Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fracking Waste Bill HB 422 Won't Work To Protect Public Health and Safety from Hazards of Injection Wells

Buckeye Forest Council and Frackfree Mahoning Valley Release a Joint Statement Saying State Representatives Sean O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, and John Patterson’s Injection Well Bill (HB 422) Won’t Work To Protect Public Health And Safety:  Groups Say The Bill Ignores The Seriousness Of The Fracking Waste-related, Man-made Earthquake Issue and Resulting Threats To Drinking Water and Property Values.

Youngstown, Ohio, January 21, 2016 - Buckeye Forest Council and Frackfree Mahoning Valley released the following January 21, 2016 statement regarding HB 422:
       HB 422, an injection well “regulation” bill sponsored by State Representatives Sean O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, and John Patterson will not work to protect public health and safety of Ohio communities.  HB 422 ignores science and the seriousness of Ohio’s fracking waste – related, man-made earthquake issue and resulting threats to drinking water and property values.  Toxic waste spills and releases are far too numerous locally or nationwide.
       The April 2015toxic waste release in Vienna, Ohio, three fracking waste spills in Torch, Ohio, the intentional dumping of fracking waste into the Mahoning River, and injection well – related earthquakes in Mahoning County, Trumbull County, and Ashtabula County were not prevented by increased or so-called “strict” regulations. Earthquakes cannot be regulated. 
       “The bill makes reference to not placing wells near known fault lines. At first glance, that may sound good to some people. Not knowing where the fault lines are in Ohio renders this null and void.  None of the fault lines in Ohio that were associated with the man-made earthquakes were known faults until the quakes happened,” said Teresa Mills of Buckeye ForestCouncil.
       “Ohio is becoming a toxic waste dump. No state or area should be.  If HB 422 passes, it will simply enable more out-of-state and in-state toxic fracking waste to be injected under Ohio by offering false assurances that injection or disposal wells can be made safe by mere regulations.  Ohio cannot afford to allow false assurances to rule the day,” said Susie Beiersdorfer of FrackfreeMahoning Valley.
       HB 422 won’t stop nine billion gallons of clean Ohio water from being turned into toxic waste. The bill won’t stop billions of gallons of toxic waste fluids from being pumped into the ground beneath Ohioan’s feet.
       Based upon experience and scientific findings, our position is that injection of toxic fracking waste is an inherently unsafe, ultrahazardous method of handling billions of gallons of toxic fracking waste that is constantly being created.  There is no safe or good solution to where to put all this waste or how to handle it in a way that safeguards public health and safety. A major reason for using injection wells to dispose of toxic fracking waste is the low disposal cost to the industry. We reject this reasoning because the public’s health and safety must come first.
       We are not lawyers, but we believe that operation of an injection well is not a legitimate business activity. We believe that it is a current and “imminent danger to the public health or safety,” or the environment. (The latter references similar words in Ohio law.)
       Politicians sponsoring HB 422 must consider the simple truth that one cannot regulate something that is by nature unsafe and make it safe. It’s that fundamental. They and their allies should stop pretending that it’s possible to do so. This fallacy is causing danger and harm to people and communities.
       Just as we, as a society in the interests of protecting public health and safety, abandoned and outlawed the use of asbestos, leaded gasoline, and lead paint, we must realize that injection of toxic fracking waste must be treated the same way.  The risk of great harm from this practice is unacceptable and too high a price to pay. Society cannot achieve a so-called “balance” with the use of asbestos, leaded gasoline, or lead paint. Science and good public policy have found their use simply unsafe, as injection of fracking waste will be - and the sooner, the better, in our opinion.
       Injection wells entail unacceptable costs in terms of public health and safety, property values, property rights, and social costs of losing our democratic rights.  Risking potential adverse effects from surface spills on our drinking water supply or small, repeated earthquakes on our aging infrastructure such as gas lines, water lines, or sewage lines is unacceptable.
       Drop this bill. The only real solution to the injection well and fracking waste problem is to stop injection wells and to stop producing billions of gallons of toxic waste fluids. We cannot permit politicians or bureaucrats to pretend that human beings can “regulate” earthquakes or can “regulate” an inherently unsafe process and magically make it safe. It makes no common sense.
       Passing HB 422 is not a legitimate solution. It is part of the problem.
For media inquiries or more information, contact:
Buckeye Forest Council at: 614-539-1471 or or
Frackfree Mahoning Valley at: or call:  234-201-0402
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Citizen Urges Youngstown OH City Council: Step Up! Protect The People From Next Toxic Fracking Disaster!

