Ohio is joining the Bucket Brigade.
That's the name given to the air-testing system organized by the California-based Global Community Monitor that relies on citizen volunteers, said organizer Teresa Mills.
Twenty volunteers from Athens, Monroe, Washington and Portage counties were trained on May 11 in Athens.
An additional volunteer training may be held soon in Northeast Ohio, Mills said.
The volunteers will collect air samples in specially designed 5-gallon buckets. Those samples can be analyzed for up to 63 chemicals tied to gas-oil well drilling.
Testing the samples can cost up to $470 per bucket, organizers say.
Ohio is one of seven states that now part of the nationwide grass-roots air-collection system.
The Bucket Brigade and the training were organizaed by the Athens County Fracking Action Network, Global Community Monitor, Ohioans for Health, the Buckeye Forest Council and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.
The Bucket Brigade program was organized in 1995 by attorney Edward Masry who worked with activist Erin Brokovich.
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