Fracking in Wayne National Forest to be discussed

From local reports

PARKERSBURG – Representatives from Keep Wayne Wild, a new group, will discuss hydraulic fracturing in the Wayne National Forest at a meeting of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave.

Lynn Cady, an organizer for the Marietta group focused on protecting the Wayne National Forest, said the group was formed in reaction to concerns about recent leasing for hydraulic fracturing in the forest, Ohio’s only national forest. It impacts the Ohio River watershed and potentially impacts the entire region, the group said.

“The presentation will tie in nicely with our local and regional goals and mission statement and be very informative,” Eric Engle, chairman of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action, said. “This meeting is also a chance to get engaged and active with MOVCA.”

Engle plans to show portions of a 1991 Shell Oil video at the meeting.

“This video is proof that a major fossil fuels company understood and acknowledged anthropogenic (man-made) global climate change 26 years ago, but did nothing to act on that knowledge,” Engle said.

Organized in October 2015, Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action has joined with national and international groups alarmed about global climate change and collaborates with local groups to take action on environmental and climate concerns. The group focuses on raising awareness of the science supporting the urgency of dealing with global climate change by presenting educational programs and participating in local campaigns.

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action generally meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the First Christian Church. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend the meetings.

Contact Eric Engle at ericengle85@yahoo.com for more information.

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