Address to Youngstown (Ohio) City Council,  December 2, 2015
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After speaking at a county commissioners meeting I asked Carol Rimedio-Righetti why she and Anthony Traficanti and then county commissioner John McNally signed off on the permits for the D & L injection well (that we now know caused all the earthquakes and whose owner went to jail for dumping toxic, radioactive fracking waste into the Mahoning River.) She replied that Lupo LIED to them about what kind of well it was, and THEY did not know WHAT he was going to be injecting into it.  I said: “WOULDN’T YOU RESEARCH SOMETHING LIKE THAT BEFORE YOU PERMITTED IT!?”

Most big money business deals in Youngstown are behind-closed-door ne­gotiations involving our elected and appointed officials and corporations.  Many times citizens find out long afterwards what our elected and appoint­ed officials have done “business-wise”. Many times the ONLY WAY THEY FIND OUT  is by obtaining public records under the Ohio Sunshine Laws. Public records have consistently revealed that our elected and appointed officials have represented CORPORATE INTERESTS instead of REPRE­SENTING THE PEOPLE.
These records have revealed among other things that our county commis­sioners signed off on fracking wells to be drilled in our protected drinking water watershed of the Meander Reservoir.

More public records reveal they per­mitted CNX Gas Co., LLC to drill the Cadle well even though at that time they had 148 environmental violations in Pennsylvania relating to fracking waste spills. An alert citizen, reading public records found that  this fracking well, located on Blott Road in North Jackson, had a casing (pipe) split AS SOON AS IT WAS DRILLED and HALLIBURTON came up from Texas to cement it shut.

Public records reveal the same county commissioners authorized the sale of 8,250,000 gallons of our MVSD water to frack this well. Former Mayor Sammarone had a billboard installed on West Avenue in front of the water department stating a Maintenance and Storage facility was being built. The public records show that $62,000 was spent to build an overhead filling station for fracking tanker trucks at the same time. Pub­lic records show millions of gallons of our MVSD water being sold by our Board of Control (at that time Mayor Sammarone, Finance Dir. Bozanich and Law Dir. Farris) to fracking businesses including tanker cleaning companies associated with D & L.

Mike Ray was appointed by Mrs. Rimedio-Righetti to be the 4th ward coun­cilperson when she became commissioner. Mr. Ray works part time for American Electric Power and is the chairman of the Public Utilities Committee for the Youngstown City Council. American Electric Power owns fracking pipelines throughout the United States. Councilman Ray was the organizer of the January 12, 2012 public hearing at the Cov­elli Center where the Ohio Department of Natural Resources stated that the D & L injection well had NOTHING TO DO WITH the earthquakes we had in Youngstown throughout 2011, which we now know is totally false.

State Representative Joe Schiavoni came to the Youngstown City Council and spoke in favor of fracking, saying that it would bring jobs to Youngstown, and also made robocalls against the citizen ballot initiative to protect our drinking water, The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights. His father, Louis, as a Mill Creek Park Commissioner approved Sunoco Logistics, LLC putting a fracking product pipeline underneath sections of Mill Creek Park on the way to the cryogenic plant at New Middletown and State Line Road.


Now Youngstown is receiving the Marcellus drilling wastes from Pennsyl­vania which are radioactive and potentially threaten human health, as the expert from the Ohio State University, Dr. Julie Weatherington-Rice, has emphasized in her seminars at YSU. Along Ohio Works Drive and on the banks of the Mahoning River, IWC/Groundtech is doing frackimg waste treatment which includes evaporating the liquids and down-blending radioactive solids into dirt. The nuclear indus­try has deemed this too dangerous to do, and declared it illegal. Kasich calls this downblended dirt a beneficial material in our Ohio state budget. This radioactive waste is put into roll-off dumpsters and trucked through our city, down Rte. 680, and dumped in the Poland landfill.

