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Anti-fracking group coming to town

July 19, 2016

This Week News

July 18, 2016

by MARLA K. KUHLMAN

Johnstown residents will have an opportunity July 18 to learn their rights in regard to fracking.

Members of an anti-fracking group called Ohio Community Rights Network will present a fracking presentation and discuss how Johnstown residents could ensure local control over shale-gas drilling and fracking waste water during a meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Council chambers, 599 S. Main St.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique in which shale rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid to recover gas and oil.

“The folks organizing the meeting are from the central Ohio area,” said Carolyn Harding, meeting organizer. “We have contacts with friends in Johnstown. We hear linemen are knocking on doors for fracking. There have also been meetings for landowners. Before signing leases, we think folks should have information that we’ve gotten so they have more than one side of the story.”

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