Laws apply.[6]

       The Brookfield Trustees are doing the right thing by requesting a public meeting (which in a July 17, 2017 letter they requested to take place in August, 2017), and we thank them for that. The public deserves a high level of transparency and to be able to have a dialogue or conversation with ODNR and Seneca that happens in real time, preferably televised, where follow-up questions, objections, and comments can occur in a public forum. An ODNR website posting inadequate answers to the public’s comments or Seneca’s FAQ document is not good enough to keep the public fully informed of what is being planned for their neighborhood practically in some residents’ backyards.

       Why won’t ODNR and Seneca meet with the public in Brookfield?  They were asked to do so in July, 2017.[7]  It’s now October. What are they afraid of?  What might they be trying to hide? To us, their behavior has the appearance of trying to unfairly evade or avoid public scrutiny. Why would they do this?

       Adding these three new wells to the first two injection wells that already have drilling permits is going to add an unacceptable volume of fracking waste (much of it coming from out-of-state) to be injected into the ground.  We believe this enormous volume of waste will increase the risk of man-made earthquakes even more than just the first two wells that may be injecting at the rate of around 300,000 barrels of fracking waste per month.[8]

       Science and common sense tell you that having five injection wells injecting with pressure at the same time in essentially the same place could pose very serious issues.  If each of the five wells injects the maximum of 10,000 barrels per day, it could be that each well could inject at the rate of 300,000 barrels per month.  Amazingly, for all five wells, this would be one million five hundred thousand barrels, which translates to 63 million gallons of fracking waste injected per month under pressure. This is totally unacceptable and unconscionable.
       ODNR must not allow this outrageous situation to happen. Isn’t this a recipe for potentially causing man-made earthquakes, especially in a locality that is so close to areas of known seismic activity?

       This injection rate may be highly problematic in light of an injection well study led by Matthew Weingarten, “The scientists found that disposal wells were 1.5 times more likely to be associated with earthquakes, although the region contains far more enhanced recovery wells. The link was strongest at higher injection rates, above about 300,000 barrels per month.”[9]
       There is that number again – 300,000 barrels.
       According to a front-page article in the Vindicator, quoting Vienna, Ohio Township Trustee Phil Pegg regarding the first two proposed Brookfield wells,
        "Pegg said one concern about the Highland applications is that both wells call for injection of an average of 5,000 barrels per day of wastewater and a maximum of 10,000 barrels per day. If both wells injected 10,000 barrels of wastewater per day, that would be considerably more than the D&L Energy well on Ohio Works Drive in Youngstown injected in the months leading to a 4.0-magnitude earthquake attributed to the well in 2011. Vindicator archives indicate the Northstar well was injecting about 2,000 barrels of waste per day just before the earthquake.”[10]

       In our opinion, injecting this amount of waste and at such high pressure is dangerous and must not be allowed, especially in an earthquake-prone region.   It cannot happen.  ODNR and Seneca should know this, and they should know better than to introduce this kind of unacceptable risk into this community and earthquake-prone region.

       According to the Dallas Morning News (9/25/17) referring to a new study by Southern Methodist University scientists including seismologist Heather DeShon who led the study:
 “… Until May 2015, earthquake magnitudes increased in step with injection volumes, according to the study. To DeShon, that means turning off individual wells is not likely to affect earthquake sizes or rates. ‘From a mitigation standpoint, you need to start thinking in terms of the cumulative history of injection in regions,’ she said.” [11]

       We already have other injection wells in our region, for example, in Vienna, North Lima, Youngstown, and the Warren area that have injected enormous amounts of waste.  What are the possible cumulative effects of having so much fluid waste injection in the region?[12]  What kinds of pressures may have built up already and could be migrating?

       Regulators cannot control or prevent earthquakes with one hundred percent certainty.  If they could, they would have done so by now. For example, the numerous, damaging man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma have not stopped, and lawsuits are being filed. Increased seismic regulations and seismic monitoring are not working and cannot work. Earthquakes are still happening. It is not known where all of the faults are that might cause a quake if activated by injection or fracking. In fact, it is usually an unknown fault that is associated with many of the man-made quakes.[13]

       We believe that it is Brookfield’s and the region’s health, safety, private property values and private property rights that will suffer and will be violated if ODNR permits this huge injection well operation in this residential area. There will be virtually no jobs or financial benefits for the community associated with this proposed injection well operation.  There are only potential costs for neighborhood families and local government.

