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Youngstown woman arrested on Sunday at drilling site

By Bob Downing Published: March 11, 2013

From a press release from Frack Free Youngstown:

Not My Water: Youngstown Woman Sits Down to Fracking Drinking Water
March 9th, 2013.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio--Youngstown resident Maria Montanez was worried about her water. She was so worried about protecting the water for 220,000 Mahoning Valley residents that she felt compelled to halt the operations by preventing trucks carrying fracking equipment from entering the Cadle Drill site, located in the Drinking Water Source Protection Area of the Meander Reservoir. Her concerns are well founded, ODNR reports reveal a four foot split in the casing and uncertainty about how effective the repair is.

The report submitted to the ODNR by Consol Energy, the company that operates the well, is full of inconsistencies. The report selectively chooses which data sets to validate and explicitly states that they have no understanding of some of the results that they obtained when doing tests.

The Cadle fracking well is located in the Drinking Water Source Protection Area of the Meander Reservoir. The Meander reservoir provides over 220,000 people in the Mahoning Valley with their drinking water, and operates within a protected area. The Cadle well, located in Jackson Township, is one-hundred feet from a stream which flows directly into the Meander Reservoir.

Ms. Montanez chose to sit down in the road leading to the well and refused to leave until placed under arrest by Jackson Township police.I felt compelled to stop the trucks from entering here because this well has a faulty casing that was shoddily repaired and is going to contaminate my morning coffee and drinking water.


For more information about the split in the Cadle Well casing follow this link:



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