Fracking protest at Ohio River storage site
By: Spencer Hunt
The Columbus Dispatch – February 19, 2013 12:25 PM
Protesters shut down a business this morning that wants to use Ohio River barges to take “fracking” wastes from Pennsylvania.
Members of a group called Appalachia Resist descended onGreenHunter Water’s storage facility and terminal in New Matamoras this morning. The Grapevine, Texas-based company is taking truckload deliveries of the liquid wastes, which bubble out of shale wells along with oil and gas, while it awaits a Coast Guard decision that could allow it to uses barges.
The wastes, a mixture of fracking chemicals, naturally occuring metals, radium and high concentrations of salt are sent to Ohio disposal wells where they are injected underground. The fracking process pumps millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals underground to shatter shale and release trapped oil and gas.
BREAKING: Ohio Residents Shut Down Fracking Waste Storage Facility
Update 3:00 p.m.: “I am here [from the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas] in solidarity with fracking resistance. We must all understand the connection between energy extraction and waste disposal. Fracking and tar sands oil extraction both show the extreme disregard the energy industry has for humanity and our natural resources.” — Matt Almonte of the Greenhunter 10.Donate now!
Update 2:30: Nate has descended from the monopod under the threat of a potentially life-threatening extraction process, as well as the possibility of additional arrests of his supporters.Support brave action for environmental and climate justice — donate now!
Update 2:00: “Today is an unprecedented display of unity in the growing international movement against extractive industry. I came to Ohio to show solidarity with our neighbors fighting for their water and air. No fracking, no tar sands, no compromise!” – One of 10 arrested activists. Donate now!