Free Information Session About New Oil and Gas Pipelines in Ohio

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Contact: Amalie Lipstreu, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 208, policy@oeffa.org

What: The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) presents a free information session, “Who’s In Charge? 70,000 Miles of Proposed Pipelines in Ohio.”

Why: Due to the growth of fracking, more than 70,000 miles of new oil and gas pipelines are being proposed in the state. Companies are asking landowners to sign easements so they can build pipelines, and more land is also being purchased, or acquired through easements, for compressors and processing facilities.

“While we’re still coping with how to protect our communities from fracking, landowners and farmers are now bracing for the next unwanted fracking activity—miles and miles of new high pressure pipeline to move fracked gas across our state,” said Christine Hughes, owner and operator of the Village Bakery and Della Zona in Athens, and one of the event’s organizers. “What we don’t know about pipelines could hurt us.”

Farmers, landowners, neighbors, and communities need to understand the environmental and financial risks.

Join OEFFA, Ted Auch, Program Coordinator for FracTracker Alliance; Nathan Johnson, Attorney with the Ohio Environmental Council; food business entrepreneur Christine Hughes, and others to learn about:
-New proposed pipelines in Ohio
-How state and federal agencies regulate pipelines
-Impacts to landowners, organic farmers, and farmland
-Eminent domain and your rights as a landowner
-When you need to speak to an attorney

This event is co-sponsored by Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics (IAPE). Director Alyssa Bernstein will provide an introduction and facilitate the discussion.

When: Thursday, November 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Ohio University, Porter Hall Room 105, Athens, Ohio

Who: OEFFA is a statewide, grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1979 by farmers, gardeners, and conscientious eaters working together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system. For more information, go to http://policy.oeffa.org/fracking.

IAPE works to promote well-informed, critical reflection about climate change and economic, social, and environmental sustainability in relation to human rights and justice at local, national, and global levels. For more information, go to http://ohio.edu/appliedethics.