Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned
waters" on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are
coming down.

Michael Boals, of Coshocton (kuh-SHAHK’-tuhn) east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards’
owners are ending his lease agreement Tuesday. He said a July lawsuit contending the signs contain false
and defamatory attacks prompted an end to his three-month verbal agreement after two months.

The complaint by Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine objected to statements on the two billboards along
U.S. Route 36, including a sign that says "DEATH may come." The company says it also took its
concerns with the sign owners.

Boals refused to remove the signs, citing free speech.

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