From Appalachian Resist!:
Eight people who participated in a February 19 protest at GreenHunter Energy's New Matamoras frack waste facility pled no contest to trespassing.
They were part of a group of 100 who protested the potential barging of frack waste on the Ohio River.On February 19th, protesters blocked the gates to the New Matamoras facility, turned away frack waste trucks, and unfurled a banner that read “GreenHunter: Making the Rich Richer and the Poor Sicker”.GreenHunter Energy, a Texas company which, in addition to the New Matamoras facility, owns several Class II injection wells in Washington and Athens Counties, and a fleet of trucks for transporting frack waste, is now pressuring the Coast Guard to allow barging of hazardous frack waste up and down the Ohio River.According to GreenHunter’s own estimates,each of their barges would carry almost half a million gallons of frack waste, monumentally increasing the influx of toxic waste brought in from out of state for injection in Ohio.
This frack waste has been shown by the EPA, the USGS, and other independent agencies to contain carcinogens and toxic heavy metals, as well as dangerous levels of radioactivity.
If even one frack-waste barge leaked or spilled, it would threaten the drinking water of 5 million people, as the Ohio River is a primary drinking water source for the region. According to Athens county resident Sasha White, “fracking waste is unlike other hazardous materials because it is a mix of unknown ingredients and disperses immediately in water. You can't clean it up.”
In response to the February 19th demonstration, Washington County resident and SEOFIG Organizer Betsy Cook said she wanted "to thank the protestors that came to the GreenHunter facility and risked getting arrested... they wanted Washington County people to hear a message: they're bringing this brine into Washington County and it’s coming from out of state. I was very appreciative that they took the time.It’s up to us, now that we know that information, to decide what we want to do."
Appalachia Resist! aims to stop fracking and the disposal of frack waste in Ohio and beyond.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
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