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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dueling Crowds in Warren Typify Fracking Debate in Ohio

From the Youngstown Vindicator:
On a cloudy day in July hundreds of people gathered in downtown Warren. 
Dividing them was a road. On one side was a large group of outspoken people who had traveled from nearby places in the Mahoning Valley and others from across Ohio. They came to protest the oil and gas industry and its growing presence throughout eastern Ohio in a show of numbers determined to reveal the truth behind what they believe are the clandestine operations that it engages in. 
On the other side were those who came to show their support for the commerce, jobs and hope that the industry has brought with it to Ohio. They wanted to send a message that the oil and gas industry is welcome here and there are those who can no longer stay quiet while its merit is questioned. 
July’s event was one of the largest of its kind yet seen in Northeast Ohio.
Moreover, it was the culmination of a divide that has been growing for nearly three years in Ohio. The people who brought their beliefs to Warren that day laid the gap bare, and the actions of supporters who set off air horns so that the protesters on stage could not be heard and the signs those protesters carried to shame the industry only highlighted how at times that gap seems to be growing.
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