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Winter Newsletter 2014

December 19, 2014

A Message from CECA

As we prepare to share another season of celebration with those who matter most to us let's acknowledge the community that we have built together.  CECA would like to salute all of you who are working so hard and are supporting the effort to win environmental and social justice. Grassroots volunteers from around Ohio and beyond have chosen to take on the most powerful and deeply entrenched economic juggernauts in the history of the world.  It is a hard fight in a rigged game and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the revelation of each new outrage and injustice. That is how they win; they make you feel like you don't matter. 

But the ruling elite are not 10 feet tall, they are only 7 feet tall.  We can fight them and we can prevail as we have in the past. You are not powerless and you are not alone.  We outnumber them 99 to 1. We can make a difference. Here is a reminder of what we can accomplish when we contribute our individual talents to a good and common goal. We are capable of producing powerful, even sublimely beautiful work.

Corporations know this and use our communal effort to produce profits for themselves in a workplace where they enforce this with the power of feudal overlords.  We have allowed them to sell us the idea that outside of this corporate structure we must compete with one another and "stand our ground."  We must be intolerant towards groups and individuals who we perceive as different. Division is encouraged by race, gender, sexual preference, nationality, culture, class, and even by our willingness to accept illusions about America.

Cooperation between people outside the workplace is to be discouraged.  Cooperation is something that working people are expected to use when dealing with authority, not each other.  We need to reject this idea and unite in the coming new year to guide the changes that are coming. We must plant the seeds for new institutions, new priorities, new paradigms, and new politics.

Change is inevitable.  Our oil burning civilization is coming to an end and with it many of the excesses of the old industrial revolution. Deborah Lawrence reports in her blog, The Energy Policy Forum, that despite tripling their exploration investments to $700 billion in 2013 the oil industry only found 4.5 months' worth of new potential oil production. This was a 50 year low for new discoveries and 2014 is not looking any better. We need to leave 75% of the oil reserves we have already discovered in the ground to avert catastrophic climate change.  We shouldn't be looking for more oil to burn.  This is money that needs to go into green energy production.

 The good news is that we have new clean energy industries developing that will keep the lights on, the factories running, and the goods delivered if we don't fry the planet before we build them. It is a new beginning with a huge capacity to create jobs.  We have a whole new energy, transportation, and industrial infrastructure to build. Embrace the change. So take heart.

As a matter of fact take Beth Hart.

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NEW YORK BANS FRACKING!

The first state with major shale reserves has banned fracking due to health concerns which emerged as numerous scientific studies were completed. CLICK HERE for the story.

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New report by Ohio Citizen Action

details problems with Ohio's injection wells.

The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the new injection well report by Ohio Citizen Action.

Report is here:

http://ohiocitizen.org/wpcontent/uploads/2014/12/Citizen-audit-12-12.pdf

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Report on Buckeye Brine Injection Wells in Coshocton County

Theresa Mills with The Center for Health Environment and Justice sent us data from ODNR that details how much waste has been injected into Coshocton County by Buckeye Brine during the first 9 months of 2014. Over 2 million barrels of waste were injected during the first 3 quarters of 2014.   (1 barrel = 42 gallons)

  • Total barrels injected – 2,384,076 Barrels
    • From in state – 1,667,345 Barrels
    • From out of state – 716,731 Barrels
  • Fees to State of Ohio -  $32,430
    • Note – Fees are charged for the first 500,000 barrels only.  All additional waste is disposed of without payment to the State of Ohio.  None of the fees collected go to Coshocton County.  Buckeye Brine's income is generated by charging the waste haulers and drillers a fee for disposal. According to the county auditor none of the income generated by the 2 million barrels of waste that has been injected beneath us is taxable by the local governments where the wells are located.

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Families flee out-of-control natural-gas leak at eastern Ohio fracking well

 12-16-14

The Columbus Dispatch is repoting that about 25 families in eastern Ohio have been unable to live in their houses for the past three days because of a natural-gas leak at a fracking well that crews cannot stop. Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the state agency that regulates oil and gas, said crews lost control of the Monroe County well on Saturday.

 Families were evacuated from about 25 houses within a 1.5-mile radius of the well, located near the Ohio River about 160 miles east of Columbus.

