An unprecedented threat to our homes, communities, water, and air is at our doorsteps. The natural gas industry is on the verge of developing a very deep shale formation underlying much of eastern and central Kentucky called the Rogersville shale using a technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
Fracking is different from traditional gas development, and the impacts of the fracking boom in places like Pennsylvania have been devastating. Fracking has been associated with chemical contamination of groundwater and surface water, air quality problems, illnesses, birth defects, earthquakes, increases in crime, increases in traffic fatalities, and a host of other problems as rural communities are overrun by this new form of industrial development.
"Land men" from questionable companies with little public record are currently buying up mineral leases in Madison, Rockcastle, and Jackson counties, and probably elsewhere, in preparation for the fracking boom.
Please take time to learn about fracking before you sign a lease, and realize that these "land men" are more interested in making money than telling you the truth!
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PIPELINES, FRACKING, AND KENTUCKY'S FUTURE BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS
November 7, 2015
Locust Trace AgriScience Center
3591 Leestown Road
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FACTS ABOUT FRACKING
that you can print and share with your neighbors.
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(It can be printed on plain letter sized paper)
To learn about how fracking ruins communities, see the stories posted on our News page. To learn more about the Rogersville shale and the affected areas of Kentucky, visit our Where and Why page.
For a wealth of information on fracking, visit www.fracktracker.org.
Berea City Council Meeting update
3-3-15: The decision was made by the City Council to put some more work into the fracking resolution language. Excellent testimony was given by several community members, including Vicky Spurlock, Jim Scheff, Craig Williams and David Tipton. We feel positive about where things are headed, and based on the City Council's responses feel that they are taking this issue very seriously and will do what is best for our community. We will be send out notice when the fracking resolution is on the agenda again.
WE made a difference already!!
UPDATE 2:30 pm 2-11-15:
This just in: "Hello, we just received word that the House Natural Resource and Environment Committee will not be meeting this Thursday. Thank you to everyone who made calls or sent emails. If you still want to make a call or send an email, it's always nice to say thank you. You can just say "thank you for giving communities time to weigh in on this bill."
Now that we have some more time, we need to EDUCATE ourselves!
Link to the bill here: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/15RS/HB386.htm It's 116 pages long, so plan on settling in for a long, complicated read.
We are not sure exactly how much time we have, but do know that the House Natural Resource and Environment Committee meets every Thursday at 8:00 AM, and they can sometimes call special meetings.
Legislation has been introduced into the Kentucky House to amend the laws regulating the oil and gas industry.
PLEASE CALL THE LEGISLATORS LISTED BELOW TODAY AND REQUEST THAT HEARING ON HB 386 BE POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19.
A suggested message would be: "Please give community members time to review House Bill 386 and do not call the bill up for a vote in committee this week."
This is important folks, so please take a minute of your day to help make sure the people of Kentucky have a say!
And, please spread the word!