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Fracking Controversy Taking Hold In Kentucky

A coalition of groups and individuals concerned about the effect fracking could have in Kentucky is gathering Tuesday night in Berea.

With oil and gas companies taking a new look at regions of the state previously untouched by exploration, environmental groups are gearing up for a fight. Activist Craig Williams is with Frack Free Foothills.

"We, the collective group of people, including different organizations, have banded together to try to educate the folks about what that would mean in the content of their property values, water contamination, air pollution, and other factors that we believe deserve careful consideration before they allow this to happen," he says.

Proponents of hydraulic fracturing maintain that residents shouldn’t fear the technology, but Williams says citizens are right to be concerned about pollution and the handling of waste produced by the process.

Companies are interested in developing an underground layer of shale that runs through a number of counties in northeastern and Central Kentucky.

Frack Free Foothills will be meeting Tuesday night at 6:30 in Berea’s Russell Action Center.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.