Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cows The New Canaries? March To Promised Land Youngstown, OH, With Doug Shields & Rally December 28, 2012

Are cows the new canaries? Frackfree America National Coalition invites all to join national conversation at March to the Promised Land ~ and tell them what your version of the Promised Land is to you at this Important event ! Friday, Dec. 28.
The public is invited to please come to Youngstown, Ohio, on Friday, December 28, 2012, for an exciting rally and march to help raise public awareness of fracking and related processes. This is a great opportunity for all of us to tell more people about what is really going on as it relates to fracking.
Event details follow:

March To The Promised Land Rally - a Promised Land-movie-related rally!*

Dec 28, Friday, 12:30pm - 2pm

The event will assemble** near the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown (UUYO), 1105 Elm St. (Elm & Illinois), Youngstown, Ohio 44505, and other locations to be determined. Great speakers and Promised Land movie extras are scheduled to appear! The rally keynote speaker will be Douglas Shields, who is featured in Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox's film "The Sky is Pink" and is a former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania City Council President, who in 2010 sponsored and secured the first ban of shale gas extraction drilling in the city of Pittsburgh.

Matt Damon's and John Krasinski's new movie "Promised Land" will be opening soon on December 28 (select locations) and January 4 nationwide. The film posters have the conversation-starting tagline, "What's your price?..."

Frackfree America encourages everyone to see the movie, Promised Land, when it comes to a theater in your area. More exciting details will follow. Please keep checking back to the links below. (And / or subscribe to the free Frackfree America National Coalition listserv http://eepurl.com/oHOKr for more updates and other fracking-related information).
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*Just to clarify: movie, Promised Land, will NOT be shown at this "March to the Promised Land Rally." This rally/march, facilitated by Frackfree America National Coalition, is meant to encourage conversation, public awareness of fracking & related issues, & to encourage your attendance at the movie when it comes out in your local area.

**NOTE - transport and seats available for those that need to ride to, and to be seated at the rally :)

Here it is on FB: http://www.facebook.com/events/419501181455439/ Please FB SHARE / INVITE Guests as able ~ thank you!

Here's the Rally page on our website (FANCy): http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/promised-land.html

It is also at Marcellus Protest calendar: http://marcellusprotest.org/node/2602

ALSO , PL Extras FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Promised-Land-Extras-2012/332913823423104



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For Immediate Release: December 26, 2012

Contact: Phone: 234- 201-8007 or E-mail:

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Matt Damon’s and John Krasinski’s “Promised Land” Movie Inspires Fracking Opponents’ Rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Site of 4.0 Magnitude Fracking Waste Injection Well-Related 2011 Earthquake

Youngstown, Ohio-12/26/12 - In the “Promised Land” movie trailer, Matt Damon’s character, landman Steve Butler, tells his gas industry employer news that could adversely affect the company’s prospects for getting gas drilling leases signed in a small rural community:

“The town is going to put it to a vote in three weeks.”

Nationwide, similar scenarios are playing out in real life where towns and cities assert their right to local control in determining how they want their communities to be. For many, that means preventing drilling rigs, fracking waste injection wells, or other gas and oil infrastructure from being placed near homes, children’s schools, under cemeteries, parks, or national forests – or anywhere.

Indeed, in Youngstown, Ohio, a Community Bill of Rights initiative is now in the works. Concerned citizens have long insisted that fracking and related processes are a major threat to public health and safety.

To emphasize that point, on December 28, 2012, at 12:30 PM-2 PM, Eastern, Frackfree America National Coalition (www.frackfreeamerica.org ) is sponsoring “March to the Promised Land Rally” in Youngstown, Ohio, beginning outside First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St. (Elm & Illinois.) (Movie will NOT be shown at rally).

The rally keynote speaker is Douglas Shields, featured in “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox's film "The Sky is Pink" and former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania City Council President, who in 2010 sponsored and secured the first ban of shale gas extraction drilling in the city of Pittsburgh. Speaking of that ban, Shields told WKBN-27 News (9/12/12):

“‘If you're going to give us over to this industry to our detriment, you better start answering questions about your due diligence. What is the issue with our health? What happens when it goes bad? What are these impacts that we're risking?’ … ‘We brought science, law, industry before the city council and at the end of the day council's assessment was this is not safe.’ “

“Promised Land” movie extras will appear at the rally. Frackfree America encourages similar rallies nationwide.

See: “Marcellus Shale Reality Tour Part 10 - Bad Vibes” by Scott Cannon, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myzGaZfeyYI

Rally info: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/promised-land.html#Cows

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Twist To Mahoning Valley Fracking Conversation: Landowner, Cop, Veteran & Forced Pooling: Dec. 6 Youngstown Townhall To Be Held

Frackfree Mahoning Valley      News Release   

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For Immediate Release:  December 4, 2012

Contact: Susie Beiersdorfer: Phone: 234-201-0402   or E-mail: frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
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A NEW TWIST TO THE MAHONING VALLEY FRACKING CONVERSATION:  MILITARY VETERAN, LANDOWNER, RETIRED POLICE OFFICER, ED HASHBARGER, PRESENTS HIS PERSPECTIVE ON TOXIC FRACKING WASTE INJECTION WELLS, FORCED POOLING, SEISMIC TESTING AND MORE AT THE SECOND MONTHLY FRACKFREE MAHONING VALLEY PUBLIC TOWNHALL – STYLE MEETING ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012, AT THE ELM STREET YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, UNITARIAN CHURCH

Youngstown, Ohio, 12/04/12 –    Before Ed Hashbarger knew what he knows now about fracking and related processes, he was likely to think: “Drill baby drill.”  That is not what he says today – not even close.

Hashbarger says he is now actively opposing fracking until the technology catches up, via scientific studies, to ensure that it can be done safely.  He says not enough science has been done, yet.

So exactly what caused this landowner, Marine military veteran, and retired police officer to change his mind and become so actively against fracking, with the technology as it stands today?

Hashbarger describes his attending an oil and gas industry informational meeting:

 “This all started for me …  when I attended an oil and gas meeting just to gather some knowledge, being a farmer and a conservative … I asked a question: What happens to landowners who are just not interested in leasing, and they told me,  ‘We’ll take it from you anyways.’ …”

This idea, sometimes referred to as forced or mandatory pooling, went against Ed’s deeply held values, which resulted in his current efforts to raise public awareness of fracking-related issues and problems.

All concerned citizens and media are encouraged to attend to hear Ed Hashbarger tell his very compelling story and provide much needed fracking-related information, including about forced pooling, on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Channing Hall, 1105 Elm St. (Elm and Illinois, across from Wick Park). EVENT on FB: http://www.facebook.com/events/444842725551072/

An interesting side note is that Ed was filmed as an extra, portraying a police officer, for the upcoming Matt Damon and John Krasinski movie Promised Land.

The December 6th meeting will be the second in a series of monthly, townhall – style meetings held by concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley (www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com  ) and Frackfree America National Coalition (www.frackfreeamerica.org ).

“The fracking issue goes beyond politics. We want to be inclusive because we are all in this together. We share common ground, which is our concern for the public health, safety and well-being of our families and our local communities and our freedom as citizens to control how we want our communities to be,” said Susie Beiersdorfer of Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Frackfree America National Coalition.

