Residents Blockade Injection Well One Week After 1,000 Gallon Fracking Waste Spill

16 Jul

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Concerned residents blocked access to an injection well in Trumbull County this morning, protesting the failure of Ohio regulators to adequately test and monitor dumping of toxic fracking waste. At least one protestor has been arrested and at least two others have been detained.

Trumbull County residents, along with supporters from Frack Free Mahoning and Ohio Fracktion, are gathering at the well site on Sodom Hutchings Road in Vienna Township, to express concerns about the contents of the 1,000 gallons of fracking wastewater that spilled along five miles of road in Fowler Township, a nearby residential area on July 7.They are demanding that Ohio’s Division of Natural Resources (ODNR) begin systematically testing out-of-state frack waste that is injected into over 170 wells throughout Ohio. One supporter has locked himself to the gate to prevent all trucks carrying fracking waste from entering the site.

According to spokesperson Mike Settles, emergency responders from Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted only a simple pH test of the spilled frack waste lining the roads of Fowler Township. As far as further testing for radiation, heavy metals, and other chemicals, Settles explained that EPA doesn’t “have the resources” to perform testing unless there is a “legitimate concern” of environmental damage. Thick, rust colored residue was still visible on the road over a week after the spill.

Liberal Township Trustee Jodi Stoyak expressed her frustration with EPA’s response in a July 12 letter to Mr. Settles, noting “many of the chemicals used in [fracking] and contained in the waste are officially classified individually as hazardous…. This, in my opinion, is a huge environmental concern.”

ODNR officials have ignored numerous written and oral requests from Ohio residents to order testing of the countless gallons of out-of-state frack waste injected underground into Ohio each year. In response to a recent public records request asking ODNR to release all testing relevant to fracking waste, ODNR Geologist Tom Tomastik provided no results taken after 1989.


5 Responses to “Residents Blockade Injection Well One Week After 1,000 Gallon Fracking Waste Spill”

  1. nonviolentconflict July 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

  2. Katuah Earth First! July 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on Katuah Earth First!.

    • TheRewildWest July 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      AWESOME!! Keep up the great work!

      –Love and Liberation–

      Jan @ TheRewildWest

  3. croatanearthfirst July 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Croatan Earth First!.

  4. Keith Augusto July 17, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Thank you guys so much for what you do. For putting yourselves into public trouble. I hope you continue to get more people to help with OUR FIGHT to clean up and secure a beautiful world. Thank you…Keith

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