Fracking Protesters Up Efforts Against Disposal Wells

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Protests like this one have been going on for months in Ohio. Now some protesters are resorting to more drastic means, including chaining themselves to fences at fracking water disposal wells.(Photo: Flickr)
Protests like this one have been going on for months in Ohio. Now some protesters are resorting to more drastic means, including chaining themselves to fences at fracking water disposal wells.(Photo: Flickr)

Civil disobedience is a tactic that’s starting to be adopted in Ohio by at least some environmentalists protesting the oil and gas drilling method often called fracking.

Two weeks ago, an Athens county woman chained herself to equipment at the site of a deep-injection well where drilling waste water is disposed of. This week, a Maryland man was charged with criminal trespass for chaining himself to a gate at a disposal well in Trumbull County.

The activists contend that this waste is so dangerous, it should be disposed of differently. But Ohio natural resources officials say they’re not allowed to make that change. Click the play button above to hear more from both sides.

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