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Residents expressed concerns this week that the potential expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Kentucky would pollute the water and air and bring earthquakes to the region.
About 50 people attended the “listening session” held Thursday evening by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet in Somerset. Xyara Asplen was one of several people calling for a moratorium on fracking.
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BEREA, Ky. (AP) - The man who has helped guide the safe disposal of chemical weapons stored in Kentucky is traveling to South Korea to give a keynote speech.
Craig Williams is the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons project director. He will be in Seoul to speak at the Green Asia Forum. The foundation says he was invited because of his success in dealing with complicated issues involving several bureaucracies and interests.
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The Madison County Branch of The Women’s Network will hold its bi-monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Central Bank community room, 350 W. Main St., Richmond. The topic will be hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas.
Original article written by Andy McDonald for the Richmond Register. Find the original story here.
The Berea City Council passed a resolution Tuesday expressing opposition to gas and oil extraction in the area by hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking.
The measure proclaims the city’s interest in preserving water resources in the area and urges property owners to carefully consider the impact of fracking on the county’s environment before leasing land to energy companies.
Original article written by Greg Kocher for the Lexington Herald Leader. Find the original story here.
BEREA — Berea City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday expressing opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in watershed areas near the reservoirs from which the city draws its drinking water.
Original story written by Greg Kocher for the Lexington Herald-Leader, find the original version here.
An online effort has begun to raise money to complete a documentary film about Craig Williams, the Berea man who sought community consensus on the safe disposal of chemical weapons in Madison County.
The 25-minute documentary, Nerve: How a Small Kentucky Town Led the Fight to Safely Dismantle the World's Chemical Weapons, will tell how Williams worked to bring people together to find alternatives to the incineration of nerve and mustard agents near Richmond.
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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is launching an online fundraising campaign for a documentary about the group’s founder, Craig Williams.
Twenty-five years ago Williams helped organize a grassroots coalition with an aim toward safe disposal of the deadly chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Known as the Chemical Weapons Working Group, it has since helped pass federal legislation that ultimately forced the government to find a safer disposal method for weapons stored at four sites around the U.S.
Williams won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006.
The documentary is titled “NERVE,” and will be directed by Kentucky filmmaker Ben Evans.
The online fundraiser is being hosted by Indiegogo.com
Original story written by Michaela Ballard for the Richmond Register. Find the original story here.
The explosive detonation technology that will destroy mustard-agent munitions stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot is expected to be delivered and installed at the site by early next year.
A relatively small number of mustard weapons cannot be safely handled by the massive plant that will destroy the more than 500 tons of nerve-agent weapons in the depot’s stockpile.
Craig Williams, co-chair of Chemical Chemical Demilitarization,Community Advisory Board, shared that news with the board Wednesday.
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.
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