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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 05:19 PM

Anti-Fracking Groups Greet Obama On New York Tour...

Source: Huffington Post

Anti-fracking activists confronted President Barack Obama as he toured upstate New York on Friday. Organizers reported that more than 500 protesters showed up to Obama's town hall event at Binghamton University, where the president was speaking on education.

"I think the key message we wanted to get across through the whole tour was that New Yorkers don't want this," said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast regional director at the environmental group Food and Water Watch, which coordinated the protests along with the coalition New Yorkers Against Fracking. "There's massive public opposition to fracking. "

New Yorkers Against Fracking took out a full-page ad in the Binghamton Press & Sun on Friday with the headline "President Obama: Stop covering up the science on fracking!" (Scroll down to see the ad.)

The ad argues that fracking -- the process used to extract natural gas from shale -- "canít be done safely," "poisons water and people," and "spells disaster for the climate." The ad specifically cites news reports that the EPA hid test results that showed methane and arsenic pollution in some drinking water wells in the area around Dimock, Penn., where fracking took place. The EPA presentation, which the environmental blog DeSmogBlog released earlier this month, stated that methane and other gases released in the fracking process "apparently cause significant damage to the water quality."...

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/fracking-obama-new-york_n_3805779.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 05:29 PM

1. I wonder if he's paying any attention at all...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:23 PM

6. i'm sure that his "thoughts" are with them and their families

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 05:55 PM

2. REMEMBER THAT PRES. O ASKED US TO KEEP THE HEAT ON HIM ABOUT DECISIONS

Well, this Frackin' Issue is enormous in all ways, and will ruin America if allowed to continue. Put the Heat on the Man.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 06:03 PM

3. In related news, Dallas may be turning a cold shoulder to fracking

The City Plan Commission just took public comments yesterday from a number of Dallas residents (including myself) who are in favor of the strongest possible restrictions on fracking within city limits, including a minimum 1,500-foot setback for pad sites. The final decision comes at next week's City Council meeting, but let's just say fracking advocates were outnumbered at yesterday's meeting.

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Response to derby378 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:11 PM

4. That's great news!

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:17 AM

5. Did BHO have them droned when they showed up???

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:32 PM

7. I'm always amazed by the diversity of people who can't stand that we have a black president. n/t

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 06:07 PM

8. ...and I'm always amazed at the assinine responses that contributors here respond with.

Out of those 500+ individuals, I very likely knew a dozen or more personally; and have casually met dozens more.

The anti-fracking movement in New York is not a racist movement as your dim-witted response claims.

It's amazing that you portray the environmentalists in New York as bent against the President based on race.

Unbelievable.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 09:22 PM

9. I think you missed my point completely.

It was an apparently too-veiled mocking of those who think all opposition to the President or the administration is based in racism.

It's unbelievable because that wasn't what I was doing. If the movement takes off, though, I guarantee SOMEONE here will imply that it's about racism.

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