Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Youngstown Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: A National Day of Action

You are invited to join us at one or more of these toxic hotspots Tuesday November 17 - it is part of a National Day of Action “Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes" going on across the country.
#1) 12:30 PM to approximately 1:10 PM - AWMS Niles/Weathersfield injection well on N. Main Street, Niles, Ohio 44446

#2) 1:30 PM to 1:45 PM - New injection well being drilled on Hwy 193 near the Airport in Vienna, Ohio 44473

#3) 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM – KDA injection well – Sodom Hutchings Road, Vienna, Ohio 44473

#4) 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM –Iron Eagle Enterprises, Inc. 4991 Belmont Ave. Liberty, Ohio 44505 (at Amhurst Rd.).

#5) 5:00 PM –  “Five minutes with the Mayor, “ John McNally, Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/525528884287129/

This is one of the many "actions" for National Day of Action “Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes”.

READ MORE ABOUT Day of Action: https://www.facebook.com/events/447851912082910/
On November 17, communities across America will hold various events and actions to shine a light on the problems associated with toxic #fracking waste and its disposal. Events are scheduled in at least 15 Ohio counties. To attend an event in your area, contact Frackfree America National Coalition at (234) 201-8007 or frackfreeamerica@gmail.com

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Save Our Water VOTE YES! FOR Youngstown Community Bill of Rights

Prevent Toxic Fracking Waste Earthquakes NOW  

 Prevent The Poison NOW 

Save Our Water - Save Our City 

VOTE YES! Nov. 3
on the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights,
the city charter amendment to ban fracking

VOLUNTEER at the polls, call Frackfree Mahoning Valley:
234-201-0402 or E-mail: frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Buckeye Forest Council Release Joint Statement on StatesFirst Earthquake Primer

Frackfree Mahoning Valley                                News Release
Buckeye Forest Council
For Immediate Release:  September 29, 2015
Contact: Jane Spies:  phone: 330-619-0730   or   234-201-0402
Teresa Mills: phone: 614-487-9290
Or e-mail: Teresa@buckeyeforestcouncil.org
Susie Beiersdorfer:  phone: 330-881-1050 or 234-201-0402
Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Buckeye Forest Council Release Joint Statement on StatesFirst Earthquake Primer
Youngstown, Ohio, September 29, 2015 –   Frackfree Mahoning Valley (based in Youngstown, Ohio) and Buckeye Forest Council released the following statement regarding the induced seismicity primer by StatesFirst released on September 28, 2015:
       “The idea that human beings can control earthquakes is absurd and an example of hubris. No one can guarantee that earthquakes can be kept small or non-damaging.  It is not known where all of the faults are that may become lubricated by disposal or injection well fluids, thereby possibly inducing a quake.  The quake problem is often associated with unknown faults, many of which cannot be adequately mapped since the cost to do so would be prohibitive.  Continuing on the path the oil and gas industry is on along with some of their allies is gambling with the public health, safety, and welfare. That is unacceptable,” said Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council. 
       "There will be continued public outcry about the recklessness of allowing massive amounts of fracking waste to be injected under the places where we live - our homes and our communities.  This is too great a risk to public health, safety and welfare.  Human beings cannot control earthquakes with 100% certainty.  The risk of causing larger, damaging, even life-threatening earthquakes is too high a price to pay. As evidenced by numerous news reports, efforts to prevent man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas apparently are not working. Earthquakes are continuing. We refuse to be unwilling human subjects in what essentially is an earthquake prevention experiment,” said Susie Beiersdorfer, a geologist and a member of Frackfree Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, Ohio.
       Agency officials are toying with earthquakes.  We find it disturbing that no impacted community groups are listed as participants in the production of this report, yet numerous oil and gas companies were involved in developing this primer. 

       We must keep in mind that the largest injection well quake associated with induced seismicity was a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Prague, Oklahoma in 2011. There is now a lawsuit taking place in Oklahoma by a woman who says she was injured when rock fell from her chimney onto her legs, as a result of an induced seismic earthquake. There is no guarantee that quakes will not get even bigger.

       Attempts to stop the earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas, for example, are apparently not working to protect public health and safety.  In fact, Oklahoma, which has now surpassed California for earthquakes, just had two quakes on September 24, 2015 that police reported caused power outages.
       If earthquakes are continuing in places where officials are trying to stop or “mitigate” them, why should the public have confidence that they can be protected from man-made earthquakes anywhere?
       In the Youngstown, Ohio area, there are now three man-made earthquake sites related to injection wells or hydraulic fracturing operations instead of just the original site associated with the now-famous 4.0 magnitude New Year’s Eve quake on December 31, 2011.  The number of earthquake sites grew despite new state regulations, and a 7-mile moratorium, in an effort to control the quakes.  How many more earthquake sites might there be in Youngstown and the surrounding area if the state continues on the same misguided path it is currently following?
       In addition, transparency needs to be improved on the part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The Poland, Ohio earthquakes, were actually a series of 77 quakes, not just five larger quakes, as officials often repeat.

