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Ohio anti-fracking groups plan April 18 rally

By Bob Downing Published: April 15, 2012

An anti-fracking rally is planned at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Columbus by anti-fracking groups across Ohio.

The 60-minute rally is scheduled to be held on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse.

The event is being organized by No Frack Ohio, a statewide grass-roots group.

It intends to release a new analysis  comparing Ohio's proposed rules on drilling for natural gas with rules in Pennsylvania and Texas and identifying areas where Ohio is falling behind on protections.

The protestors will then attend the 3 p.m. meeting of the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee.

State Rep. Bob Hagan, D-Youngstown, is seeking House support from his proposed legislation that would give local communities more control over drilling.

The activists are expected to push for public hearings on six proposed bills on fracking that are pending in the Republican-controlled committee.

No Frack Ohio is calling for a day of political action on Thursday, April 19.

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