Activists rally to prevent fracking under Ohio’s Salt Fork State Park
Activists are fighting against a new law that requires state agencies to consider proposals to drill for oil and gas under Ohio’s public lands, writes Julie Grant in the Allegheny Front.
In a nutshell:
The law, signed by Governor DeWine in January, requires agencies to lease state lands for oil and natural gas production. The move has sparked outrage among environmentalists who argue that public consent was not obtained and that continued fossil fuel exploitation will have dire consequences for humanity.
“Make no mistake, the decision has been made without the consent of the public to whom these lands belong and against the desperate warnings of scientists that our continued exploitation of fossil fuels will send the human race to its grave,” said Aaron Dunbar, of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action.
The big picture:
Fracking, a method of extracting oil and natural gas from deep underground, continues to raise serious concerns about its health and ecological impacts. The process involves injecting vast amounts of water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to fracture rocks and release the fossil fuels trapped within. This extraction technique has been linked to various health issues, including respiratory problems and contaminated drinking water sources near fracking sites. The release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, during fracking operations contributes significantly to climate change, exacerbating global warming and its associated ecological disruptions. As activists rally against the proposed fracking in Ohio's state parks, the debate over the potential dangers of this practice remains a crucial issue in environmental discourse.
Read more at the Allegheny Front.
For more information about how fracking chemicals harm human health in Kristina Marusic's excellent series: Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking.