Fracking waste could be headed here

The U.S. Coast Guard is mulling how to regulate moving fracking waste along federal rivers. / The Cincinnati Enquirer

From the Enquirer:
In coming weeks, the U.S. Coast Guard will decide whether to allow wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing industry to be shipped along federal waterways – including the Ohio River – and how strict those rules governing the shipments should be.

The federal agency released its proposed guidelines in November after repeated requests from the oil and gas industry to move the waste by barge – evoking more than 1,000 public comments, many demanding stricter controls on the potential shipments, which could carry upwards of 75 tanker truckloads of the wastewaterCQ.

The briny, chemical-laced liquid comes out of the ground during hydraulic fracturing, known commonly as “fracking.” In the process, a mixture of water, sand and chemicals is forced into shale deposits in the earth to extract natural gas and oil…[Read the full article here].

Members join Driehaus for Promised Land Screening


“Everyone knows that fracking poisons the air and water. We wanted to show how it tears apart local communities and subverts democracies and corrupts political leaders and eviscerates all the things that Americans value” – Matt Damon on his new film, “Promised Land”

Some of our members grabbed a quick photo after seeing Promised Land at the Esquire Theater in Clifton


It’s certainly not everyday that a Hollywood film tackles issues like fracking. It’s also not everyday that you have a chance to join an elected official to watch it. We had just that opportunity this past Friday, when we headed to Clifton to watch a screening of Promised Land, and were joined by Representative Denise Driehaus.

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Press Release: City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Calling for Local Control of Fracking


City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Calling for Local Control of Fracking

Councilmember Laure Quinlivan and Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls collaborated with the Southwest Ohio No Frack Forum to introduce the resolution that expresses Council’s dissatisfaction with State control of fracking and related industrial activity and urges the Governor and Ohio General Assembly to return authority to local leaders.

“As the hazardous effects of fracking and deep-well injection are felt on a local level, local officials ought to have the authority to control the activity,” says Qualls. Continue reading

Industry Funded Study Forces Resignations


This posting is a highlight from our core team correspondence: 

Truth wins!

The story on NPR reports that the University of Texas got a black eye when other scientists pointed out the false reports for Professor Charles Grote who did not disclose receiving  funds of 1.5 mil by gas company and that he sat on a gas company board of directors. Both he and department chair Professor Raymond Roback have resigned.   

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Cincinnati City Council Requesting Local Control over Oil and Natural Gas Extraction


Media Advisory

From SW OH No Frack Forum

and Ohio Alliance for People & Environment

For Immediate Release: November 29, 2012

Contact: Mary Clare Rietz, 513-227-1871

City Council to Consider Resolution Requesting Local Control over Oil and Natural Gas Extraction

Quinlivan & Qualls to hold press conference with concerned residents


Councilmember Laure Quinlivan and Vice Mayor Qualls are working with the Southwest Ohio No Frack Forum to pass a resolution that affirms citizens’ rights to clean water and air, acknowledges the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale gas, and demands return of local control over this activity.

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Stop focusing on fossil fuels


A letter to the editor published in the Cincinnati Enquirer by one of our members, published 11/28/2012


The oil and gas industry propose that horizontal fracturing of new wells is a great deal. Unfortunately, nobody seems to be giving the whole story.

Did you know? The oil and gas industry uses about 5.5 million gallons of water to hydro-frac a single shale well. The average household of 4 uses 109,500 gallons of water per year for all uses. It would take over 50 years for a 4-person household to use the same amount of water.

The frac water is chemically treated with a huge range of toxic substances and must be injected into very deep wells, taking it out of the hydrological cycle forever. Continue reading