Trial Date Set For Chained-Barrel Protester

By
Tim Sharp
WOUB Contributing Writer

Dateline
Updated Fri, Sep 7, 2012 2:45 pm

The woman charged with chaining herself to barrels to protest injection wells will go to trial November 8. 

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn's office says Madeline ffitch, charged with inducing panic, will face pre-trial proceedings October 9 and her trial is set to begin a month later at 9:00 AM. 

ffitch's arrest came after she allegedly chained herself to concrete-filled barrels with near Albany, Ohio. 

Blackburn said ffitch is facing the felony charge of inducing panic after she repeatedly refused to free herself from the chains. 

That forced authorities to summon a special response team to remove her in a manner that would keep her from harm.

ffitch said she took the action she did as a protest against out-of-state companies' use of wastewater in the injection-well process.

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