• 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

  • Yes – 42% for Right to Self-government, Ban Fracking, No – 58%: Still a Strong Showing on the Ban Despite Industry Campaign Finance for the Opposition

    Johnson County fracking ban defeated 2 hours ago  •  By Nick Mariano 0 VIENNA – A divisive and what many called a confusing ballot question seeking local Johnson County control over fracking failed at Tuesday’s polls with nearly 60 percent of votes going against it. Many believe the non-binding referendum led to an

  • Research Lights Up Fracking’s Black Hole

    Industry’s silent treatment has been wildly successful Thanks to a silent industry, large-scale studies of gas drilling’s impacts on communities simply do not exist. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Barray) Gagging doctors. Silencing children. Muzzling victims. These are among the tactics used within the oil and gas industry to hide the

  • 200+ Groups Tell Congress and Obama: Reject Fast-Tracking Exports of Fracked Gas Overseas

      Following a push by the Obama Administration and House Speaker John Bohener to fast-track natural gas exports as leverage against Russia in the growing tensions between the nation and Ukraine, Americans Against Fracking and allied organizations today called on President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S.

  • Fracking Debate Heats Up Ahead of Election

    http://www.wsiltv.com/news/your-community/union-johnson/Fracking-Debate-Heats-Up-Ahead-of-Election-249667021.html By Sam Jones By Benjy Jeffords Story Created: Mar 11, 2014 at 10:09 PM CDT Story Updated: Mar 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM CDT JOHNSON COUNTY– The primary election is a week away, and voters in one local county will weigh in on an anti-fracking referendum. Emotions are running high

  • Radioactive Waste From Bakken Oil Fields Raises Concerns About Local Water Contamination

    By Katie Rucke Editor’s note: Some names have been changed in this article to protect the identities of certain individuals who came to MintPress with concerns about how this landfill would affect the health and well-being of those who lived nearby and depended on water sources the landfill could potentially