Concerned environmental groups from all over the Valley joined forces today for a press conference to make people aware that there is a proposal to bring hydraulic fracturing to the Wayne National Forest. A public comment period is open with the Bureau of Land Management until May 29.
Representatives from Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action, Green Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, Athens County Fracking Action Network, Appalachia Sierra Club Chapter, Buckeye Forest Council and Torch Can Do! hosted the afternoon press event at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marietta. The groups are united in their opposition to the forest fracking proposal. They are encouraging citizens to have a say in the process.
“Members of these groups question the need, the negative impact, and the timeliness of this proposal and are opposed to allowing hydro-fracking in the Wayne National Forest,” explained activist Andrew Clovis. “We are calling on concerned citizens to submit comments by May 29 to the Bureau of Land Management.”
The envirophiles are also asking the BLM to extend the public comment period and to host a public hearing regarding the proposal. Clovis said the proposal document is 113 pages long and asserts that there would be no significant environmental impacts from fracking in the forest.
“Our National Forests should be the last bastion, our final hope, to maintain situations of biodiversity which are essential to continued life on this planet,” Clovis said. “Drilling rigs, huge water trucks carrying hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in, and waste-water trucks carrying that now toxic water out, will, without question, destroy habitat, not to mention that each well would decimate forest canopy, understory and mast over several acres.”
Comments can be sent to the Bureau of Land Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A raid on a St Mary’s Avenue home in Parkersburg this week resulted in two arrests. 23 year old Andrew Glaspell and 21 year old Teya Canty were arrested for delivery of heroin. The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force found drugs and money during the execution of a search warrant at their residence at 1325 St Mary’s Avenue. SWAT members entered and secured the residence Tuesday morning as the result of an ongoing investigation.
A man has been arrested and charged with arson following a fire at North Second Avenue in Middleport on Monday. 31 year old Keith Day is suspected of intentionally setting other fires including tow dumpster fires but a lack of witnesses prevented law enforcement from pursuing charges in those crimes. This week he was charged with aggravated arson – a first degree felony for the blaze that destroyed the Ingels Carpet and Flooring building and damaged two others late Monday night. Investigators believe the fire was started in the alley behind Ingels. Rolls of carpet intensified the fire and the back wall of the building collapsed. (Meigs Indy Press)
Two Glouster police officers were fired this week following an accident Monday in which they were driving drunk. Officer Ryan Keeney was charged with driving while intoxicated and his passenger Officer Joshua Dewuell was not charged but both men were terminated from their probationary positions with the police department. Both were found to be negligent in their conduct – causing a wreck that caused substantial property damage. (Athens News)
West Virginia’s Attorney General is rejecting the controversial federal directive regarding the treatment of transgender students with regards to bathrooms, locker rooms, dormitories and athletic teams. AG Patrick Morrisey says the measure is unlawful and he is demanding the government clarify its legal precedent and explain whether it would cut funding from schools that will not admit students to the facilities of their choice. Morrisey, who has no influence over school policy, is urging state officials and county school boards to consider the directive as having no force of law.
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