Stepping Up to the Challenge: How Local Communities in the Utica Shale Play are Taking Advantage of the Boom


By now, all of us have heard about the far-reaching effect that shale fracking has had on our national energy policy. What is less clear is its impact on the many rural communities around the country that overlie the oil and gas-rich shale. Many of these areas have seen the shale boom as a sort of saving grace: one that promises good jobs and prosperity in regions where high poverty and unemployment have lingered for generations. Conversely, many shale communities are discovering that the shale boom is not without its challenges.
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Fracking on Tribal Lands Fracked by Federal Government


When the nasty smear of “Indian giver” was first slung in the 1700s, it was mistakenly applied to Native Americans due to misunderstanding of their bartering practices. Today, the same smear could be more accurately used against the U.S. government.
 
What else can we call it when the federal government first “grants” small parcels of the land that once belonged to the tribes, agrees to tribal sovereignty, and then federally restricts what the tribes can do with their supposedly sovereign lands, to the detriment of the tribes?
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Environmental Groups Have Lost the War Against Fracking


Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique to remove natural gas and oil from shale formations, has been under withering assault from environmental groups for much of the last decade. Fracking has been blamed for contamination of drinking water, air pollution, earthquakes, water shortages, global warming, radiation discharge, and even cancer. But it appears that environmentalists have lost the battle against fracking.
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New EIA Estimate for Monterey: Dashed Dreams or Nightmare Deferred?


Reading the dozens of dire, gleeful, mournful and doubtful headlines after Reuters and the Los Angeles Times broke news of the Energy Information Administration’s revised estimates, one would think that oil production in California’s Monterey Shale is either an industry dream that will never come true or a nightmare from which environmentalists have awakened, jubilant and relieved.
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