COLUMBUS -- Environmental advocates delivered a letter to Gov. John Kasich Friday urging him to stop the disposal of fracking waste in the state.
Food and Water Watch, the Buckeye Forest Council, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and 30 other groups, including Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville and the Garrettsville Board of Public Affairs, signed the document with hopes of convincing Kasich to sign an executive order blocking injection wells for waste fluids generated by horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Ohio and other states.
More than a dozen backers held signs, displayed an oversized faux toilet and talked about the dangers of fracking during a brief press conference near the Statehouse.
"Ohio has become the dumping ground for radioactive toxic waste... ," said Donna Carver, representing the Buckeye Forest Council. "Ohio receives a tremendous amount of waste from out of state. ... We need to stop this. We need to ban these injection wells."
Kasich and others have said the state has some of the toughest laws in the country regulating fracking activities, with ample environmental safeguards to protect groundwater and surrounding landowners.
But the groups who delivered their letter Friday say the state has become a dumping ground for fracking waste.
They wrote, "Ohio must ban injection wells and by doing so, we would apply the law fairly and protect Ohioans form the impacts of drilling and fracking waste regardless of where it was generated. In fact, other states have implemented similar bans without being declared unconstitutional."
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.