• Drilling vs the American Dream: Fracking impacts on property rights and home values

    http://www.resource-media.org/drilling-vs-the-american-dream-fracking-impacts-on-property-rights-and-home-values/#.UxVGtIXEH6D November 4, 2013 Drilling conflicts are almost always described in the context of their impacts on air, water and health. But increasingly, as the drilling boom sweeps the country, another part of the drilling story is starting to bubble up in drilling hotspots like Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Wyoming and Texas (check out this […]

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  • FrackGate Comes to Illinois? Media Blackout on Fracking Vote

    Jeff Biggers | February 26, 2014 9:14 pm | Comments As the national media puts the spotlight on the “FrackGate” public relations scandal in Ohio, where state officials worked to “marginalize opponents of fracking by teaming up with corporations—including Halliburton—business groups and media outlets,” Illinois residents behind a ballot initiative to ban fracking in rural Johnson County are […]

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  • No Pipe Dream: Is Fracking About to Arrive on Your Doorstep?

    Daniel Foster / Flickr)For the past several years, I’ve been writing about what happens when big oil and gas corporations drill where people live. “Fracking” — high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and methane from deep shale — has become my beat. My interviewees live in Pennsylvania’s shale-gas fields; among Wisconsin’s hills, where corporations have […]

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  • Rural county to take Illinois fracking debate to the ballot box

    Posted on 01/16/2014 by Kari Lydersen Main Street in Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois where voters will decide on an anti-fracking ballot measure this spring. (Photo by J. Stephen Conn via Creative Commons) “Shall the people’s right to local self-government be asserted by Johnson County to ban corporate fracking as a violation of their rights to […]

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  • In Ohio: State and drilling companies forcing landowners into gas exploration projects against their will

    http://www.ohio.com/news/state-and-drilling-companies-forcing-landowners-into-gas-exploration-projects-against-their-will-1.458751#.UtMPgZUQj9g.email By Bob Downing | Beacon Journal staff writer Published: January 11, 2014 – 10:42 PM SUFFIELD TWP.: Steve Neeley did not want to get involved in Utica shale drilling. He had invested heavily in building a country estate on 9½ acres off Pontius Road in the southwest corner of Portage County. He was concerned […]

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  • A statement from SAFE about the current state of affairs regarding fracking in Illinois…

    November 25, 2013 At this moment in time when almost every major player in Illinois has capitulated to intimidation from the oil and gas industry, SAFE and other grassroots groups will hold the line against fracking.  We won’t waffle, change our position, or be ambiguous, because we have known from the start that industry, and […]

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  • Fracking the American Dream: Drilling Decreases Property Value

    Drilling conflicts are almost always described in the context of their impacts on air, water and health. But increasingly, as the drilling boom sweeps the country, another part of the drilling story is starting to bubble up in drilling hotspots like Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Wyoming and Texas. Increasingly, oil and gas development is butting […]

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  • Industry Word Games Mislead Americans on Fracking

    SkyTruth |November 8, 2013 3:34 pm | Comments By David Manthos Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, and other drilling practices have unlocked previously inaccessible reserves of oil and gas across the U.S. and the world. However, some of the debate over fracking is distorting public understanding of these practices and interfering with good decision-making […]

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  • Illinois: The New Fracking Frontier

    The oil and gas industry is drooling over carbon-rich shale formations in the Land of Lincoln. By Trisha Marczak | September 4, 2013 Share this article! The Shawnee National Forest wilderness in Illinois is menaced by the possibility of fracking and the logging of its virgin forests. (Photo/Daniel Schwen via Wikimedia Commons) In the oil […]

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  • Drill next door: Here’s what it looks like when fracking moves in

    By Erik Hoffner Grist guest contributor When my wife and I pulled into a relative’s subdivision in Frederick, Colo., after a wedding on a recent weekend, it was a surprise to suddenly find a 142-foot-tall drill rig in the backyard, parked in the narrow strip of land between there and the next subdivision to the […]

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