West Virginians Join Global Frackdown-3 on October 11th

by Duane Nichols on October 12, 2014

Doddridge County Watershed Association joins Global Frackdown 3

Lewis County Lavender Farm Hosts Global Frackdown

News Report by Marisa Matyola, WBOY 12 News, October 11, 2014

Weston, WV – Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has gained popularity over recent years, and continues to spark debate.

October 11 marked “The Global Frackdown“, an international day of action initiated by Food & Water Watch to ban fracking, a controversial technique that uses gallons of water, sand, and chemicals to break open rock formations deep underground to release oil and gas.

More than 200 partner organizations around the world participated, some local activists gathered at La Paix Herb Farm in Lewis County on Saturday.

“Why are we putting our people at risk? Why are we as a public allowing the legislators to act this way? They’re not acting in the best interest of the public, they’re obviously acting in someone else’s best interest,” said April Keating, anti-fracking activist.

“It’s like singing to the choir, we talk to ourselves and we all know everything that is going on. We need to get the general public in on this because everyone is affected not just us in the choir,” said Ruth Lamb, Lewis County resident.


Third annual ‘Global Frackdown’ invades Fountain Square

News Article by Henry Molski, Cincinnati Enquirer, October 11, 2014

Protesters crowded Fountain Square Saturday to oppose fracking in Ohio. Just after 3 p.m., protesters sang, danced, marched and called on Gov. John Kasich to ban fracking waste dumping statewide.

“We need some accountability and awareness to be brought to this problem,” said Alison Auciello, organizer for the Food & Water Watch group. “The government has allowed the literal dumping of fracking waste in this state and we need to hold the governor accountable.”

The protest was a part of the third annual “Global Frackdown,” a day of action against related oil and gas infrastructure. The event was initially started by the Food & Water Watch advocacy group.

“I am most pleased with how this fracking movement is growing,” added Auciello. “A lot is being done in more than a dozen countries around the world and across the country today.”

Also joining in the event on Saturday were representatives from The Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur, the Southwest Ohio No Frack Forum and dancers from the Global Water Dances Cincinnati project.

Protestors gathered with signs on the corner of Vine and 5th Street before musical performances, and rain dances behind the fountain. The activities came to a close as the groups marched up 5th Street holding signs high again.


About the Global Frackdown

The Global Frackdown is an international day of action initiated by Food & Water Watch to ban fracking —a risky technique that uses millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals to break open rock formations deep underground to release oil and gas. The oil and gas industry has spent millions of dollars on slick public relations campaigns and high-profile lobbying efforts to buy the ability to extract fossil fuels from our communities with as little government oversight as possible, all while destroying our air, water, health, communities and our climate.

While the industry is working hard to protect its profits and drown out the worldwide demand for clean, renewable fuels, there is a tremendous movement afoot around the world to protect our global resources from fracking.

The first Global Frackdown in September 2012 brought together 200 community actions in over 20 countries to challenge fracking. The second Global Frackdown in October 2013, was even bigger with over 250 actions in 30 countries spanning six continents. And we continue to grow.

Together as a movement, we have:

  • Passed more than 400 measures against fracking, wastewater injection and frac sand mining in communities across the United States.
  • Kept fracking out of the Delaware River Basin.
  • Passed ballot measures banning or placing a moratorium on fracking in Longmont, Boulder, Fort Collins, Broomfield, and Lafayette Colorado, and in Oberlin and Broadview Heights, Ohio.
  • Passed an indefinite moratorium on fracking in Vermont.
  • Continued to keep New York and Maryland frack free.
  • Launched Americans Against Fracking – a national coalition to ban fracking – and strong statewide coalitions in New York, California, Colorado, Oregon, Ohio, and Maryland.
  • Made significant progress against fracking in Bulgaria, France, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, UK, Argentina, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Mexico, etc.
  • Won recognition in the European Parliament for the right of local communities to be consulted about fracking in their area.

The Global Frackdown united concerned residents everywhere for a day of action on October 11, 2014 to sent a message to elected officials across the globe that we want a future powered by clean, renewable energy — not dirty, polluting fossil fuels. The journey to a renewable energy future will not be fueled by aggressively expanding the use of extreme technologies to extract oil and gas. Climate scientists warn that continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels will lead to catastrophic climate change.

Participants in the Global Frackdown organized events in their communities to challenge decision makers to oppose fracking, united around a common mission statement calling for a ban on fracking and investment in a clean energy future.

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Myra Bonhage-Hale October 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Much more information on my Wordpress Internet Site for La Paix Herb Farm.

I am working on it now with many photos including some of Tom.

Thank You Tom for your support and care.


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