Environmentalists hold Toxic Tea Party to protest fracking

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VIENNA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Environmentalists made several stops Tuesday to protest natural gas fracking in Ohio.

Frack-Free Mahoning Valley held an anti-fracking “Toxic Tea Party” in Vienna Township.

Group leaders said their focus is getting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to close down the injection well in Vienna. They also want to make sure a closed well in Niles never reopens.

One of the protesters, Michele Garman, lives near a fracking well. She said she’s upset that property owners can’t stop wells from moving in next door.

“ODNR came in and gave them all their permits, the state said there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not their water that’s going to end up poisoned,” Garman said.

Other stops on the protesting tour included downtown Youngstown and the site of an injection well in Weathersfield Township, the well that sparked earthquakes throughout the area.

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