A community meeting hosted by Frack Free Foothills will be held Tuesday, January 27 from 6:30-8:30 at the Acton Folk Center in Berea.
The Folk Center is located on 212 W Jefferson St.
This meeting will include a presentation by Bill Hughes of Wetzel County, WV. Mr. Hughes has been documenting the problems of fracking in West Virginia, and his presentation will include information on the production stages of fracking and typical problems experienced by communities because of fracking.
Also available to answer questions will be Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council. He is an environmental attorney knowledgeable of Kentucky environmental regulations and what is happening with regard to fracking statewide.
The meeting will include time for people to speak and ask questions.
Copies of leases from two companies seeking the mineral rights of the picturesque Red Lick valley specify that hydraulic fracturing would be used to extract hydrocarbon fuels from shale formations far below the surface.
The Richmond Register obtained a copy of a proposed lease that a Red Lick resident said was offered to the property owner by Lexington Energy LLC. It is identical to a copy posted onfrackfreekfoothills.net. The website also includes what it says is a copy of a proposed lease that Bluegrass Exploration LLC also is offering to property owners.
Both documents state that the controversial oil and gas extraction method commonly known as “fracking” would be employed.
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Study links fracking to dozens of small Ohio earthquakes "This week, a new study says that there were actually dozens of quakes in March 2014, including one with a magnitude of 3.0, and linked them to hydraulic fracturing in the area."
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Here is a link to the research paper everyone's been talking about:
Earthquakes Induced by Hydraulic Fracturing in Poland Township, Ohio
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By ERICA PETERSON
Speculation has begun in Eastern Kentucky about a potentially large reserve of oil and natural gas trapped about two miles underground. If the Rogersville Shale is proven productive, it would be the region’s first major oil and gas play. This has excited the industry, but some residents are worried about the toll large-scale oil and gas production would take on human health and the environment.
The Rogersville Shale is a Cambrian-age formation that lies under much of Eastern Kentucky and extends into West Virginia. Two test wells have already been drilled: one in Lawrence County, and another in Putnam County, West Virginia. But Dave Harris of theKentucky Geological Survey said because the operators have drilled the wells under a special provision called a ‘stratographic test permit,’ the results are confidential.
“It is a potentially productive formation, we just don’t know how much oil and gas,” he said. “No results have been announced, we don’t have any flow rates or production data yet to indicate exactly how prolific this formation might be.”
Kentucky Geological Survey
But increased activity by land agents in several Eastern Kentucky counties suggests that the oil and gas industry thinks Rogersville could be very profitable. More than a year ago, a company called ABARTA Energy posted an exclamation point-laden blog post talking about the Rogersville Shale.
“ABARTA is currently working on a potential new shale play in Kentucky called the Rogersville shale. This is a brand new shale that has never produced commercial gas, but information from some old deep test wells indicate potential for vast reserves at great depths. The Rogersville shale is even older and deeper than the Marcellus or Utica shales and is Cambrian age (+500 million years). This makes the potential shale play extremely risky and expensive, but the rewards could also be extreme! The Rogersville shale play is located in a deep, narrow sub basin in eastern Kentucky called the Rome Trough. Drilling depths will likely be about 2 miles deep!”
Landowners in several Eastern Kentucky counties have reported being approached by companies wanting to buy their mineral rights. On an online message board last month, a Lawrence County landowner reported interactions with Chesapeake Energy, who he said offered him $200 per acre for his mineral rights, along with a 12.5 percent royalty on the oil and gas produced from beneath his land.
“It’s going to change the landscape and the way of life for a large number of people in this state,” Jim Scheff said. “And nobody knows about it. The industry is doing it under the radar.”
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“They was drilling and all the water was running into the field and the cattle was up there right in their pasture drinking the water,” Terry Greenwood told Josh Fox in footage from roughly 2009 that the filmmaker released as part of a video memorial. “And I called DEP and I says 'they [the cows] shouldn't be drinking that water,' I said, 'what's in that water?' Cause I didn't know nothing about all this at first, and they said 'there's nothing wrong with it.' My cows started having calves, there was 18 cows. Calves was starting to die. You know, 18 cows that were having calves, I lost 10 of them.”
“We had two springs, a well for drinking, and a pond,” Mr. Greenwood explained to film-maker Josh Fox in a video filmed roughly five years ago that Mr. Fox released as a memorial in June.
“The pond's no good, the well ain't fit to drink, original well's gone and the spring for the cattle is gone. There's a little spring for the house and that's all that's left on this property.”
“So I have a farm, and it's useless,” he added.
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"Nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, invasive chemical smells, constant drilling, slumping property prices – welcome to Ponder, Texas, where fracking has overtaken the town."
This is an extensive and sad story and video put together by the Guardian.
Is our part of Kentucky next? Check out the video below. It looks like a geyser, and the reporter says that it was larger the week before. Terrible, but expected.
"About 25 families in eastern Ohio have been unable to live in their houses for the past three days because of a natural-gas leak at a fracking well that crews cannot stop. Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the state agency that regulates oil and gas, said crews lost control of the Monroe County well on Saturday. Families were evacuated from about 25 houses within a 1.5-mile radius of the well, located near the Ohio River about 160 miles east of Columbus. The well is not on fire, but the gas could be explosive. “There’s still a steady stream of natural gas coming from the wellhead,” McCorkle said yesterday."
Read on at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/12/17/families-flee-out-of-control-natural-gas-leak.html