published Friday, March 15th, 2013

Environmental groups in Nashville protest plan that will lead to fracking

Protesters opposed to the University of Tennessee’s proposal to lease oil and gas rights on 8,000 acres of land in the Cumberland Forest land gather in Nashville this afternoon. The State Building Commission is expected to decide whether to allow UT to move forward. Photo by Louie Brogdon.
Protesters opposed to the University of Tennessee’s proposal to lease oil and gas rights on 8,000 acres of land in the Cumberland Forest land gather in Nashville this afternoon. The State Building Commission is expected to decide whether to allow UT to move forward. Photo by Louie Brogdon.
Photo by Staff Report.

Nearly 50 members of environmental and student groups filed into Legislative Plaza in Nashville today to oppose an attempt by the University of Tennessee to lease more than 8,636 acres of public land in the Cumberland Forest to an energy company for natural gas mining.

The university is billing the move as a chance to research hydraulic fracturing, a method used to mine natural gas.

The Tennessee Building Commission’s executive subcommittee will hear a proposal from UT at 2 p.m. (CDTl) to allow the leasing to take place.

For more, read Saturday's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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