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Center offers information on communities facing fracking

By Bob Downing Published: October 8, 2013

From the Massachusetts-based Union of Concerned Scientists on Monday:

Hello,

I wanted to make sure you were aware of some new resources on fracking for natural gas and oil from the Union of Concerned Scientists. We don't take a pro or con position on fracking or natural gas, but instead work to illuminate the fracking debate with objective information about the benefits and risks of new technology.

Our Center for Science and Democracy has produced a new report that examines barriers citizens run into when they’re looking for reliable information on fracking. In an op-ed for Live Science, report author Gretchen Goldman explains how a combination of weak and non-existent regulations, political interference in science, and companies' intransigence are leaving the public in the dark.

At the same time, we’ve also released a toolkit for communities to help them identify reliable fracking information, ask key questions of policymakers, and secure more information from government agencies and companies. My colleagues have been posting blogs highlighting key issues for communities, including effects on water, air and local economies.

Finally, our Climate and Energy program released a report last month that found while natural gas can play an intermediate role in temporarily replacing shrinking coal generation, its use would need to be scaled back considerably over the long term in order to meet climate goals.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

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.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.