Report released on ‘dirty drilling’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center held a press conference along the Mahoning River Thursday to reveal new information from a study they compiled on “dirty drilling” in Ohio.

Using industry estimates and information from government agencies, the report estimates that fracking used 250 billion gallons of water across the nation. The report also estimates 1,600 acres of land in Ohio has been damaged.

Environment Ohio hopes to educate and push residents to ask officials for a statewide moratorium on fracking.

“Fracking By the Numbers is the first study of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking damage in Ohio and across the country to date. It’s including toxic waste water, water use, chemical use, air pollution degradation and global warming pollution created from fracking,” said Christian Adams of Environment Ohio.

Environment Ohio is a state based, citizen funded environmental advocacy group. They have been working on collecting data for this study for several months.

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