Fracking Protest Today

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Associated Press

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Updated Tue, Jan 10, 2012 8:11 am

An environmental coalition opposed to a new method of drilling for natural resources plans to protest as lawmakers return to the Statehouse today.

No Frack Ohio is calling for a statewide ban on what's called fracking, a process that blasts pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to release gas and oil reserves.

The group also wants a ban on deep injection wells that hold drilling wastewater.

Gov. John Kasich has halted wastewater injection at a Youngstown well and four nearby after 11 earthquakes hit the area this year.

However, he says he doesn't want issues involving wastewater disposal to slow the Ohio jobs promised by oil and gas drilling in the state.

State officials note dozens of similar injection wells have operated around Ohio for decades without problems.
 

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