Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich
Goal: Don’t allow fracking waste facilities to be created without the opportunity for public comment
The Ohio governor and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have created 23 fracking waste disposal facilities, placing a burden on community members while bypassing requirements for public comment periods. Ohio generates fracking waste within its borders from the Utica and Marcellus shale formations. It also has some of the least restrictive policies for containing and disposing of the waste, making the state an attractive place for other states, like Pennsylvania, to truck in and dump their problematic, chemical-filled liquid fracking byproducts.
The leftover liquid from fracking can contain heavy metals, chemicals, and even radioactive substances, yet residents are not being consulted before facilities to store and dispose of this waste are being built and operated in their communities. The danger from these types of facilities, which are often poorly constructed, is that the waste can seep into groundwater, streams, and aquifers that the communities depend on for drinking water. Lea Harper, who is the managing director of the Fresh Water Accountability Project, said ‘These facilities are an imminent threat to public health. Once the fracking boom becomes a bust, it will be the Ohio taxpayer that pays the price for clean-up and health costs. We are doing everything we can to avoid that.’ The Fresh Water Accountability Project is one of the groups bringing a lawsuit to end the illegal practice.
Members of the community have gathered to protest the danger these facilities pose. Support their efforts and demand a stop to facilities being opened without voters’ consent.
Dear Governor Kasich,
Stop allowing dangerous waste to be moved in to communities without taxpayers’ permission. The fracking byproduct contains chemicals and sometimes even radioactive material that can leak into drinking water sources. The public comment period required before opening such facilities is in place to protect community members.
If you believe that your constituents support the waste disposal facilities, there is no reason to open the facilities without allowing the public comment period on the regulations. Failing to allow public comment demonstrates a fear that community members will speak out against these facilities. You were elected to serve the people of Ohio, not to expose them, without their consent, to waste that may negatively impact their health and safety. The public has a right to clean drinking water. You have a legal obligation to provide citizens with the opportunity to comment before facilities are constructed and opened to receive fracking waste.
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