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Written by Tish O'Dell   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:34

ATHENS, OHIO: Last night, residents of Athens, OH, overwhelmingly asserted their rights to clean air, water, and to local self-governance, banning fracking and frack wastewater injection wells through the adoption of a Community Bill of Rights. They join a growing number of communities across the U.S. that are uniting to assert their rights to protect themselves and create a sustainable future.


Athens residents adopted their rights-based fracking ban with 78% of the vote. They join Yellow Springs, Oberlin, Mansfield, and Broadview Heights, OH, which also adopted Community Bills of Rights banning fracking, beginning in 2012.

Ohio residents became concerned about fracking and related activities, such as wastewater injection wells, when they began entering the ...

Frostburg Hosts Solar Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by City of Frostburg   
Friday, 10 October 2014 08:50

The City of Frostburg is hosting Solar Saturday in Frostburg on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at City Place, 14 S. Water Street.  The event is designed to promote the growing use of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels in the Frostburg area with a primary focus on residential use and additional perspectives from commercial and other users.

 The event will include information from:

√ė Frostburg residents who have used solar PV panels for varying lengths of time ‚Äď since 2006, over a year and as little as just one month;

√ė Local vendors and contractors involved in the industry sharing information about their products and services; and

√ė City Hall staff outlining the permit and inspection processes.

 Ample time will be provided ...

Law Banning Invasive Ornamentals Topic at Next Native Plant Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 09:33

PlantsThe Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg on Tuesday October 21st at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker is Kerrie Kyde of the Maryland Natural Heritage Program. Her presentation is titled ‚ÄúMaryland's Invasive Ornamental Plant Ban Law: History and Implementation‚ÄĚ. The Maryland Legislature established the state Invasive Plant Advisory Committee in 2011, to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on invasive plants whose production and sale should be limited within the state. Ms. Kyde will discuss the establishment of the IPAC, the system it is using to assess plant species risk, and the status of the Tier 1/Tier 2 plant list in Maryland. The program will begin immediately following a brief ...

Local connections take part in NYC Climate March PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Snyder   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:27
Climate MarchMy wife, Helena, and I were 2 of nearly 400,000 people marching for action on climate change in New York City this past weekend: the largest such rally in history.
After years of study into this issue, I have come to the following conclusions:
1. Despite on-going and healthy debate on the details, the core science of this issue is resolved: the planet is heating largely due to rising green house gases and the primary source of those gases is from human activity (in particular the burning of fossil fuels). This heating is giving rise to a rapidly changing climate, far outside of our planet's 'normal range'.
2. Despite any 'unknowns', there is a clear call to action.  We have to move beyond our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels.  In my estimation, this is ...
Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Will Meet to Discuss Health Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Committee   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:58

The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 15, at the Lyric Theater in Frostburg, from 10 am to 4 pm. The meeting will focus on the health report and the State’s risk assessment. Results of the Maryland risk assessment will be presented and there will be an opportunity for questions. Drafts of the risk assessment will be made available to the public as soon as possible following the meeting.


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