From the Associated Press:
Around 100 protesters have been escorted from a public forum over injection gas drilling in Athens in southeastern Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/TnoXQo ) reports that it happened Wednesday night in Athens.
A group protesting a proposed waste well for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, were removed after chanting and shouting their opposition during what state officials had called an "open house" on the proposal.
The opponents were already angry that the state decided to conduct the public forum instead of a formal hearing where their statements would become part of the official record.
The protesters escorted out of the meeting regrouped with others outside to continue the demonstration.
The plan faces strong opposition from some in Athens County, who fear it could contaminate drinking water. The state says that risk is minuscule.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.