From the Athens County Fracking Action Network:
"Those wishing to speak are asked to keep their comments brief so that everyone will have an opportunity to talk. Written comments will also be accepted. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, K & H Partners and the media have been invited to attend. If you have questions, please contact the Athens County Board of Commissioners at 740-592-3219."
The Commissioners agreed to the meeting requested by ACFAN because ODNR has refused to grant a public hearing on the K&H2 injection well permit application as required within 30 days of the end of the comment period if any concern is relevant and substantive. Athens County Commissioners, Rep. Debbie Phillips, State Senator Lou Gentile and almost 100 Ohioans submitted comments on the permit application (documents at acfan.org/injection-wells/). The Commissioners stated that they wanted to give the public a chance to voice their concerns.
The K&H2 permit would enable K&H Partners of West Virginia to inject 60,000,000 gallons of toxic radioactive frack waste annually. This is more than 10% of all injectate received in Ohio in 2012. Multiple research studies recently documented strong links between injection and earthquakes. Since those studies appeared this summer, Pike County, Ohio, experienced earthquakes within ten miles of six injection wells. The county had no recorded earthquakes before the October 2013 quakes.
ACFAN is part of a statewide network of concerned Ohioans sending testimony to USEPA* in an effort to get USEPA to revoke Ohio's primacy over injection wells. *ohio.com/news/local/eco-groups-raise-concerns-about-ohio-injection-wells-to-u-s-epa-1.443120
With the announced delay of the USEPA audit of Ohio's program, supposedly to evaluate the testimony that has already been submitted from Athens County and eastern Ohio, speakers on Tuesday will call on USEPA to suspend any further Ohio injection well permitting until a full audit is completed, as requested in the March 14 petition by Teresa Mills on behalf of Ohio residents.
Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl, geologists, medical doctors, well neighbors, and concerned citizens from around the region are expected to offer testimony.
Athens County resident, Zella Nisley, who was born and raised in SE Ohio and has recently returned to retire here, said, “As a non-smoker and lung cancer survivor, I am very concerned about SE Ohio being a dumping ground for toxic, radioactive frack waste. I am doing this work because having cancer is not anything I want anyone else to go through. I don’t understand why ODNR is not willing to monitor water supplies around their wells. How can it allow these open pits of clearly toxic and radioactive waste?” Nisley lives "five minutes" from the Ginsburg injection well. The Ginsburg pit has been tested and found to contain xylene, strontium, arsenic, and other toxic and radioactive materials.* Nisley has been working as part of ACFAN to bring about this meeting and plans to testify on Tuesday.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
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Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.