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Assessing the Impacts of Shale Drilling: Four Community Case Studies

April 10, 2014
Executive Summary The first hydraulically fractured shale wells were drilled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia nearly a decade ago. Drawing on existing experiences in these states, and the rapid advance of hydrofracking in Ohio, we can begin to assess the effect of shale development on the most active drilling communities. As pressure mounts to increase domestic oil and gas production, and shale development continues to grow, communities anticipating a shale energy boom need to understand what to expect, how to respond, and what to avoid.
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Register for the 2014 Policy Symposium

July 15, 2014
JOIN the Fight Against Child Poverty Our Children Our Future Policy Symposium September 9 and 10, 2014 Capitol Complex, Charleston The Our Children, Our Future Campaign, a group of 160+ policy advocates, service providers, religious leaders, parents, labor and business leaders – taking action to fight child poverty, invites all those invested in improving the lives of WV’s children to a Policy Symposium in Charleston on September 9 and 10.
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Ted Boettner: What Can W.Va. Tell Thomas Piketty?

June 8, 2014
Every couple of years I read a book that dramatically changes the way I view the world. In college, it was Noam Chomsky’s penetrating critique of the mass media in “Manufacturing Consent.” In 2006, it was Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” that made me see corn everywhere and start shopping around the perimeter of our local Kroger.
 
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