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MoveOn Launches National Effort to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing

MoveOn.org has launched an initiative to support 100 activist groups that are working to ban hydraulic fracturing in their communities. MoveOn has awarded $50,000 to the so-called “fracking fighters,” along with materials, training, and strategic support, the activist group said in a press release. The initiative seeks to slow down the hydraulic fracturing boom that is anticipated to occur across the U.S. in 2014 and beyond.

MoveOn comments that natural gas production in the nation, led by hydraulic fracturing, is predicted to increase by 56% over the next 26 years, propelling the country ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil and gas producer. The press release noted that 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% in 2015.

“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,” said MoveOn. “In New York, the Erie County legislature voted overwhelmingly to ban fracking on county-owned property after being pressured by local activists. In Colorado, MoveOn members contributed to four successful referendums that banned or placed moratoriums on fracking in local communities.”

Added Corlia Logsdon, a “fracking fighter” from Frankfort, Ky., “My home is in the path of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, which would carry up to 400,000 barrels of fracked natural gas liquids through the heartland of America every day. The goal of my campaign is to combat misleading advertising by proponents of the natural gas liquids pipeline.”