        It is our local economies that will take a hit if a Vienna, Ohio-type spill or underground release of waste fluids happens in Brookfield or other localities.  What if there is a large induced earthquake or water and air contamination? Who will pay for any damage or clean-up if clean-up will even be possible?  Many people in Brookfield are concerned about their well water if the injection well operation is allowed to proceed.

       Road damage from heavy injection well truck traffic can be substantial and expensive to correct.  Road agreements are not required for injection wells, as they are for horizontal wells. According to The Athens Messenger, the county engineer’s department estimated that repairs to their road due to injection well truck traffic would cost $195,365.[14]   Who will pay for potential road damage in Brookfield?  Most likely, if there is no prior agreement worked out, the community and the taxpayers will be left with the bill or a potential, big, long drawn out, expensive lawsuit for the community to try to recover money for damages done.  Of course, if ODNR wisely chooses to deny and revoke the permits, this issue will be moot, and that would be a good thing for the community.

       At a Brookfield Township Trustee meeting on October 2, 2017, Trumbull County Emergency Management Agency Director Linda Beil addressed safety plans. According to a WKBN - TV news report,
“Since Brookfield is a township, their safety plan falls under the county EMA. But Linda Beil with Trumbull EMA says, right now, no official emergency plan is in place. ‘Normally that’s more of an ODNR,’ Beil said. ‘And then it also comes down to the health department getting involved with that — with the wells in the area.’  Beil says injection wells are a new concern for them. … “.[15]
       Injection wells are a new concern? This reported, apparent lack of preparedness in itself should be enough for ODNR to put this entire reckless and immoral injection well plan on hold - at least.

       We are not lawyers, but we believe this injection well operation is not a legitimate business activity or land use especially as it would be inappropriately located so near residential family homes, which makes it abnormally dangerous or ultra-hazardous. The site of the proposed operation is also close to multiple epicenters of man-made earthquakes in the region due to injection wells or fracking operations. The science of induced seismicity is quickly evolving, and increasingly shows that too many variables, such as where faults lie, are unknown.  Earthquakes in the magnitude 5.0 range are happening, or have happened, in or near Ohio or in other states such as Oklahoma, whose largest quake that scientists link to injection wells is a magnitude 5.7 (Prague, Oklahoma) and possibly a magnitude 5.8 (The Pawnee quake - Oklahoma).
       Therefore, it is irresponsible, reckless, and immoral for ODNR to proceed as though it is a safe operation without the state or company having to absolutely prove its alleged safety to health and the public. This needs to be done before any drilling or injection begins. We believe that waste injection is inherently unsafe.
        Furthermore, we don’t think other types of businesses would be allowed to operate in this area so close to family homes without fully disclosing potentially dangerous chemicals being used on their site.  So, why is the oil and gas industry getting a pass over all other businesses, especially in light of the fact that waste from oil and gas is treated differently, legally, than waste from other industries?[16]  This is unfair to other businesses in addition to being unfair to human beings.
       Additionally, first responders must be given full information about all of the chemicals used in the oil and gas industry.[17]  In the interest of protecting public health, safety, and welfare, ODNR must revoke the already issued drilling permits and deny the three new permit applications.

       As many concerned citizens have said regarding injection wells:  We are not going away.  Ohio is not a toxic fracking waste dumping ground.  We are not expendable.  No one is expendable. These are our family homes.  Our livelihoods have been invested in them.  We have private property rights, too.  ODNR must halt this permitting process now in order to protect the public health, safety, and well-being of Brookfield and the entire region.

       For more information or media inquiries, please see www.frackfreeamerica.org
                                Email:  frackfreeamerica@gmail.com     or call:  234-201-8007
       For more information about the proposed Brookfield injection wells and injection wells, man-made earthquakes, etc. please see:
       Our March 28th, 2017 comment to ODNR regarding the proposed Brookfield injection wells, that discusses induced seismicity and other risks, can be seen at:
http://www.buckeyeenvironmentalnetwork.org/news/2017/6/1/comment-to-odnr-re-brookfield-injection-wells-by-ben-chej-fanc
       Our open letter can be seen at:
http://www.buckeyeenvironmentalnetwork.org/news/2017/7/4/openjoint-letter-re-brookfield-injection-wells
       Please see a previous press release regarding injection wells and induced seismicity, etc. at:
http://frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/2016/07/prayer-service-rally-july-12-2016.html

