June 17, 2012
A thousand No Fracking activists stormed the Ohio statehouse today calling for an end to fracking on their state.
The demonstration came after Gov. John Kasich signed SB 315 into law last week, turning one of the worst fracking bills in America into the worst fracking laws.
Ohioans now know clearly where their representatives at all levels of state government stand – and unfortunately, most are choosing to stand with their donors in the oil and gas industry, rather than their constituents. Gov. Kasich himself has taken over $200,000 from the gas industry, and has now more than adequately repaid the favor.
SB 315 eliminates all public notice for fracking well permits, opens gaping loopholes in disclosure laws that allow fracking companies to keep toxic chemical cocktails secret from communities, establishes the lowest tax rates on the gas industry in the country, and gags doctors from discussing the health impacts of fracking.