The Marcellus residual waste trucks are on all of our highways here, on their way to injection wells in Vienna, Niles and Warren. There are now many busi­nesses that have “popped up all over town” that mostly operate at night cleaning fracking waste tankers, venting to the atmosphere toxic chemicals and using vacuum trucks to suck out the partial solids and liquid waste. We have NO inspectors making sure all of this dangerous waste is dis­posed of correctly. The Kleese injection well leaked in Vienna and was NOT reported, the fracking wastewater killed all fish and wildlife in a wet­lands and a pond. From those spill reports we NOW KNOW what the toxic fracking chemicals being injected are (click to enlarge):

list fracking chemicals found in Vienna, Ohio, spill
ALL are cancer-causing and this list is not detailing the radioactive elements.

It is NOT ACCEPTABLE that Youngstown serves as the WASTE DUMP of the Pennsylvania Marcellus fracking industry!

The PEOPLE’S RIGHT to health and safety in OUR own community is greater than any fracking CORPORATION’s right to plunder our resources & POLLUTE to make PROFIT.

ALL of us can UNITE to fight back and get rid of the illegal state laws that Kasich let the frackimg industry write and get passed. All Ohio law comes from localities UPWARD. Change the “business as usual” before we are the next big fracking disaster!

1) D&L Northstar One earthquakes
1b) D&L Northstar One earthquakes

2) D&L dumping

3) Halcon (Cadle well) pipe break


5) Youngstown earthquake hearing, Jan. 2012

6) Community Bill of Rights

7) Pipeline in Millcreek Metropark


8) Dr. Julie Weatherington-Rice, radioactivity

9) Radioactive waste

10) Tank cleaners

10b) wastewater tanks

11) Warren, Ohio, KDA injection wells(3)

12) KDA injection well dumping

12b) Vienna fracking waste dumping

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Youngstown Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: A National Day of Action

You are invited to join us at one or more of these toxic hotspots Tuesday November 17 - it is part of a National Day of Action “Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes" going on across the country.
#1) 12:30 PM to approximately 1:10 PM - AWMS Niles/Weathersfield injection well on N. Main Street, Niles, Ohio 44446

#2) 1:30 PM to 1:45 PM - New injection well being drilled on Hwy 193 near the Airport in Vienna, Ohio 44473

#3) 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM – KDA injection well – Sodom Hutchings Road, Vienna, Ohio 44473

#4) 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM –Iron Eagle Enterprises, Inc. 4991 Belmont Ave. Liberty, Ohio 44505 (at Amhurst Rd.).

#5) 5:00 PM –  “Five minutes with the Mayor, “ John McNally, Youngstown, Ohio 44503

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This is one of the many "actions" for National Day of Action “Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes”.

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On November 17, communities across America will hold various events and actions to shine a light on the problems associated with toxic #fracking waste and its disposal. Events are scheduled in at least 15 Ohio counties. To attend an event in your area, contact Frackfree America National Coalition at (234) 201-8007 or

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Save Our Water VOTE YES! FOR Youngstown Community Bill of Rights

Prevent Toxic Fracking Waste Earthquakes NOW  

 Prevent The Poison NOW 

Save Our Water - Save Our City 

VOTE YES! Nov. 3
on the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights,
the city charter amendment to ban fracking

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Buckeye Forest Council Release Joint Statement on StatesFirst Earthquake Primer

