Global Frackdown

Posted on October 9th, 2014

Global Frackdown on Sat., Oct. 11, 3 pm on Fountain Square.  Part of the Global Day of Action.  Join the SW Ohio no Frack Forum, Food & Water Watch and others in this rally.  March through downtown, join the water dancers and learn how to get more involved.

Would you Drink this water?

Have you heard about Fracking?  Perhaps on the radio, in the paper, or from a friend.  Fracking is a new type of natural gas drilling that has exploded in growth across the country, and is now here in Ohio.  Fracking promises economic relief in depressed eastern Ohio counties, but new studies have linked fracking to water and air contamination.  At the center of the controversy are the hundreds of different chemicals and millions of gallons of water used to frack each well.  If you would like to learn more join us for an information session Fracking by the Numbers, July 28th @ 11:00 @ Park + Vine (1202 main st.)Read More

Would You Drink This Water?

Have you heard about a new type of natural gas drilling called fracking?

The Oscar nominated documentary GASLAND follows director Josh Fox on a cross country odyssey to explore the hidden world of fracking across America.  Join the Sierra Club and Representative Denise Driehaus for a free screen and discussion of this critically acclaimed movie (Thursday May 24th from 7:30-10:00)

RSVP for the Free Screening and Discussion at the Esquire.

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City of Cincinnati says just say no to frack

Posted on April 13th, 2012

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2012

Contact: Matt Trokan 443-889-7222

City of Cincinnati says just say no to frack.


Cincinnati, OH– The City of Cincinnati is set to become the first major city in Ohio to pass a resolution calling for the state to “move swiftly to place a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing and brine injection wells until further study and risk assessment is completed.”  The Resolution maintains that Cincinnatians do not want to sacrifice their public and environmental health for the sake of fracking.  A coalition of public interest and environmental groups, the Southwest No Frack Forum, fostered the resolution, and has worked to educate the public, elected officials, and local leaders on the risks of fracking to South West Ohio.
Horizontal Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) is a method of natural gas drilling that injects a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals under high pressure into dense rock formations to stimulate natural gas production.  Among numerous environmental concerns of this new technology, fracking has been linked to more than a 1,000 cases of water contamination in Colorado, New Mexico, Alabama, Ohio, And Pennsylvania.

“Fracking threatens the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat.  With natural gas prices at a historic low there is no need to rush into fracking without more thought and study. ” said Matt Trokan, Conservation Manager of the Ohio Chapter Sierra Club,.  However in Ohio, State officials are embracing fracking even though inadequate study, regulation, and safe guards exists.

“Governor Kasich has put forth an energy plan that would be more a gift to the industry than a protective measure for Ohio’s people and water resources. Instead, Ohio should be issuing a moratorium as a good first step toward banning fracking,” said Alison Auciello, Ohio Organizer for the advocacy group Food & Water Watch.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources projected permitting over 3,000 well by 2015 and tens of thousands of wells over the next decade.

Mary Clare Reitz, Coordinator for Ohio Alliance for People and the Environment said “local communities need State legislators to slow the rush to frack by passing a statewide moratorium. We need to allow adequate time for peer-reviewed, scientific study that objectively concludes beyond reasonable doubt that human and environmental health will not be adversely affected.”

Other communities in Ohio that have passed similar resolutions include Amesville, Burton, Canal Fulton, Canton, Columbiana, Garrettsville, Girard, Munroe Falls, North Canton, Plain Township, South Russell, Yellow Springs, and Youngstown.

Food & Water Watch, Alison Auciello, (513) 394-6257,
Sierra Club, Matt Trokan, (443) 889-7222,

Fracking Press Conference Tuesday April 17 at 9:30 AM at Cincinnati City Hall

Join Sierra Club, Council Members, State Representatives and friends at Cincinnati City Hall on April 17 at 9:30 AM for the press conference and then testify at Council’s Rules Committee.

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The Economics of Fracking

Posted on February 9th, 2012

Screening of GASLAND

March 2, 2012

7-8 pm First Unitarian church at Reading and Linton. (Open to Public and Free Parking)

State Representative Denise Driehaus and MaH Troken (Sierra Club) will discuss the risks of  Fracking for Ohio

sponsored by The Woman’s City Club & The Social Justice Committee of First Unitarian Church and joined by the Office of Environmental Quality