Click link below to go to story at EcoWatch-


http://ecowatch.com/2014/12/17/families-flee-fracking-leak/

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Thank You from CECA

In May of this year Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness Inc. focused our special event on shale gas development and its effects on local communities.  With your help and support CECA was able to accomplish a number of important objectives in our mission to educate the public:

  • Six of Ohio's progressive leaders were interviewed on the radio and streamed across the internet.
  • We brought nationally recognized environmental activists into Ohio to speak with our citizens.
  • We provided a forum for questions and discussions with those activists.
  • We had local and state government officials accept our invitation to attend our program.
  • We provided tables for environmental and green industry and agriculture to disseminate information.
  • We hosted a post-event dinner for activists to share a meal and network with one another.
  • We developed a website (www.CecAware.org) and are publishing quarterly newsletters.
  • We ran an information and fundraising booth at the Coshocton County Fair and participated in local events.
  • We are participants in the Adopt a Highway Program in Coshocton County. 
  • We have incorporated and registered as a 501c3 charity to serve the people of Ohio.
  • We are working with other community groups and CHEJ to promote environmental justice in our state.

 

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Treasurer, CECA

PO Box 295

Warsaw, OH 43844

Make checks payable to CECA.

Thank you for your support.

Call 740-502-6456 if you want to join by phone.

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Fall Newsletter 2014

CECA event draws people from around Ohio

On May 17th Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness Inc. presented "Living on the Shale" at the Coshocton Village Inn.  The day-long program brought participants from around the state to hear the accounts of people who have lived in communities across the nation where shale gas development has been underway for a number of years.  

Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of Dish, Texas, spoke about the effects that the toxic gasses released into the air were having on the residents of his small town.  He described how he was forced to move his own family because each of two his children began bleeding from their noses three to four times a week soaking their pillows in blood.  He was compelled to use his city budget to conduct air quality tests when he received no help from his state regulators or the industry.  He brought together surrounding communities and together they made their legislature institute and begin to enforce air quality standards in Texas. Calvin's message was that once the problems that are endemic to shale gas drilling become evident in your county then it is too late.  He urged Coshocton residents to begin now to organize to change the exemptions and policies enabling the gas and oil industry to avoid accountability for the damage and harm they are doing.
    
John Fenton, a rancher from Pavillion, Wyoming, talked about the contamination of the underground water that is the source for residential drinking water wells in his area of the state. He showed slides documenting the degradation and destruction of water wells, cattle ranching, and agriculture by gases and fluids released by fracking. He showed contaminated grazing land that was being used to produce beef for our tables. John fought for intervention on behalf of the residents with the state regulators but they would not hold the industry accountable. He eventually got the Federal EPA to investigate and they confirmed that the contamination was from hydrofracking operations.  The industry, however, began lobbying the State and Federal officials whose campaigns they have heavily financed. The politically appointed head of the EPA interceded on the industry's behalf.  They were successful in co-opting the scientific study done by the EPA field investigators and gas drilling is being allowed to continue without effective regulation or constraints. John says if you don't have fracking in your community, you don't want it. Keep it out.

Ohioan Paul Feezel, a resident of Carroll County, showed the audience what is going on in our own state.  Paul spoke about the social, health, and environmental consequences of bringing a heavy industry that is exempt from regulations and generates tons of toxic waste right next to homes, schools, and workplaces. He documented the true extent of the fracking infrastructure that far exceeds the small Christmas tree wellhead pipe we were all shown by industry spokesmen in landowner meetings. He showed us the web of pipelines criss-crossing Carroll County, the compressor stations, the multi-acre pads and parking lots in the middle of farms, the onsite storage of tons of hazardous chemicals, the storage tanks, the condensate tanks, the holding pits, the relentless truck traffic, and all the attendant processing facilities.

Kari Matsko told us about problems she and her neighbors are having in NE Ohio.  Shortly after drilling operations started in her community people began having trouble with noxious fumes filling the air with a "rotten egg" odor typical of the toxic gas hydrogen sulfide.  A number of them were forced to go to the hospital emergency room to seek treatment.  Methane was also migrating into homes causing one house to explode in Bainbridge, Ohio.  Kari is currently working with the People's Oil and Gas Cooperative to educate Ohioans about the dangers of hydrofracking.  

Briget Shields is from Pennsylvania and spoke about a publishing project she is working on with Environment America called "Shalefield Stories."  It is a softbound book of color photos and interviews with people from around the nation who have been harmed by natural gas development in their area.  The proceeds of the book are going to help get water for the Pennsylvanians who lost their water wells following drilling in their communities and are not able to get the State or Federal regulatory agencies to hold the drillers accountable.  

