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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Anti-Drilling Group Has 100 Supporters of Movement to Stop Fracking

From the Washington Free Beacon:
Leading left-wing advocacy group MoveOn.org announced a new effort on Thursday to oppose innovations that are propelling the country towards a new abundance of domestically produced energy.
MoveOn bemoaned in an email to supporters the “troubling trend” of increased energy production, which is reducing the U.S. trade deficit, creating well-paying jobs, stabilizing global energy prices, and undermining the economic engine behind some of the world’s most repressive regimes.
MoveOn announced the creation of a new effort called “#FrackingFighter,” which “seeks to slow down the fracking boom that is anticipated to occur across the United States in 2014 and beyond.”
The increased use of hydraulic fracturing, an innovative oil and gas technique, has sent U.S. energy production skyrocketing, MoveOn said. It vowed to slow or reverse that trend.
Many environmentalist groups say they want government to adequately regulate the practice. MoveOn took a more radical approach, pushing activists to work “to ban fracking in their local communities.”
The effort was unveiled the same day that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data showing that increased U.S. production is keeping global oil prices stable, reducing the U.S. trade deficit, and eating away at the global market share of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting States (OPEC).
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This is what the organization had to say:
WASHINGTON, DC — As the national movement to ban fracking picks up steam,MoveOn.org Civic Action is announcing a new #FrackingFighter initiative to support 100 grassroots activists who are working to ban fracking in their local communities. MoveOn is awarding a total of $50,000 to the Fracking Fighters, along with materials, training, and strategic support. 
The initiative seeks to slow down the fracking boom that is anticipated to occur across the United States in 2014 and beyond. Natural gas production in the United States, led by fracking, is predicted to increase by 56% over the next 26 years [1]--propelling the country ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil and gas producer. One major oil and gas producer, Antero Resources, whose wells are located in the Appalachians, is expected to increase its output by 76% in 2014, and 47% the year after[2]. Antero Resources uses up to 6 million gallons of water to frack a single well [3]. 
Despite these troubling trends, a number of communities have successfully halted fracking at the local level over the last year--demonstrating that campaigns to ban fracking at the local level can be effective. In New York, the Erie County legislature voted overwhelmingly to ban fracking on county-owned property after being pressured by local activists [4]. In Colorado, MoveOn members contributed to four successful referendums that banned or placed moratoriums on fracking in local communities[5]. 
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