Category Archives: Fracking

Wayne National Forest Fracking Strategy Session Fixed for 1/17/2017

According to the Ohio Environmental Council, a strategy session to address the concerns of oil and gas fracking in the Wayne National Forest is scheduled in Columbus Ohio for Tuesday January 17, 2017. The Bureau of Land Management opened an auction of leases between seventeen  and twenty one parcels of the forest on December 6, 2016. The auction is scheduled to begin March 23, 2017 and is open to 1,186 acres in the Marietta Unit of the forest.

The Notice of Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale is available at the BLM-ES website. The posting of the lease sale begins a thirty day protest period of the proposed leased parcels. Protests must be delivered in hard copy via postal service or fax, not emailed or by hand. The BLM received consent from the US Forest Service to offer these parcels in accordance with the revised 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan and the 2012 Supplemental Informational Report. In addition, resource specialists in the BLM Northeastern States District completed an (EA) Environmental Assessment During the process at the Athens Ranger District, public meetings were held in Athens, Ironton and Marietta Ohio. The final EA was released on October 13, 2016.

The March 23, 2017 lease sale will not authorize the successful bidders to develop their leases, according to the Bureau of Land Management, rather they are purchasing a lease which allows them to develop the parcel of land within ten years of the sale date.Because the sale does not authorize drilling, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was released at the same time as the final Environmental Assessment (EA). Although the lease holder will need further authorization before drilling or developing a well, the leases do contain some stipulation, mostly due to risk mitigation that are specific of the parcel. The risks can include soil erosion during construction, sensitive habitat disruption to the Threatened and Endangered Species Act, impairment of archeological research and detriment due to authorized recreational use.

Before any ground disturbing activity may begin on the auctioned parcels, operators must submit an Application for Permit to Drill (APD) to the BLM-ES. At that time, the BLM will initiate a site specific environmental analysis with the Wayne National Forest to determine the feasibility of the drill plan. The Ohio State of Department of Natural Resources will concurrently evaluate the APD for operational risks to groundwater.

The Bureau of Land Management oversees more than 245 million acres of public land, more than any Federal agency. The land is also known as the National System of Public Lands located in twelve Western states, including Alaska.  The BLM also administers to 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the USA. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

This collaboration between the Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Revolution and a long list of interested organizations is scheduled at the Northwood High Building at 2231 N. High St. Columbus OH 43201. The event, hosted by Ohio Revolution, begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Off street parking is available for attendees.

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club / Miami Group – Executive Committee

 

Athens Messenger news article on Hillary Clinton’s answer to fracking issues in Ohio at town hall meeting : 3/14/16

An Athens business owner opposed to fracking got the opportunity to ask former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her views on hydro fracking at the Democratic Town Hall meeting in Columbus on Sunday. Christine Hughes, co-owner of Village Bakery, Della Zona, and Catalyst Cafe’ in Athens was selected to ask a question of Clinton during the nationally televised event. Hughes, who has been an outspoken opponent of fracking and injection wells asked the candidate, “As President, will you let farmers and communities say no to fracking and fully support a clean energy future?” Hughes also pointed out that Clinton wouldn’t allow fracking in communities that did not want it, but Hughes said that Ohio doesn’t allow local fracking bans.

“So much of what governs fracking right now is within State and local control.  Clinton goes on to say, “We need much more scientific research, but here’s what we know. We know that methane releases are bad, bad for the environment, they’re bad for greenhouse gas emissions. We know that if water is contaminated, that’s bad and we can’t allow that to go forward. We know that there is a loophole in the law, that I’ve disagreed with, that permits the fracking companies to not have to disclose what chemicals they’re using in fracking. We deserve to know. I think we have a right to know.” The article further states that Clinton said that she knows others have said they’re going to try to ban fracking altogether. “I just want to tell you that I’m going to do everything I can to regulate it and to try to limit it. No president can stand up before you and say I’m going to ban it. We’ve got too many layers of law we’ve got to work through and regulation we’ve got to deal withand that’s what I’m trying to say very clearly. I do not want to make a promise I can’t keep. I want to tell you what I think I can do as president to be your ally to try to stop that at the local level.”

Hughes told the Messenger that she was glad for the opportunity to ask Clinton about fracking, but admitted she wasn’t impressed with her answer. “I was encouraged that she brought up major problems with fracking, including major problems with fracking, including earthquakes and massive methane leaks, but then I got the feeling that she would try to tighten regulations and let the industry keep fracking. To me, that is a vastly insufficient response to the problem-especially given the climate crisis we’re faced with.”

