Youngstown Residents React to Fracking Wastewater
By Rachel Morgan
Beaver County Blue via Shalereporter.com
Feb 6, 2013 – YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Youngstown-area residents are not just angry over the dumping of an estimated 20,000 gallons of suspected fracking wastewater into a storm sewer that empties into the Mahoning River.
They’re furious that it took five days for anyone to find out.
“I’m outraged,” said Liberty Township Trustees Chairman Jodi Stoyak. “(But) I’m more upset that this occurred last week, and the ordinary public is just hearing about it today.”
Stoyak said she read about the incident — which occurred about 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 — in the media Wednesday morning.
Other elected officials echoed Stoyak’s sentiments.
State Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, said not being notified was one of his biggest issues with the incident.
“I’m an elected official here,” he said. “I think I should have been at least notified as soon as possible. We had a serious, dangerous situation where someone purposely dumped contaminated drilling refuse, and in (that refuse) are toxic chemicals.”