The Great Ohio River Relay by the Wheeling Water Warriors

by Duane Nichols on September 3, 2013


Relay Starts September 14th. Wheeling Rally 11 am September 15th. Relay ends in Cairo, IL, in October.

We are fighting GreenHunter Energy’s proposed fracking wastewater treatment plant in our residential community, 1.2 miles upriver from the main water intake for our Ohio County. We also oppose any plans to barge fracking wastewater on our Ohio River!

Saturday, September 14, 12 Noon, Starting in Pittsburgh, PA…. Ending sometime TBA in early October in Cairo, IL. See more Details and the evolving Itinerary below. JOIN US!!!

We will walk, run, bike, boat and even rollerblade our baton the entire 981 miles of our Ohio River to bring awareness to the whole country about what fracking is doing to our communities and our water!

General Information — Information here.

Riverside Itinerary — Itinerary here.

Saturday, September 14 DAY ONE

12 Noon: Starting point: Pittsburgh, PA:  Wheeling Water Warrior Robin Mahonen gives the baton to Penni Patches Pixie Laine, Madison Schiebel and Lisa DeSantis, representing Marcellus of Butler. Penni is walking barefoot. They walk the baton to:
1PM: The biking team of John Detwiler, Mel Packer and Micheal Bagdes-Canning, representing Marcellus Protest, will bike the leg down to the Market Street Bridge at Weirton, WV, where they will pass the baton to:
8PM Jason Bell of Tour de Frack will accept the baton from the first biking team and will put the baton to bed for the night.

Miles of this leg: 68 Total Miles: 68 Total States: 2

Sunday, September 15 DAY TWO

8AM Jason Bell of Tour de Frack will bike the baton from the Market Street Bridge in Weirton, WV, through Follansbee and Wellsburg, where he will enter the Bike Trail, and ride down to the Pike Island Locks and Dams, where he will pass the baton to:

10AM The walking team of Wheeling Water Warriors Elise Smith and Pam Ewusiak, who will walk the baton to:
FIRST BATON RECEPTION RALLY at the 28th Street Plant

There will be a brief interfaith service, facilitated by Monica Beasley-Martin and members of our local faith community.

Wheeling Water Warrior Robin Mahonen accepts the baton from Elise Smith and Pam Ewusiak at 28th Street in Warwood, the site of the proposed GreenHunter plant. For this march, everyone is a relayer! Drummers from The Other Tribe will be keeping a good beat for us for this march.  We hope to gather as MANY Wheeling Water Warriors as possible to walk the 1.2 miles to:


The Baton will be brought to the stage, and we will thank all the relayers who make this event possible! Dr. Ben Stout, Yuri Gorby, and Doug Shields will speak, and special musical guests are KR-3. And although the baton is the STAR of this event, it needs to leave the party early to keep on its mission, so we will give it a fond farewell at:

12 NOON: The baton leaves Garden Park with rollerskater Libby Horacek and her partner, who will skate the baton 4 miles through Wheeling to the Wheeling Waterfront.

Donations Needed — Please Donate Here.

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Duane Nichols September 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

GreenHunter Moves Forward on Facility in Ohio County, WV

WHEELING – Ohio River barges transporting natural gas fracking waste could soon carry loads from Warwood, as GreenHunter Water moves forward with its recycling plant.

“We have made significant headway on the barging issue,” said John Jack, vice president of business development and operations for GreenHunter, though he declined to be more specific.

Earlier this month, members of the Wheeling Planning Commission voted 4-1 to allow GreenHunter to proceed with its project at North 28th Street.


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