       The truth is that the constant creation of millions of gallons of fracking waste fluid must stop. There is no good solution to where it will all go. How many man-made earthquakes with potential contamination of drinking water and other problems might be caused by misguided, inadequate attempts to handle massive amounts of waste fluids?  This is too risky for public health and safety.

       Officials need to stop pretending that they can control earthquakes. They must protect the public health, safety, and welfare. They need to listen to the suffering and the voices of the many people who have earthquake damage in their homes that they themselves must try to pay for even though industry, who may have caused the quakes, should be held accountable legally, financially, and morally for any damage done. 
       Further concerns are:  What effect will quakes, even repeated smaller tremors, have on the integrity of the fracking or injection wells themselves?  How might this threaten drinking water supplies for families and communities?  How might this impact our aging infrastructure?

       “They do not emphasize a major risk factor in their equation, that being citizens and public health and safety.  We do not accept the thinking that it is an acceptable risk to cause earthquakes for the benefit of a few jobs tied to fracking,” said Teresa Mills.
       For media inquiries or for more information, e-mail:

       For more information, would you please see the following WFAA news video and article:

"The Fault Line: Ohio quakes offer lessons for Texas”
“Two Earthquakes Cause Power Outages In Payne County,” September 24, 2015, by News9.com
Buckeye Forest Council:   http://buckeyeforestcouncil.org/
Frackfree Mahoning Valley:   www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com  

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Waste Spill or Fracking Dumping? Vienna, Ohio March 30, 2015 - Ongoing Search For Answers

** UPDATE ** Townhall to share new revelations on Vienna situations, Pulaski, more, w/ community Q&A and discussion Thursday August 27 from 7-9pm, at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio 44505 (Elm & Illinois):
Community Discussion: Injection Wells, Fracking Waste, Man-made Earthquakes, and Other Fracking-Related Infrastructure: What Can People do to Protect Their Neighborhoods, Drinking Water, Air,  and Their Family’s and the Public’s Health, Safety, and Well-being? 
Contamination of drinking water, air, unknown - extent of below ground contamination & waterways unknown. Fish, turtles and other wildlife killed by oil & gas waste in pond at 884 Sodom Hutchings Road NE, Vienna, Ohio - due to  spill/dumping? that occurred sometime before March 25, 2015. Investigation ongoing, source undetermined, flow of waste is from injection well operations property (fracking products and other oil and gas industry wastes are injected and stored in disposal wells and storage tanks here).

COMPILING links and article UPDATES here (in the lengthening caption of this album): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.870184209695183.1073741858.638488332864773

Contacts: http://www.viennatownship.com/2.html


Vienna Township trustees Emergency meeting April 6, 2015:



SEE 1) http://wytv.com/2015/04/05/public-meeting-set-in-vienna-to-discuss-chemical-spill/
2) http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/631992/Spill-upsets-residents.html?nav=5021
3) http://www.wfmj.com/story/28734788/ohio-epa-addresses-concerns-over-vienna-oil-spill
4) http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/apr/07/residents-near-spill-await-lab-test/





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Story from WKBN 27 Youngstown OH after the clean-up began:



via The Vindicator: http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/apr/03/work-continues-cleanup-vienna-township-spill/

via 21 WFMJ - Youngstown, OH April 3, 7:25pm : http://www.wfmj.com/story/28716787/wildlife-found-dead-at-wetland-oil-spill-in-vienna

Greenpeace Ohio http://greenpeaceblogs.org/2015/04/04/oil-spills-hit-home/

Local blog: https://elecpencil.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/an-accident-that-was-waiting-to-happen/


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KDA (Kleese Development Associate) operates disposal (injection) wells near this spill. http://www.kdadisposal.com/services/
There are several parts to their company holdings including Diamond Oil Services LLC & Diamond Oilfield Technologies ( http://www.linkedin.com/pub/m-j-kleese/66/623/226 ), etc.

Jan 2015 article from  The Vindicator: http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jan/12/vienna-newton-townships-emerge-as-primar/

Via @Ecowatch: http://ecowatch.com/2012/05/20/concerned-residents-hold-church-service-at-new-fracking-wastewater-injection-well-site/

SEE http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487796264660496.1073741839.263861137054011

YOUTUBE May 19, 2012, Sermon at the Injection Well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6h9pG6U7EM

via #OccupyYoungstown: http://www.facebook.com/occupyyoungstown/photos/a.397472670294770.83136.253363078039064/421625334546170/

YOUTUBE July 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFSN3G4185g
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Lois Gibbs (of Love Canal renown) Speaks on Fracking & Injection Well Concerns March 13 at Youngstown, Ohio, Townhall

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Frackfree Mahoning Valley                         News Release
For Immediate Release:  March 5, 2015
Contact:  phone:  234-201-0402

Nationally renowned leader who led the Love Canal, New York community out of harm’s way, author, and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Lois Gibbs, is coming to Youngstown, Ohio to share her story and address citizens’ concerns about man-made earthquakes, fracking waste injection wells, and drinking water:
A Townhall-style meeting featuring Lois Gibbs will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015, at 7 PM to 9 PM, at the The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, located at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio. (Elm & Illinois.) 

Youngstown, Ohio, March 5, 2015 –  Nationally renowned leader, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, environmental justice advocate, author, and speaker, Lois Gibbs, is coming to Youngstown, Ohio.  Lois Gibbs will be the keynote speaker at a Frackfree Mahoning Valley townhall-style meeting where citizen concerns related to man-made earthquakes, fracking waste injection wells, and drinking water will be the topic of lively discussion.
    Lois Gibbs is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ), a national nonprofit who “mentors a movement, empowering people to build healthy communities, and preventing harm to human health caused by exposure to environmental threats.”  www.chej.org
(Quote is from the CHEJ mission statement:  http://chej.org/about/mission/      

       Teresa Mills, longtime environmental justice advocate and colleague of Lois Gibbs, will also be in attendance at the townhall.  Teresa Mills is the Ohio organizer for the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice and consultant for the Buckeye Forest Council.

      Lois Gibbs led a heroic, historic, and successful effort to protect her family and community from toxic waste pollution at Love Canal, near Niagara Falls, New York, in 1978 to 1980. Lois Gibbs is an author, winner of the 1990 Goldman Environmental Prize, environmental justice advocate, and the subject of a movie about her life titled, “Lois Gibbs: The Love Canal Story.“  She has done local and national media interviews or appearances including with Oprah Winfrey and The Today Show. She has been called “The Mother of Superfund,” a federal program to clean up toxic waste.

      In the years 1978 to the early 1980s, Lois Gibbs’ efforts as leader of the Love Canal community, led to the evacuation of residents who did not know that their neighborhood and elementary school had been built upon or near a toxic industrial chemical waste dump.  Under Gibbs’ leadership, the Love Canal crisis got the attention of President Jimmy Carter and other national and local officials.  Through great effort, Gibbs was able to obtain evacuations for 833 Love Canal families affected by leaking toxic chemicals in their neighborhood. 
      The story of Love Canal is an icon for what can happen when extensive industrial pollution and neglect invade a residential community, unbeknownst to the people. It also shows what can happen when public officials fail to protect the public health, safety, and public interest.

      The March 13, 2015 townhall program is titled, “A Dialogue with Lois Gibbs: Fracking Waste, Drinking Water, and Man-made Earthquakes: Where will the waste go and what can communities do about it?” 

       The public townhall-style meeting will take place on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7 PM to 9 PM at The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, located at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio. (Elm & Illinois.)  It is free and open to the public.

       All media and the public are invited to attend this very important meeting.

       At the townhall, citizens can share their ideas for solutions on how communities can protect themselves, their water supplies, and their rights, especially in relation to induced seismic activity, the increasing number of injection wells and millions of gallons and tons of fracking waste being brought into Ohio.

     “We are extremely pleased that Lois Gibbs and Teresa Mills are coming to Youngstown to share their knowledge and experience in environmental justice issues. This is a significant event for Youngstown and surrounding communities, especially since Weathersfield, Niles, Brookfield, Vienna, and other areas in Ohio are facing injection well issues.   We hope citizens take advantage of this unique opportunity to voice their concerns and to get information. Learning the history of Love Canal from Lois Gibbs herself will help us stop repeating the mistakes of the past and enable us to find positive solutions for current local issues,” said Susie Beiersdorfer of Frackfree Mahoning Valley.

Lois Gibbs biographical information at “About Lois”:   http://chej.org/about/our-story/about-lois/

Website for Center for Health, Environment and Justice:   www.chej.org

“From homemaker to hell-raiser in Love Canal,” by Ronnie Greene, The Center for Public Integrity, April 16, 2013, updated May 19, 2014,  article at:

       See a March 2, 2015 Frackfree Mahoning Valley news release about ODNR’s denial of an injection permit for a Mahoning County injection well:

“Study says Weathersfield earthquake and injection well are linked   Expert: Seismic events dwindled after ODNR ordered shutdown,” by Ed Runyan, Vindicator, February 17, 2015:

       For media inquiries or for more information, e-mail:
Also see:

Frackfree America National Coalition
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Lois Gibbs: The Love Canal Story.
Young residents in Love Canal joined the protest. (Center for Health and Environmental Justice)

Lois Gibbs: The Love Canal Story.
In 1978 when EPA officials visited the community,
Lois Gibbs led the activists that refused to
let the officials leave until the federal government
promised to relocate the families.
Lois Gibbs: The Love Canal Story.
Lois Gibbs and daughter Melissa, 1979

Lois Gibbs researching toxic contamination - as housewife and concerned mother
Lois Gibbs, 1978, trying to obtain information about why her two small children are so sick. Didn't know about Love Canal.
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