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On Nov. 30, the oil and natural gas Industry is holding a conference at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, promoting fracking in Ohio. Citizens from across the state will protest this conference by gathering in Youngstown that day for the following events:
10 a.m. - LEARN and NETWORK—State of fracking in Ohio and How to Get Involved at First Unitarian Universalist Church Youngstown at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio 44505
12:30 p.m. - MARCH from First Unitarian Universalist Church Youngstown at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio 44505 to Covelli Centre
1 p.m. - PEACEFUL PROTEST at Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503
1:30 p.m. - RALLY at Federal Square, downtown Youngstown, Federal and Wick Avenues, Youngstown, Ohio 44503
3 p.m. - LEARN and NETWORK—State of fracking in Ohio and How to Get Involved at First Unitarian Universalist Church Youngstown at 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, Ohio 44505
The protest will address the following concerns:
· The oil and natural gas industry helped write HB 278—the law that took away local control making zoning laws no longer apply to fracking.
· The oil and natural gas industry helped push through SB 108 and HB 133 allowing fracking in all Ohio state parks, nature preserves and other public lands.
· Toxic fracking wastewater from New York and Pennsylvania is heading to Ohio to get injected in underground wells.
· Seven U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations exempt fracking and drilling activity.
For more information, click here.
The following organizations are participating in this event—350.org, Buckeye Forest Council, Burning River Anti-Fracking Network, Center for Health, Environment and Justice, Concerned Citizens of Lake Twp, Uniontown IEL Superfund Site, Concerned Citizens of Medina County, Concerned Citizens of Ohio, Concerned Citizens of Portage County, Concerned Citizens of Stark, EcoWatch, Food & Water Watch, Gas and Oil Drilling Awareness and Education,(GODAE, Yellow Springs), Green Environmental Coalition, Guernsey County Citizens Support on Drilling Issues, NEOGAP (Network for Oil & Gas Accountability and Protection), Ohio Alliance for People and Environment, Ohio Student Environmental Coalition, Progress Ohio, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, T.A.S.K., Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown and Williams County Alliance.
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