In addition to Ed’s presentation, there will be a showing of some brief films related to oil and gas drilling and updates on the latest news about fracking and related processes. A question and answer period with time for audience discussion will follow.

Topics and questions to be explored include, but are not limited to:
--The latest news on the future of Mill Creek Park and other area parks, as it relates to fracking, and the Youngstown, Ohio, Community Bill of Rights petition, which seeks to allow the citizens to vote to protect their public health and safety.

--What is mandatory or forced pooling and what does it mean to citizens as members of the community?

--What is the latest information on seismic testing in Trumbull, Mahoning, and parts of Portage counties, Ohio?
See: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/#seismic-testing-ohio

--What are the implications of a possible Youngstown City Council vote on banning toxic waste injection wells in the city?  See: “Youngstown to vote on injection well ban,” “December 1, 2012 By Joe Gorman” http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/579851/Youngstown-to-vote-on-injection-well-ban.html?nav=5021
For media inquiries or more information, e-mail:

frackfreemahoning@gmail.com or call:

234-201-0402

www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com

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www.frackfreeamerica.org
e-mail: frackfreeamerica@gmail.com call: 234-201-8007

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fracking Is Not Your Dirty Little Secret: Protecting God's Creation (Reserve lunch now for Nov. 17, 2012!)

Faith Communities Together (FaCT) 
News Release


For Immediate Release: November 13, 2012
Contact: Ron Prosek Phone: 440-974-2035  rprosek@earthlink.net

FAITH COMMUNITIES TOGETHER (FaCT) FOR FRAC AWARENESS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC CELEBRATION ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2012 FROM 11AM-2PM AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF YOUNGSTOWN TO GATHER, REFLECT, INSPIRE AND CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT GOD’S CREATION

Youngstown, Ohio, 11/13/12 – Faith Communities Together for Frac Awareness will hold a public celebration on Saturday November 17, 2012 from 11AM-2PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm Street, Youngstown Ohio 44505.  This meeting celebrates FaCT’s more than one year of working to bring a moral and spiritual perspective to the struggle to protect Ohio’s natural environment and the health and safety of her people.

FaCT is a coalition of 44 faith communities from 10 faith traditions located in 16 Ohio counties and 3 West Virginia counties whose mission is to work together to protect God’s creation from the harm caused by the extraction of resources such as oil, natural gas, coal and other non-renewable sources of energy.

This celebration will include a special address by The Reverend Monica Beasley-Martin, A.M.E. minister and founder of Defenders of the Earth Outreach Ministries, entitled, “Carrying on the Struggle—Protecting God’s Creation.”  Father Neil Pezzulo of Glenmary Home Missioners will present: “Fracking—It’s not Your ‘Dirty Little Secret.’” There will be music by the Walkn' Bosses from Oberlin and a special ceremony, a Water Communion— Blessing of Ohio’s Waters, so please bring a sample of your local water for the communion /blessing.

A chef-prepared lunch will be served ($10, payable at the event) with reservations needed by Thursday November 15 at noon.  Both vegetarian and gluten-free food will be available. The celebration will be held in Channing Hall and is accessible to all.  New individuals and faith communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For media inquiries or more information, e-mail or call:
Ron Prosek 440-974-2035 rprosek@earthlink.net  (Convenor)
Susie Beiersdorfer 330-881-1050  slbeiersdorfer@neo.rr.com (Mahoning Valley)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fracking Dialogue at Northeast Ohio Townhall, Youngstown, Safeguards Public Health With Accurate Transparent Solutions

PLEASE SHARE WITH NEIGHBORS, COUNCIL MEMBERS, TRUSTEES, ELECTED  and CITY OFFICIALS, PARK COMMISSIONERS, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, ETC. Thank you!

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For Immediate Release: October 29, 2012

Contact: Susie Beiersdorfer: Phone: 234-201-0402   or E-mail: frackfreemahoning@gmail.com

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FRACKING, EARTHQUAKES, INJECTION WELLS, AND CONTAMINATION RISKS TO DRINKING WATER, AIR, AND SOIL TO BE DISCUSSED AT A FRACKFREE MAHONING VALLEY PUBLIC TOWNHALL – STYLE MEETING ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012, AT THE ELM STREET YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, UNITARIAN CHURCH

Youngstown, Ohio, 10/29/12 – An increasing number of citizens are expressing concerns about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and related processes, earthquakes, injection wells, and fracking-related contamination risks to drinking water, soil, and air. To address some of these concerns,  Frackfree Mahoning Valley (www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com  ) and Frackfree America National Coalition (www.frackfreeamerica.org ) will hold a series of public townhall-style meetings for the community to get accurate information, to ask questions, voice their concerns, and seek positive solutions to safeguard the public health and safety as it relates to fracking.  The first public meeting will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Channing Hall, 1105 Elm St. (Elm and Illinois, across from Wick Park)

The public and media are invited and urged to attend.

The meeting will include a presentation about earthquakes and other drilling-related topics by Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D., professor of geology. A showing of some brief, compelling films related to oil and gas drilling will also be shown.  A question and answer period with time for audience discussion will follow.

Frackfree Mahoning Valley says that it is essential for the public to have access to accurate information, transparency, and honest, open dialogue about fracking and related processes especially in light of Youngstown City Council’s recent misguided, erroneous decision to greenlight fracking within city limits, historic Mill Creek Park facing the threat of fracking, and the drilling in the protected watershed area of Meander reservoir, a drinking water source for over 200,000 people in our area.

 “I anticipate another lively discussion on Thursday since this topic involves the prospect of fracking and drilling near or under parks, schools, homes, farms, forests, and cemeteries. It is truly astonishing and unacceptable that fracking in such areas is even considered and permitted,” said Susie Beiersdorfer of Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Frackfree America National Coalition.

See a previous public statement by Frackfree Mahoning Valley regarding fracking here: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/1/post/2012/09/youngstown-ohio-city-council-rush-to-decision-to-lease-fracking.html

For media inquiries or more information, e-mail:

frackfreemahoning@gmail.com or call:

234-201-0402

www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com

Also see:

Frackfree America National Coalition

www.frackfreeamerica.org

e-mail: frackfreeamerica@gmail.com call: 234-201-8007

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Youngstown, Ohio's Historic Mill Creek Park Threatened With Fracking, Oil & Gas Drilling: Urgent Hearing Oct. 25, 2012

Frackfree Mahoning Valley                         News Release

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For Immediate Release: October 22, 2012

Contact: Susie Beiersdorfer: Phone: 234-201-0402 or E-mail: frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO’S HISTORIC MILL CREEK PARK FACES THREAT OF FRACKING AND OIL AND GAS DRILLING: GROUPS URGE THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012, AT MILL CREEK METRO PARKS FARM TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS, HEAR SPEAKERS

Youngstown, Ohio, 10/22/12 – Youngstown’s beautiful, historic Mill Creek Park is facing the threat of fracking and gas and oil drilling. Park commissioners are having public meetings to gather information to help them decide whether or not to greenlight fracking in Mill Creek Park.

Concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Guardians of Mill Creek Park are urging the public to attend an important public meeting on October 25, 2012, at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd. Canfield, OH 44406 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Scheduled speakers at the October 25th meeting are: Ohio State Representative Bob Hagan, Dr. Ted Voneida (neurobiology), Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D, professor of geology. Dr. Voneida and Dr. Beiersdorfer will speak about geology and chemicals that are vented at fracked wells and the adverse effects they have on the environment and health.

“If you care about the park and our surrounding area, we urge you to please come and hear the speakers and voice your concerns to stop fracking from destroying Mill Creek Park. For the residents who live near the park, this is a matter of keeping drilling rigs out of their residential living space. Fracking and related processes jeopardize the public health and safety and are not in the public interest. To permit fracking related drilling near homes, schools, parks, cemeteries, or forests is simply unconscionable and must be stopped. Evidence that some officials are not protecting the public interest is the astonishing news that a fracking well has been permitted about a mile from a nuclear facility in Shippingport, PA, “ said Lynn Anderson, co-founder of the Facebook group Guardians of Mill Creek Park http://www.facebook.com/groups/guardiansmillcreek/.

See: “Permit to drill is only a mile from nuclear plant,” by Rachel Morgan, 10/20/12, Timesonline.com,  http://www.timesonline.com/permit-to-drill-is-only-a-mile-from-nuclear-plant/article_12b10f0b-6b5b-5045-aaf8-582260c9fa80.html

Frackfree Mahoning Valley says it is important that park commissioners and the public fully understand the high risk of leaks, spills, mechanical failures, drinking water contamination, and earthquakes associated with fracking and related processes. Even before fracking ramps up in this area, there have been accidents, including the 5-mile long so-called “brine” waste spill in Fowler and the fish kill in Brookfield.

For media inquiries or more information, e-mail:

frackfreemahoning@gmail.com or call:

234-201-0402

www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com

Also see:

Frackfree America National Coalition

www.frackfreeamerica.org
e-mail: frackfreeamerica@gmail.com call: 234-201-8007

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Youngstown, Ohio, City Council's Selling of Fracking Rights covered by NBC

Youngstown, Ohio on CNBC National News: October 18, 2012. TODAY | Aired on October 18, 2012
City mulls controversial fracking to raise money 
Critics say that “fracking” – pumping water and chemicals into the ground to release oil and gas – is a risky business that can cause water contamination. But cash-strapped cities like Youngstown, Ohio, are contemplating selling mineral rights to allow energy companies to drill and frack. NBC’s Phil LeBeau reports.
LINK if video doesn't play: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49462258#49462258

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Youngstown City, effective stewards? "The life you save may be your own, or your loved ones."

Youngstown, Ohio, residents testify 2 days to preserve clean Mahoning Valley watershed, this is from Rev. Beasley-Martin,

"For most of my life I have lived within the city limits of Youngstown, Ohio. Eight years ago, my family and I, became concerned about my mother, a Liberty Twp. resident's, ability to drive.We made the difficult decision to also move to Liberty, to better assist her. I made sure we remained as close to Youngstown as possible. We are only 2 streets over from the Stambaugh Golf Course, The Jewish Community Center, and Northside Hospital. What we originally thought was an excellent location is now looking like a potentially deadly one. Our neighbors at the Jewish Community Center have already sold their mineral rights, and if city council approves fracking on public land, the golf course could be next. We will be at a higher risk for spills and blowouts. Nationwide, which is my insurance company, has already stated that they will NOT cover ANY damages connected to hydraulic fracturing. We still owe a substantial mortgage on our house, so if our insurance were cancelled, our loan would be due in full. To make a bad situation even worse, according to Deborah Cowden, MD., residents within a 1/2 mile of active drilling are at a substantial higher risk for respiratory issues, cancer, and other serious ailments. The.more well pads that there are the greater the risk. Part of the mission statement for Youngstown City reads that you are to be effective stewards of public resources while representing the values of our diverse community. Please take this into consideration, as you prepare to cast your vote, as to whether, or not, hydraulic fracturing will be allowed on city property. The life you save may be your own, or your loved ones. ~~ Thank-you, ~~ Rev. Monica Beasley-Martin, Defenders of the Earth Outreach Mission "


MORE INFO or to CALL / SIGN petition:
http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/callyoungstown.html


Mr. Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, "Have you tried to do anything about it?"

Concerned citizen letter to Mayor Charles Sammarone. Public meeting will be held Oct. 16, 5:30pm, Youngstown City Council PUC Hearing with public comment, City Hall, Phelps Street, 6th floor, Youngstown, Ohio 44503 MORE INFO: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/callyoungstown.html

Mayor, Council members, and fracktivists,

Thank you so much for the very generous 2 minutes you have allowed me to speak.

I’m tired. I’m so tired. I’m tired, as are so many of my friends, of worrying about what’s going to happen to my drinking water my clean air and my property value. I’m tired of researching and attending meetings, of the incredible amount of time and energy (of which I have little) trying to open up the eyes of people who don’t want to look. I’m tired of the cavalier attitude of council and the mayor on what is a life or death issue for many people, including our friend and neighbor, Jamie Frederick of Coitsville. She nearly died from drinking her toxic well water which had been contaminated by Bocor Inc!

Many of my friends and esteemed colleagues have presented outstanding well-researched presentations to this chamber on the dangers of fracking. Unfortunately it would appear that nobody in a decision making position actually listened to the facts and data or looked at the charts. Presentations were cut short, and fractivists were treated in a condescending manner.

My husband and his friend talked to the mayor who appeared to have little concern for safety issues connected to fracking. If it was good enough for Campbell and Struthers it must be good enough for Youngstown. The bandwagon mentality is irresponsible and inappropriate in this situation.

It was our understanding that council members were instructed by the mayor to hold town halls or educational meetings for their constituents. Did any of them do that? We were not made aware of any such meetings. Susie Beiersdorfer held informational and educational sessions at the Unitarian Church to which all of the city officials were invited. Only Ann Gillam, Nate Pinkard, and Mike Ray attended any of those meetings. It appears that everyone else was too busy, or just didn’t care to learn about the fracking issue.

The mayor himself, when asked if he read the literature, letters, and emails our group has sent, replied that , and I’ll paraphrase, “ Do you know how many emails and letters I get? I can’t possibly read them all” Might I submit to the mayor that if he can’t find time to educate himself about an issue that will affect the health and quality of life of all of his constituents, maybe he should step aside.

I was escorted out of the PUC meeting on September 18th. At that meeting, Rhonda Reda was dazzling council with her alleged knowledge of the gas industry, and of fracking, in particular. I asked a question about how many trucks it would take to set up, frack and dispose of flowback from a single horizontal well. She answered by talking on and on about how many truck trips it would take to build and stock a Walmart. She wouldn’t answer the question. Well, the answer is between 1,100-1,200 truck trips for 1 frack job on one well. I was gently escorted out of that meeting, having had enough of her distortions, her industry spin, and lies. Here’s a question for you that I borrowed from the vice presidential debates. “What’s worse: somebody who lies to the American people, or somebody who interrupts the liar?”

