Monday, June 6, 2016

Frackfree Mahoning Calls for End of Fracking Waste Operations, Marking National Day Of Action June 7, 2016

For Immediate Release:   June 5, 2016
Contact:  Jane Spies:  Phone: 330-619-0730 (cell) or 234-201-0402  or e-mail
Susie Beiersdorfer:  Phone:  330-881-1050 or 234-201-0402 or e-mail
Contact: Teresa Mills: Phone: 614-539-1471 or e-mail
Groups Call for a Halt to Toxic Fracking Waste and Man-made Earthquakes in a National Day of Action to be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016:  Frackfree Mahoning Valley Will Mark the Day by Calling for the State to Permanently Shut Down Local Injection Well Operations

June 5, 2016 – Even though unconventional fracking currently appears to be experiencing a shale bust, the toxic fracking waste problem is still here and getting worse as millions of gallons and tons of fracking waste is constantly being created, according to groups organizing a National Day of Action to be held on June 7, 2016. 

       On June 7th, groups and concerned citizens in about sixteen states will call for a halt to toxic fracking waste and related man-made earthquakes in an event titled “Freedom From Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: National Day of Action.”

       One of the major concerns the groups want to address is:

Where is all of the fracking waste going when there is no good or safe way to handle it that effectively protects public health, safety, and well-being?

       On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, a national coalition of local coordinators and groups will hold rallies or actions throughout the day to shine light on the numerous problems associated with toxic, radioactive fracking waste and its “disposal,” including its links to earthquakes, spills, and leaks.  They say the pollution risks to water, air, and land due to toxic fracking waste are unacceptable. Events being planned include a tour of waste sites, “toxic tea parties,” rallies, and presentations.

       To mark the National Day of Action locally, Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) will call for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)  to permanently shut down local injection well operations that FMV says are located in an area of known seismic activity and are a serious  risk to public health, safety, and well-being.

       On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, beginning at 11:30 AM, members of Frackfree Mahoning Valley and concerned citizens will visit sites including downtown Youngstown, Ohio, and waste or fracking – related sites in Ohio and just across the border in Pennsylvania.  Rallies or events will take place on public land at:
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Federal Square, Downtown Youngstown, Ohio.

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM – Niles/Weathersfield injection well near 1745 North Main Street, Niles, Ohio, 44446.

2 PM to 4 PM – Vienna, Ohio – FMV will attend the “Toxic Tea Party” next to a fracking waste injection well at 1085 Youngstown-Kingsville Road (SR 193) Vienna, OH, 44473.  Everyone is welcome.  See the Facebook Event page for interesting details:
5 PM to 7 PM – Pennsylvania fracking site near earthquake epicenters in North Beaver Township, PA, 3250 Howard Drive, New Castle, PA, 16102.

       All media and the public are invited to attend.  

       More details about the local “Mahoning and Trumbull Traveling Rally: Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes” can be found at the following Facebook Event page: 
       Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) says that on June 7th they will especially focus upon the urgent need for Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Chief Simmers to immediately stop the Vienna, Ohio injection well near the airport. The group says Chief Simmers has the authority to do this by denying an injection permit for the Oklahoma company that owns the injection well.  In addition, FMV is calling for ODNR Chief Simmers to keep the Weathersfield/Niles injection well operation closed. The Weathersfield/ Niles site has already been linked to man-made earthquakes.   FMV says both of these permanent shutdowns must be done to protect drinking water and the public health, safety, and well-being. The group says all injection must stop especially in light of the fact that they believe we are located in an area of known seismic activity. Ohio cannot be a toxic fracking waste dump – no state should be. The risks are too high a price to pay, says FMV.

       “We know there are injection and disposal wells being permitted in rural and residential areas way too close to homes and communities. This is not progress. Such toxic waste operations, located anywhere, pose unacceptable levels of risks including spills, decreased property values, man-made earthquakes, lightning-related explosions, and pollution of drinking water, air, and soil.  It’s time for industry and government to own up to the fact that unacceptable impacts are occurring related to fracking waste. You cannot regulate earthquakes, for example. The only real answer to this huge fracking waste problem is to stop this madness and really protect public health, safety, and well-being, “said Teresa Mills of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), founded by Lois Gibbs of Love Canal renown.

       The groups say, contrary to some reports that may seek to minimize the induced seismicity problem, man-made earthquakes are not necessarily small. Scientists have linked a magnitude 5.6 quake in Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 to waste injection.  A Canadian earthquake of magnitude 4.4 was reported as being “triggered by fluid injection during hydraulic fracturing,” according to a CBC News report by Betsy Trumpener (8/27/2015, “Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake in northeastern B.C.”).

        The June 7th National Day of Action is being coordinated by Buckeye Forest Council (BFC), The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future (FaCT), Frackfree America National Coalition (FANC), Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection (NEOGAP), and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA).

       Coordinators say there is still time for more individuals or groups to get involved in the events planned for June 7, 2016, by contacting Frackfree America National Coalition at:
234-201-8007 or by e-mail at 

       More information about the June 7, 2016 National Day of Action can be found at the following website address and Facebook Event page: 

       For media inquiries or for more information on fracking and related processes, toxic fracking waste, or how to coordinate or participate in a local rally or action, contact Frackfree America National Coalition by phone at 234-201-8007 or by e-mail at  .

       For questions regarding the local events of “Freedom From Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: National Day of Action” please contact Frackfree Mahoning Valley at or by phone at 234-201-0402.