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Ohio faith communities organize for fracking awareness

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With the growth of the fracking industry, Ohio is facing an environmental and social justice crisis. Permits have been given for more than 1,100 frack wells, and 4,000 are anticipated by 2016.

There may eventually be 100,000 wells in Ohio and Pennsylvania combined. Since Ohio's population density is twice that of Pennsylvania, human health would be much more adversely affected in our state.

The hydraulic fracturing industry involves not only production wells, but also more than 200 Class II toxic frack waste disposal wells distributed all over the state. Ohio also allows radioactive frack waste to be dumped in landfills throughout the state.

Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness (FaCT) is an interfaith alliance of over 40 faith communities in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania who are working for environmental justice. They "envision an Ohio where clean, renewable energy is safely produced and where hydrocarbons are used only in a limited way as a transitional source of energy until all energy is supplied by clean, renewable sources."

FaCT wants to expand participation from faith communities throughout the state, including Unitarian Universalist congregations. Their next meeting is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, on the west side of Cleveland, easily accessible by freeways.

For more information on West Shore FaCT, visit their web or Facebook page, or send an email to contact@westshorefact.org.

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