I would to ask the mayor: Seriously, you’re powerless to do anything about a frack well pad in the watershed for the drinking water of all your constituents and also the people of surrounding communities? Have you tried to do anything about it?

In closing, I’m tired of watching my friends and neighbors being dismissed and condescended to at council meetings. I saved this til last, lest whoever reads this be escorted out. Shame on all of you. Shame on all of you.

Judy Vershum

Mayor Sammarone's remarks Jan. 11, 2012, "... but until everybody feels safe and comfortable whether you are in your house or working downtown or you are located anywhere within the city or in the suburbs I am still going to hold the state to a ban on drilling until all this information is gathered and everybody feels safe, that's the most important thing" (First 2 minutes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMGmmCQIKPA&feature=share )
SIGN PETITON HERE:      http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/callyoungstown.html

Monday, October 15, 2012

BREAKING: Protesters Blockade Fracking Well Site in Ohio

Frackfree Mahoning Valley

UPDATE! Video from Oct. 14 blockade of 2 wells drilled in Meander Reservoir protected area

UPDATE
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLTGWpYhZlU 3 min. Blockade at Meander Reservoir Fracking Well

Blockade at Meander Reservoir Fracking Well on Sunday, October 14, activists with Frackfree Mahoning Valley protested this well site and formed a blockade at the entrance of the site, refusing to move. They arrived at 10:30 a.m. and after more than four hours of blockading the entrance, activists decided to peacefully resolve the blockade with no arrests or confrontations. Fracking contaminates ground and surface water. An internal industry report found that six percent of wells have leaks immediately upon completion. Fracking uses a secret blend of toxic chemicals to shatter rocks deep within the Earth. Those chemicals can contaminate the water through negligence and through mechanical failure. No matter the safety record of a company—in this case Console Energy—wells fail, and overtime all wells break, becoming sources for water contamination. The Cadle fracking well site sits less than 100′ from a stream—a direct tributary of the Meander Reservoir. The Ohio EPA is responsible for the environmentally protected zone. The ODNR should have consulted with the Ohio EPA before granting the permit for this well. This action comes just days before Youngstown City Council will decide whether or not to lease city lands for fracking.

More than 40 Ohio residents blockaded a fracking well site demanding “Clean Water, NOT Toxic Waste.”
The ODNR has permitted a horizontal fracking well inside the environmentally-protected zone of the Meander Reservoir in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley without consulting the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the overseeing Mahoning Valley Sanitary District.
Today, activists with Frackfree Mahoning Valley protested this well site and formed a blockade at the entrance of the site, refusing to move. They arrived at 10:30 a.m. and after more than four hours of blockading the entrance, activists decided to peacefully resolve the blockade with no arrests or confrontations.
The goal of the protesters was to bring attention to this issue and with a great turnout from the local media, they have been successful.
One of the protesters John Bergen from Ohio said,“Yes, I am afraid, but I can no longer deny the urgency of stopping this—this toxic practice. There wasn’t even an environmental impact assessment for this project. It’s drill first, ask questions later.”
When asked what elected officials are doing, Allison Monroe from Ohio, replied, “State and federal government isn’t protecting us, so we have to protect ourselves.”

Rev. Monica Beasley-Martin, from Youngstown, Ohio, praises activists blockading a fracking well site. In her sermon she claims a moral Christian’s duty is to defend the Earth.
Fracking contaminates ground and surface water. An internal industry report found that six percent of wells have leaks immediately upon completion. Fracking uses a secret blend of toxic chemicals to shatter rocks deep within the Earth. Those chemicals can contaminate the water through negligence and through mechanical failure. No matter the safety record of a company—in this case Console Energy—wells fail, and overtime all wells break, becoming sources for water contamination.
The Cadle fracking well site sits less than 100′ from a stream—a direct tributary of the Meander Reservoir. The Ohio EPA is responsible for the environmentally protected zone. The ODNR should have consulted with the Ohio EPA before granting the permit for this well.
What we are looking at is a clear and present danger to the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Mahoning Valley,” said John Williams, resident of Niles, Ohio. “Once again the ODNR has decided to put the profit of corporations before the people. We are looking at a crisis of legitimacy for the State of Ohio right now. This well threatens to contaminate the Meander Reservoir with heavy metals, carcinogens and a host of toxic chemicals.”

Activists remain determined to stop this fracking well site.
What is especially troubling is that this is going forward. We are gathered here today because right now we have no other option to keep our families safe—we have to stop the construction,” Williams continued. “I guess if you asked me, that’s what I would say: that we’re here to keep our families and neighbors safe.”
This action comes just days before Youngstown City Council will decide whether or not to lease city lands for fracking.
And while a moratorium and stringent regulations on drilling and disposal of toxic fracking wastewater has been introduced in Ohio, many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are following Ohio Gov. Kasich’s embrace of big oil exploitation as a “Godsend” for Ohio, despite having no other evidence besides the word of industry to make that claim.
National lawmakers are little help for struggling communities, while the federal FRACK Act continues to languish in committee. The Ohio General Assembly, for the most part, remains beholden to the gas industry. Bills that have been introduced that would tighten regulations have been stuck in committee for nearly a year. Most local governments have proven ineffective so far, as many local officials are pleading powerlessness to the State of Ohio.
Organizer Sam Rubin, said, “Direct action is currently justified and necessary. As the established mechanisms for institutional change continue to choose the dirty money and deceitful tales of the gasmen over our communities’ health and safe drinking water we are forced into action—the question is not whether we will defend ourselves, but how.”

Take Action Now by calling on Youngstown officials to shut down the Meander well and not sell its mineral rights for fracking.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Youngstown, Ohio, City Council Could Rush To Rash & Misguided Decision To Lease Fracking Mineral Rights Oct. 3, 2012

Frackfree Mahoning Valley: Second Statement (9/26/12)
RE: Youngstown City Council fracking vote:

HOW QUICKLY SOME FORGOT THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, FRACKING- RELATED 4.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE:  LET’S REMEMBER, AND URGE DELAYING OF THE VOTE AND ARRANGING TELEVISED PUBLIC HEARINGS BEFORE YOUNGSTOWN CITY COUNCIL MAKES AN ERRONEOUS, MISGUIDED, RASH DECISION TO LEASE YOUNGSTOWN MINERAL RIGHTS TO GREENLIGHT FRACKING AND RELATED PROCESSES ON OCTOBER 3, 2012, THEREBY JEOPARDIZING THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY:

First of all, thank you and kudos to the Youngstown, Ohio, City Council members who listened to their constituents, heard their concerns and did the right thing.

On September 19, 2012, some members of the Youngstown City Council wisely postponed the vote to greenlight fracking in the city of Youngstown, perhaps, out of their legitimate concern for the need for more due diligence, transparency, and public education before leaping blindly into a serious decision that would affect Youngstown and the surrounding area – including other states and Canada.

Delaying the vote was the responsible thing to do. Thank you.


This issue is not over even though the vote was postponed. Now the vote could be set for October 3, 2012. We must again urge the Youngstown City Council to vote to delay the vote and to hold a series of public hearings, preferably televised, on the topic in question.

