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  • Community Responds to HOME | The Appalachian Independent
    segments in the series both of which will take place at Frostburg State University Dirt The Movie will be shown Monday March 4 th at 7 pm in FSU s Compton Science Center Room 226 The film will be followed by a discussion by Dr Francis Precht Professor of Geography at FSU and Ben Yoder of Savage River Farms CSA This timely film takes a humorous but substantial look into the history and current state of the under appreciated living organic matter under our feet The film was inspired by author William Bryant Logan s acclaimed book Dirt The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth Getting to the Point Appalachia Big Issues Short Films will be show Monday March 11 th at 7 pm in FSU s Compton Science Center Room 226 Food water energy the economy and the environment subjects with deep impact are examined in short but eye opening films that explore some of the biggest concerns of our time from a local perspective The post film discussion will feature Rob and Dawn Custer with Goodness Grows CSA and Paul Roberts with CitizenShale Comments 1 HOME a response by Steve Resh Kara RogersThomas Thursday 28 February 2013 20 25 I attended the showing of Home at Allegany College of Maryland this week and stayed for the discussion which followed the movie presentation I appreciated the opportunity to view this film but must admit I went away very depressed The movie pointed out so many terrible problems and concluded by telling the audience to be proactive and not pessimistic Easy to say but harder to do until I thought of a scene that was not included in the movie but could have been The missed opportunity would have shown a flyover of a completely treeless landscape covering thousands of acres

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  • New Report Warns of Fracking's Hazards | The Appalachian Independent
    will allow a hearing An important new development last week in his announcement about the state s annual budget was Gov O Malley s request for some 1 6 million to fund the work of the state commission The panel was originally expected to deliver a final report about fracking in August 2014 But the commission s work has been slowed by a lack of dedicated funding which legislation stalled in Conway s committee would have funded The oil industry and groups such as the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Garrett County Farm Bureau which represents rural land owners steadfastly opposed the funding mechanism in bills proposed by Mizeur and passed easily in the House in 2011 and 2012 I saw their representatives argue during testimony at legislative hearings that land owners who had leased their property for gas development would ultimately end up paying I testified in support of Mizeur s bills Meanwhile though refusing to support that legislation Garrett County s Annapolis delegation Sen George Edwards and Del Wendell Beitzel have teamed up with all six of the counties elected commissioners to periodically urge the governor to expedite the process One piece of evidence drilling advocates sometimes cite was submitted to the General Assembly during the legislative debate in 2012 Many other studies the same company prepares can be seen on its website www sagepolicy com Claiming fantastic job potential for Maryland s gas industry the paper came to be known as the Sage Report Jannette Barth attended Johns Hopkins University and has a Ph D from the University of Maryland She has been an economic analyst for 35 years She was formerly chief economist for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and currently is principal of her own firm in the Hudson Valley of New York For the last four years she has studied and written about shale gas testified at public hearings and in state legislatures and done many media interviews I have no financial ties to the gas industry or to any environmental organization she says and I have accepted no compensation for my work on this subject Instead Barth says she chose to speak out because the gas industry spends such effort to mislead the public and policy makers As in the Sage Report economic benefits are overstated and significant costs that should be factored in development expenses that under cut claims of overall economic benefit are ignored Peer reviewed economic research reaches vastly different conclusions than the industry funded studies Her report cites many articles published in journals in which experts in the field review the research before publication I asked her what she expects the industry or its pundits will say about her critique of the Sage Report They will say something like She is a voice against responsible job creating gas drilling Among Dr Barth s specific criticisms The amount of gas to be produced and the length of time that the industry will be present in a region are

