FracTracker Alliance Will Begin Operating in Ohio and Meet With Group in Carroll County

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
A Pennsylvania-based watchdog/tracking agency for hydraulic fracturing is coming to Ohio.
FracTracker Alliance has received a two-year $130,000 grant from the Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation and intends to hire a staffer who will be based in the Warren-Youngstown area.
The nonprofit organization offers a website and interactive tool to explore data and map the impact of drilling for natural gas and oil.
“We funded FracTracker because we felt there is a real lack of transparency and understanding about all the issues surrounding shale gas drilling,” said Caitlin Johnson, a Gund Foundation spokeswoman. “FracTracker is an unbiased source of information, data and analysis. A tool like this is sorely needed as the debate around hydraulic fracturing is all too often defined by ideology instead of facts.”
Read the rest of that article here.

From the Times Reporter:
Carroll Concerned Citizens will host a speaker from FracTracker Alliance at its meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Church of Christ – Christian Disciples, 353 Moody Ave.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
While FracTracker publicizes itself as an unbiased organization, it seems to attract people with an anti-drilling agenda.  For example, here is an excerpt from an article at frackcheckwv:
Last year, the development of theFracTracker database for Marcellus shale gas production activities was progressing rapidly, under the leadership of Professor Conrad Volz, in the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities(CHEC) within the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.  Then, Professor Volz became an open critic of hydrofracking because it can contaminate drinking water.  He was forced to resign after becoming involved in a couple of disagreements over data interpretation.   His replacement, Professor Bernard Goldstein has also been a strong advocate for environmental regulation of hydrofracking for the protection of the public health.
Who is Professor Conrad Volz, the man who was overseeing development of the FracTracker database?  Click here.

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