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10 Arrested At Protest Of Drilling Wastewater Disposal Site

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At least 10 people were arrested Tuesday as several Athens County area environmental activist groups protested at a fracking wastewater disposal site.

The protest included nearly 100 activists from Earth First and Appalachia Resist at the GreenHunter Water site on state Route 7 in New Matamoras in Washington County.

According to NBC4's Rick Reitzel, waste is brought to the facility by truck, but with approval, the company plans on transporting the waste by barge on the Ohio River.

The protesters marched in protest and closed the terminal Tuesday.

For four hours, protesters were able to stop truckloads of brine from entering the plant by erecting a 30-foot tower, which one of them climbed.

Washington County deputies and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers responded and arrested at least 10 people who employees claimed entered the property.

One of the arrests includes a woman who said she is a journalist. Authorities confiscated her camera.

The protester who climbed the tower eventually came down and was arrested.

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