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  • Natural Gas - Breaking News | The Appalachian Independent
    the power of energy and pipeline companies Zirkin got involved after learning that Columbia Gas which owns a pipeline running through the Baltimore metro area was working on right of way not far from his home He told me last month that he had no idea they could use eminent domain for private gain but they can and they do That authority also comes from the 1938 gas act Zirkin also recently signed on as co lead Senate sponsor of a bill to impose a moratorium on shale gas development in Maryland The bill championed by Del Heather Mizeur would prevent drilling until a suite of scientific studies is funded and completed Mizeur wants MDE s drilling regulations last revised in 1993 overhauled and a formal decision from the legislature about whether to allow the controversial technology called fracking Otherwise she says it should not happen Regulators in other states say fracking has contaminated ground water And scores of lawsuits settled on behalf of plaintiffs allege such contamination though virtually all have ended with industry imposed stipulations sealing the terms from public scrutiny A governor s order in Maryland in place since mid 2011 has so far prevented drilling But supporters of Mizeur and Zirkin s legislation worry that a lawsuit comparable to the one Dominion is pursuing against Myersville could open the door to a court ruling that over rides the governor s action We need a law something put in place by the legislature says Mizeur The industry s game plan has been to wait it out prevent the safety studies and push to drill despite the consequences We have to hit the pause button There is too much at stake not to take the long view on this issue to study it properly and make an informed decision about the future of fracking in Maryland In a different arena though certainly related is another FERC ruling related to Dominion www ferc gov whats new comm meet 2012 122012 C 3 pdf Issued Nov 30 2012 the ruling deals with Dominion s original core business gas transmission and storage at a company facility called the Sabinsville Pool in north central Pennsylvania The pool is a vast storage cavern roughly 4 500 feet underground and approximately 1 75 miles wide by 9 miles long Most of America s natural gas is stored in such caverns with pipelines that connect to producing wells and end users Western Maryland has one such underground storage cave owned by Spectra Energy in rural countryside outside Accident in Garrett County Compressor stations are needed every few miles along the pipeline to condition the gas to flow more efficiently Spectra also maintains a large compressor facility above its Accident storage field These underground storage fields because they are connected to the national pipeline system are also regulated by FERC hence these remarkable disclosures Near Dominion s Sabinsville Pool a company fracking wells requested a setback of as little as 500 feet from the storage pool boundary But the commission instead set the protective buffer zone at 2 000 feet because it believes that there is a real possibility that drilling and completion activities in the vicinity of the Sabinsville Pool could have a detrimental affect on its integrity Perhaps most interesting in the document is the extensive discussion among the energy companies about the lack of research into underground fractures that occur during well completion Dominion engineers argued to the commission that they knew of no proven model or technology that can be rigorously applied to predict accurately the location and extent of encroachment of fractures caused by horizontal drilling in the Marcellus shale The FERC order reads like a case study in how American regulatory agencies lacking rigorous scientific findings to suggest acceptable limits continue to permit drilling that uses explosive charges set off over and over hundreds of times per well at more than 5 000 wells in Pennsylvania alone Some are no more than a mile from the next well in an area with a record of natural seismic activity This technology is also used at waste storage wells in which chemicals and liquids from fracking are injected deep underground Scientists and regulators in multiple states have blamed those wells for causing earthquakes In this case the commission accepted Dominion s request for the 2 000 foot setback because that distance was the appropriate boundary provided under Pennsylvania law and also based on the record reproduced in the filing because Dominion had presented evidence at other hearings showing the length of the fracture from the well bore to the fracture tip can extend hundreds to thousands of feet with one example of almost 2 000 feet Those concerned about the incomplete scientific knowledge of myriad issues surrounding shale gas development often focus on concerns that fractures in rock could inadvertently connect This could allow gas from improperly cemented well bores the rate of casing failures in Pennsylvania according to state regulators is 7 percent in the first year alone to escape and migrate through these fractures to water bearing strata above In fact Pennsylvania regulators documented this exact occurrence near wells drilled in the county adjoining the Sabinsville Pool The state levied a 900 000 fine against Chesapeake Energy and the company later settled lawsuits that forced three families from their homes including Jared McMicken s http protectingourwaters wordpress com 2012 06 25 impacted families settle with gas giant for 1 6m without gag order In Maryland 1 000 feet is generally the setback required from the well bore to an adjoining property line This was thought to be sufficient 20 years ago Last year the General Assembly passed a law presuming industry liability for damages within 2 500 feet of the well bore however no regulations have been adopted establishing a new setback distance for well construction If a drilling permit was issued tomorrow 1 000 feet remains our protective buffer zone Correction The author called Dominion s storage pool in

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  • Allegany County Telephone Books Recycling Effort a Success! | The Appalachian Independent
    enrolled in the school This year Bel Air Elementary School was the top recycler and won the 200 grand prize Bel Air s 219 students collected 2 010 telephone books a ratio of over 9 9 18 books per student and also received 100 for this effort West Side was second these 345 students collected 2 535 books or 7 35 books per student Beall Elementary was third these 415 students collected 2 105 books or 5 07 books per students The other participating schools included Allegany Bel Air Braddock Cash Valley Center for Career and Technical Education Cresaptown Flintstone Frost George s Creek John Humbird Mount Savage Northeast Parkside South Penn Washington Westernport and Westmar These ratios for these schools were less than 5 0 books per student In addition to the cash prizes awarded to Bel Air cash prizes totaling 730 were given to all schools recycling 100 or more telephone books Overall this annual campaign is educational and enhances awareness of both students and the community at large about the importance of recycling It helps the environment because valuable landfill space is not utilized for these telephone books In addition the recycled material is reused to manufacture desirable products Finally this campaign provides additional funding to participating schools NOTE Only Allegany County telephone books are accepted for the campaign If Allegany County was included in a multi county multi state telephone book this are accepted for the campaign as well Recycling Program Information The telephone book recycling campaign is one component of Allegany County s successful recycling program In addition to recycling standard newspapers cans glass plastic and other materials Allegany County also operates a compost site Allegany County Government s website www gov allconet org has recycling information From the homepage click departments click recycling The