The Messenger says, despite Clinton’s response, Hughes says she hopes her question helps more people understand the fracking industry. “If you live in a state like ours, which gives the fracking industry a free pass, I would say from what I heard last night that a President Clinton would not protect farmers and communities from fracking.” Hughes said. On Monday, Hughes was allegedly undecided in the primary race. Now she says she will be casting her ballor for Bernie Sanders.   – “Athens Messenger” article dated March 14, 2016 by Sara Brumfield sbrumfield@athensmessenger.com

Scott Bushbaum Sierra Club – Miami Group / Ohio Chapter – ExCom

Global Frackdown

Global Frackdown on Sat., Oct. 11, 3 pm on Fountain Square.  Part of the Global Day of Action.  Join the SW Ohio no Frack Forum, Food & Water Watch and others in this rally.  March through downtown, join the water dancers and learn how to get more involved.

Fracking by the Numbers (Park+Vine, July 28th @ 11:00)

Would you Drink this water?

Have you heard about Fracking?  Perhaps on the radio, in the paper, or from a friend.  Fracking is a new type of natural gas drilling that has exploded in growth across the country, and is now here in Ohio.  Fracking promises economic relief in depressed eastern Ohio counties, but new studies have linked fracking to water and air contamination.  At the center of the controversy are the hundreds of different chemicals and millions of gallons of water used to frack each well.  If you would like to learn more join us for an information session Fracking by the Numbers, July 28th @ 11:00 @ Park + Vine (1202 main st.)Continue reading Fracking by the Numbers (Park+Vine, July 28th @ 11:00)

Free Screening of Gasland @ Esquire Theater Thursday May 24th, 7:30-10:00

Would You Drink This Water?

Have you heard about a new type of natural gas drilling called fracking?

The Oscar nominated documentary GASLAND follows director Josh Fox on a cross country odyssey to explore the hidden world of fracking across America.  Join the Sierra Club and Representative Denise Driehaus for a free screen and discussion of this critically acclaimed movie (Thursday May 24th from 7:30-10:00)

RSVP for the Free Screening and Discussion at the Esquire.

Continue reading Free Screening of Gasland @ Esquire Theater Thursday May 24th, 7:30-10:00

City of Cincinnati says just say no to frack

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2012

Contact: Matt Trokan 443-889-7222

City of Cincinnati says just say no to frack.

 

Cincinnati, OH– The City of Cincinnati is set to become the first major city in Ohio to pass a resolution calling for the state to “move swiftly to place a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing and brine injection wells until further study and risk assessment is completed.”  The Resolution maintains that Cincinnatians do not want to sacrifice their public and environmental health for the sake of fracking.  A coalition of public interest and environmental groups, the Southwest No Frack Forum, fostered the resolution, and has worked to educate the public, elected officials, and local leaders on the risks of fracking to South West Ohio.
 
Horizontal Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) is a method of natural gas drilling that injects a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals under high pressure into dense rock formations to stimulate natural gas production.  Among numerous environmental concerns of this new technology, fracking has been linked to more than a 1,000 cases of water contamination in Colorado, New Mexico, Alabama, Ohio, And Pennsylvania.
 

“Fracking threatens the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat.  With natural gas prices at a historic low there is no need to rush into fracking without more thought and study. ” said Matt Trokan, Conservation Manager of the Ohio Chapter Sierra Club,.  However in Ohio, State officials are embracing fracking even though inadequate study, regulation, and safe guards exists.
 

“Governor Kasich has put forth an energy plan that would be more a gift to the industry than a protective measure for Ohio’s people and water resources. Instead, Ohio should be issuing a moratorium as a good first step toward banning fracking,” said Alison Auciello, Ohio Organizer for the advocacy group Food & Water Watch.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources projected permitting over 3,000 well by 2015 and tens of thousands of wells over the next decade.
 

Mary Clare Reitz, Coordinator for Ohio Alliance for People and the Environment said “local communities need State legislators to slow the rush to frack by passing a statewide moratorium. We need to allow adequate time for peer-reviewed, scientific study that objectively concludes beyond reasonable doubt that human and environmental health will not be adversely affected.”
 

Other communities in Ohio that have passed similar resolutions include Amesville, Burton, Canal Fulton, Canton, Columbiana, Garrettsville, Girard, Munroe Falls, North Canton, Plain Township, South Russell, Yellow Springs, and Youngstown.

 
Contacts:
Food & Water Watch, Alison Auciello, (513) 394-6257, aauciello@fwwatch.org
Sierra Club, Matt Trokan, (443) 889-7222, matt.trokan@sierraclub.org