WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Those concerned about the effects of hydraulic fracturing in the region took part in a National Day of Action to take a stand against “toxic fracking, earthquakes, spills and leaks.”
Frackfree Mahoning Valley, a group that has unsuccessfully tried to ban fracking in the region through ballot issues, spent the day at four locations in Trumbull County.
The group began its demonstration at a Weathersfield injection well on North Main Street that the group says is to blame for more than 100 earthquakes in the Valley, most of which protestors say could not be felt.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman Eric Heis said both injection wells on the property were shut down after it was suspected they could be contributing to seismic activity in September of 2014. The shallow well on the property has been permitted to resume operations, however the deeper injection well still remains closed as the investigation into the seismic occurrences continues.
“If they turn this deep injection well back on, Meander Dam, which already has cracks in it, is only 2.9 miles away from this location; and if that dam breaks, the entire south side of Niles could be washed down the Mahoning River,” said John Williams, of Frackfree Mahoning Valley.
Frackfree also plans on attending “five minutes with the mayor” on Tuesday. The group wants to talk with Youngstown Mayor John McNally about fracking, injection wells and earthquakes.