Tell your legislators: Ohio isn't a dumping ground for fracking waste!

Join us in telling our legislators that Ohio should not be used as a dumping ground for toxic fracking waste. The legacy that we leave for future generations is much too great of a sacrifice in exchange for...well, nothing. We don't benefit at all by being a dumping ground. Only Big Oil and Gas benefits, and that's just not okay.

Fracking is a type of gas drilling that injects millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids - a mixture of dangerous chemicals, water and sand - into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock underground, releasing natural gas. This drilling process creates millions of gallons of toxic waste that is now being disposed of by injecting it into one of Ohio's 188 (and counting) active underground injection wells for oil and gas waste. No one knows exactly how toxic the waste is, but what we do know is alarming: carcinogens and radioactivity have been found in the fracking waste being injected beneath our feet.

Tell your Ohio state legislators: don't let our state be a dumping ground for fracking waste!

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Learn more about fracking

Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources.

To frack a well, operators mix millions of gallons of water with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, and then pump it all into the earth at extreme pressure to try to break up rock formations so oil and natural gas might flow.

Drilling and fracking:

  • require millions of gallons of water for each well, competing with farmers for local water supplies.
  • produce massive amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste with no good disposal options.
  • contaminate sources of drinking water as a result of disposal problems and the thousands of leaks and spills every year.
  • can lead houses and water wells to explode, due to contamination from methane and other harmful gases.
  • bring untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services.
You can find more information in our reports and fact sheets on our site: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/

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Dear [Decision Maker],

While you were out over the summer, a new Senate Bill was introduced that would enact a ban on underground injection of toxic fracking waste, as would the House legislation introduced this past spring. I urge you to pledge your support for H.B. 148 or the recently introduced S.B. 178 to protect Ohio's drinking water by banning injection wells used for the toxic and potentially radioactive waste from fracking.



I urge you to protect your constituents by working for the passage of the legislation for a statewide ban on injection wells used for the liquid waste resulting from hydraulic fracturing. Consider the legacy left for future generations and stop our state from being a regional dumping ground for the oil and gas industry. I look forward to your response on this issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]