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Post-hearing shale round-up

Victoria Cody works on a sign outside the hearing.
Emma Jacobs
Protesters in Binghamton this morning gathered their tools to protest "gasocracy" as the EPA's shale hydrofracking hearing got under way.


Tonight your trail mix goes all shale, all the time.  We’re forgoing our normal tech-oriented review to bring you a look at what bloggers and reporters are saying about today’s EPA hearings about natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale.

Hearing lead-up

Fractracker took a look at how the big money that leasing firms are offering farmers could affect their operations.

Lost in the Ozone has video of SUNY Oneonta's Ron Bishop talking about natural gas extraction and its potential to contaminate water supplies.

Can’t get enough hearings, and simply can’t wait until part two of the EPA shindig unfolds on Wednesday?  Lexology tells us that the Bureau d’Audiences Publiques sur l’Environnement in Quebec has a hearing tomorrow about potential oil and gas exploitation in the Utica shale formation.

And Switchboard, the blog by staffers at the Natural Resources Defense Council, has several posts about the EPA’s request for fracking fluid formulas and incidences of water contamination following fracking.


Treehugger asks if anti-fracking folks are “environmental extremists.”  They’re responding to ProPublica’s efforts to dig through the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security’s files.

The Ithaca Journal has a letter today weighing in on the gas industry, saying it “spouts canards.”  Another writer says that shale exploitation has led her to become newly engaged as an activist against natural gas exploitation.

The Press & Sun-Bulletin has Rep. Maurice Hinchey’s testimony from the hearing and Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala’s comments up on their site.  They also note what Innovation Trail’s Ryan Morden tweeted: the Vikings are upon us!  A Norwegian TV crew showed up to film the hearing.  Perhaps they heard “herring?”

And finally, if you want a rundown of everything that happened today, check out Emma Jacobs’ live blog here and Ryan Morden’s tweets.  You’ll be hearing more from Ryan and Emma during Morning Edition on Innovation Trail’s collaborating stations tomorrow.


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