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New York anti-fracking groups band together

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2012

Dozens of grass-roots environmental groups across New York have banded together to fight a plan to allow drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale in New York state.

They are opposed to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or fracking and want New York to ban it.

They intend to push their view in advertisements across the state.

The new coalition, New Yorkers Against Fracking, got a financial boost from activist-speaker-college professor Sandra Steingraber, who has donated much of her $100,000 prize money from the Heinz Award to fund the new initiative.

Other groups involved are Food and Water Watch, Frack Action, Water Defense, Catskill Mountainkeeper and United for Action.

Major national environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council support regulations on fracking but do not support a ban,

New York has been under a four-year drilling moratorium. State officials are looking at lifting than ban, perhaps later this year.




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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.