About FreshWater Accountability Project
Our mission is to educate people about freshwater supplies by providing an online archive of studies and community information. Through education and factual information, people can work towards meaningful change at the local, state, and federal levels of government to ensure our water is protected; and thus, our future is preserved.
The FreshWater Accountability Project (FWAP) started as a local, nonprofit organization in response to the Muskingum6721194 Watershed Conservancy District’s (MWCD) private water sales to the oil and gas industry in Ohio. FWAP quickly learned how oil and gas drilling (namely, fracking), puts freshwater resources as a risk in many ways.
Millions of gallons of water are used to fracture a single horizontal well. Traditional wells use hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. This is water that cannot reenter the water table. Around the world there are water shortages: now is not the time to take risks with our water by selling it for industrial purposes. In addition to sales, there is irreversible contamination.
Ohio, like many states involved in heavy drilling operations, face collusion between government agencies and private industries. This a recipe for destruction and our communities are the collateral damage.
It’s not just big oil and gas that threaten our scarce water supplies: more industries are threatening the earth’s depleting fresh water resources. When 300,000 people had their water contaminated in West Virginia due to a chemical spill related to coal; people caught a glimpse of the devastating impacts of neglect companies and regulatory authorities.
FWAP is dedicated to promoting health by protecting the environment. Please take the time to look at our recent work and ongoing court battles defending the very thing that gives us life. Support our work by making a donation today.