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EPA will hold 4 meetings on hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking)...where will you be?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting four public information meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water...The meetings will provide public information about the proposed study scope and design. EPA will solicit public comments on the draft study plan.

The public meetings will be held on:

* July 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. CDT at the Hilton Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas
* July 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. MDT at the Marriot Tech Center's Rocky Mountain Events Center in Denver, Colo.
* July 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Pa.
* August 12 at the Anderson Performing Arts Center at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y. for 3 sessions - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT

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Fracking, a method of extracting natural gas that pumps hundreds of chemicals into the ground, is destroying communities and lives all over the country. This is one chance we have to come together as people that must drink the water, breathe the air, and eat the produce of our nation to tell the EPA: NO FRACKIN' WAY!

If you haven't seen the movie "Gasland" already, it's currently playing on HBO and HBO on demand. If you don't have either, check for local screenings here, or organize one. The DVD will be out in December. (You can also watch a 20 minute PBS piece on the movie and fracking here.) I was aware of this issue before I saw the documentary, but seeing how the people in it were affected - with lifelong illnesses, with undrinkable water, with destroyed lives - even right here in my home state of Pennsylvania, I was shocked. I hadn't realized the scale and devastation of this awful practice.

Right now another Gulf oil spill is being unleashed across the country, and now the EPA is offering us small people one small chance to try to stop it. We must grab that chance and run with it. Although fracking is happening in 34 states and hundreds, if not thousands, of communities, there will be four places that the EPA is holding meetings. So get to one!

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Again, here are the dates and places:

* July 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. CDT at the Hilton Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas
* July 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. MDT at the Marriot Tech Center's Rocky Mountain Events Center in Denver, Colo.
* July 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Pa.
* August 12 at the Anderson Performing Arts Center at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y. for 3 sessions - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT

 

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