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Eco-group unveils new booklet on shale problems

By Bob Downing Published: January 30, 2014

KENT: Local anti-fracking activists Dr. Ted Voneida and George Sosobee helped Environment Ohio unveil a new booklet on shale horrors.

The booklet on contamination, medical problems and declining property values around shale drilling was presented to the media at a chilly press conference on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Kent’s Franklin Mills River Edge Park.

It was distributed today in Ohio and six other states by Environment America.

"Behind the alarming numbers that outline fracking’s environmental impacts, there are real people who lives have been gravely impacted by these polluting practices," said Christian Adams of Environment Ohio. "These are their stories, and it is our responsibility to heed their words of warning on fracking."

Such stories are evidence that states are protecting residents from the threat of hydaulic fracturing or fracking, he said.

Shalefield Stories: Personal and Collected Testimonies

is a 48-page booklet put together by a Pittsburgh-based grass-roots group called Friends of the Harmed.

The book includes accounts from 20 individuals from Ohio and other states, although the book is dominated by people from Pennsylvania.

It includes an account by Jaime Frederick of Coitsville in Mahoning County. She reports that she became ill and underwent six surgeries in the last three years after drillers moved into her neighborhood and 25 wells were drilled and her family’s well became contaminated.

The book also includes a list of 73 individuals, families and groups adversely impacted by shale drilling in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado, Texas and Wyoming.

Industry spokesmen were not expecting to be impressed by the book.

"I have seen their work and there is not a single thing they have done to date that has been accurate or truthful. I'm not holding out much hope for this one either," said Shawn Bennett, a spokesman for Energy in Depth-Ohio, a pro-drilling trade group. Friends of the Harmed is working with faith groups, public health researchers, eco-groups and social justice groups to support affected families in western Pennsylvania. For details, go to

To view the book, go to You can order a copy of the book from the Steel Valley Printers, 107 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120, 412-461-5650.



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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.