       Please also see:
““Injection Wells:  The Poison Beneath Us:  Lax oversight, uncertain science plague program under which industries dump trillions of gallons of waste underground,” by Abrahm Lustgarten, June 21, 2012,  Propublica:
 http://www.propublica.org/article/injection-wells-the-poison-beneath-us

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Notes:


[1] “Brookfield Residents Worry about 3 More Injection Wells,” by Dan O’Brien, October 4, 2017, Youngstown Business Journal,     http://businessjournaldaily.com/brookfield-residents-worry-about-3-more-injection-wells/

[2] “Brookfield Residents Worry about 3 More Injection Wells,” by Dan O’Brien, October 4, 2017, Youngstown Business Journal,     http://businessjournaldaily.com/brookfield-residents-worry-about-3-more-injection-wells/

[3] “Earthquake Time Line,” Vindicator, March 16, 2012   http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/mar/16/earthquake-time-line/

[4] Letter to Brookfield Township Trustees from Robert Boulware of Highland Field Services dated August 22, 2017.

[5] “Officials seek injection well moratorium,” by Bob Coupland, Tribune Chronicle, October 3, 2017 http://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2017/10/officials-seek-injection-well-moratorium/

[6] Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine:  Sunshine Laws Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/FAQ/Sunshine-Laws-FAQs#FAQ336

[7] “Brookfield set to meet on emergency plan for township,” by Bob Coupland, Tribune Chronicle, September 14, 2017  http://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2017/09/brookfield-set-to-meet-on-emergency-plan-for-township/  

[8]  “Residents, officials express concerns regarding proposed Brookfield injection wells,” By Ed Runyan, February 19, 2017, Vindicator    http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/feb/19/plans-for-injection-wells-spur-concerns/

[9] “Huge study links wastewater injection wells to earthquakes,” by Julia Rosen, June 18, 2015, Science http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/06/huge-study-links-wastewater-injection-wells-earthquakes

[10] “Residents, officials express concerns regarding proposed Brookfield injection wells,” By Ed Runyan, February 19, 2017, Vindicator    http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/feb/19/plans-for-injection-wells-spur-concerns/

[11] “The fault that produced  North Texas’ largest quake could produce an even bigger one, study says,” by Anna Kuchment, Dallas Morning News, September 25, 2017         https://www.dallasnews.com/news/science-medicine/2017/09/25/fault-produced-north-texas-largest-quake-produce-even-bigger-one-study-says

[12] “Huge study links wastewater injection wells to earthquakes,” by Julia Rosen, June 18, 2015, Science  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/06/huge-study-links-wastewater-injection-wells-earthquakes

[13] Quakeland:  On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, by Kathryn Miles, Dutton: Penguin Publishing Group:  2017,  page 107 ;  “Earthquakes Can Happen in More Places Than You Think: We still don’t know where all the faults lie,” by Simon Worrall, August 26, 2017,  National Geographic.:   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/earthquake-fault-quakeland-kathryn-miles/

[14] “County asking injection well owner to pay for road damage,” by Steve Robb, July 16, 2015, The Athens Messenger      https://www.athensmessenger.com/news/county-asking-injection-well-owner-to-pay-for-road-damage/article_719bdfb7-c249-5b63-ab17-1106b3bf1016.html
And for information about Trumbull County Ohio Road Use Maintenance Agreements (RUMA), and road weight limits, etc., see “Officials look to RUMAs to control injection wells,” Tribune Chronicle, May 24, 2015 at  http://content.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2015/05/officials-look-to-rumas-to-control-injection-wells/

[15] “With 5 injection wells, Brookfield wants safety plan for residents. Township trustees said there are over 300 residents living where the wells are located,” by Molly Reed, October 2, 2017, updated October 3, 2017,  http://wkbn.com/2017/10/02/with-nearly-20-injection-well-sites-brookfield-wants-safety-plan/