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  • FSU Presents Double Feature of the Films "GasLand" and "Shale Gas and America's Future" Preceded by | The Appalachian Independe
    Democracy Facebook discussion GasLand is filmmaker Josh Fox s look at the largest domestic natural gas drilling campaign in history Fox set off his investigative journey after receiving an unexpected offer of 100 000 to drill on his land in Pennsylvania Winner of numerous awards including the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and currently nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary category GasLand features interviews with ordinary citizens scientists and government officials Shale Gas and America s Future provides a look at how communities in Pennsylvania are balancing the trade offs of gas drilling for themselves and the nation This film produced by the American Clean Skies Foundation an industry based foundation explores the issue from all sides and includes footage of the hydro fracturing process community meetings and interviews with Pennsylvania s top environmental regulator Soulmobile which plays folk bluegrass world and reggae music will perform a short set before the screening of the film This event is supported by FSU s sustainability initiative Learning Green Living Green and the Maryland Humanities Council For more information contact the Maryland Humanities Council at 410 685 0095 or www mdhc org http www mdhc org or Dr Kara Rogers Thomas at 301 687 3124 at FSU FSU is committed to making all of its programs services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office call 301 687 4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1 800 735 2258 Tags Marcellus Shale Comments 1 Please consider attending Kara RogersThomas Wednesday 16 February 2011 19 01 I hope folks will come out for this The Maryland Humanities Council has been working hard to create several forums for discussion around this and related issues And though plans are not yet finalized

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  • Activist Julia Hill to Speak on Environmental and Social Justice at FSU | The Appalachian Independent
    published by Harper Collins Hill was the subject of the 2000 documentary Butterfly http en wikipedia org wiki Butterfly 2000 film and is featured in another documentary Tree Sit The Art of Resistance http en wikipedia org w index php title Tree Sit The Art of Resistan both chronicling her time in the redwood tree Hill is the youngest person ever elected to the Ecology Hall of Fame and was named by John F Kennedy Jr in George magazine as one of the 20 most influential women in politics She lives in Oakland Calif Hill s appearance is sponsored by the Office of the President Student and Educational Services and the Learning Green Living Green Committee The talk is free and open to the public For more information on the event contact Ann Townsell at 301 687 3171 or This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it For information on the Engage Network co founded by Hill visit www engagenet org FSU is committed to making all of its programs services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office call 301 687 4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1 800 735 2258 Comments 3 Well that s nice J D Tuckley Tuesday 24 August 2010 20 23 Every Intelligence agency throughout the world identifies human caused global climate change as the single most pressing threat to civilization And around here you have a population of nincompoops who don t even believe it exists and will stand there laughing at you if you claim otherwise Good luck Julia Actually Mr Tuckley Susan Davis Sunday 19 September 2010 21 25 J D Ms Hill s event actually had to turn students away there was that

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  • FSU Social Work Majors Witness Advocacy in Action During Annapolis Trip | The Appalachian Independent
    food stamp programs behavioral health funding animal rights insurance policies and more They choose a bill that is debated in either or both the House of Delegates or Maryland Senate track that bill through the legislative process and have an opportunity to do an analysis of the bill from many different angles said FSU Professor of Social Work Dr Kathy Powell Students also develop testimony about the bill and write a letter to a lawmaker about their position for or against the bill Elegino tracked Senate Bill 497 better known as the Keep the Door Open Act The bill is meant to provide improved pay for behavioral health providers to keep qualified licensed workers in the state The bill passed the Senate and the House version is awaiting a hearing The Feb 25 trip was part of Social Work Students Advocacy Day in Annapolis sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Students heard from experts and legislators participated in workshops witnessed a rally to support behavioral health funding and saw how lawmaking works at the state level as they sat in legislative committee meetings Social work majors are in a unique position because they often fight for both the people they care for and their own livelihoods Most of the students that I interact with at Frostburg State are caring people and they genuinely want to make a difference in the world and in people s lives Powell said But what they come to understand is that it s not enough to provide services to people in need There s a need to make sure those services are continued and financially supported and that they re structured in a way that they do more good than harm in the lives of the people Social work

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  • We The People | The Appalachian Independent
    could affect the lives of people who may be overlooked She came to FSU after earning her associate degree at Allegany College of Maryland She also works Primary Election Deadlines April 5 We The People We The People Written by Board of Elections Sunday 03 April 2016 09 21 Congress to Campus Event Promotes Civic Engagement We The People We The People Written by Gil Hazelwood Friday 26 February 2016 15 55 CUMBERLAND Md Two former members of the U S House of Representatives will visit Allegany College of Maryland on Monday Feb 29 as part of a Congress to Campus event to promote civic engagement and responsibility The program through the U S Association of Former Members of Congress is bringing former Reps Dan Maffei D N Y and Tom Petri R Wisc to ACM for class visits and a forum that is open to the community Each ended his Capitol Hill service on Jan 3 2015 The public forum will be held from noon to 1 15 p m in the College Center s Zimmer Theatre The former congressmen will speak to the importance of civic engagement and responsibility address the U S presidential campaign and urge voter involvement PACE to Feature Secretary David Brinkley We The People We The People Written by Bretta Reinhard Tuesday 19 January 2016 15 06 Frostburg Board of Elections to Meet We The People We The People Written by John Kirby Tuesday 12 January 2016 13 43 The Frostburg Board of Elections will meet on Friday January 15 2016 at 2 00 p m in the First Floor Conference Room at City Hall The Board is preparing for the City of Frostburg s next Municipal Election which will be held on Tuesday June 7 2016 The meetings of the Board of Elections

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