• Facing Unprecedented Extraction Crisis, Illinois Environmental Groups Make Call to Action

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-reynolds/illinois-faces-unpreceden_b_5036219.html Will Reynolds Illinois Environmental Politics Blogger Posted: 03/27/2014 9:48 am EDT Updated: 03/27/2014 9:59 am EDT Illinois is facing an extraction crisis. Expanded coal mining and the looming threat of fracking will create an unprecedented two-pronged threat to southern and central Illinois. Grassroots groups on the front lines of the extraction crisis raised the

  • Both sides of fracking debate plan next move

    http://thesouthern.com/news/local/5ff3fb25-70e2-5870-88a1-0c53319e9f2a.html March 30, 2014 9:00 am  •  By Becky Malkovich Despite a recent loss at the polls, anti-fracking activists will continue their efforts to ban high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Johnson County. A non-binding referendum seeking to ban fracking in the county was turned down by nearly 60 percent of voters earlier this

  • Breaking: 400 Youths Arrested at White House Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline

    Today more than 1,200 youths from across the country marched to the White House from Georgetown University—where President Obama laid out his “climate test”—to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Once at the White House, 400 youths were arrested while participating in a nonviolent civil disobedience sit-in. This protest was the

  • How 11,000 Oil and Gas Wells Gave Utah Community More Ozone Pollution Than Los Angeles

    Clearly, there’s no comparing the sparse population of Utah’s Uintah Basin and that of the mega-metropolis within the Los Angeles basin. So, how could both places possibly have similar volatile organic compounds (VOCs) levels? Despite an area population of barely 30,000, Uintah County is home to a combined 11,200 oil-

  • Did Fracking Cause Earthquakes in Ohio?

    Brandon Baker | March 12, 2014 12:34 pm | Comments The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has ordered Texas-based energy company Hilcorp to halt all fracking operations in Mahoning County after at least four earthquakes shook the area on Monday. A magnitude 3.0 earthquake at 2:26 a.m. and a

  • Johnson County Board receives draft ‘bill of rights’

    http://thesouthern.com/news/johnson-county-board-receives-draft-bill-of-rights/article_2c48cff7-5b67-5654-95d6-4f355dc8faea.html March 25, 2014 7:00 am  •  By Nick Mariano VIENNA – Johnson County commissioners were given a draft ordinance Monday to establish a community “bill of rights.” The presentation of the proposed ordinance comes less than a week after voters rejected a countywide non-binding referendum seeking a local ban

  • Benton-area fracking meeting set for Saturday

    http://thesouthern.com/news/local/benton-area-fracking-meeting-set-for-saturday/article_11bd9dba-a8f6-5cfe-8bbe-49aeaa27d152.html March 20, 2014 7:00 am  •  By Becky Malkovich BENTON — Franklin County residents concerned about the possibility of high-volume horizontal fracturing coming into their backyards will gather in Benton Saturday. The community meeting on fracking came about when dozens of residents in central Franklin County, including residents of

  • JOHNSON COUNTY CITIZENS DENOUNCE ELECTION OUTCOME ON COMMUNITY RIGHTS / FRACKING REFERENDUM AS ILLEGITIMATE

    PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Contact: Natalie Long / Community Rights Coordinator 618-334-0033 / long.natalie@gmail.com JOHNSON COUNTY CITIZENS DENOUNCE ELECTION OUTCOME ON COMMUNITY RIGHTS / FRACKING REFERENDUM AS ILLEGITIMATE Community Denounces Collusion between Elected Officials, Industry and Local Media as Impediments to the Democratic Process VIENNA.

  • While America Spars Over Keystone XL, A Vast Network Of Pipelines Is Quietly Being Approved

    The article is posted below the following observation from a SAFE Volunteer: Latest on the pipeline situation, including the one going from Patoka to the Ohio River that will carry the extremely toxic tar sands crude. Please take time in the section talking about the Flanagan South pipeline to note

  • Protestors Arrested Halting Fracking Operations in Pennsylvania State Forest

    In the pre-dawn hours, activists with Marcellus Shale EarthFirst!, Pennsylvania residents and students took action to halt Anadarko’s fracking operation in the Tiadaghton State Forest. Protestors blocked the only access road to a wellpad by locking themselves to barrels of concrete, preventing workers from entering the site. At this time