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Anti-fracking rally is Friday on Youngstown's North Side

Published: Thu, December 27, 2012 @ 4:53 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Frackfree Mahoning is having a march Friday on the city's North Side that will include former Pittsburgh City Council President Doug Shields as featured speaker. Shields was council president when Pittsburgh passed a ban on hydraulic fracturing within city limits.

The “March to the Promised Land" rally begins at 12:30 p.m. outside First Unitarian University Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St.

Several extras from the upcoming film “Promised Land” will also appear at the rally.


1AtownAugie(719 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Good idea to give this advance notice. Now those planning to attend have time to make new tinfoil hats.

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2GeorgeinYoungstown(76 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Let's hope Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley can join the 21st Century, and be a leader in sustainable energy, instead of taking a step back to the 19th:

Report: Renewable Energy Installations Account for 46 Percent of Newly Installed U.S. Electric Capacity

According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy projects -- including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass -- made up almost half of all new power generation installations in the U.S. in the first 10 months of 2012. FERC, in its most recent "Energy Infrastructure Update," reports that from January through October 2012 renewable energy installations accounted for 46.22 percent of all newly installed electrical generating capacity.

Compare that to the totals for new natural-gas-fired installations: Even in this time of plummeting gas prices prompted by the controversial practice of fracking, new gas-fired power plants accounted for only 5.7 gigawatts of new capacity, or 37.8 percent of the total for the year. New coal plants built in 2012, of which there are three, total 2.27 gigawatts or 15.1 percent of new capacity, while nuclear and oil-fired plants together account for less than one percent of new capacity.


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