Advocates want ban on waste disposal at injection wells.
A coalition of environmental advocates have sent Gov. John Kasich a letter asking him to put a halt to the injection of fracking wastes in Ohio.
The letter, signed by 33 groups, requests an executive order "to immediately halt" the underground injection of the waste. A handful of protesters gathered Downtown outside the Riffe Center to hand deliver the letter to Kasich's office.
"We are facing an onslaught of oil and gas waste here in Ohio," said Alison Auciello, an Ohio organizer for Food and Water Watch.
Ohio disposal wells routinely take millions of barrels of fracking waste shipped from Marcellus shale wells in Pennsylvania, in addition to oil and gas well wastes and fracking wastes from Utica shale wells in Ohio.
The fracking process pumps millions of gallons of water, sand and shale underground to shatter shale and free trapped oil and gas. A portion of the waste water bubbles back out of the wells, tainted with ancient salt water, toxic metals and radium.
There are more than 190 disposal wells in Ohio, which state officials consider the preferred disposal method for fracking wastes.
Advocates say the disposal wells and the waste are a threat to pollute groundwater and streams. Industry officials insist the wells are safe.