Target: NoFrackOhio.com — Largest anti-fracking coalition in Ohio
Goal: Appreciate Madeline Ffitch’s stand against wastewater injection wells in Ohio
Massive amounts of wastewater produced in fracking for natural gas have begun to pose a serious environmental problem in terms of treatment and disposal. The oil and gas industry’s ‘solution’ has been injecting the toxic liquid into the earth without any certainty of where it will end up. In a stand against this wastewater dumping, Madeline Ffitch single-handedly blockaded the entrance to one of the dumping sites in Athens, Ohio. We must appreciate Ffitch for bringing the issue of wastewater injection wells to national attention.
A fracking wastewater injection well is a tunnel used to pump liquid byproduct left over from the fracking process deep underground. From there it is left to be sorted out by the earth’s natural processes. As one might guess, problems with this strategy of disposal are cropping up left and right. The main concerns are:
- The oil and gas industry has classified the contents of fracking wastewater
- There is no guarantee it won’t contaminate public drinking water
- The wastewater being injected into the earth is only tested and reported on by the companies that produce it
Through her protest, Ffitch is demanding that the fracking wastewater be tested by outside agencies and that the oil and gas industry keep out-of-state wastewater from being brought to Ohio. With evidence mounting that fracking creates imminent threats to public health and safety, her brave stand and subsequent arrest have launched the issue into the national spotlight not a moment too late.
As one of the states yet to litigate against injection wells, Ohio has become the dumping ground for wastewater from both Pennsylvania and New York. In addition to producing hazardous drinking water supplies, fracking poses a danger to the geological stability of overlaying land. An Ohio state agency recently reported earthquakes recorded in non-geologically active areas above fracking operations. As proven by uninterrupted fracking activity, it is clear that the potential repercussions of pumping harmful chemicals into the earth are being ignored by American oil companies.
The demands of Madeline’s protest are important requirements for all states in which injection wells are being built, and should be treated as such. Thank Madeline Ffitch for her attention to the adverse effects of fracking, and for providing resistance to the mindless, driving nature of America’s oil addiction. Request that the largest anti-fracking group in Ohio, NoFrackOhio.com, formally appreciate Ffitch’s important act of resistance.
Madeline Ffitch’s stand against fracking wastewater dumping has become a pivotal factor in the national resistance to fracking. When single instances of activism trigger the kind of media attention and public concern necessary to make a change, it is important to honor the person responsible. A section of your website dedicated to her or a post detailing her accomplishment and it’s reverberations would strengthen the resistance against unsafe fracking practices. Thank Madeline Ffitch for her initiative and single-handed act of resistance by furthering her influence.
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