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Putting a Face on Fracking–Farming & Films (Part Three)

| Published on January 16, 2013

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves blasting millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals into a well to break up shale and allow oil and gas to flow out. The practice has come to Portage County in a big way over the last 18 months, potentially fueling economic …

Putting a Face on Fracking — Hearing from Homeowners (Part Two)

| Published on January 9, 2013

Our little corner of Northeast Ohio is experiencing a new wave of oil and gas exploration, as new drilling and production technologies make extraction of oil and gas from the shale deposits deep beneath the land more accessible. Over the past 18 – 24 months, energy company “landmen” and leasing …

Putting a Face on Fracking: It All Began With a Bison (Part One)

| Published on December 23, 2012

Portage County – How did a bison named “Gentle Ben” get involved with horizontal fracturing wells? Back in June, Ben’s owner, flight attendant Beckie Dean, had some painting done at her home. At that time, she learned her pilot was having a difficult time convincing his wife to add his …