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'Town Meeting' on Fracking Set For Tonight at Kent Church

Event sponsored by grassroots organizations to feature three speakers.

A "town meeting" to discuss hydraulic fracturing and what citizens of Kent can do to protect their city will be held at 7:30 tonight at Kent United Church of Christ.

The meeting, sponsored by several local grassroots organizations, will feature three presenters:

  • John Brovarone, a science teacher who will explain horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas
  • Vanessa Pesec, president of Network for Oil & Gas Accountability and Protection (NEOGAP), who will discuss the impacts of fracking

The meeting will be introduced by Harold Walker, longtime Kent resident, and moderated by former Kent resident George Sosebee.

Attending the meeting will be many area residents who participated in the Feb. 11 "March Against Fracking" in Kent, organized by Sosebee.

“When 100 people drive from as far away as Mahoning Valley and Cleveland to help Kent march, you know that anger at our loss of rights has risen to a significant degree,” Sosebee said.

“We truly believe the Constitution of both Ohio and the U.S.A. They say that power is inherent in the people, not in the government. It’s wrong that the state has taken that power from local people, cities, townships, and villages,” he added.

Organizers say the meeting will be an informative public event for those interested in how fracking works, what its consequences are for both the environment and people, and what area residents can do to take action regarding this technology of the oil and gas industry.

“Something is very wrong when water, air, land and lives are permanently destroyed so that private corporations can profit,” Sosebee said.

Myron Holley February 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Keep the out siders out. Bunch of wackos trying to get attation and draw in more wackos. Need to charge them 30 dollars a gallon for gas. $25. per gallon stupit tax.
* February 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Myron, from where do you get your water?
demo rat February 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
hay myron, me thinks thay talkins 'bout that there natchural gas we heats our house and cooks our hotdogs with, not the kinds we by buy the gallen fer are American cars. theys is stupit, tho.

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