For the record, Frackfree Mahoning Valley, a group of concerned citizens from Youngstown and the surrounding area, opposes fracking and related processes since fracking cannot be done safely with the technology as it stands today.

On September 19, 2012, the mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, Mayor Sammarone, made an impassioned, some might say desperate, plea for money that was broadcast in the following WKBN – TV 27 news report:

According to the WKBN-TV report, quoting Mayor Sammarone:

“‘Mr. Hagan, if you want to help us, get us money,’ Sammarone said. ‘That’s what we need in the city of Youngstown, money.’ “

(See:  “Council Meeting Heats Up Over Drilling in Youngstown”, WKBN – TV 27 first News, September 19, 2012, updated September 20, 2012:
http://www.wkbn.com/mostpopular/story/Council-Meeting-Heats-Up-Over-Drilling-in/wa4gvZaTN0OhBjQ7mXGr9w.cspx  ) 

As the old saying goes, desperate people do desperate things, and we believe that putting the public interest, health and safety in jeopardy in order to recklessly rush into an agreement for fracking, because it is said that the city needs money, is a desperate thing to do, even if the intentions of the Mayor are good.  Other, more creative ways to solve this problem should be explored.

Furthermore, Youngstown, Ohio is the current epicenter of induced seismicity, otherwise known as man-made earthquakes. To even consider allowing fracking within the city limits is astounding in light of recent history.

UPDATE! UPDATE! Mayor Sammarone's remarks Jan. 11, 2012, "... but until everybody feels safe and comfortable whether you are in your house or working downtown or you are located anywhere within the city or in the suburbs I am still going to hold the state to a ban on drilling until all this information is gathered and everybody feels safe, that's the most important thing" (First 2 minutes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMGmmCQIKPA&feature=share )

Allowing fracking in the city will increase the production of millions of gallons of toxic fracking “brine” waste which may be disposed of in toxic “brine” fracking waste deep injection wells in the Youngstown area, which is now an earthquake zone due to previous injection that disturbed the equilibrium of an ancient fault.  

The mayor spoke with CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow soon after the now famous 4.0 magnitude, December 31, 2011, earthquake.  According to the CNN news report of January 12, 2012, Youngstown Mayor Sammarone told CNN Money reporter Poppy Harlow:

“I’ve lived there about 42 years. We never had an earthquake like that.” … ”When you feel unsafe in your own house, then it’s a serious situation.”

(You can hear Mayor Sammarone’s remarks, cited above, and the CNN Money news report by reporter Poppy Harlow, titled, “Ohio’s mysterious man-made earthquakes”, (1/12/12) here:
http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/01/12/n_ohio_earthquakes.cnnmoney/   )

People were shocked after the 11 earthquakes leading up to the 4.0 magnitude earthquake, and rightly so. Mayor Sammarone was “worried,” according to the CNN report. 

We should not forget how we, as a community, felt at that time. We should question the wisdom of allowing fracking and more injection well disposal of “brine” toxic fracking waste in this area.

As the protest sign shown in the CNN report says, “We are Not Expendable.” 

Frackfree Mahoning Valley understands that Youngstown, like many cities nationwide, is in a budget crunch, but a better solution than greenlighting fracking should be found.

For the sake of the Youngstown community, families, children, grandchildren and future generations, we must get this decision right. There must be proper due diligence, public awareness and transparency.

We are concerned that this still has not yet taken place. Not all designated experts on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are objective or impartial providers of vital information that the general public needs.

The Youngstown City Council’s decision must be scrutinized, publicized, intensely deliberated, and voted upon by a fully informed public, because not only does this decision profoundly affect Youngstown families and community, it is also a regional issue, and an international issue, since any resulting earthquakes from toxic fracking waste deep injection wells have the potential to be felt in surrounding states and even Canada, as shown by the reports from the December 31, 2011, Youngstown 4.0 magnitude earthquake, one of about 12 earthquakes in an area with no previously recorded quakes prior to operation of the Northstar # 1 injection well.

Frackfree Mahoning Valley offers our educational support for putting together a public, and it is hoped, televised forum where the community and surrounding states can hear what is being considered and where they can hear truly independent authorities on the risks and alleged benefits of fracking.

Important questions that have not yet been adequately addressed publicly include:

  • Where will the millions of gallons of toxic “brine” fracking waste that will necessarily be created by allowing increased fracking within the city limits, be disposed of in the Youngstown area? 
  • What are the planned locations for injection well disposal of toxic fracking waste?
  • Where will the fracking industrial operations and drilling rigs actually be placed in Youngstown?  How close to homes, parks, schools, cemeteries, forests, or sources of drinking water will they be located? 
  • Already, drilling is set to commence near Meander Reservoir, a source of drinking water for 300,000 people in the Youngstown area. This is an extremely unwise and irresponsible decision. Can we expect more decisions like this if drilling is greenlighted in Youngstown?
  • Earthquakes linked to the Northstar #1 fracking waste injection well have already taken place. What is the effect of even small, frequent earthquakes, like the ones already experienced in Youngstown, on the ability of the injection wells to maintain well integrity and protect drinking water sources? 
  • Who is testing the integrity of the injection wells and how often?
  • What about inspections of injection wells? See the following Scientific American excerpt that describes problems with injection well safety:

“"The program is basically a paper tiger," said Mario Salazar, a former senior technical advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency who worked with its injection regulation program for 25 years. While wells that handle hazardous waste from other industries have been held to increasingly tough standards, Salazar said, Class 2 wells remain a gaping hole in the system. "There are not enough people to look at how these wells are drilled … to witness whether what they tell you they will do is in fact what they are doing." “

See: “Safety Rules for Fracking Disposal Wells Often Ignored The growing number of wells used to dispose of wastewater from fracking are subject to lax oversight” “By Abrahm Lustgarten and ProPublica | Thursday, September 20, 2012”, Scientific American :
  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=safety-rules-for-fracking-disposal-wells-often-ignored

  • Will there be an increased probability of fracking-related earthquakes?  (The answer is, most likely, yes.)
  • What is the likelihood that drinking water sources will be affected or contaminated?
  • Where is the plan for Youngstown to protect water sources from fracking operations?
  • What will the increased truck traffic do to our quality of life in Youngstown?  
  • Where is the plan for preventing expensive road damage in Youngstown which could run up an enormous bill for Youngstown taxpayers?  See the following video from Pennsylvania that shows increased truck traffic in one city.
  • Also, please see the cost of Texas road damage from trucks in the following Star-Telegram.com news report.  If Youngstown needs money, this is not the way to get it.  We need to pay attention to what is happening in other states.: “Posted Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2012 Updated Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2012, … By Barry Shlachter Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Drilling trucks have caused an estimated $2 billion in damage to Texas roads" By Barry Shlachter, Star-Telegram.com.
http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07/02/4075195/drilling-trucks-have-caused-an.html
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This list of relevant and necessary questions could go on and on. Public input is needed. What do the constituents want to know about what may take place in their neighborhood? What are the risks associated with fracking and related processes? They deserve to know before it happens, and to have a say in what might happen in their local community, although Frackfree Mahoning Valley believes fracking should not take place for reasons cited above.

