Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas is one of the country's biggest environmental and public health challenges in history. The 2005 Energy Bill exempted a controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which allowed the natural gas industry to unleash a massive 34-State drilling campaign (www.gaslandthemovie.com). Here in Southeastern Ohio, the Bureau of Land Management has proposed opening up the Wayne National Forest for fracking. The Hocking River is a main water source for Athens, Ohio (home of Ohio University) and it runs right through the Wayne.
Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" involves injecting highly toxic chemicals into shale beds to release natural gas from in between the impermeable shale layers. Often the chemicals are released into local water table-- and now the Hocking River is at risk. The detrimental effects of fracking are irreversible and highly dangerous to human health.
There is no economic benefit great enough to negate the fact that this beautiful area of Southeastern Ohio is in danger, and we must let the officials at the Wayne National Forest know that we will not accept this area being auctioned off! We must hurry-- the auction for the land parcels they are opening is December 7, 2011!
Please help the Athens Community and surrounding areas to fight for our fundamental rights to clean water. This movement needs to be held up by citizens: oil and gas industries have too much power over the government, and in Ohio, the Kasich administration is prepared to ravage our state in the name of false economic advancement. Fracking is a huge threat to our area, and if we all stand together, we can stop it! Please sign our petition!