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High Pressure Fracking Causes Small Earthquakes

In May, Cuadrilla Resources had to stop drilling in Lancanshire, Britain because two tiny tremors of 2.3 and 1.5 magnitude were recorded in the region. Exploration was halted over concerns that the seismic activity had been caused by deep drilling and hydraulic fracturing which blasts huge volumes of water through rock at high pressure to extract the gas. The company commissioned a report by a team of independent seismic experts who concluded that the company's fracking probably did cause the seismic shocks. 

The Oklahoma Geological Survey has found that hydraulic fracturing may have triggered a series of 50 seismic events in Oklahoma that followed a 2.8 magnitude quake.  Among other recommendations, the Shale Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board requested more research on “Understanding induced seismicity triggered by hydraulic fracturing and injection well disposal.”

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

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MN's Leading Election System

MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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