Today is the last day of April, which means the close of another fantastic Earth Month! I hope these past 30 days have been full of motivation, positive energy, commitment and plenty of earth love – I know they have for me! From our Earth Day Workshop and Party for the Planet to educational documentaries and ways to contribute to our earth, this has been a rejuvenating time for me. And it’s such a great reminder that we don’t have to let this stop – caring about our earth can happen year-round!
I’d like to close out this month with a subject that is hitting home here in Ohio – fracking. I received this email below from the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club and it is SO scary what is going on in our own backyards that I wasn’t even aware of. This isn’t something that is happening in some far-away place. Fracking is here and it is real. There is a fracking well approved for production in Oberlin which is just a 10-minutes drive for me and one of my favorite towns to eat, shop and visit.
It’s time for us to protect our own land because if we don’t, there will be nothing left and I love my children too much to let that happen silently.
Fracking in Ohio
“With fracking expanding across Ohio and Appalachia, we’re seeing more and more toxic fracking waste being produced in and entering Ohio. The vast majority of this waste is injected into the ground through Class II injection wells and left uncontained. The problem with this is that subsurface geology is a funny thing, in many cases there’s no telling where this material travels to or ends up. This is particularly frightening for locations that rely on groundwater.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) currently administers Ohio’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) program, but it’s clear that ODNR is ill equipped for this task and is being influenced by the revenues it receives from the amount of waste material injected in Ohio.
Don’t allow the fracking industry to poison Ohio’s water or future!
The recent case of dumping of fracking waste at the D&L injection well site in Youngstown, Ohio highlights the ineffectiveness of Ohio’s UIC program, as the owner of D&L had many violations for previous incidents but was still issued permits from ODNR.
Administering the UIC program is a privilege that ODNR received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but it’s clear that ODNR is not managing the program responsibly; therefore, the U.S. EPA should intervene to protect Ohio.”
Map of 616 fracking wells in Ohio –> http://ohiosierraclub.org/2013/04/find-a-fracking-well-near-you/
Resources for Gas Fracking in Ohio –> http://ohiosierraclub.org/category/gasandoilfracking/