Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

by Abrahm Lustgarten
republished from
ProPublica, Sept. 20, 2012, 12:12 p.m.

Injection Wells
The Hidden Risks of Pumping Waste Underground

The remains of a tanker truck after an explosion ripped through an injection well site in a pasture outside of Rosharon, Texas, on Jan. 13, 2003, killing three workers. The fire occurred as two tanker trucks, including the one above, were unloading thousands of gallons of drilling wastewater. (Photo courtesy of the Chemical Safety Board)

On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There, under a steel shed, they began to unload thousands of gallons of wastewater for burial deep beneath the earth.

The waste – the byproduct of oil and gas drilling – was described in regulatory documents as a benign mixture of salt and water. But as the liquid rushed from the trucks, it released a billowing vapor of far more volatile materials, including benzene and other flammable hydrocarbons. Continue reading


Update on Madeline ffitch

Court date has been changed for Madeline ffitch to October 3rd @2:30pm. We are still planning to have a big rally in front of the court house during her hearing. Big plans are forming, hope you can join us to help demand the Ginsburg well be shut down!

Fundraiser dinner, September 23rd 5-8:30 @ Purple Chopstix in Athens, to support the legal defense fund for Madeline. All local and/or organic ingredients, fabulous truffles from our very own, local chocolate shop, O’chocolate and much more! Please message Laura Post at  if you’re interested in making a reservation and /or helping. Thank you!

New Injection Well Permit in Athens County?

Demand for Public Hearing

Press Release by the Athens (OH) County Fracking Action Network, Sept. 12, 2012

A public notice for an Athens County injection well permit application for the Atha well on Rte. 144 near Frost, OH, has been posted.  Citizens have until Sept. 28 to send in comments and concerns about the application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (, include reference: Permit # 3761 and application # aAMY0000706). Continue reading

Madeline ffitch status conference at the Athens Court

By Nate Ebert, Spokesperson Appalachia Resist!
Release date: Sept 8, 2012

On September 7 the status conference for Madeline ffitch, the Athens County resident who faces a fifth degree felony charge for blocking a frack-waste injection well was held at the Athens County Courthouse.  The prosecution continued to ask that Madeline be disallowed from peacefully and legally participating in any Athens County anti-fracking protest, while counsel for the defense argued that this violates the defendant’s first amendment rights.  After the conference, Madeline and her legal counsel Bob Fitrakis made statements to press and supporters. Continue reading