[16]  Excerpt from:  “The Trillion-Gallon Loophole:  Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth:  As the boom in oil and gas drilling sends a surge of waste into underground injection wells, safeguards for disposing of these materials are sometimes being ignored or circumvented,” by Abrahm Lustgarten, September 20, 2012, Propublica,  Excerpt follows:
“Bentsen had won the industry a temporary reprieve in 1980 by persuading Congress to redefine any substance that resulted from drilling – or “producing” – an oil or gas well as “non-hazardous,” regardless of its chemical makeup, pending EPA study.  In 1988, the EPA made it permanent, handing oil and gas companies a landmark exemption.  From then on, benzene from the fertilizer industry was considered hazardous, threatening health and underground water supplies; benzene derived from wells for the oil and gas industry was not. “
https://www.propublica.org/article/trillion-gallon-loophole-lax-rules-for-drillers-that-inject-pollutants

[17] See Interested Party Testimony, May 23, 2017, Sil Caggiano, Deputy Chief Mahoning County Hazardous Materials Response Agency to the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Agency Review, Am. Sub. HB 49 ; and also May 23, 2017 Interested Party Testimony of John Slavik, Fire Chief, Mark Sommers, Assistant Chief, Tim Hall, Assistant Chief, Cumberland Trail Fire District to the same Subcommittee at the following url:  http://ohiosenate.gov/committee/finance-general-government-and-agency-review-subcommittee#

waste injection well next to home, Vienna , Ohio
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cake Served at Fracking Waste Earthquakes' 5th Anniversary December 29, 2016 - Ohio

Frackfree America National Coalition,               
based in Youngstown, Ohio    
News Release                                                                                                             
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Contact: Jane Spies, M.S.Ed.:  Phone: 330-619-0730 or 234-201-8007 or e-mail:
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“Remembering the Earthquakes”:  Supporters of Frackfree America National Coalition, based in Youngstown, Ohio, will attend a prayer service conducted by Reverend Monica Beasley-Martin to commemorate the upcoming fifth anniversary of the now-famous December 31, 2011 Youngstown, Ohio, 4.0 magnitude earthquake linked to a fracking waste injection well.

Concerned citizens will gather for the prayer on public property on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 1:00 PM outside of the Coitsville Township Building at 3737 McCartney Road, Lowellville, Ohio.

Youngstown, Ohio, December 28, 2016 – Supporters of  Frackfree America National Coalition, (FANC) based in Youngstown, Ohio, will attend a prayer service conducted by Reverend Monica Beasley-Martin, of Defenders of the Earth Outreach Mission, to commemorate the upcoming fifth anniversary of the now-famous December 31, 2011 Youngstown, Ohio, 4.0 magnitude earthquake linked to a fracking waste injection well.

       Concerned citizens will gather for the prayer on public property on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 1:00 PM outside of the Coitsville Township Building at 3737 McCartney Road, Lowellville, Ohio. 

       A focus of the event will be raising public awareness of the need to legally stop a proposed Coitsville, Ohio injection well, another Vienna injection well that is now operating, and an injection well in Weathersfield/Niles that may reopen if the state does not stand their ground in their excellent decision to protect the public interest by suspending the injection well.   Halting these wells, and others, must be done in the interest of protecting public health, safety, and the environment.

       The earthquake anniversary prayer comes at an especially appropriate moment in that, as mentioned above, Coitsville is facing the possible opening of an injection well.  Furthermore, in an order dated December 23, 2016, a Franklin County Judge opened up the possibility of the restarting of a Weathersfield / Niles injection well that ODNR has already linked to man-made earthquakes.  The state had wisely suspended operations at the injection well for over two years to protect the public health and safety of the community.

       According to a December 24, 2016 Vindicator article reporting the possible restarting of the Weathersfield injection well,
       “‘I’m a little shocked,’ said Gil Blair, an attorney and Weathersfield Township trustee, when informed of the decision by The Vindicator. ‘We just don’t need another earthquake. I’m troubled by the location in relation to the Meander Dam, downtown Niles, downtown Warren. I don’t think that’s the location to experiment with.’ “ [1]
       Frackfree America National Coalition (FANC) calls for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to deny the Coitsville injection well permit and for the state of Ohio to stand its ground in the Weathersfield/ Niles injection well court case to keep the injection well closed. This must be done in order to protect Weathersfield/ Niles, especially since a federally listed  high hazard dam is located about 2.73 miles from the injection well – much too close.

