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Fracking Protest in Youngstown, Ohio

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Fracking Protest in Youngstown, Ohio

No Frack Ohio

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.

To register for this event click here or visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here.

For more information, click here.

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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.

A plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest is seen from downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.

High winds, gusting up to 80- to 90 miles per hour in some parts of the state, are expected to last through Wednesday evening. Nearly the entire state has been in a drought for months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which, alongside summerlike temperatures, has left vegetation dry and flammable.

Utilities Southern California Edison and PG&E, which serves the central and northern portions of the state, warned it may preemptively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of electrical fires sparked by trees and branches falling on live power lines. The rare January fire conditions come on the heels of the worst wildfire season ever recorded in California, as climate change exacerbates the factors causing fires to be more frequent and severe.

California is also experiencing the most severe surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with hospitals and ICUs over capacity and a stay-at-home order in place. Wildfire smoke can increase the risk of adverse health effects due to COVID, and evacuations forcing people to crowd into shelters could further spread the virus.

As reported by AccuWeather:

In the atmosphere, air flows from high to low pressure. The setup into Wednesday is like having two giant atmospheric fans working as a team with one pulling and the other pushing the air in the same direction.
Normally, mountains to the north and east of Los Angeles would protect the downtown which sits in a basin. However, with the assistance of the offshore storm, there will be areas of gusty winds even in the L.A. Basin. The winds may get strong enough in parts of the basin to break tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages and sparks that could ignite fires.
"Typically, Santa Ana winds stay out of downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin, but this time, conditions may set up just right to bring 30- to 40-mph wind gusts even in those typically calm condition areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.

For a deeper dive:

AP, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Weather Channel, AccuWeather, New York Times, Slideshow: New York Times; Climate Signals Background: Wildfires, 2020 Western wildfire season

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