PETITION to WV Governor & WV-DEP – “No Drilling Under the Ohio River”

by Duane Nichols on November 20, 2014

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PETITION — “No Drilling Under the Ohio River”

Petition by Robin Mahonen, Ohio County, WV

The Wheeling Water Warriors and multiple other concerned groups call on you to stop plans to drill under the Ohio River.

The Ohio River provides drinking water to over 3 million people, and 10% of the population of the United States lives in the Ohio River Valley. The Ohio River is 981 miles long, and runs through six states: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, and is the largest source of water for the Mississippi River, which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. This intracoastal waterway needs to be kept safe from hydraulic fracturing, which has caused the contamination of numerous water sources in our region, and which is also implicated in increased seismic activity and earthquakes.

West Virginia is already overrun with fossil fuel extractive industries which pollute our air, land and water and negatively disrupt our lives. Our state is unparalleled in its natural resources, and yet we are among the poorest states in the country. We believe that corporate interests have prevailed over the best interests of the citizens of this state. We are told there is an economic crisis which requires us to drill under the river. Clearly, if our communities are polluted, our public health is ravaged, our environment devastated, and we are not reaping the economic benefits which we were promised for this sacrifice, it is not a sacrifice we are willing to make.

In the wake of the recent MCHM water crisis and other contaminations in our state just this year, we must act now to prevent wild, wonderful West Virginia from becoming an industrial wasteland, preserve our river, and our precious water resources.


NOTE: Over 3,570 individuals have already signed this Petition, with a target for 5,000 likely to be achieved within a few days.  This is a great risk to the people of the Ohio valley and to the environment if such drilling and fracking takes place.  Already, there has been the incident at Natrium where gas well drilling has interrupted a salt well of Axiall Chemical, formerly PPG Chemicals.  The earthquakes of the Youngstown area in Ohio are another indicator of trouble.  If the WV Governor and WV-DNR persist, then an environmental impact assessment would be an essential first step, but none has been done!  DGN

The Petition is here —

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lois Klotz November 21, 2014 at 8:16 am

I have seen the results of putting the pipeline under creeks here in Pa. It is not good. The creeks are blown out on purpose and poisoned. DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN !!!!


John Geelhaar November 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

This could ruin the drinking water for many.


Maria Bolton-Joubert November 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

It’s 2014. WE NEED NEED NEED to move away from Fracking. Let’s focus on clean energy solutions.

COME ON, PEOPLE. We need new technology. The time is now. PLEASE.

People are getting sick and dying due to cancer and other medical conditions that ARE LINKED TO FRACKING.



S. Thomas Bond November 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Maria, we just can’t do that. Real people are getting sick and loosing the things they hold dear, and a lot of property value. We can’t just blow by that to an idealistic solution. It provides much of the motivation to make the change. Much of the public is not prepared to change from what they have always done on the basis of environment alone. This is because they have not learned the importance of the biological world in their education, and because the big money has politicized their financial interest.


Trish Post February 26, 2015 at 12:16 am

Dear Readers ….

Very soon this website will be famous among all blogging viewers,
due to it’s good articles or reviews. More than a summary.

If you care about the future of West Virginia, its mountains and
valleys, its creeks and rivers, it wildlife …..

If you care about the future of farming in West Virginia, the gardens
and crops, its orchards and forests, its cattle and livestock …..

If you care about the infra-structure of our State, its roads and highways,
its schools and volunteer fire departments, and hospitals and health providers ….

If you care about our public lands, wildlife management areas, fishing areas,
the Ohio River and its feeder streams, the Monongahela River, West Fork, Tygart,
Little Kanawha, Great Kanawha, Fish Creek, Fishing Creek, Cresap Creek, Armstrong Creek, Middle Island Creek, Arnold Creek, …. and there are a lot more ….

If you care about our high county, the Allegheny Highlands, the George Washington National Forest, the Thomas Jefferson National Forest, and other forests impacted by climate change ….

If you care about the damages that can be caused (and will be caused) by large diameter and long distance pipelines, subsidence, sedimentation, water pollution, forest destruction, excess access road construction, compressor stations, air pollution, and the unfair taking of private land by ‘eminent domain’ for corporate gain,

If you wish to ignore fossil fuel damages, health effects, air pollution, greenhouse gases, subsidies, carbon dioxide accumulation, habitat destruction, and …..


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