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Catalyst Radio: MI Land Air Water Defense fighing fracking, holding fundraiser concert Women For Water at Wealthy Theatre Saturday

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Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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Michigan Land Air Water Defense is holding a fundraising concert at Wealthy Theatre Sat., Nov. 3 to help fund its legal opposition to oil and gas mining through the method of fracking.

An art piece by Mandi Creveling depicts a fracking well on Michigan state forest land.

An art piece by Mandi Creveling depicts a fracking well on Michigan state forest land. /Mandi Creveling

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we hear about a new Michigan nonprofit called Michigan Land Air Water Defense. The organization has mounted an effort in opposition to the sale of mineral rights on state lands for oil and gas production using a controversial method of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Steve Losher, president of Michigan Land Air Water Defense, talks about why fracking is considered a danger, and about the lawsuit the organization has filed to nullify the state’s Department of Natural Resources’ auctions of the mineral rights.

Also in studio is Tammy Hall, organizer of a concert fundraiser called Women For Water – An Anti-fracking Benefit, to be held at Wealthy Theatre tomorrow, Nov. 3. Sarah Barker, one of the performers for the Women For Water event, also joins us.


Music featured on this edition of Catalyst Radio is from regional artist Jen Sygit, from her release So Long Pollyanna providing the song “One Thing.” Jen Sygit is one of the performers for the Women For Water fundraising concert at Wealthy Theatre.

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