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How a Fracking Company Borrowed $5 Billion from Itself and Stuck Its Landowners with the Bill

Gadfly site Propublica has a fascinating—and depressing—story about how Chesapeake Energy, the largest independent gas producer in the county and one of the pioneers of fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus region, essentially created $5 billion from an accounting trick and paid for it by gouging the owners of the…

What happens when you put conservatives in charge of the environment

Some of you with an environmental bent may be following the huge coal ash spill in North Carolina about a month ago. There's an article in the NYT that traces this accident directly back to the GOP takeover of the state government a few years ago. The state environmental protection agency has essentially been defanged…