|Citizens Exercising Free Speech Rights Outside Closed Meeting Between Gas Industry and Government Officials|
Gov Kasich was scheduled to give remarks at Trumbull Co Gas Forum closed to the public. Brookfield trustees announce BP permitted to drill under town park, cemetery, fire station. State Rep. hoped to hear info he can pass on to first responders.
The Public assembled in a Free Speech zone outside this gas drilling stakeholders’ meeting that is closed to the public [FFMa or ohiofracktion for details < http://bit.ly/KUuOsG >];
Sponsors: State Rep. Sean O'Brien, Tom Letson & Sen Capri Cafaro,
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce,
Ohio Chamber of Commerce,
Ohio Shale Coalition,
Ohio Energy Resource Alliance which has 6 branches:
Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA),
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP),
American Petroleum Institute (API),
Ohio Petroleum Council (OPC),
Buckeye Energy Forum,
Energy In Depth Ohio (EID-Ohio)
Invited: schools, business leaders, local officials, economic development organizations & oil and gas companies from Trumbull & Mahoning counties
Shale success uncertain, states gas industry official; Vindicator article: http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/may/31/too-soon-to-gauge-shale-success-forum-sp/?nw
|Archangel of the Death of Fracking Walks With Cops Outside Ballroom, WKBN news video http://bit.ly/KPzkcZ|
SEE earlier: http://frackfreemahoning.blogspot.com/2012/05/call-for-open-public-forum-in-light-of.html
FRACKFREE MAHONING VALLEY CALLS FOR OPEN PUBLIC FORUM DEBATES IN LIGHT OF THE PRIVATE CLOSED MEETING ON FRACKING TO BE ATTENDED BY GOVERNOR KASICH AND OTHER OFFICIALS MAY 31, 2012 IN BROOKFIELD, OHIO
Youngstown, Ohio – A Youngstown-based group of concerned citizens, Frackfree Mahoning Valley, is calling for televised, open public forum debates on the topic of fracking and related processes. They believe this is especially important in light of yet another closed-to-the-public meeting on fracking to be attended by Ohio Governor Kasich, officials, legislators, and gas drilling representatives on May 31 in Brookfield, Ohio at the Yankee Lake Ballroom.
“As the controversy surrounding risks of fracking and related processes accelerates nationwide, the public needs more openness, more transparency, and more answers – not less. The general public, the very people and families whose health and safety are directly affected by official decisions regarding fracking, should have a say and an important seat at the table. They do not at this meeting. Officials are not getting the whole picture of the risks of fracking by refusing to allow public feedback in this setting. Especially when the possibility of selling mineral rights related to a park and a cemetery is being mentioned, as quoted in an article in the SharonHerald.com, the public needs to have a say and knowledge of what is being considered,” said geologist Susie Beiersdorfer of Frackfree Mahoning Valley.
(For more information see a news report from the SharonHerald.com, “Drilling stakeholders’ meeting closed to public,” by Sandy Scarmack, [May 30, 2012]: http://sharonherald.com/local/x1647289140/Drilling-stakeholders-meeting-closed-to-public )