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Auch to speak Aug. 24 at faith communities' meeting

By Bob Downing Published: August 5, 2014

From the Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness:

CHESTERLAND, OH: FACT [Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness] to host distinguished biogeochemist, Dr. Ted Auch at its August 24 meeting at the Community Church of Chesterland, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The church is located at 11984 Caves Rd in Chesterland.

At the meeting, Dr. Auch, Program Coordinator for the FracTracker Alliance will be presenting some of the detailed mapping work that he has completed relating to the hydraulic fracturing of shale in the U.S., with a special focus on Ohio. The mapping he will present will include information on oil and gas production wells, frack waste disposal wells (Class II), land under lease for fracking, water impacts, and additional details.

The goal of the nonprofit FracTracker Alliance is to serve as “an education-watchdog-outreach shop” for Eastern Ohio, said Auch, 37. “We want to be that clearinghouse for drilling data.” The educational component especially is needed as the Utica shale development spreads in Ohio, he said. Auch’s group is not against all drilling, but it does have “serious ecological concerns that we won’t hide” about fracking, he said.

FracTracker Alliance looks at such topics as drilling permits, well production data, water sources being tapped for fracking and even drilling violations. The Alliance is striving to offer the public “a more holistic assessment” of what’s happening with drilling with what he calls a “complete suite of local data.”

FaCT, the group hosting the August 24 meeting, has been working since 2011 to educate faith communities and communities at large in Ohio and beyond about the “threats to God’s Creation posed by fracking as well as the social justice aspects of this issue,” according to Ron Prosek, Convener of FaCT.

The group includes participants from more than 45 Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Unitarian-Universalist, and Jewish, faith communities, mostly in eastern Ohio.

Folks who are interested in helping with an inter-faith response to the problems posed by fracking in Ohio are invited to attend. There will be a light lunch served for participants starting at 12:30 p.m. before the 1:00 p.m. meeting. Interested parties are asked to RSVP if they would like to participate in this meeting (or the lunch AND the meeting) to Ron Prosek at: rprosek.fact@gmail.com or phone 440-974-2035.

 

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