In the past year, activists and homeowners alike have been trying to oppose a proposal made by GreenHunter Water LLC, a Texas-based company, to construct a bargedock in Meigs County. GreenHunter's plan is to make way on the Ohio River for two tank barges, which would transport fracking waste to storage tanks across the state.
Earlier in the summer of 2014, The Athens County Fracking Action Network encouraged people to send in comments to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking for an extension on the commenting period before GreenHunter was given permission to build. Despite backlash from GreenHunter, the people were granted their extension until Aug. 24.
The barges would be capable of carrying up to 42 million gallons of frack waste at once. The Ohio River supplies fresh water to over 3 million people and those in the surrounding area have concerns about the barges leaking directly into that fresh water supply.
Dr. Bernhard Debatin, professor of environmental journalism at Ohio University, says, "if a tanker has a spill, its bad enough. But if a barge that holds fifty-two hundred times what a tanker holds spills, you have larger volumes of waste to deal with."
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