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Anti-Fracking Roadshow Kicks Off

By Hannah McCartney · May 16th, 2012 · City Desk
The first in a series of nine events in cities across Ohio, culminating with a rally at the Columbus statehouse, kicked off in Cincinnati last week to protest the use of fracking across the state of Ohio. 

The educational event was held May 12 at the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church. It’s part of the Don’t Frack Ohio Spring Roadshow, a project brainstormed by 350.org, which heads a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. 

According to Danny Berchenko, an Ohio organizer for 350.org, the roadshow is a much-needed venue for dialogue to discuss the problems fracking in Ohio poses to people and communities, including those related to public health and climate change.

“Kasich’s office is not doing its job to protect people or communities,” said Berchenko. 

Fracking is a controversial gas extraction process that has been banned in countries such as France and Bulgaria. New Jersey and Vermont have moved forward with legislation banning the practice, though neither state has the amount of natural gas as Ohio.    

Berchenko says the events will involve a mix of discussing the generalities of fracking, why action is necessary and tactics and strategies for communities to strategically protect themselves from fracking and protest Kasich’s energy plan, which heavily focuses on bringing frackers to Ohio, an integral part of his economic plan.



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