Foes of horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Portage County are joining their efforts to educate people about the potential dangers in drilling for natural gas.
Concerned Citizens Portage County, which was formed in the southern part of the county, recently has merged with Concerned Citizens Ohio, from northern Portage.
The group is calling attention to the potential dangers of the drilling process and of “fracking fluid” — the mix of water, sand and chemicals used by drilling companies to force and keep open the deep, horizontal well shafts.
Concerned Citizens Ohio is holding a public meeting Wednesday in Hiram to explain how landowners and communities can be proactive in protecting their water sources.
Fran Teresi, a member of the Board of Public Affairs for Garrettsville, will be talking about what that village is doing to protect its water and the health of its residents.
Information will be available about testing labs and the importance of having an EPA-certified lab do water tests.
“We’re going to talk about potential health effects of chemicals used in drilling and extraction, and why we should be concerned. There are lots of points of risk of contamination — from leaks from cement failure of the core to rusting infrastructure,” said Gwen Fischer of Concerned Citizens Ohio.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Hiram Christian Church, at the intersection of State Routes 700 and 82.Read the rest of the article here.
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