Friday, June 15, 2012

Fracking Forum, June 30

Public Forum on Fracking and Injection Wells on Saturday June 30, 3-5 PM in the Antioch University Midwest Auditorium

On Saturday, June 30th at 3 P.M., there will be a public forum on fracking, injection wells and community rights to local control of their health and safety. The forum will take place at Antioch University Midwest's Auditorium at 900 Dayton street, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The forum will provide information about the targeting of Southwest Ohio for placement of injection wells, wells to receive toxic fracking waste from other parts of Ohio as well as Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Dr Julie Weatherington-Rice, geologist and environmental consultant for Bennett and Williams, will discuss what makes our geology attractive to oil and gas companies and the risks to a community's environment from injection wells. There is a long history of earthquakes associated with the placement of injection wells - not to mention dangers of leakages in and out of the ground. Youngstown, Ohio has experienced a series of 12 earthquakes in conjunction with the placing of wells. There were 1047 in Oklahoma last year and 1100 in Arkansas - all connected to well placement.

Other speakers include Vickie Hennessy, biologist and president of Greene Environmental Coalition who will discuss the complex issues of fracking in general and Eric Belcastro from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund who will discuss ways that we can act locally to protect our community and the fundamental rights of its citizens. The speakers' presentations will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience.

The forum is free of charge all are welcome, sponsored by GODAE (Gas and Oil Drilling Awareness and Education) an organization in Yellow Springs dedicated to educating ourselves and the community about the dangers of fracking and injection wells. Co-sponsors include Greene Environmental Coalition and Antioch University Midwest's Sustainability Program. For further information contact Dimi Reber at 937-767-1078.

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