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.