The energy community, not environmental activists, had Youngstown's best interests at heart regarding fracking, writes Richard Levick in Forbes. Levick describes himself as a former environmental activist.
Forbes: "According to numerous media reports, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 spent $74,000 to defeat the Youngstown moratorium, which it saw as a 'job killer.' That’s not a lot of money, even in terms of a targeted, local campaign. It’s even less when you consider the ways in which activists utilize relatively inexpensive social media engagement to level the messaging playing field. But the union’s impact on the referendum can’t be measured in terms of dollars and cents.
"This was a rare case in which fracking proponents had a local ally that could echo their messages with emotion, influence, and credibility – at the kitchen table, the supermarket, over the backyard fence, or via industry Facebook and Twitter accounts. That turned the traditional activist narrative on its head. In Youngstown, it was the energy industry that had local interests at heart. Activists were the outsiders seeking to impose their will on a local community."
You can read the whole column here.
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.