Fossil Fuels

Stories from fracking country: Ohioans on the frontline of oil and gas development demand stronger protections for their communities

Over three million Ohioans live within a half-mile of oil and gas development. In recent years, there have been a number of accidents, including chemicals fires, well blowouts, and spills in our state that have threatened the health and safety of people unfortunate enough to live nearby.

READ: Monroe County frack fire, little progress made, few lessons learned since fracking disaster.

So, what's the big deal about methane?

Lately, you may have heard a lot about methane. It’s been a hot issue at the federal level, and is now in the headlines in Ohio. Why all the fuss?

When methane pollution escapes from the oil and gas sector, it comes with other nasty hitchhiker air pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde. This air pollution is known to trigger life threatening asthma attacks, aggravate respiratory conditions, and increase the risk of developing cancer.

Keep Wayne Wild Marietta Social Mixer

Join UCAN for an evening of fun in support of Wayne National Forest! The Adelphia is graciously hosting us for the evening. They will kick the night off with general info about what is being proposed in Wayne National Forest, a great film about fracking, and a night of local, live music! Little Fish Brewing Company is offering their special "Don't Frack Wayne" beer. $1 of each pint sold goes towards preserving WNF, so come thirsty! This is open to all, for all, and all about the Wayne! No politics please.

Keep Wayne Wild Marietta Workshop

Join UCAN for a 2 hour workshop for concerned citizens and groups in Marietta, OH who are facing the loss of up to 40,000 acres of their Wayne National Forest unit (which only consists of 60,000 acres) to gas development/extraction called hydraulic fracturing. This will be an educational opportunity to learn about what is happening to the forest and allow for community members to network with each other and develop local strategies for protecting WNF.

Under seldom-used law, Congress reverses Obama environmental rule affecting coal mining

The rule would have imposed more stream monitoring and testing before, during and after mining projects. Operators would be expected to detect and correct any ecological problem that arises using that data.

The rule also would have held financially accountable any company that seriously degrades downstream water quality or fails to adequately reconstruct streams.


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