Written by Andy McDonald for KYNews.org. Find the original story here.
First it was the anti-discrimination ordinance. Now it is the local initiative to have the city of Berea voice opposition to hydraulic fracking in southern Madison County.
Once again, Diane Kerby is stepping up to take the lead on an issue that’s not without some controversy. At the end of last week’s meeting before the Berea City Council, Kerby requested to have an item added to next week’s agenda.
Kerby is urging the city to draft an ordinance that would strongly state the city’s opposition to oil exploration in the area through the use of fracking, a practice the Kentucky Environmental Foundation has declared to be a threat to water, soil and air quality in Red Lick and other areas. Local environmental advocate Craig Williams provided a template for the ordinance.
Article written by Kelley Davidson for Occupy.com. Find the original story here.
Energy companies are quietly scrambling to lease mineral rights from Eastern Kentuckian landowners, but this time they’re not after coal.
Buried two miles under Central and Eastern Kentucky lies the Rogersville Shale, a vast reservoir of shale oil and natural gas. Because of its immense depth, Rogersville Shale was previously unreachable, though energy companies have recently revived interest in tapping that resource through fracking.
But in Berea, Kentucky, an artsy small town 20 minutes south of Lexington, citizens have been spreading awareness about the health and environmental devastation caused by fracking, and a movement to resist the companies' plans is building.
Article written and published by the Citizen Voice and Times. Find the original story here.
An estimated 400 people, including several from Estill County, attended an informational meeting about hydraulic fracturing in Berea last Tuesday night, January 27. The event was organized with the intent to educate the public about fracking and to offer people opportunities to ask questions.
Bill Hughes, from Wetzel County, West Virginia, was one of the speakers. He has extensively documented the process of fracking in his home county.
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