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Colorado city bans hydraulic fracturing in a 60% to 40% vote
by Tomas DiFiore
Wednesday Nov 28th, 2012 5:43 AM
WBAI News Story 11272012
A ballot measure in the recent election changed the City charter of Longmont, Colorado to allow a ban on hydraulic fracturing. And in New York, Industry Payroll Science is debunked, Penn State refuses new offer:

Colorado city bans hydraulic fracturing in a 60% to 40% vote
WBAI News Story 11272012

A ballot measure in the recent election changed the City charter of Longmont, Colorado to allow a ban on hydraulic fracturing. It was the initiative by City residents, that was opposed by the City Council, seven mayors and the State's governor. WBAI's Rebecca Myles has more.
http://wbai.org/articles.php?headline=Colorado%20city%20bans%20hydraulic%20fracturing%20in%20a%2060%%20to%2040%%20vote

And in New York, Industry Payroll Science is debunked, Penn State refuses new offer:

Remember that questionable study put out by the State University at Buffalo earlier this year, the one that claimed Pennsylvania was doing a good job at regulating the fracking industry?
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/05/frack-friendly-new-report-debunked

In May, the study released by the university's newly created institute claimed that the likelihood of natural gas industry violations in the Marcellus region had decreased between 2008 and 2011, a tribute to Pennsylvania's regulating efforts. In fact, the rate of major environmental accidents increased by 36 percent, as later pointed out by corporate and government watchdog, the Public Accountability Initiative (PAI).
http://public-accountability.org/2012/05/new-report-ubs-shale-play/

The PAI's followup was also quick to highlight passages patently lifted from the authors' previous reports, the study's failure to disclose the authors' relationships to the natural gas industry, a fudged peer-review process, and blatant "industry spin.
http://www.desmogblog.com/directory/vocabulary/1366

Last month, the industry-backed Marcellus Shale Coalition canceled its funding of a Penn State hydraulic fracturing study after faculty members declined to take part.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-03/penn-state-faculty-snub-of-fracking-study-ends-research.html

The project's earlier publications had been co-written by former Penn State professor Tim Considine, one of the co-authors of the SUNY report. The University of Texas at Austin has also launched a probe into its controversial research on groundwater contamination, though the chair of that investigation previously served two decades as a ConocoPhillips boardmember.
http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/08/ut-austin-appoints-gas-industry-insider-to-lead-probe-into-fracking-study-conflicts.html

Refusing to participate works! Like a Boycott

Frickin Frackers
Tomas DiFiore