Report opposes fracking in Ohio

By on October 10, 2013

Image: Hydraulic fracturing drill rig in Pennsylvania (Credit: Environmental Protection Agency)


A recent report released by the Frontier Group and Environment America Research & Policy Center cites many statistics to take a stand against the spread of fracking in the state of Ohio, according to the Zanesville Times Recorder. The environmental organizations focus on the state’s amount of imported wastewater from fracking.

The report notes that more than half of the wastewater that is coming into the state, often by truck to be injected into storage tanks underground, is coming from fracking operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ohio’s fracking wells, most of which are in the eastern part of the state, produced 30 million gallons of wastewater in 2012, while those in Pennsylvania produced 1.2 billion gallons.

The organizations say that Ohio shouldn’t be a “regional dumping ground for toxic wastewater” and warn against placing storage tanks near drinking water sources. They note that land leased for fracking operations in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest is adjacent to a water source that provides for 70,000 people.

Image: Hydraulic fracturing drill rig in Pennsylvania (Credit: Environmental Protection Agency)

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