Opponents of fracking to rally in Warren

WARREN – Hundreds are expected to attend the “Don’t Frack Ohio 2” rally set for Monday in Warren.

Don’t Frack Ohio 2 plans to hold an informational session beginning at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Courthouse Square in downtown Warren. The rally with speakers is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Information provided by organizers said hundreds are expected to attend the rally scheduled in response to “growing concerns that Ohio has been targeted by the oil and gas industry for disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.”

Organizers say they are calling on Ohio’s lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to ban underground injection of toxic and potentially radioactive fracking waste.

Mike Chadsey, campaign manager for Ohio Energy in Depth, a pro-petroleum group, said Wednesday that all are entitled to their own opinions “but not their own facts.”

“Unfortunately, the individuals who will be speaking at this event still use half-truths, out-of-context statements and outlandish claims to scare local citizens about Ohio’s oil and gas industry,” Chadsey said.

Energy in Depth is a public outreach campaign for the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

“Don’t Frack Ohio 2” is a coalition of groups working toward an end to fracking, including 350.org; Concerned Citizens Ohio; Food and Water Watch; Center for Health, Environment and Justice; FrackFree Mahoning; Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection; Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy; Progress Ohio; Ohio Student Environmental Coalition; Appalachia Resists!; Faith Communities Together for Fracking Awareness; and others.

Speakers are scheduled to address issues involving health and the environment.

According to the release, an “inter-faith service” will be held by members of the coalition at a not-yet-disclosed site.