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Advocacy groups band together to fight fracking

“A local group hosted a meeting Sunday afternoon at the Athens Community Center designed to organize the region’s resistance to hydraulic fracturing. Athens Fracking Information Group, an organization opposing fracking, arranged the meeting, which involved networking and planning among almost 100 people from groups that have fought against fracking entering the county.”

Chesapeake Energy signs joint venture with Total for Ohio’s Utica shale

“Chesapeake Energy Corp. says it has started a joint venture with a unit of French energy company Total SA for oil drilling in Ohio’s Utica Shale.”

Clock on local fracking decisions ticking down

“Possible candidates for joint venture partners may include Chesapeake Energy, a big Oklahoma-based corporation that has recently announced it is moving into Ohio “liquid-gas” shale drilling in a big way in partnership with a French firm; or Anadarko Petroleum, another big energy company based in Texas. Anadarko, with wells about 40 miles northeast of Athens, has the closest oil and gas horizontal “fracking” operations to our area.”

Shale Jobs

Study doubts shale gas to be job gusher

“The study released yesterday predicts that the boom in drilling will lead to 20,000 new jobs over the next several years, far fewer than the 200,000 that the industry has predicted will come from drilling in shale formations for oil and gas. The 20,000 jobs would be those created both directly and indirectly from drilling.”