Ohio environmentalists plan fracking protest

      A natural gas drilling rig in Wyoming.

      An environmental coalition opposed to a new method of drilling for natural resources plans to protest as lawmakers return to the Statehouse Tuesday.

      No Frack Ohio is calling for a statewide ban on what's called fracking, a process that blasts pressurized water, sand and

      chemicals underground to release gas and oil reserves. The group also wants a ban on deep injection wells that hold drilling


      Gov. John Kasich has halted wastewater injection at a Youngstown well and four nearby after 11 earthquakes hit the area

      this year. However, he says he doesn't want issues involving wastewater disposal to slow the Ohio jobs promised by oil and gas

      drilling in the state.

      State officials note dozens of similar injection wells have operated around Ohio for decades without problems.