sending a baton down the river by bike, walking, running, canoeing, kayaking,
and even roller skating. This is a fossil
fuel free event. We’re taking our baton
from Pittsburgh all the way to Cairo, Illinois – 981 mile through six states –
to draw attention to the issue of fracking in our communities.”
The group is
making their way toward Marietta, and Mahonen says there will be an event here,
scheduled for tomorrow.
morning, there will be a critical mass bike ride through the streets of
Marietta. Anyone who is concerned about
the issue is invited to join us for that event.
There will also be a baton passing-off in Point Pleasant from the group
in the Marietta area, which is Appalachia Resist, to the group that is handling
the Huntington area, which is the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. There will be a rally in Huntington, West
Virginia at 11 am on Monday morning.
There are three rallies coming up in the next few days for anyone in the
community that would like to come out and express their concern about
be a ceremony at noon tomorrow in Muskingum Park. And, Mahonen says while many people in this
area are aware of what fracking is and its possible effects, not everyone does,
which led to the creation of this event.
to have an event that would bring national attention to the issue of
fracking. To that end, we decided to use
the Ohio River, because the Ohio River is in danger right now. They would like to barge fracking waste water
on our Ohio River, which is the source of drinking water for over 5 million
people. Ten percent of the United States
lives in the Ohio River Basin. Anything
that happens in the Ohio River affects everyone down the river.”
at the end of the trek, they’ll throw a coin into the confluence of the Ohio
and Mississippi Rivers for luck, which she says is a tradition in Cairo.