NILES, Ohio — Two Youngstown community members were arrested at a nonviolent protest of an injection well, which was attended by about 50 protesters from around Ohio and Pennsylvania. The two protesters who were arrested stood in front of the well gate and blocked trucks from entering, holding a sign that read "Fracking Hurts Communities."
Despite the harmful effects of injection wells, which include decreased air quality and contaminated drinking water, the state of Ohio has so far sided with fracking companies, according to the protesters. "The state of Ohio has refused to protect its communities from fracking. Hydraulic fracturing is poisoning our community and endangering our health, so we've come together today as a community to symbolically cleanse our water and take a stand for our health. The state government won't protect our well-being, so we've decided to protect it ourselves," said Chris Khumprakob, a resident of Youngstown, Ohio who was arrested during the protest.
Last year, both Weathersfield township and the city of Niles banned injection wells; nevertheless, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has permitted this well.