Frackfree Mahoning Valley                                News Release
Buckeye Forest Council
For Immediate Release:  September 29, 2015
Contact: Jane Spies:  phone: 330-619-0730   or   234-201-0402
Teresa Mills: phone: 614-487-9290
Or e-mail:
Susie Beiersdorfer:  phone: 330-881-1050 or 234-201-0402
Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Buckeye Forest Council Release Joint Statement on StatesFirst Earthquake Primer
Youngstown, Ohio, September 29, 2015 –   Frackfree Mahoning Valley (based in Youngstown, Ohio) and Buckeye Forest Council released the following statement regarding the induced seismicity primer by StatesFirst released on September 28, 2015:
       “The idea that human beings can control earthquakes is absurd and an example of hubris. No one can guarantee that earthquakes can be kept small or non-damaging.  It is not known where all of the faults are that may become lubricated by disposal or injection well fluids, thereby possibly inducing a quake.  The quake problem is often associated with unknown faults, many of which cannot be adequately mapped since the cost to do so would be prohibitive.  Continuing on the path the oil and gas industry is on along with some of their allies is gambling with the public health, safety, and welfare. That is unacceptable,” said Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council. 
       "There will be continued public outcry about the recklessness of allowing massive amounts of fracking waste to be injected under the places where we live - our homes and our communities.  This is too great a risk to public health, safety and welfare.  Human beings cannot control earthquakes with 100% certainty.  The risk of causing larger, damaging, even life-threatening earthquakes is too high a price to pay. As evidenced by numerous news reports, efforts to prevent man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas apparently are not working. Earthquakes are continuing. We refuse to be unwilling human subjects in what essentially is an earthquake prevention experiment,” said Susie Beiersdorfer, a geologist and a member of Frackfree Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, Ohio.
       Agency officials are toying with earthquakes.  We find it disturbing that no impacted community groups are listed as participants in the production of this report, yet numerous oil and gas companies were involved in developing this primer. 

       We must keep in mind that the largest injection well quake associated with induced seismicity was a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Prague, Oklahoma in 2011. There is now a lawsuit taking place in Oklahoma by a woman who says she was injured when rock fell from her chimney onto her legs, as a result of an induced seismic earthquake. There is no guarantee that quakes will not get even bigger.

       Attempts to stop the earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas, for example, are apparently not working to protect public health and safety.  In fact, Oklahoma, which has now surpassed California for earthquakes, just had two quakes on September 24, 2015 that police reported caused power outages.
       If earthquakes are continuing in places where officials are trying to stop or “mitigate” them, why should the public have confidence that they can be protected from man-made earthquakes anywhere?
       In the Youngstown, Ohio area, there are now three man-made earthquake sites related to injection wells or hydraulic fracturing operations instead of just the original site associated with the now-famous 4.0 magnitude New Year’s Eve quake on December 31, 2011.  The number of earthquake sites grew despite new state regulations, and a 7-mile moratorium, in an effort to control the quakes.  How many more earthquake sites might there be in Youngstown and the surrounding area if the state continues on the same misguided path it is currently following?
       In addition, transparency needs to be improved on the part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The Poland, Ohio earthquakes, were actually a series of 77 quakes, not just five larger quakes, as officials often repeat.

       The truth is that the constant creation of millions of gallons of fracking waste fluid must stop. There is no good solution to where it will all go. How many man-made earthquakes with potential contamination of drinking water and other problems might be caused by misguided, inadequate attempts to handle massive amounts of waste fluids?  This is too risky for public health and safety.

       Officials need to stop pretending that they can control earthquakes. They must protect the public health, safety, and welfare. They need to listen to the suffering and the voices of the many people who have earthquake damage in their homes that they themselves must try to pay for even though industry, who may have caused the quakes, should be held accountable legally, financially, and morally for any damage done. 
       Further concerns are:  What effect will quakes, even repeated smaller tremors, have on the integrity of the fracking or injection wells themselves?  How might this threaten drinking water supplies for families and communities?  How might this impact our aging infrastructure?

       “They do not emphasize a major risk factor in their equation, that being citizens and public health and safety.  We do not accept the thinking that it is an acceptable risk to cause earthquakes for the benefit of a few jobs tied to fracking,” said Teresa Mills.
       For media inquiries or for more information, e-mail:

       For more information, would you please see the following WFAA news video and article:

"The Fault Line: Ohio quakes offer lessons for Texas”
“Two Earthquakes Cause Power Outages In Payne County,” September 24, 2015, by
Buckeye Forest Council:
Frackfree Mahoning Valley:  

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Sunday, August 30, 2015