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