FaCT – Faith Communities Together (for Frac Awareness)

Visit NEOGAP for all new FaCT Updates. To be added to the FaCT email list, email Kristina at kis@wowway.com.

We encourage you to get involved with the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio! UUJO is a statewide network established on October 20,2012 at a meeting in Columbus for the 41 UU Congregations in Ohio — 30 in the Ohio Meadville District of CERG and 11 in the Heartland District, MidAmerica Region.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are asking you as people of faith to seriously consider a new threat to the health and safety of our fellow citizens and to the rights of all citizens to clean air, water, and uncontaminated soil. This threat is the pursuit of natural gas and oil through “high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing” of deep shale, a process commonly referred to as “fracking.”

This unconventional drilling is a water-and-chemically-intensive extractive process that has been pursued in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – and has now brought its dangers to Ohio. Fracking and its waste byproducts have ruined water wells and streams, damaged roads from heavy truck traffic, caused explosions and fires, killed farm animals and pets, and caused increased air pollution. It has also caused earthquakes in areas which were formerly known to be seismically inactive such as northeast Ohio, where the eleventh in a series of quakes over a ten-month period occurred on December 31, 2011 in Youngstown and registered 4.0 on the Richter Scale. Two weeks later, yet another earthquake occurred in the same area.

Read the full letter here…

What you can do…

  • Identify a key person in your congregation – Social Justice/Green Sanctuary Chair, Board Members, Congregants, or Minister – and ask them to help your congregation learn the facts behind fracking and how we can protect our local water, air, and health.
  • Find out the facts at these websites: http://www.neogap.org and www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking.
  • Come to the next meeting of FaCT – Faith Communities Together (for Frac Awareness). Please visit the NEOGAP website homepage for announcements of time and place of our meetings at www.neogap.org. There truly is strength in numbers; and so we would very much like to have you with us as we work for the preservation of healthy, safe, and sustainable communities throughout our state.

If you have questions, Ron Prosek of East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, convener of FaCT. He can be reached at 440-974-2035 and rprosek@earthlink.net.

FaCT includes participants from the following faith communities:

Archwood Church (United Church of Christ), Cleveland

Community Church of Chesterland (United Church of Christ)

East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, Kirtland

Faith Church (United Church of Christ), Richmond Heights

Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Shaker Heights

First Congregational Church of Akron

First Grace Church, United Church of Christ, Akron

First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Shaker Heights

Gustavus Federated Church (Trumbull County)

Newman Center, Kent

Old South Church (United Church of Christ), Kirtland

Redeemer Church (United Church of Christ), Westlake

St. Albans Church, Cleveland

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Painesville

Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Ohio Valley:

FaCT – OV (FaCT of the Ohio Valley)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown

United Church of Christ, Kent

Ursuline Association (Catholic)

West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, Rocky River

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