In January, 300,000 of our neighbors in Charleston West Virginia lost access to clean drinking water after coal processing chemicals were spilled by Freedom Industries. Rosebud Mining Company the owner of Freedom Industries has risky dealings in Ohio as well.
The Ohio EPA failed to collect adequate data to determine the recreational health for 60% of Ohio’s inland streams and 60% of Ohio’s large rivers. From the data they did collect: 3/4 of their samples for inland streams and 1/2 samples for large rivers contained high levels of E. Coli bacteria. These numbers are cause for alarm and the Ohio EPA needs to act urgently to collect missing data across the state.
95% of Carroll depends on groundwater and yet, over the next ten years, ODNR will allow 2,000 unconventional gas wells and permit an underground coal mine without informing the public about potential impacts on water quality.
Keep Radioactive Fracking Waste out of Ohio’s Landfills
May 21st, 2013
The fracking industry has a problem – it generates toxic, radioactive waste in the forms of mud from drilling, and liquid from the chemical cocktails used to get fossil fuels from deep underground – and they don’t know where to put it.
Right now, ODNR is working to include language in the state budget that would allow fracking waste to be blended with dirt and used as “daily cover” in Ohio’s landfills. We know enough about Ohio’s poor reputation for landfills to be sure that this is not the answer.
This fall, the Ohio legislature will be reviewing landfill regulations. This review – not the budget – is the right time to make appropriate amendments that do the right thing to keep radioactive waste out of landfills.