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Athens injection protestor charged with trespassing

By Bob Downing Published: June 6, 2014

From Appalachian Resist late Thursday:

June 5, 5:30 PM - Crissa Cummings, the Athens County woman who barricaded the gates of the K&H frack-waste transfer station near the rest area off of HWY 50 in Athens County today, unlocked after her action stopped injection operations for much of the business day Thursday.While Cummings was locked to the gate, numerous frack-waste trucks drove by, unable to enter the site, as Cummings’s gathered supporters cheered.


Of her action, Cummings said, “This is my home. I grew up on a farm near New Marshfield and now I live in Millfield.Our state regulators are not listening to us, and I’m worried that if we don’t do everything we can to stop injection wells here, the fracking industry will make this region unlivable.The K&H 2 has been operating unsafely since it was drilled.We believe it is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and state codes meant to protect water from contamination and ensure well safety”.


Cummings’s action comes on the heels of a letter of complaint to the EPA filed jointly by Appalachia Resist! and the Athens County Fracking Action Network today concerning the K&H 2, as well as a legal appeal of the K&H 2 permit filed by ACFAN in January.


Cummings was charged with trespassing and released on her own recognizance.Peggy Gish, 71, who supported Cumming’s action and stood with her in front of the gate, was released with no charges.Cummings is expected to be arraigned on Friday, June 6th, at 9 AM, at the Athens County Municipal Court.Her supporters plan to be in attendance to continue to call for an end to injection wells in Athens County.


Please stay tuned to our YouTube channel for videos currently being uploaded of today's action.




Appalachia Resist! are residents of Athens and Meigs Counties who have come together to oppose fracking, injection wells, and the barging of frack waste on the Ohio River. Further information is available at



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