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Shale Promises or Shale Spin? A Conversation with Deborah Rogers 

Financial analyst Deborah Rogers has served on the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 2008. She was appointed in 2011 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to a task force reviewing placement of air monitors in the Barnett Shale region in light of air quality concerns brought about by the natural gas operations in North Texas. She joined a regional steering committee for the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) in 2011 with responsibility for economic questions.

Ms. Rogers got involved in natural gas when she learned that an energy company planned 12 high impact wells next to her property, Deborah's Farmstead, a nationally recognized artisanal cheese-making dairy. Her website, Energy Policy Forum (, discusses the complex problems inherent in shale gas.

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A financial analysis of the the shale gas industry by Deborah Rogers

This event was sponsored by the St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters,  AAUW, Clarkson University, and SUNY.

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Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

By Ian Urbina
New York Times
June 25, 2011

Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United States.

But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells.

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U.S. Shale Bubble Inflates After Near-Record Prices for Untested Fields

By Joe Carroll and Jim Polson - Jan 9, 2012 3:30 PM                                                      

Surging prices for oil and natural- gas shales, in at least one case rising 10-fold in five weeks, are raising concern of a bubble as valuations of drilling acreage approach the peak set before the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

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 Dirty Energy Money

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Fracking lobby money gushes forth in Ohio

Published: 11/11/11 @ 12:08
By Karl Henkel
The Youngstown Vindicator

Fracking industry contributions are filling the coffers of Ohio legislators and public officials just as fast as oil and gas companies are invading the state, according to a nonprofit group.

Common Cause, a nonprofit advocacy organization, has found that the industry has spent nearly $750 million for lobbying and has contributed nearly $21 million to members of Congress during the past decade.

Nearly $3 million of that went to Ohio legislators and public officials, and that number will only swell as fracking picks up throughout the Buckeye State.

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Bob Gibbs vents about
fracking plans

Deirdre Shesgreen
Gannett Washington Bureau

Rep. Bob Gibbs and other House Republicans took aim Wednesday at the Obama administration's plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing, the drilling method used to extract natural gas from shale beds in Ohio and across the country.

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Kasich plans fracking for Ohio despite controversy, says tapping shale will create jobs

Posted by College Green Editor 1/25/11
By Lucas Bechtol, CG News

In an effort to boost the state’s lagging economy, new Ohio Gov. John Kasich is considering allowing a gas drilling technique that some citizens say contaminated drinking water in western Pennsylvania.

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Kasich, Koch and Big-Industry Bucks:

Why Ohio Is the Next Fracking Frontier

Tuesday 29 November 2011
by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

Fracking opponents in southern Ohio won a victory last week when the United States Forest Service (USFS) withdrew more than 3,000 acres of public lands from a federal oil and gas lease sale scheduled for December 7, 2012.

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