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Muskingum Watershed conservancy court to get water report

By Bob Downing Published: June 6, 2014

From the FreshWater Accountability Project and FracTracker today:

Dr. Ted Auch of FracTracker to Present on Watershed Impacts

Report will be presented at the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Annual Court June 7


The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has oversight by a Conservancy Court comprised of 18 elected judges from each of the counties included in the district. The Conservancy Court meets once a year to decide upon matters brought before the court. This year, the court will be hearing from a concerned citizens’ group organized to protect the water, the FreshWater Accountability Project (, and will feature a presentation from Dr. Ted Auch on watershed impacts.


The FracTracker Alliance (, “shares maps, data and analyses to communicate impacts of the global oil and gas industry and inform actions that positively shape our energy future” ( Through the research data obtained, it has been determined that each Utica well requires 5.1 million gallons of water, on average, to frack. This is water that will likely be completely lost to the hydrologic cycle because of the low rate of recycling and the fact that the water is no longer fit for any other recreational, agricultural or drinking water use.


Dr. Auch will be presenting on projected Muskingum River watershed impacts that will likely be caused by the continued removal of massive quantities of water to serve the watershed district. This information will inform the court for important decisions that need to be made to protect the quantity and quality of the water in the watershed.


Who:FreshWater Accountability Project and FracTracker


What:Presentation on projected watershed impacts caused by MWCD and others in Southeast Ohio who sell water for profit to serve the fracking industry


Where:Conservancy Court, Tuscarawas County Courthouse, High Ave., New Philadelphia, Ohio


When:10 am Saturday, June 7








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