Frackfree Mahoning Valley sent an e-mail (a copy of the e-mail message is included below) to Youngstown City Council after the Public Utilities Committee meeting on September 18, 2012 where a representative from the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) spoke to them about hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

There were some presenter omissions and, we believe, inaccuracies, that need to be addressed as a part of adequate due diligence before Youngstown City Council makes such a serious decision about leasing Youngstown’s mineral rights for fracking.

In addition, when asked by a City Council member about earthquake issues, the OOGEEP presenter urged Council to ask the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) about earthquakes because she could not answer those questions.

As far as we know, a public meeting with an ODNR official about the unanswered questions has not yet occurred.  There must be time allowed to invite ODNR, as recommended by the OOGEEP presenter, and to do the requisite due diligence to protect the public interest.

Again, the e-mail sent to Youngstown City Council by Frackfree Mahoning Valley is shown below at the end of this statement.
In Summary:
To open up Youngstown for fracking is a serious decision that should not be rushed into lightly or recklessly, as now seems to be the case.

What kind of mess are we leaving for our children, grandchildren, and future generations to clean up if we allow fracking to continue?  We as a community must stop this reckless pursuit of money, at any cost, before it causes irreparable and irreversible harm to the public health, safety and well-being.   Negative health effects may not manifest right away – sometimes taking years, but that doesn’t mean that adverse health effects are not taking place. 

There is a great need now to hear from physicians, nurses, and other public health and medical professionals about their assessment of the risk of adverse health effects of fracking and related processes. To date, we know of no medical professionals that have addressed Youngstown City Council.  Why?  This needs to happen.

We owe it, not only to ourselves, but also to our children to make the right decision regarding leasing mineral rights.  Youngstown City Council members are entrusted to represent and to uphold the fundamental, inalienable rights of their constituents to clean air, clean water, and land. Council must take the required time to protect the well-being, public health, and safety of our community and its families and future generations.  It is their duty.

Therefore, as a partial solution, we must:

Delay the vote. Increase transparency and increase valid due diligence.  Truly educate the public by holding televised true public, honest  dialogue and a series of public hearings  with independent, objective  experts, physicians, public health professionals, citizens, and authorities. 

We cannot jeopardize the public health for some quick cash. This decision could forever change our local area from residential or rural to heavy industrial.  Does the community really want that?  We think not.

How can voters make an informed decision about whether or not to allow fracking in their neighborhoods if polls reportedly show that many people (62 percent in one poll) don’t even know what fracking is?  They can’t, which is why there needs to be a valid public awareness campaign in the public interest, and fast. 

We believe that when the public genuinely understands the consequences and detriments of fracking, and not only the alleged benefits touted by those with vested interests in perpetuating fracking and related processes, they will join the anti-fracking side of the argument in large numbers.

After making objective fracking information available to the public, a vote should be put on the ballot for the public to decide for themselves the nature of their local community.  After the public is truly informed about the damage fracking and related processes have caused in other states that are further along than Ohio in the process, they will be in a better position to make a real, informed decision regarding the risks and “benefits” of fracking. 

The truth about fracking risks is not the rosy picture that is painted by slick, expensive gas and oil drilling advertisements that are broadcast continually on national and local TV and radio. These overly optimistic and, we believe, disingenuous portrayals, which neglect to tell the public about the high level of adverse risks of fracking and related processes, are simply too good to be true. 

It is also irresponsible and a disservice to the community to only present the alleged “benefits” of fracking while failing to present known detriments and risks of fracking and related processes.  Why is the industry, apparently, avoiding or evading discussion of the risks?  The general public, and members of Youngstown City Council, deserve to know the risks in order to make a truly informed consent or rejection of fracking and related processes in their neighborhoods.  It is the responsible thing to do.

SEE our previous press release here:

http://www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/2012/09/frackfree-mahoning-valley-calls-upon.html

SEE our previous statement /open letter here:

http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/1/post/2012/09/statement-open-letter-by-frackfree-mahoning-valley-to-mayor-charles-sammarone-and-youngstown-city-council-september-18-2012.html

An e-mail sent to Youngstown City Council on September 19, 2012,  follows:

To: Youngstown City Council, Mayor Sammarone
From: Frackfree Mahoning Valley    http://www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/
                                                             234-201-0402 or frackfreemahoning@gmail.com
RE: Objective sources included below to correct inaccuracies and omissions in the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) presentation to the Public Utilities Committee: September 18, 2012

There is also a link to our open letter of September 18, 2012, to Youngstown City Council at the website URL cited above.

Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker last evening. This is a good step forward to the kind of dialogue that we would like to see among experts, scientists, physicians and public health professionals, council, and the general public.

There were a number of inaccuracies and omissions in the presentation by Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) to City Council last evening.

The presenter also was unable to answer several questions regarding the Youngstown injection well-related earthquake. She referred Council to ODNR. We hope that you will please follow-up on the earthquake, fracking waste, and injection well questions that were left unanswered by the presenter last evening. This is a very important topic for Youngstown, as you know.

We are including a few objective and reliable sources of information below to correct the record.

We hope that you will please take some time to review these materials. Particularly, the presentation by Dr. Anthony Ingraffea will make clear the difference between conventional and unconventional drilling and how unconventional hydraulic fracturing is a new technology.

If you want more information, we would be happy to offer educational support to Youngstown City Council and/or the Public Utilities Committee. It would be good to have an open forum where these kinds of presenter misrepresentations, whether intentional or unintentional, could be corrected during the meeting, rather than the day afterward.

And, again, thank you for the opportunity to voice our questions and concerns.

Thank you in advance for reviewing this material.

Concerned Citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley

Please see:

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea (bio below) discusses the differences between conventional vs. unconventional drilling. He also discusses issues with designating the year 1947 as the beginning of hydraulic fracturing. This is a very important video that speaks directly to issues raised last evening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjdhiZJCyzU

RE: The presenter mentioned Frac Focus as a resource for Council. Here is a recent Bloomberg article about Frac Focus.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-14/fracking-hazards-obscured-in-failure-to-disclose-wells.html
Fracking Hazards Obscured in Failure to Disclose Wells By Benjamin Haas, Jim Polson, Phil Kuntz and Ben Elgin - 2012-08-14T22:26:29Z
[excerpt from full article:]
“Seeking to quell environmental concerns about the chemicals it shoots underground to extract oil and natural gas, Apache Corp. (APA) told shareholders in April that it disclosed information about “all the company’s U.S. hydraulic fracturing jobs” on a website last year.
Actually, Apache’s transparency was shot through with cracks. In Texas and Oklahoma, the company reported chemicals it used on only about half its fracked wells via FracFocus.org, a voluntary website that oil and gas companies helped design amid calls for mandatory disclosure."


