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Bowling Green to host Sept. 17 program on fracking emergencies

By Bob Downing Published: September 13, 2013

From the FreshWater Accountability Project-Ohio:


On September 17, 2013, Nathan Rutz from Ohio Citizen Action will talk about what happens in a fracking emergency. The presentation is part of the “Expert Series” on horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to inform the local community of the effects of this relatively new industry and its associated air and water pollution and waste disposal issues. The presentation will be held Tuesday, September 17, at Grounds for Thought on Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio from 7 – 9 pm.

Nathan will discuss the effects of fracking in other communities where it has occurred. He will answer such questions as, “When a problem happens at an oil or gas well that requires emergency responders, what happens? What can the fire fighters do? What do they know? If a worker or bystander is exposed to chemicals, what can be done about that? How much information do doctors and nurses have?”

Nathan will also explain what Ohio law currently says, and how it violates the federal Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). He will get into what EPCRA says on the federal and state level, and when, why and how Ohio began to violate this important safety standard. Mr. Rutz will also discuss how it can be fixed.


This presentation is not only for emergency responders, but for those who want to understand how a single industry in the United States has been exempted from important environmental and public health protections. This presentation will inform Northwest Ohioans of the importance of instituting local control through a citizen’s Bill of Rights because of the removal of important regulations and disclosure requirements. The fracking industry is the only industry in the US given such special exemptions that allow it to contaminate air and water through inadequate oversight and regulation.

Nathan Rutz is a campaign organizer with Ohio Citizen Action based in Cleveland. He started his environmental work volunteering with Mountain Justice and Coal River Mountain Watch fighting mountaintop removal in West Virginia in 2007. In 2009 he began canvassing with Ohio Citizen Action in the neighborhoods of Cincinnati and joined efforts to stop mountaintop removal coal mining. In 2012 he became the full-time organizer working on Ohio Citizen Action's fracking awareness campaign.


The Expert Series is sponsored by Protect BG in support of the Bowling Green Charter Amendment for the Citizen’s Bill of Rights, Protect Wood County (, FreshWater Accountability Project Ohio ( and Northwest Ohio Alliance to Stop Fracking (Facebook).




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