Thousands Protest At Ohio Statehouse Against Fracking

Thousands from around the state traveled to downtown Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday to send Gov. John Kasich a message about fracking. They want fracking to stop. “The long term impacts on our environment are going to be devastating.” Members of Don’t Frack Ohio marched from Arch Park to the Ohio Statehouse steps. Pro-fracking groups said that fracking is a safe way to generate natural energy and money for the state, Landers reported. Dan Alfaro of Energy In Depth said that fracking opponents were misinformed about the dangers of fracking. “These are safe, responsible methods used to extract energy,” Alfaro said. “There have been two studies released in the last two months that clearly state that earthquakes have no tie to hydraulic fracturing as a process. We haven’t had a single case of water contamination.” Fracking opponents said that they would continue to push Ohio lawmakers to follow Vermont’s lead and ban fracking statewide.

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