RE: Bainbridge, Ohio, incident mentioned by the presenter:
[Excerpt from full article at the following url]
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2007/12/bainbridge_officials_to_meet_t.html “Bainbridge officials to meet tonight on home explosion Published: Monday, December 17, 2007, 4:15 PM Updated: Monday, December 17, 2007, 4:56 PM By Kaye Spector, The Plain Dealer
Bainbridge Township -- A natural gas explosion that rocked an English Drive home early Saturday will be the topic of a meeting at town hall tonight.
The freak explosion - which officials say was caused by natural gas bubbling into Richard and Thelma Payne's well water - literally lifted the English Drive house off its foundation before dropping it down, Fire Chief Brian Phan said. "
...
Additional reports and articles:

[GAO Report:] “Drinking Water Safeguards Are Not Preventing Contamination From Injected Oil and Gas Wastes RCED-89-97, Jul 5, 1989” http://www.gao.gov/products/RCED-89-97

“Cracks in the Fa├žade …” Dusty Horwitt, Senior Counsel, Environmental Working Group, August 3, 2011: http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/fracking/cracks_in_the_facade.pdf

Please also see videos, articles, and reports at the end of Update 1 at:
http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/1/post/2012/08/update-1-for-freedom-from-toxic-fracking-waste-national-rally-day.html

Bio for Dr. Anthony R Ingraffea follows:
http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=ari1
  • Dept: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Title: Dwight C. Baum Professorship in Engineering
  • Address: 322 Hollister Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-3336
  • email: ARI1@cornell.edu
Biography
Dr. Ingraffea spent two years as a structural engineer with the Grumman Aerospace Corporation and two years as a county engineer with the Peace Corps in Venezuela before he began doctoral studies. He has taught structural mechanics, finite element methods,and fracture mechanics at Cornell since 1977.

Dr. Ingraffea's research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes. He and his students performed pioneering research in the use of interactive computer graphics in computational mechanics. He has authored with his students over 200 papers in these areas. He has been a principal investigator on over $35M in R&D projects from the NSF, NASA Langley, Nichols Research, NASA Glenn, AFOSR, FAA, Kodak, U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, IBM, Schlumberger, Digital Equipment Corporation, the Gas Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, General Dynamics, Boeing, Caterpillar Tractor, and Northrop Grumman Aerospace.

Professor Ingraffea was a member of the first group of Presidential Young Investigators named by the National Science Foundation in 1984. For his research achievements he has won the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics "1994 Significant Paper Award" for one of five most significant papers in the category of Computational/Analytical Applications in the past 20 years, and he has twice won the National Research Council/U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for Research in Rock Mechanics (1978, 1991). His group won a NASA Group Achievement Award in 1996, and a NASA Aviation Safety Turning Goals into Reality Award in 1999 for its work on the aging aircraft problem. He became a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991.

Professor Ingraffea has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching at Cornell. He received the first Society of Women Engineer's Professor of the Year Award in 1997, the 2001 Daniel Luzar '29 Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Engineering, and, in 2005, was named Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University. He has been a leader in the use of workstations and information technology in engineering education, with grants from the NSF, U.S. Department of Education, Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard in these areas. He organized and was the first Director of the NSF-supported, $15M Synthesis National Engineering Education Coalition, a team of eight diverse engineering colleges. Synthesis developed, implemented, and assessed innovative programs and technologies to improve the quality of undergraduate engineering education and to attract and graduate larger numbers of women and under-represented minority engineers. He was Cornell Co-PI on a NASA/NYS/AT&T sponsored project to develop an Advanced Interactive Discovery Environment for collaborative distance design in engineering education, teaming with faculty from aerospace, mechanics, and civil engineering from Cornell and Syracuse universities.

He was named Co-Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics in 2005, received the ASTM Irwin Award for meritorious contributions to the practice of fracture mechanics in 2006, and was named a Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture in 2009. In 2011, TIME Magazine named him one of its "People Who Mattered".

Research Interests
The Cornell Fracture Group members include Prof. Tony Ingraffea, research associates, and graduate students. The mission of the Cornell Fracture Group is to create, to verify, and to validate computational simulation systems for fracture control in engineered systems. An equally important focus of the group is education at all levels. Our current and past research has focused on both experimental testing and numerical simulation of fatigue and fracture in a variety of materials.

www.cfg.cornell.edu

Teaching Interests
I believe that pedagogy, the "how" that one teaches, is as important as "what", or the content, one teaches. Further, pedagogy must be consistent with content and the "why", or the values sought in content. I know from my teaching experience, and from the literature of educational psychology, that clarity of presentation, responsiveness to student needs, and, most importantly, remembering what it was like to be a student, are the most important aspects to effective pedagogy. I continue to explore the use of informational technology tools to improve clarity and responsiveness. I hope I will never forget how I thought, how I learned, and how I felt about my professors when I was a student.

Service Interests
1. Outreach via informal education of the public, policy makers, and regulators on technical issues related to unconventional development of natural gas.
2. K-12 STEM education.

Selected Publications
  • Howarth, R., R. Santaro, Anthony R Ingraffea. 2012. "Venting and Leaking of Methane from Shale Gas Development: Response to Cathles et al." Climatic Change .
  • Hochhalter, JD, DJ Littlewood, MD Veilleux, JE Bozek, AM Maniatty, AD Rollett, Anthony R Ingraffea. 2011. "A geometric approach to modeling microstructurally small fatigue crack formation: III. Development of a semi-empirical model for nucleation." Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 19 (3): 035008.
  • Spear, A., A. Priest, J. Hochhalter, M. Veilleux, Anthony R Ingraffea. 2011. "Surrogate modeling of high-fidelity fracture simulations for real-time residual strength predictions." AIAA Journal 49 (12): 2770-2782.
  • Santoro, R., Robert Warren Howarth, Anthony R Ingraffea. 2011. "Indirect emissions of carbon dioxides from Marcellus shale gas development". A technical report of the Agriculture, Energy, and Environment Program at Cornell University.
  • Cerrone, A., G. Heber, P. Wawrzynek, P. Paulino, Anthony R Ingraffea. 2011. "Modeling Microstructurally Small Fatigue Cracking Processes in an Aluminum Alloy with the PPR Cohesive Zone Model." Paper presented at EMI 2011 Proceedings, Boston, MA
see more publications
Selected Awards and Honors
  • Two 2011 Citations in the category of Sustainable Community Development (Sustainable Tompkins) 2011
  • Fellow, International Congress on Fracture 2009
  • Richard J. Almeida Award, Project High Jump 2008
  • George R. Irwin Medal (American Society for Testing and Materials) 2006
  • Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow (Cornell University) 2005
Websites
Education
  • BS (Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering), University of Notre Dame, 1969
  • MS (Civil Engineering), Polytechnic University, 1971
  • Ph D (Civil Engineering), University of Colorado, 1977
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frackfreemahoning@gmail.com or call:
234-201-0402
www.frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com

Also see:
Frackfree America National Coalition
www.frackfreeamerica.org
e-mail: frackfreeamerica@gmail.com call: 234-201-8007

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Mahoning Fracking Rig Drive-through Held By Concerned Citizens

You have to see it to believe it!

