YOUNGSTOWN - At least 100 people protested Wednesday outside the Youngstown Ohio Utica & Natural Gas Conference on natural gas drilling at the Covelli Centre.
That protest was peaceful, but later, seven people were arrested at an injection well on Salt Springs Road.
About 2 p.m. city police charged seven people, including a Warren man and protesters from as far away as Washington state, with disorderly conduct after they refused to leave the roadway at the entrance of 1000 Ohio Works Drive, Youngstown, on Wednesday.
Mark Robert, manager at D&L Energy Group, reported that several protesters were prohibiting industrial trucks from entering and exiting the business by refusing to move for the trucks.
Police said when they arrived, several people were standing in the street in front of semi truck that was attempting to leave the business. Police ordered the protesters to disperse, but they refused. They were arrested without incident, police said.
Wednesday outside the trade show displaying tools of the trade for drilling through Utica and Marcellus shales, protesters said they were concerned about the environmental dangers posed by fracking. Fracking is the process of using chemical-laced fluid to blast through underground shale formations to free up and extract natural gas deposits.
Protesters arrested Wednesday afternoon at an injection well site were:
Sean Otoole, 61, 1776 Bonnie Brae Ave. N.E., Warren
Anne Lukins, 21, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Lindsey Schwartz, 20, Allentown, Pa.
Benjamin Shapiro, 26, Cleveland
Benjamin Marks, 19, Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Jackson Kusiak, 19, Arlington, Mass.
Jeremy Bingham, 20, Arlington, Mass.
They are expected to be arraigned today in Youngstown Municipal Court.
''It will pollute our water and our air and it's all corporate greed,'' Dave Brown of Dayton said. ''We need clean, green jobs.''
Solo Hovis of Lake Milton in Portage County said, ''It's harsh on the environment.''
She said that drilling going on in Portage County is not going well. ''They're just polluting the air and the water,'' she said.
Susie Beiersdorfer of Youngstown was helping to coordinate the protesters. She said she wants a moratorium on drilling and more studying done on the effects of the drilling before any more is allowed to continue.
''We just need to slow down,'' Beiersdorfer said.