A press release received today from Ohio activists:
Columbus, Ohio—Citizens from across the state, including Concerned Citizens Ohio, will converge in the Statehouse on Wednesday, March 6, to lobby legislators on proposed fracking legislation for Legislator Accountability Day, sponsored by Buckeye Forest Council; Frack Free Ohio; Food & Water Watch; Center for Heath, Environment, and Justice; Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Sierra Club. The groups are calling for a return of local municipal control over oil and gas activities, emergency medical right-to-know and a ban on liquid waste resulting from fracking. With the nationwide reporting on the Soinski damages to homeowners’ properties and the well being of neighbors, the loss of citizens’ rights have become urgent here in Portage County.
The lobby day is set to begin at the Ohio Theater at 10:00 a.m., with lawmaker meetings scheduled throughout the day. Citizens will rally on the Statehouse lawn at 1:00 p.m., where speakers will address the most pressing issues related to fracking in Ohio. The day will culminate with a petition delivery to Governor Kasich’s office at 2:30 p.m.
WHO: Citizen groups; Buckeye Forest Council; Frack Free Ohio; Food & Water Watch; Center for Heath, Environment, and Justice; Ohio Citizen Action; Ohio Sierra Club, Concerned Citizens Ohio
WHAT: Legislator Accountability Day, lobby meetings, rally, petition delivery
WHEN: 9:00 a.m.: welcome
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: lawmaker meetings
1:00 p.m.: rally
2:30 p.m.: petition delivery
WHERE: Ohio Theater at 39 E. State St., Galbreath Pavilion, Room #1
(map: http://bit.ly/YwoDSB) for training and meeting space; Ohio Statehouse for lawmaker meetings and rally; Governor Kasich’s Riffe Center office for petition delivery
WHY: Citizens and environmental groups are calling on state lawmakers and the Governor to act on key pieces of fracking legislation:
· Ohio has quickly become a dumping ground for toxic fracking waste, which has been found to contain carcinogenic and radioactive ingredients. Ohio citizens are asking lawmakers to co-sponsor and move upcoming legislation that would ban oil and gas liquid waste from being injected underground, spread on Ohio roadways and discharged from treatment plants into Ohio’s waterways.
· Ohio law prevents doctors, nurses, firefighters, EMS, police and hazmat teams from getting life-saving information quickly in emergencies and limits how they can use information if they do receive it Senate Bill 17 and House Bill 42 would give medical professionals and emergency responders complete access to chemical information and make the oil and gas industry play by the same emergency planning rules as other industries in Ohio.
· Communities across Ohio have been calling for a return of local control over oil and gas activities, restoring authority that was taken away in 2004. House Bill 41 would restore local control, allowing local municipalities to decide whether and where fracking would be in their community.
· [a place to add further clarification on your local issue, though you can also add local impacts and actions to the bullet points above]
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.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.