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Conservancy District Warned of Watershed Impacts

Conservancy District Warned of Watershed Impacts

(Grand Rapids, OH) On June 4, 2016, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) held its annual Conservancy Court hearings in New Philadelphia, Ohio with Judge O’Farrell presiding. As has been done for previous hearings, the FreshWater Accountability Project (FWAP) gave the court testimony regarding the negative impacts to the region’s water due to the MWCD’s engagement in and support of horizontal hydrofracking (fracking) in the region. This industry, also called “unconventional shale drilling” is not at all like the conventional methods used to extract oil and gas in the past. Due to the depth of the drilling and the massive amount of water that is needed to “frack” a well, the industry has created environmental problems in the region, including the massive amount of toxic, radioactive waste that is created, spills and deliberate dumping of this waste, earthquakes due to the disposal of the waste in injection wells, a dangerous increase in heavy truck traffic, and the loss of millions of gallons of freshwater to the region due to the one- time consumptive use by fracking. Science has now concluded that thee air and water contamination from the industry has caused human health effects as a result of the hazardous and radioactive pollutants released by the industry.

FWAP Makes Appeal to Conservancy Court

FWAP Makes Appeal to Conservancy Court

Lea Harper, Managing Director of FreshWater Accountability Project, addressed the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s Annual Meeting of the Conservancy Court, the overseeing body of the conservancy, in another attempt to convince the district that they should not be selling massive quantities of water to be destroyed to support a temporary, toxic...

Property Owners Organizing Against Conservancy District

Property Owners Organizing Against Conservancy District

April 21, 2014 — The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board Meeting held last Friday, April 18, 2014, provided another stunning example of how the conservancy district is allowed to tax property owners in the district without accountability to respond to their concerns, represent their best interests and “conserve.” The MWCD is a large political...

Why is MWCD Ignoring Science?

Why is MWCD Ignoring Science?

Sometimes we find ourselves asking some tough questions: why are the people who are supposed to protect us and our assets ignoring the facts? FWAP commissioned a report from a well-known hydrogeologist from New York. No one in NY would allow fracking of a reservoir, and yet, despite the science and the pleas to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District...

Conservancy District Ordered To Release Public Records

Conservancy District Ordered To Release Public Records

The FreshWater Accountability Project (FWAP) prevailed in court last week in a lawsuit initiated under Ohio’s Open Records Act to obtain the addresses of those who lease residential and commercial property from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).