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The Short Story of Fracking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Brown   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 13:43

If you hear commercials on the radio or see advertisements online for natural gas extraction then you’re likely getting the pros of hydraulic-fracturing. Dominion, Cabot, Chevron, and others would have you think that the Marcellus Shale deposit is a simple story of domestic energy, job creation, and clean power. However, there’s another position frequently too detailed and without the economic catch phrases to be pleasing to the ear or attention span. This is the other short story of fracking.

Fracking is bad. I mean poison your water, pollute your air, make you and your animals sick, and destroy your property value – bad. And the whole mess is boxed up, covered with dollar sign wrapping paper, and sealed with a ribbon of non-disclosure by the gas companies. Let ...

Tour Stop in Cumberland Calls for Clean Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chesapeake Climate Action Network   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:14
From the Ground Up: FSU, Community Plant the Future of Frostburg as Tree City, USA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Frostburg State University   
Monday, 04 November 2013 09:28


On the cool autumn morning of Oct. 21, students from Frostburg State University dropped their papers, pencils and books in exchange for shovels and garden gloves. As part of a Forest Ecology and Conservation Biology class’ service learning project, students and community members joined together for a collaborative effort to turn the local area into “Tree City USA,” by planting tree saplings along Frost Avenue in downtown Frostburg, Md.

“After FSU became a ‘Tree Campus USA’, we’ve been working to make Frostburg ‘Tree City, USA’” said Dr. Sunshine Brosi, an assistant professor in the FSU Department of Biology and chair of the Campus Tree Advisory committee. “It’s our way of highlighting sustainability in the community as well as on campus.”

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Calvert County Responds to Fracking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Glick   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 12:53

More than 300 people attend Calvert County town hall meeting concerning controversial proposal to export fracked gas from Maryland to Asia

The first town hall meeting concerning the risks of the proposed Cove Point LNG export terminal in Maryland was held Tuesday night, October 23. It was a big and rousing success. At least 300 people attended, most of them local residents. It was held at the Southern Community Center in Lusby, Md. in Calvert County, just a few miles from where Dominion Resources wants to build an industrial terminal to export fracked natural gas -- piped in from Appalachia -- and ship it to India and Japan. The $3.8 billion facility would chill the gas to 270 degrees below zero, turning it into liquid for 1000-foot-long shipping tankers coming into the Bay. ...

Stepping into the Same River Twice to be Unveiled - Reading and Artist Talk Slated PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Savage River Watershed Assocation   
Monday, 21 October 2013 16:55
Stepping The Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) is pleased to announce the publication of Stepping into the Same River Twice, a Limited Edition book of paintings by Patricia Hilton and prose by Barbara Hurd.  
Active members of the Savage River Watershed Association, Hilton and Hurd will donate all proceeds from book sales to SRWA to support the protection and preservation of the Savage River Watershed—one of Western Maryland's most unique and valuable natural areas.
According to SRWA board member Annie Bristow, "The Stepping into the Same River Twice” show in June at Cumberland's Gilchrist Gallery generated so much interest that we decided to gather the prose and artwork and offer them to the public in a more permanent fashion."
The result—a 56 ...

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