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Fracking the Farmland

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Sociologist and organic farmer Dr. Stephen Cleghorn will speak at First Parish on Friday, February 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. about hydraulic fracking.   Cleghorn runs a certified organic farm and goat dairy in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania that sits above the huge Marcellus Shale formation targeted for drilling for natural gas.  Because his farm might be directly affected by fracking, and because he now perceives fracking as a serious threat to the global environment, he has become a well-informed critic of the natural gas industry.  Dr. Cleghorn “has become the first landowner in the United States to use a conservation easement to recognize and protect the rights of water, forest, and wild ecosystems. The easement then bans activities, like shale gas hydro-fracking, which would violate those rights, and elevates the rights of nature above the power claimed by extractive energy corporations to despoil the environment.”  Come hear about fracking, how it affects the surrounding area and communities and all living beings, and the arguments for and against it.  A discussion and reception will follow the talk.  This event is hosted by the Environmental Leadership Team at First Parish and cosponsored by ConcordCAN!

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