KENT: Local anti-fracking activists Dr. Ted Voneida and George Sosobee helped Environment Ohio unveil a new booklet on shale horrors.



The booklet on contamination, medical problems and declining property values around shale drilling was presented to the media at a chilly press conference on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Kent’s Franklin Mills River Edge Park.



It was distributed today in Ohio and six other states by Environment America.



"Behind the alarming numbers that outline fracking’s environmental impacts, there are real people who lives have been gravely impacted by these polluting practices," said Christian Adams of Environment Ohio. "These are their stories, and it is our responsibility to heed their words of warning on fracking."



Such stories are evidence that states are protecting residents from the threat of hydaulic fracturing or fracking, he said.



Shalefield Stories: Personal and Collected Testimonies



is a 48-page booklet put together by a Pittsburgh-based grass-roots group called Friends of the Harmed.



The book includes accounts from 20 individuals from Ohio and other states, although the book is dominated by people from Pennsylvania.



It includes an account by Jaime Frederick of Coitsville in Mahoning County. She reports that she became ill and underwent six surgeries in the last three years after drillers moved into her neighborhood and 25 wells were drilled and her family’s well became contaminated.



The book also includes a list of 73 individuals, families and groups adversely impacted by shale drilling in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado, Texas and Wyoming.



Industry spokesmen were not expecting to be impressed by the book.



"I have seen their work and there is not a single thing they have done to date that has been accurate or truthful. I'm not holding out much hope for this one either," said Shawn Bennett, a spokesman for Energy in Depth-Ohio, a pro-drilling trade group. Friends of the Harmed is working with faith groups, public health researchers, eco-groups and social justice groups to support affected families in western Pennsylvania. For details, go to http://thomasmertoncenter.org.



To view the book, go to www.environmentohio.org. You can order a copy of the book from the Steel Valley Printers, 107 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120, 412-461-5650.