The Rapidian

Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing

The End of Country, Dispatches from the Frack Zone

by (mlesert)

Submitted 06-13-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

  My interview with Seamus McGraw begins with a question he poses: What do you know about fracking? I tell him. First, they drill vertically to a target layer. I name a few of the deep shale layers being fracked in Michigan – the Utica-...

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West MI Fractivist: Jeff Smith and the 'People's EPA' indict the oil & gas industry

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 05-10-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

With a welcoming smile and laid back attitude it’s difficult to imagine that a few short months ago Jeff Smith, founder of Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID), was in jail for occupying the downtown office of Wolverine Oil...

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West MI Fractivist Nicole Berens-Capizzi puts compassion and action up against injustices

by (msimonson)

Submitted 05-10-2013 under OPINION

Try to imagine living your life without cash. The work you put forth helping other people is paid for in goods or services you need. If you have an extra microwave oven and need a blender, you simply swap items with a member of your community, and...

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West MI Fractivist Sarah Barker sings for a silent spring

by (A.Stadler)

Submitted 05-10-2013 under OPINION

     No frogs, no birds left to sing     No mold to break down and lay down the foundation for everything     Progress has silenced forever, the joyful trickle and splash of spring ...

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West MI Fractivist Steve Losher: "We've got every right to be here!"

by (noellouise)

Submitted 05-10-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

The past year was an exciting one for Steve Losher, president of Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD), and he has no plans of slowing down in 2013. Carpenter by trade, Losher is finally putting his “25 years of pent up environmental angst...

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Fracking comes to West Michigan

by (mlesert)

Submitted 05-10-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Perhaps you’ve seen them: billboards that aim to educate the public about horizontal hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a relatively new process of oil and gas extraction from deep shale layers. These frack facts, 49 numbered “fracts...

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