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No arrests during Monday protest at Athens County injection well

By Bob Downing Published: November 20, 2012

Here is a follow-up posting on the peaceful Monday protest at an Athens County injection well in southeast Ohio.

Here is the announcement that came to the media late Monday:

 

To: News Media

From: Appalachia Resist!

Re: Follow Up To Today’s Occupation of Ginsburg Injection Well

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 19, 2012

 

Today, a group of Athens County residents wearing hazmat style suits and respirators, and carrying large placards emblazoned with skulls, blockaded the front gate of the Class II injection well on Ladd Ridge Road in Athens County, Ohio.Protesters blocked the entrance to the well’s delivery pad.No trucks arrived to dump frack-waste while the protesters made their stand, successfully interrupting the day’s business.When the police arrived and asked protesters to disperse, they did so.There were no arrests.

 

Protesters demanded that the Ginsburg Well be shut down, citing numerous violations and shut down orders that the ODNR has issued and then refused to enforce.The injection well is known to accept millions of gallons of radioactive fracking waste from out of state.The protesters noted that this week, the ODNR has issued 4 new well permits, 3 of them in SE Ohio, despite the fact that they are not regulating the wells currently in operation.

 

This action follows the action camp hosted by Appalachia Resist! which served as a training for an ever widening group of community members, including farmers, landowners, and families who want to join the resistance to injection wells and the fracking industry in Southeast Ohio.

With this action, Appalachia Resist! sends the message to the oil and gas industry that our region will not be an easy target for toxic dumping.We send the message to the ODNR that they cannot simply dismiss residents’ concerns.

 

Injection wells bring absolutely no benefit to SE Ohio.They bring tremendous risk to our health, safety, and livelihoods. The oil and gas industry and its captured agency, the ODNR, can expect more direct action and increased resistance from Appalachian Ohioans.We will do what it takes to keep our community safe.

 

SHUT DOWN THESE TOXIC INJECTION WELLS

NO NEW PERMITS

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact Appalachia Resist! 740 591 2693/appalachiaresist@gmail.com

We would like to clarify and correct some items from our earlier press release:

We stated that fracking waste disposal is not permitted in Pennsylvania.To be more specific, the EPA's restrictions of frack-waste disposal in PA makes it prohibitive for them to dump it there. Rather, they send it to Ohio where injection wells are regulated by the ODNR, a captured agency.

We stated that if residents express concerns about injection wells, the law requires a public hearing, and that the ODNR is breaking the law by refusing to grant such a hearing regarding the proposed Atha Well.To be more accurate, it is up to the discretion of the ODNR's Bob Zehringer to decide whether or not residents' concerns are valid. 100 people sent in letters to the ODNR, expressing detailed concern about health, safety, and conservation practices, and the Athens County Commissioners sent letters of their own. These were more letters than the ODNR has received on any other single issue. Yet our concerns have been characterized by the ODNR as "irrelevant". In this case, this agency may technically be within the law, but they are acting outside the bounds of professional ethics. Simply put, they are not doing their job.

 

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