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Ohio groups unhappy with Pittsburgh voluntary standards pact

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

From the Buckeye Forest Council:

Ohio Community Groups Join Growing Number Calling “Fracking Peace Deal” Bogus

Columbus, Ohio- A growing movement of grassroots community groups in Ohio released a statement today, which accompanied a letter sent directly to the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), calling the “peace” reached by the Oil and Gas industry and environmental groups a complete fabrication.

The letter, sent by hundreds of citizens and community groups, stated, “We are in fact quite insulted that you (CSSD), presume to speak for Ohio citizens and Ohio environmental organizations. To date we have not found even one organization in our state that had any knowledge of this agreement, even though you have been working on it for the past two years. If indeed you have been working or communicating with environmental organizations in Ohio, please provide us with the name(s) of these organizations.”

Speaking on behalf of No Frack Ohio, a coalition of hundreds of Ohio citizens and grassroots groups, Buckeye Forest Council director, Cheryl Johncox, stated, “This industry ploy simply puts green lipstick on a pig. It in no way represents the thousands of groups around the nation fighting against this dangerous industry.” Johncox continued, We will continue to fight this global scheme to extract and export fossil fuels at the expense of our climate and our health. We will not be silenced. The public should not be fooled by this industry scam.”

The letter ended by stating, “It appears to us that your strictly voluntary standards are in reality business as usual for the industrialization and destruction of our communities by some of the same people who developed these so-called standards. We are putting you (CSSD), on notice that we, the citizens of Ohio, will not change our position on fracking based on this feeble attempt to pacify us with these worthless standards that have no standing in law. We vow to continue our fight against this destructive extraction industry and those that pretend to represent our environmental concerns.”


 

March 27, 2013
Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) Via email, hard copy to follow.
Andrew Place – Interim Director 625 Liberty Avenue | Suite 395 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Director Pace,

The undersigned Ohio citizens and citizens’ groups, state and national organizations are writing to inform you that we are not in agreement with your “Certification of Performance Standards” and are in fact quite insulted that you presume to speak for Ohio citizens and Ohio environmental organizations. To date we have not found even one organization in our state that had any knowledge of this agreement, even though you have been working on it for the past two years. If indeed you have been working or communicating with environmental organizations in Ohio, please provide us with the name(s) of these organizations.

It appears to us that your strictly voluntary standards are in reality business as usual for the industrialization and destruction of our communities by some of the same people who developed these so-called standards.

We are putting you on notice that we, the citizens of Ohio, will not change our position on fracking based on this feeble attempt to pacify us with these worthless standards that have no standing in law. We vow to continue our fight against this destructive extraction industry and those that pretend to represent our environmental concerns.

Sincerely,
On behalf of the citizens of Ohio
Cheryl Johncox, Director
Buckeye Forest Council
1200 W. Fifth Ave., #103
Columbus, OH 43212
(614)599-2529

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Environmental Defense Fund Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)
EQT Corporation Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Shell Chevron
CONSOL Energy Clean Air Task Force
Heinz Endowments Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture)
Carnegie Mellon University William Penn Foundation

View Citizens Letter and complete list of signatories at link below
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/51d8a504d48b38aeff456b83d/files/Letter_to_CSSD_PA.pdf
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