NEOGAP (Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection, www.NEOGAP.org) and Frackfree America National Coalition (www.frackfreeamerica.org) are coordinating a national grassroots rally day on September 12, 2012 to help raise public awareness of what the groups believe are serious risks to public health, safety, and well-being posed by the millions of gallons of toxic fracking waste continually produced by the shale gas and oil drilling industry.
There will be rallies and actions across the state of Ohio and in other states.
FaCT-OV sent the following letter to the Belmont County Commissioners, the Jefferson County Commissioners, the St. Clairsville Mayor and City Council, and to local newspapers.
September 12, 2012
Letter to the Editor,
We believe there are serious risks to public health, safety, and well-being posed by the millions
of gallons of toxic fracking waste continually produced by the shale gas and oil drilling industry
being dumped in Ohio. Much of it goes into injection wells.
According to records we researched, one of these deep injections wells used for wastes is located
in Belmont County on Kirkwood Heights. A second one, operated by CNX Gas Company is
located in the Fairview quadrant. Jefferson County has one operated by Samurai Operations in
the Richmond quadrant. It was a deep injection well in the Youngstown area which caused
eleven earthquakes before it was shut down earlier this year.
We are concerned that Ohio regulations are too lax, putting citizens at risk.
According to an NBC 4 news video and report titled “NBC4 Investigates: What’s In The Drilling
Waste Water Traveling Into Ohio?” (5/23/2012), Ohio does not test the drilling wastes accepted
from other states that is being brought in and injected into the deep wells. Ninety percent of
Pennsylvania’s drilling wastes and large amounts from West Virginia are being trucked into
Ohio. Samples of this waste reported to the WV DEP showed an acidity higher than
hydrochloric acid, and large amounts of toxic chemicals such as arsenic and heavy metals.
The NBC 4 report is on-line at: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/may/23/nbc4-investigateswhats-
The September 3, 2012 Columbus Dispatch article “‘Fracking’brine/ Gas-well waste full of
radium” by Spencer Hunt, states: “Study suggests water trucked to Ohio from Pa. might be
The Columbus Dispatch report is on-line at:
Not knowing the components of fracking waste puts communities and first responders at
unnecessary risk. How can communities and townships effectively prepare for and deal with an
emergency when they don’t know the substances they are dealing with? Those who live along
the routes of fracking trucks are also at risk from accidents and accidental spills of toxic wastes.
We request that county commissioners and other elected officials work with the public, the
ODNR and Legislature to take action to protect citizens from these dangers.
Patricia Jacobson Sherry Becker-Gorby
FaCT-OV (affiliated with FaCT: Faith Communities Together)