An unspecified number of protestors rallied this morning at an injection well near Athens in southeast Ohio.
Here is the press release announcing the event:
A group of Athens County residents wearing hazmat style suits and respirators have gathered in front of the Hazel Ginsburg Well frack-waste injection well on Ladd Ridge Road.They are demanding that the ODNR shut the well down.The protesters are holding banners that read “Shut it Down, No New Permits”, “ODNR, You Have the Facts, Shut this Toxic Well Down” “Our Safety is Not for Sale”, and“Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right”. Many of the signs are emblazoned with the symbol for radioactivity.The protest is also in solidarity with those who today are blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline in Texas.
Athens County residents have been calling for the Ginsburg Well to be shut down for nearly a year, ever since the ODNR’s own records surfaced, which showed that the well has been in nearly continuous violation since the 1980’s, with the ODNR never enforcing their own numerous “plug and abandon” orders.This has become of particular concern now that Ohio accepts out-of-state fracking waste by the millions of gallons.This fall the USGS showed that this waste has radioactivity levels 300 times higher than the federal legal limit for industrial waste.Teresa Mills of the Buckeye Forest Council has called the Ginsburg Well “the worst well in the state of Ohio” in terms of violations.
Last week, the ODNR granted permits for 4 new injection wells in Ohio including one in Athens County. Why should they grant new permits, when they cannot regulate the wells already in operation?
The ODNR is continuing to ignore requests for public hearings on injection well permits, even though 100 citizens have written letters.The ODNR even ignores the County Commmissioners. This is against the law.
The ODNR continues to try to dismiss residents’ concerns, saying that there has been no evidence of water contamination. We say that the ODNR does not test creek, well, spring water or drinking water around injection well sites. The ODNR has stated that they see no need to test water until contamination has already occurred.We say that the ODNR is not an emergency response agency.Its job is not to swoop in after a disaster has occurred, but to protect Ohioans and prevent such disasters from occurring in the first place.
When it comes to injection wells, Ohioans have nothing to gain and everything to lose. The risk is high, the benefits are zero.This is yet another way that extractive industries exploit rural communities.
SHUT DOWN THE GINSBURG WELL
NO NEW PERMITS
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Directions to Ginsburg Well: Take 50/32, 10 Minutes West of Athens, Left on Fisher Road to Ladd Ridge.
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