UPDATE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLTGWpYhZlU 3 min. Blockade at Meander Reservoir Fracking Well

Blockade at Meander Reservoir Fracking Well on Sunday, October 14, activists with Frackfree Mahoning Valley protested this well site and formed a blockade at the entrance of the site, refusing to move. They arrived at 10:30 a.m. and after more than four hours of blockading the entrance, activists decided to peacefully resolve the blockade with no arrests or confrontations. Fracking contaminates ground and surface water. An internal industry report found that six percent of wells have leaks immediately upon completion. Fracking uses a secret blend of toxic chemicals to shatter rocks deep within the Earth. Those chemicals can contaminate the water through negligence and through mechanical failure. No matter the safety record of a company—in this case Console Energy—wells fail, and overtime all wells break, becoming sources for water contamination. The Cadle fracking well site sits less than 100′ from a stream—a direct tributary of the Meander Reservoir. The Ohio EPA is responsible for the environmentally protected zone. The ODNR should have consulted with the Ohio EPA before granting the permit for this well. This action comes just days before Youngstown City Council will decide whether or not to lease city lands for fracking.

UPDATE |||

A group plans to protest the horizontal well being drilled in Jackson Township beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct 14, 2012. The Cadle well has been drilled within the environmentally protected zone that protects the Meander Reservoir f rom contamination. The well is located on Blott Road just east of the intersection with South Bailey Road.  The protest is organized by Frackfree Mahoning Valley and will include students and professors from Youngstown State and Kent State universities, Oberlin and Hiram colleges, and University of Akron. MORE:  http://www.facebook.com/events/416137221775675

Concerned Citizens Mahoning Valley Watershed Hold Drive-Through at Fracking Gas Drilling Rig, Thurs., Sept.. 27, 5-6pm

There is now a horizontal fracking rig in the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Drinking Water Protection Area.
It has been placed on the banks of a stream that runs directly into Meander Reservoir.
A DRIVE-THROUGH
is being held Thurs., Sept. 27, 5-6pm (or by appointment)
where rig information will be distributed,
along with contact information which may be used to inquire
as to whether the district, the emergency responders and the operators are prepared for a blow-out.
If you are a water customer in Niles, Youngstown, Girard, Austintown, Boardman or Canfield-
 you must

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!

Concerned Citizens Mahoning Valley Watershed Hold Drive-Through at Fracking Gas Drilling Rig, Thurs., Sept.. 27, 5-6pm

Concerned Citizens Mahoning Valley Watershed Hold Drive-Through at Fracking Gas Drilling Rig, Thurs., Sept.. 27, 5-6pm


Concerned Citizens Mahoning Valley Watershed Hold Drive-Through at Fracking Gas Drilling Rig, Thurs., Sept.. 27, 5-6pm

Concerned Citizens Mahoning Valley Watershed Hold Drive-Through at Fracking Gas Drilling Rig, Thurs., Sept.. 27, 5-6pm


MAP (coordinates 41.0743127586642,-80.8826439770882 )

(coordinates 41.0743127586642,-80.8826439770882 )

well info from permit list:
County: MAHONING
#aAMY0001529 8/24/2012
Lot: 34
Sec: none

Quad: LAKE MILTON
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CADLE MAHN7CHSU
CNX GAS COMPANY LLC
200 EVERGREENE DRIVE
WAYNESBURG, PA 15370
724-627-1246
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Exists: none
Civil Twp: JACKSON
Type: Plug back to horizontally drill
Purpose: OG Rig: RTAF
Formation(s): POINT PLEASANT
Acreage: 159.52
XCoord: 2445902
YCoord: 516964
County Rd: none
Ingress & Egress Township Rd: TR 160/BLOTT
Municipal Rd: none
State Rd: none

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horizontal fracking rig is in the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Drinking Water Protection Area. It has been placed on the banks of a stream that runs directly into Meander Reservoir.

horizontal fracking rig is in the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Drinking Water Protection Area. It has been placed on the banks of a stream that runs directly into Meander Reservoir.
This horizontal fracking rig is in the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Drinking Water Protection Area. It has been placed on the banks of a stream that runs directly into Meander Reservoir.

1 Call your State Representatives:
Capri Cafaro: (614) 466-7182 / Joe Schiavoni (614) 466-8285
Sean O'Brien (614) 466-3488 / Bob Hagan (614) 719-3960

2. Call ODNR. Complain that Tom Tomastic should not have been planning this behind the backs of our local officials, including Ohio EPA in Twinsburgh. (614) 265-6922
3. Call the Governor. Tell him what you think. (614) 466-3555
4. Call the Lt Governor. Give her a piece of it as well. Same # as Governor.
5. Call All your local representatives. ALL OF THEM! LIST HERE: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/callyoungstown.html
6. Join us, October 3, 2012, at 5:30pm at the Youngstown City Council Meeting. City Hall, Phelps Street, 5th floor. WE MUST BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR AT THIS IMPORTANT MEETING!
7. Add your name to the PETITION: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/
8. Share this on facebook >> on FB at >> http://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-fracking-ohio/youngstown-city-council-do-not-sell-the-mineral-rights-to-youngstowns-public-lan/485771764775956

horizontal fracking rig is in the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Drinking Water Protection Area. It has been placed on the banks of a stream that runs directly into Meander Reservoir.
This horizontal fracking rig is in the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Drinking Water Protection Area. It has been placed on the banks of a stream that runs directly into Meander Reservoir.

1 Call your State Representatives:
Capri Cafaro: (614) 466-7182 / Joe Schiavoni (614) 466-8285
Sean O'Brien (614) 466-3488 / Bob Hagan (614) 719-3960

2. Call ODNR. Complain that Tom Tomastic should not have been planning this behind the backs of our local officials, including Ohio EPA in Twinsburgh. (614) 265-6922
3. Call the Governor. Tell him what you think. (614) 466-3555
4. Call the Lt Governor. Give her a piece of it as well. Same # as Governor.
5. Call All your local representatives. ALL OF THEM! LIST HERE: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/callyoungstown.html
6. Join us, October 3, 2012, at 5:30pm at the Youngstown City Council Meeting. City Hall, Phelps Street, 5th floor. WE MUST BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR AT THIS IMPORTANT MEETING!
7. Add your name to the PETITION: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/
8. Share this on facebook >> on FB at >> http://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-fracking-ohio/youngstown-city-council-do-not-sell-the-mineral-rights-to-youngstowns-public-lan/485771764775956
 This horizontal fracking rig is in the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District's Drinking Water Protection Area. It has been placed on the banks of a stream that runs directly into Meander Reservoir.

1 Call your State Representatives:
Capri Cafaro: (614) 466-7182 / Joe Schiavoni (614) 466-8285
Sean O'Brien (614) 466-3488 / Bob Hagan (614) 719-3960

2. Call ODNR. Complain that Tom Tomastic should not have been planning this behind the backs of our local officials, including Ohio EPA in Twinsburgh. (614) 265-6922
3. Call the Governor. Tell him what you think. (614) 466-3555
4. Call the Lt Governor. Give her a piece of it as well. Same # as Governor.
5. Call All your local representatives. ALL OF THEM! LIST HERE: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/callyoungstown.html
6. Join us, October 3, 2012, at 5:30pm at the Youngstown City Council Meeting. City Hall, Phelps Street, 5th floor. WE MUST BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR AT THIS IMPORTANT MEETING!
7. Add your name to the PETITION: http://www.frackfreeamerica.org/
8. Share this on facebook >> on FB at >> http://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-fracking-ohio/youngstown-city-council-do-not-sell-the-mineral-rights-to-youngstowns-public-lan/485771764775956