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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

Concerning High-Volume, Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing (aka Fracking)

Passed at the 195th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio,
November 2011

Concerning High-Volume, Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing (aka Fracking)

Resolved, that the 195th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Ohio supports:

  • The efforts of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to conduct a comprehensive, transparent, peer-reviewed study of the impacts of natural gas on water resources and the life cycle impacts of fluids used in high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHF); and
  • A moratorium on high-risk, unconventional deep-shale gas drilling in Ohio until the U.S. EPA study is completed and regulatory agencies have conducted a comprehensive review of Ohio's regulatory framework as it relates to the new technologies of HVHF and made any appropriate revisions to protect human health and the environment; and
  • The establishment of a "Shale Gas Task Force" by the Bishop of Ohio, such task force to be in place preferably no later than January 31, 2012, which shall (1) directly communicate (and participate as appropriate) with the U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ,THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER AND WILDLIFE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE, THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, and THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, DIVISION OF MINERAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, conveying the SGTF's position on the utilization of BMP's (Best Management Practices) concerning the processing and disposal of all liquids produced from the hydraulic fracturing process including, but not exclusively, injected fracturing fluids, flowback water, and produced water, whether such waters are treated, recycled, reused, reinjected, or disposed, (2) monitor the rule making processes on the state and federal level, and (3) provide a report to the 196th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Ohio of their findings; and be it further

Resolved, that this Convention:

  • Communicate this resolution to the Governor, Lt. Governor and Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources of the State of Ohio; and encourage each congregation to communicate the same to their state legislators; and
  • Submit the appropriate form of this resolution to the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church; and be it further

Resolved, that this Convention encourages the Bishop, clergy, and members of the Diocese:

  • To educate themselves about HVHF as comprehensive, peer-reviewed scientific evidence becomes available.

Submitted by

Rebecca Wilson
James Simon
Deborah Hunter

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