Original story by Erica Peterson for WFPL, find the original here.
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.
Op-ed written by Deborah Payne for the Daily Yonder, find the original here.
In both Appalachia and Ecuador, mineral extraction threatens the health and safety of residents. The question now is "can the people in harm's way work with the one potentially doing the harm to figure out solutions"?
A lot has happened in the 50 years since Lyndon Johnson brought national attention to rural poverty in Eastern Kentucky. But some things haven't changed.
Folks still don’t drink the water.
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.
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.
Story by Michaela Ballard for the Richmond Register. Find the original article here.
The walls of the Acton Folk Center were lined with people without room to sit Tuesday night during the first Frack Free Foothills community forum.
The group was formed after energy companies began approaching landowners of the Red Lick and Clear Creek areas seeking to lease mineral rights for hydraulic fracturing.
Those in attendance had many questions for speakers Bill Hughes of Wetzel County, W.Va., and Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council.
Story by Josh James for WUKY. Find the original article here.
A coalition of groups and individuals concerned about the effect fracking could have in Kentucky is gathering Tuesday night in Berea.
With oil and gas companies taking a new look at regions of the state previously untouched by exploration, environmental groups are gearing up for a fight. Activist Craig Williams is with Frack Free Foothills.
Story written by Andy McDonald and originally published in the Richmond Register. Find the original article here.
Environmental activist Craig Williams urged the city of Berea to go on record Tuesday in opposition to hydraulic fracturing in the Berea area. The controversial method of extracting oil and gas from deep shale beds could potentially degrade the water, air and soil in all of Madison County, he said.
The same request will be presented to the Madison Fiscal Court and the Richmond City Commission, Williams added.
“Needless to say, there are countless people who are concerned about having this sort of exploration and drilling occur in this region,” he said, addressing the council on behalf of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF).
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