8:01 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Tenn. Regulator Calls Fracking Opponents 'Stupid'

A Tennessee worker who supervises the state’s regulation of oil and gas production says opponents of hydraulic fracturing are, in his words, “stupid.” Michael Burton’s comment was found in handwritten notes on emails sent to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The emails solicited public comment on new regulations for hydraulic fracturing. The process, also known as fracking, extracts natural gas from rock by injecting high pressure mixtures of sand, water or gravel and chemicals.

Morning Cram
10:02 am
Tue May 15, 2012

the morning cram [I'm so fracking sick of this edition]

"And all of a sudden your tongue gets this metal taste on it. And it feels like it's enlarging, and it just feels like you're not getting enough air in, because your throat gets real 'burn-y.' And the next thing I know, I ... passed out..."

NPR reports as many claim pollution from fracking has made them sick, experts are still divided on how much of a health concern it is. 

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Morning Cram
10:12 am
Fri April 27, 2012

the morning cram [they took our jobs edition]

It seems European leader isn't a steady career. 

NPR reports amid economic struggles, European voters are giving their leaders the boot.

Kentucky ~ No pull for ALEC here.

Illinois ~ The fight against fracking continues.

2012 Illinois General Assembly
8:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation Passes Senate

A bill regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is advancing in the Illinois legislature. The state Senate unanimously passed a bill yesterday addressing the decades-old but debated technology used to reach previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground. The bill comes as energy companies are pushing to prospect possible drilling sites using fracking in southern Illinois. The legislation allows the state's Department of Natural Resources to regulate fracking.

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