Public invited to 6:45 p.m. event at Kent Free Library to plan campaign to ban fracking.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kasha Legeza
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A meeting to plan a campaign to ban hydraulic fracturing in Kent will be held at 6:45 tonight at the Kent Free Library. George Sosebee, a former Kent resident who is one of the meeting organizers, said the gathering is sponsored by several local grassroots organizations, including Concerned Citizens Ohio. Those attending the meeting, he said, "will plan how to educate themselves and others about banning fracking and, more important, about returning local control to local people." "Right now, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources decides what happens to Kent lands. No one voted for those officials. Why should they be able to choose for people of this area? People from Kent want Kent to have the chance to decide for themselves," Sosebee …
March through Kent on Saturday ended with rally at The Kent Stage.
Around 100 Kent-area residents braved frigid temperatures and blowing snow late Saturday morning to protest fracking with a march from The Kent Stage to “the rock” on Kent State University’s historic front campus. The protestors were greeted back at the theater with free hot chocolate, donuts and a lineup of speakers opposed to the hydraulic fracturing process. The “March Against Fracking” was organized by Shalersville resident Mary Greer, a Kentite at heart, and her husband, former Kent resident George Sosebee. Both are members of Concerned Citizens Ohio. “It was bitterly cold and the wind was blowing and people were all excited. They marched all the way to the rock, painted it and chanted ‘No Fracking Way,’” Greer said. “They were out …