       FANC says our local community and surrounding areas have already experienced numerous fracking-related and injection well-related, man-made earthquakes.  The risk of causing a large or damaging earthquake, or even smaller tremors, by allowing injection into an “area of known seismic activity" is far too great and is unacceptable.  Therefore, to protect the public health and safety, the Weathersfield injection well must not reopen and the Coitsville proposed well must be stopped. 
       FANC believes it is not a legitimate business activity when such operations endanger and put the community and public health and safety at such high, unacceptable risk of potentially large and damaging earthquakes. This is especially true considering that in the 1980s, geologist Ann Harris referred to northeastern Ohio as the “Eastern Disturbed Zone” due to all of the faults.[2] 

        It must be stressed that another major concern is that there is also a federally listed “high hazard dam” only 2.73 miles away from the Weathersfield injection well. FANC believes it would be immoral, negligent, and reckless to allow this injection well to operate in light of the state’s science-based, legal argument to suspend operations there in the interest of protecting public health and safety.

       To read a FMV press release from August 11, 2016 that addresses issues with the Weathersfield / Niles, Ohio injection well in relation to the Meander Dam please see:

       To read a FMV press release from July 11, 2016 addressing the proposed injection well in Coitsville, Ohio see:

       Also please see:

“ODNR: No comment on injection well ruling; company filed other legal action,” Vindicator, by Ed Runyan, December 28, 2016       http://www.vindy.com/news/2016/dec/28/odnr-wont-comment-on-reopening-of-well/

       All media are invited.

       For media inquiries or more information, please contact Frackfree America National Coalition at: 

                                                                        
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[1]  “Franklin County judge rules in favor of reopening Weathersfield injection well,” Vindicator, by Ed Runyan,  December 24, 2016          http://www.vindy.com/news/2016/dec/24/weathersfield-twp-injection-well-gets-ju/
[2] Mike Costarella, “Who’s At Fault?” Vindy.com, March 13, 2012,   http://www.vindy.com/weblogs/shale-sheet-fracking/2012/mar/13/whos-fault/

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Weathersfield fracking waste wells 2.8 miles from Meander Creek Reservoir dam - click to enlarge image
 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Spring 2017 Lecture Series on Energy & The Environment - Youngstown State University

All talks are on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Cushwa Hall, Room B112, 210 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. Join us for discussion over bite to eat & drink across the street at IC afterwards :-)
*MAP
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* = live in person ^ = live via Skype
ENTIRE SERIES:
http://www.ysu.edu/news/lecture-series-energy-and-environment-resumes 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fracking Waste Well To Open - It Should Not! - Coitsville, Ohio

Very IMP Meeting Dec 7 at 7-9pm Coitsville fracking waste well topic at Township Building, 3737 McCartney Road, Lowellville, Ohio 44436
Coitsville Township Fracking Waste Injection Well Meeting

Fracking Waste Well To Open - It Should Not!


Wednesday, December 7 at 7 PM - 9 PM
ODNR will discuss opening the fracking waste injection well on McCartney Road (Route 422) at Coitsville Trustee meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7PM, Coitsville Township, Mahoning County, Ohio Building, 3737 McCartney Road, Lowellville, OH 44436.
[ODNR = Ohio Department of Natural Resources ]
- IMAGES and DOCUMENTS:
*ALSO SEE* extensive documentation:
"Prayer Service & Rally July 12, 2016 Coitsville, Ohio: Fracking Waste Wells?! What Is Going On?!"
at
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"Three Fracking Waste Injection Wells in Mahoning Valley, Ohio: Shut Them Down Immediately! (August 12, 2016)"
at
Neighbors of the Collins Injection Waste Disposal Well


Mystery Brown "Gusher"/Spill? June 24, 2016, Coitsville Township, Collins Injection Disposal Well

Fracking Waste Disposal Operation Next to Family in  Vienna, Ohio - ongoing

Monday, November 7, 2016

Youngstown Voters Urged to YES Vote on Fracking Ban (Charter Amendment #6)

We urge voters in #Youngstown city limits to VOTE YES! on Charter Amendment #6 on Nov 8, 2016, to ban #fracking in City.
Stop the #earthquakes VOTE YES! on #6

VOTE YES! on #6 because
300 Doctors unanimously approved #Pennsylvania Medical Society resolution supporting moratorium on #fracking
https://www.pamedsoc.org/PAMED_Downloads/HODAEC/16-206.pdf (Oct. 23, 2016)

VIDEO: Dario Hunter​ endorses community bill of rights(Charter amendment #6): https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMahoningValley/videos/1192337897479811/
OR https://youtu.be/EF9PHlOjBzg

