The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter and several other environmental groups submitted a letter to the US EPA today which outlines multiple failures of oversight of fracking waste in Ohio. The groups are calling for the US EPA to intervene and to strip Ohio of it’s self-regulation.
Regarding the letter, Brian Kunkemoeller of the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter has released the following statement:
“The virtually non-existent regulation of frack waste in Ohio continues to be a grave concern for Ohio’s public health, environment, and safety. We have consistently pled with US EPA to intervene, and today we have our case in one comprehensive document. What’s more alarming than the rate of spills, explosions, and earthquakes is the fact that the state makes such an obvious and consistent effort to look the other way, and in some cases, even conducting PR to downplay the impacts of fracking on public health and the environment. The document points to multiple such instances, many of which are questionable in terms of operating within the law.”