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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.

Ohio Department of Health Records 2014

Ohio Department of Health Records 2014

Documents received in relation to request made to Ohio Department of Health for “the results of sampling done in the field over the past two years that examined levels of radioactivity in drill muds, cuttings and fluids.”   Records request: ODH Record Request 2014   Ohio Department of Health records: Laboratory Analysis Request Form...

Shale Well Drilling & Permitting

Shale Well Drilling & Permitting

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a page with spreadsheets that are posted weekly containing data about the number of permits and locations of the permits in Ohio’s Marcellus and Utica shale plays. You can view the data here.