Call to Action

Ohio House to OK Use of Fracking Waste as Road Deicer.

Imagine if your child or family pet were accidentally poisoned by just playing in the snow.  Imagine if there were no way to determine what the poisoning chemical could be. If the Ohio House has its way this could be a reality when they approve House Bill 393 which would give “beneficial” use status to fracking waste to be used on Ohio’s roadways.

We know from other states’ experiences that this is a terrible and dangerous idea. A recent study by Duke University found that in Pennsylvania, “disposal of treated conventional (oil and gas waste) is the source of high (radium concentrations) in stream sediments,” causing radioactivity levels to spike in PA streams.[1] Research conducted in California suggests that there are so many chemicals that can interact with each other designing treatment for reuse of fracking fluid is not a one-size-fits-all operation. [2]

But the Ohio House is willing to overlook all of this and allow fossil fuel companies to sell fracking waste to be spread on roadways and call it a “beneficial” use.

As you may know, as many as 1,000 chemicals can be used during the fracking process and companies don’t have to tell the public what they are because they are considered “trade secrets.” Since we don’t have a list of these chemicals, there is no way to be sure harmful chemicals have been removed.

HB 393 is receiving opposition testimony in the Ohio House tomorrow. This is why I am asking you to call your Ohio House Member today and tell them not to expose our families to fracking waste!

Don’t know who your Ohio State Representative is? Find out here by typing your zip code.

Script:

Hello, my name is _____________, and I live in __________________. I am calling today to ask you to vote against House Bill 393. Allowing fracking fluid to be spread on our roads for deicing is reckless and dangerous. There is nothing beneficial about spreading fracking waste, known to contain radioactive substances, on our roads where our children and pets could come into contact with it.

Athens County News Covers this issue here.        


[1]https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2018/01/20/study-conventional-drilling-waste-responsible-for-radioactivity-spike-in-rivers/

[2] http://documents.latimes.com/study-hydraulic-fracking/