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Fracking the First Amendment


It's one thing for Big Oil frackers to bust into our Earth, our communities, and our economic well-being – but the fracking fad is also busting the free speech rights of locals who dare to speak out against it.

Welcome to Sanford, New York, a pleasant place of 2,800 citizens on the NY-Pennsylvania border. Unfortunately, the pleasantness has been interrupted by a major squabble over whether corporate drillers should be allowed to extract natural gas by fracturing the huge Marcellus Shale formation that underlies the region. Hydraulic fracturing is rampant on the Pennsylvania side, but New York imposed a moratorium on the inherently-dange...