Ohio polls open 6:30 AM–7:30 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 7:30 PM. Bring a copy of accepted ID

FIND YOUR Mahoning County voting location:
http://www.voterfind.com/mahoningoh/pollfinder.aspx#

Here is Youngstown City ballot - 5 pages:
http://www.voterfind.com/mahoningoh/data/20161108G/0001%20%201X.pdf?636140620214450000

READ Community Bill of Rights (Charter Amendment #6) here:
 http://www.protectyoungstown.org/ 

AND http://frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/





Friday, August 12, 2016

Three Fracking Waste Injection Wells in Mahoning Valley, Ohio: Shut Them Down Immediately! (August 12, 2016)

Frackfree Mahoning Valley                                             News Release
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For Immediate Release:  August 11, 2016
Contact: Jane Spies:  Phone: 330-619-0730 or 234-201-0402 or email: frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
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Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) is calling for Ohio Governor John Kasich and ODNR Chief Simmers to immediately halt three fracking waste injection well sites near family homes, a “high hazard” dam, an airport, businesses, or schools.  FMV says the injection wells are too close to areas of known seismic activity where man-made earthquakes have already occurred.

FMV will hold a press conference on Friday, August 12, 2016, at 1:15 PM Eastern time, in Youngstown, Ohio, on the public sidewalk in front of Youngstown, Ohio City Hall at Boardman and Phelps Streets.

Geology Professor, Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, will speak about man-made earthquakes (induced seismicity) and fracking waste injection wells and answer any media questions.
All media are invited to attend.

This injection well site is way too near a family home and an airport in Vienna, Ohio. This site is too close to areas of known, man-made injection well–related and fracking earthquakes in the region. Frackfree Mahoning Valley is calling for Ohio Governor John Kasich and ODNR Chief Simmers to protect the public health and safety of the Vienna and surrounding communities by immediately halting plans to allow what FMV believes to be ultrahazardous, heavy industrial injection well operations in this community that already has experienced an injection well-related spill in 2015.[1] FMV says permitting injection at this site will increase the risk of induced seismicity. Earthquakes cannot be regulated, says FMV.
Youngstown, Ohio, August 11, 2016  Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) is calling for Ohio Governor John Kasich and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Chief Simmers to immediately halt three local injection well sites in order to protect public health, safety, and well-being and to decrease the risk of more man-made earthquakes and risks to drinking water that can result from injection well operations. 

        FMV will hold a press conference on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 1:15 PM in front of Youngstown, Ohio City Hall on the public sidewalk at Boardman and Phelps streets. Geologist Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D., Professor of Geology at Youngstown State University, will speak about updated information regarding injection wells, fracking, and man-made earthquakes (induced seismicity).  He will address any media questions.  All media are invited to attend.

       Based upon scientific studies and past experience with the Youngstown magnitude 4.0 earthquake episode and other nearby induced seismicity,  FMV believes that potentially damaging man-made earthquakes could occur if fluid waste injection proceeds at the three injection well sites since we are in an area of known seismic activity.

       Although Frackfree Mahoning Valley wants all waste injection to stop,  the group’s current focus is on the following  three northeastern Ohio injection well sites where injection could occur if permitted by ODNR Chief Simmers:   Vienna, Ohio; Weathersfield/ Niles, Ohio; and Coitsville, Ohio.

       Especially concerning is the Weathersfield/Niles AWMS injection well site, as American Water Management Services (AWMS) has apparently appealed ODNR’s closing of the deeper well due to ODNR’s concerns about public health and safety of the local community.  
       ODNR had stopped operations at the deeper of two wells there due to earthquakes that scientists linked to the deeper injection well.[2] This was the correct and moral decision by ODNR.[3]  FMV is urging ODNR to stand their ground in court by upholding their correct and just decision and keep the AWMS well closed down to protect the public health and safety of the community and region.  
        A shallower AWMS well is still permitted to operate, but is not operational at this time as far as FMV knows. FMV urges ODNR to close both wells due to an unacceptable level of seismic risk.
       There is a federally listed “high hazard” dam a few miles away (about 2.73 miles) from the AWMS injection well site that already has been linked to man-made earthquakes (induced seismicity). FMV says the injection well operation should remain closed, partly because more potential induced earthquakes could be an unacceptable risk to the dam.
       According to the Vindicator regarding Meander Dam, "The federal government lists the dam as ‘high hazard’ – not because of any flaws in the structure that undergoes daily safety inspections.  It is so listed because of the likely massive loss of human life that could occur should it ever face a catastrophic collapse. “[4]  
       FMV recently discovered an article linking to a study by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that recommended, in relation to the Joe Pool Dam, in Texas, that injection be prevented within five miles of the dam.  According to the “Memorandum for Record,” attached to the study contracted by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, “… As a result, USACE has adopted a 4,000 – foot exclusion zone at Joe Pool Dam within which no drilling will be allowed, regardless of depth.  Additionally, in order to protect the project from induced seismicity, USACE will work to limit injection wells within five miles of the Joe Pool project.  These recommendations are more conservative than the subject study recommends; however, they are considered necessary to ensure that public safety is not reduced as a result of minerals related activities at Joe Pool.” [5]
       FMV intends to attend a public informational meeting in Lowellville, Ohio next week to present their concerns in person to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ Pittsburgh District.

