Love Canal advocate to speak in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – The woman who led efforts to investigate industrial contamination in western New York’s Love Canal is visiting eastern Ohio to discuss a rash of human-made earthquakes that have occurred since the oil-and-gas boom.

Author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Lois Gibbs speaks Friday at a town hall-style meeting in Youngstown hosted by Frackfree Mahoning Valley. The group has fought against the high pressure drilling technique known as fracking and deep injection of the wastewater the process generates.

In 1978, Gibbs was living in the Niagara Falls neighborhood of Love Canal when residents learned they were living in a toxic zone. Homes there had been built on an industrial waste site blamed for health problems suffered by many families.

It was considered one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters.

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