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Virtual Public Hearing for Marietta, OH Barge Terminal

There have been three barge docks proposed to be built along the Ohio side of the Ohio River this year. If built, all three will be accepting oil and gas waste from unknown destinations, some of which are likely to be connected to horizontal well “fracking” operations. This would put a host of highly toxic and potentially radioactive substances only one spill away from contaminating the tap water for five million people. So far, this is the only public meeting or hearing that has been granted in response to public requests and comments. The entity that would be permitting these facilities is U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers.

Please help us protect the Ohio River by signing up to give testimony at the virtual public hearing. (Registration directions below.)

Particular details of the hearing:

  • Relevant to the Deep Rock proposed barge facility near Marietta, OH.
  • To register for this hearing and receive the meeting link and call-in information send an email to: [email protected] with the subject line “RSVP for 7 August Public Meeting” and include your full name, email address, and contact phone number with area code.
  • To submit a question prior to the meeting send an email to: [email protected] with the subject line “Question for 7 August Public Meeting” and include your full name and contact phone number with area code. Questions submitted by email prior to the virtual public meeting will be prioritized over those received during the meeting, according to info. posted by USACE.
  • Comments and requests for additional information should be submitted electronically to [email protected] by 4 p.m. August 7, 2020.
  • Then let us know you will be attending by filling out this form (click here).
  • Attend a “virtual meeting before the hearing” on Monday, August 4th. This will be an informal meeting where experts will be explaining the details of this project and answering your questions before the hearing. We will explain the link between this issue and other issues that impact the Ohio River Valley such as the petrochemical/fracking industries. Register for informal meeting by clicking here. There is a call-in option. You will receive a reminder before the meeting.
  • Here are talking points that you can refer to when formulating your comments/questions for U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers.

Here is the petition to demand that regulators deny permits for the barging of oil and gas waste on the Ohio River. Help us get the word out about the hearing by sharing the Facebook event page or share this blog post outlining everything.

Here is a letter to the editor that was published when we first learned of the barge docks written by one of our members and local retired environmental scientist and chemist, Dr. Randi Pokladnik. She discusses potential harms of the projects.


August 7th 2020
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Concerned Ohio River Residents