About Concerned Ohio River Residents
We are Ohio Valley citizens concerned about the extremely detrimental toll that the petrochemical and oil & natural gas industries will take on our health, air, water and future. We're organizing to protect our beautiful Ohio Valley from these toxic polluters. This website is dedicated to informing the public about the industries’ projects and the plethora of negative effects they bring with them. We also want to provide you with the tools and connections needed to get involved. We are supported by our partner grassroots organizations - national and local.
Currently, our main projects are stopping the PTTG cracker plant once and for all, halting waste barging along the Ohio River, protecting Belmont County residents from the effects of the waste recycling plant Austin Master, educating residents about the dangers of the West Virginia Methanol plant, and blocking Energy Storage Ventures’ NGL storage facility. You can read about each of these campaigns under our “Campaigns” section above.
The Ohio Valley deserves better than these toxic industries. We deserve something sustainable, something that won't further contaminate our already-polluted air and water, something that won't deteriorate into a bust after a few decades. We are standing in solidarity together to advocate a better future for our region and our planet.
Jill Hunkler is a mother, teacher, artist, writer, environmental advocate, and grassroots organizer. She is a seventh generation Ohio resident in Belmont County, the most heavily fracked in the state. She considers herself a fracking refugee. Due to the vast oil and gas infrastructure that polluted her country home in the Slope Creek Valley, she experienced negative health impacts, and was forced to relocate. She educates the public about the threats we face due to the polluting and destructive oil and gas and petrochemical industries. She has helped empower people in her community and beyond to stand up for their rights for a healthy environment. Together they had some success in their protective campaigns. Her mission is to promote peace, clean energy solutions, and a healthy and protected Mother Earth for current and future generations.
Brendan Muckian-Bates is a lifelong Appalachian, former educator, and environmental activist, WV. His work with fellow education workers in the 2018 Red for Ed strike inspired him to devote his time to organizing and activism. Upon moving to the Ohio Valley, he learned about the devastating proposed PTTG cracker plant near his house and wanted to become more active in environmental struggles. He is the author of two forthcoming books on the history of social movements in Appalachia and lives with his wife and three children in Moundsville.
Leatra Harper received her graduate degree in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University and her undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Toledo. Lea is a certified Success Unlimited Network life coach and author of Energetic Coaching; Being and Doing with Spirit. Lea has been a long-time environmental and child advocate and is currently the Managing Director for FreshWater Accountability Project, dedicated to protecting and preserving Ohio’s fresh air and water for future generations in the face of fracking, the planned petrochemical buildout on the Ohio River, and climate change.