Our final speaker was Terry Greenwood, a farmer from Daisytown, Pennsylvania who gave an electrifying and emotionally charged presentation.  Terry himself was unable to tell his story to our gathering because his ability to speak was damaged by glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Six of his neighbors in the Daisytown area who live near fracking operations have also been diagnosed with this cancer.  His good friend, Ron Gulla who is standing at the podium in this photo, delivered an impassioned account of what Terry and their community have endured because of shale drilling.  Ron is seen here fighting to control his voice as he reads an account written by Terry's wife and soul mate, Kathy, that related how their health, livestock, land, and water changed after being exposed to chemical spills from hydrofracking. Terry died on June 8th, 2014, three weeks after this photo was taken.  We were privileged to have him come to Coshocton and be able to meet him. The quiet courage and grace with which he stood against the injustice and injury that he faced is an inspiration to all of us and one that we that we will not forget.

CLICK THE FILE NAME BELOW to read Terry's letter written by Kathy Greenwood that Ron is struggling to deliver.  It includes a final note at the end that Kathy added following Terry's death.
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Terry Greenwood

October 26, 1947 – June 8, 2014


Terry L. "Crow" Greenwood, 66, of Daisytown, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Monongahela, after a brave three-month battle with cancerous brain tumors. Born October 26, 1947, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Harold and Eleanor Kles Greenwood. Mr. Greenwood was a retired truck driver of Supervalu in Belle Vernon and also enjoyed farming. He was a member of the Harry Enstrom Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the St. Dominic's Social Club in Donora.

His interests were many and included riding his motorcycle and going to auctions. He was especially interested in protecting our environment. His motto was, "Water is more important than gas." Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Kathryn Yanachik Greenwood and their children, Terence Greenwood of Daisytown, Todd (Amy) Greenwood of Charleroi and Tracy Greenwood of Bentleyville; his son, Jeffrey (Tina) Greenwood of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren, Cassidy and Eric Greenwood; two brothers, Dennis (Cindi) Greenwood of Ruffsdale and Randy (Jo) Greenwood of Rostraver Township; two nieces; a dear cousin, Gaylen Spinnenweber; and his best friend, Barry "Sunday" Nartowicz. Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two nephews, Tim Greenwood and Allan Greenwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

 SUCCESS!  CECA granted 501C3 charity status

Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness Inc. has just received a decision from the IRS granting our organization the privilege of serving our region as a non-profit, tax exempt charity.  All contributions to CECA for 2014 are tax deductible. We would like to thank our past supporters. We hope that those of you who value our efforts to educate our citizens about environmental and energy policies affecting our community will take advantage of our new status to help us with our mission.  Donations can be sent to:

CECA
PO Box 295
Warsaw, OH
43844

Please be sure to include contact information to allow us to send you a receipt to use for your tax deduction.

 Local citizen sponsors two billboards critical of

multimillion barrel waste project in Coshocton.

*SEE UPDATE BELOW

Coshocton resident Mike Boals expressed his concern over the millions of barrels per year of contaminated waste that are being injected into the geology beneath Coshocton County  by composing messages on two billboards he rented.  They are located on SR 36 near Airport Road, the site of two injection wells with a third well due for construction. The boards are side by side and can be seen as you travel into Coshocton. Here is the message on each board:

Board #1

Welcome to Coshocton, OH,

Home To: Injection Wells
(you just passed them)

They pump POISONED WATERS
under the feet of America's Citizens

The waters come from Shale Oil and Gas development that contaminates and destroys America's water. 

Will either be stopped?...Or will greed of the $
lead to destruction of America's most important NATURAL RESOURCE (WATER)

SOME LOCAL PARTICIPANTS:
Coshocton Co. Commissioners,
City of Coshocton, Rodney Adams

Muskingum Conservancy District and the O.D.N.R.

Info provided by Mike Boals

Board #2

It's All About The Water

Shale Oil Deveolpment & Injection Wells?


Think About This,
DEATH may Come.


The Bible speaks of 1/3 of the waters being made bitter.
Rev. 8/10 – 11

Water Sustains Life,
Not Gas & Oil


Wormwood?
Shale Oil & Gas?


The long term effects may not be so good.

Info provided by Mike Boals

The well operator has hired a law firm threatening to sue Mr. Boals and demanding that he take down the billboards, claiming that he has falsely accused the operator of contaminating  the water supply. Boals has refused to comply stating that he has not made such statements. He is saying that the well operator is bringing water poisoned by shale developers into the county and injecting it into the ground beneath us. He is reporting what the operator of the well is doing. The operator's lawyers are now threatening the owner of the billboards with a law suit unless he removes Mr. Boals' messages.

Mike Boals is not alone in his concerns. The US Government General Accountability Office just released a report in June of 2014 entitled, " DRINKING WATER - EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated With Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement." (Click link below to see report) 

* UPDATE
Mike Boals was forced to take down his message after the owner of the billboard refused to allow the signs to be displayed unless changes were made to the text.  The billboard's owner was also named in a lawsuit by the operator, Buckeye Brine. The lawsuit has been dropped.