       In Vienna the well is very near a family home and way too close to the airport.   ODNR’s suggestion that they will take action if seismic activity is detected by monitors is not good enough to protect the community.  Any potential quakes must be prevented in the first place. Once the fault is destabilized, the harm cannot be undone.   Does the current operation have lightning protection?  Even if it does, it still must be stopped due to being located close to an area of known seismic activity.

       The Coitsville injection well is being plugged back presumably to be put into operation in the future.  It is also too close to the Khalil injection well for which ODNR set a precedent by denying a permit to inject since it is too close to areas of known seismic activity, including the site of the New Year’s Eve 2011 magnitude 4.0 quake.  A Frackfree Mahoning Valley July 11, 2016 news release contains many links to background information on the Coitsville and local injection well situations and can be found here:  http://frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/2016/07/prayer-service-rally-july-12-2016.html

       FMV respectfully urges Governor Kasich and ODNR Chief Simmers to please review the latter link and this press release. The only effective solution to protect the public interest is to stop the injection operations at Vienna, Coitsville, and Weathersfield/Niles. 
        FMV urges ODNR to:  deny the injection permit for the Vienna well owned by the Oklahoma company, or revoke it if it is already issued; revoke the Coitsville injection well permit;  and we hope ODNR stands their ground and continues to do the right thing by refusing the permit to inject at the Weathersfield/Niles AWMS site.  It is the right thing to do.

       There is no good solution to the problem of the constant creation of millions of gallons of waste fluid.  Where will it all go? Ohio, or any area, cannot be used as a dumping ground for fracking waste or any kind of waste. We are not a sacrifice zone.   The public health, safety, and well-being must be protected.
       Thank you to Teresa Mills of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) for her research and concepts used in this release.

       For more information, please see:
Frackfree Mahoning Valley:     http://frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/
       For media inquiries or more information, please contact Frackfree Mahoning Valley at: 
234-201-0402   or  e-mail:  frackfreemahoning@gmail.com

Notes:

[1] Photographs of the 2015 Vienna, Ohio spill and links to news reports and information can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMahoningValley/photos/?tab=album&album_id=870184209695183
[2] Ed Runyan, “Study says Weathersfield earthquake and injection well are linked,” The Vindicator, February 17, 2015,  http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/feb/17/new-study-links-well-near-niles-to-quake/ ; Also see:  Aaron Marshall, “Youngstown earthquakes raise issues on oilfield wastes from shale exploration,”  The Plain Dealer, updated January 16, 2012,     http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2012/01/earthquake_raises_issues_on_oi.html
[3] 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:
[4] “Meander Dam safety must trump windfalls for cities,” The Vindicator, Vindy.com, April 13, 2016: http://www.vindy.com/news/2016/apr/13/meander-dam-safety-must-trump-windfalls-/
[5] Christian McPhate, “Corps of Engineers Wants Gas Drillers to Move Farther Away from Joe Pool Dam,” March 17, 2016, Dallas Observer:   http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/corps-of-engineers-wants-gas-drillers-to-move-farther-away-from-joe-pool-dam-8129785
The quoted passage is from  the study referenced in the latter article, page one,” Memorandum for Record,” stamped 17 Feb 2016 by Calvin C. Hudson II, Colonel, EN Commanding : http://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Portals/47/docs/pao/JoePoolDrillingStudy_14Mar16_PublicRelease_Secured.pdf
 
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