NO DRILLING UNDER THE OHIO RIVER!
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The Wheeling Water Warriors and multiple other concerned groups call on you to stop plans to drill under the Ohio River.
The Ohio River provides drinking water to over 3 million people, and 10% of the population of the United States lives in the Ohio River Valley. The Ohio River is 981 miles long, and runs through six states: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, and is the largest source of water for the Mississippi River, which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. This intracoastal waterway needs to be kept safe from hydraulic fracturing, which has caused the contamination of numerous water sources in our region, and which is also implicated in increased seismic activity and earthquakes.
West Virginia is already overrun with fossil fuel extractive industries which pollute our air, land and water and negatively disrupt our lives. Our state is unparalleled in its natural resources, and yet we are among the poorest states in the country. We believe that corporate interests have prevailed over the best interests of the citizens of this state. We are told there is an economic crisis which requires us to drill under the river. Clearly, if our communities are polluted, our public health is ravaged, our environment devastated, and we are not reaping the economic benefits which we were promised for this sacrifice, it is not a sacrifice we are willing to make.
In the wake of the recent MCHM water crisis and other contaminations in our state just this year, we must act now to prevent wild, wonderful West Virginia from becoming an industrial wasteland, preserve our river, and our precious water resources.
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