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Concerned Citizens' Dec. 1 event to feature speakers who've experienced fracking

Published: November 21, 2012 12:27 AM


Concerned Citizens of Ohio's Shalersville group is hosting four speakers to discuss their experiences with hydraulic fracturing and deep drilling.

The event is taking place Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at King of Glory Church, located at Streetsboro Plaza on Route 303 just east of Route 14. 

The speakers will include Kari Matsko of Stow who began researching the effects of fracking on the health of nearby residents. Over the years, she's become a state of Ohio review team member, the national coordinator of an internet-based oil and gas mapping project for MIT and a leader of The People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio. 

Also speaking will be Maria Payans of Pennsylvania, whose nonprofit was formed because of the negative impact of drilling on neighbors in rural areas of Pennsylvania. She has committed her life to speaking out about what she has experienced and witnessed in the lives of others. She currently works with an environmental attorney in an attempt to remediate some of the problematic outcomes of drilling on property and health.

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Tracy McGary of Columbiana County will recount her experience with seismic testing and the effect of franking her well and other wells in the rural area where she lives. She owns a petting zoo, which has been "turned into chaos," due to franking nearby, according to a Nov. 14 news release from Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville.

Speaker Paul Feezel heads Concerned Citizens of Carroll County, a grassroots organization that helps citizens cope with the impact of franking through water testing and information outreach. He also works with local officials on how to mitigate the most harmful effects of fracking.

Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville officer Mary Greer said residents on the fringes of suburbia in towns like Streetsboro, Hudson, Kent and Stow need to hear more about what to expect as fracking for natural gas expands. 

RSVP by calling Greer at 330-472-8086.


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