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The Fracking Song - My Water's on Fire Tonight

my waters on fire tonightFracking involves pumping millions of gallons of water, chemicals, and sand into shale rock formations at high pressures to shatter the rock and release the gas. Fracking a single gas well can use millions of gallons of water and hundreds of tons of chemicals.  Over 70% of fracking fluid remains in the ground and is not biodegradable.  Watch the 2 1/2 minute musical video that explains fracking:

Fracking is used in 36 states with widely varied regulations.  Drillers use the technique in new areas without adequate government oversight that fully evaluates the effects on human health and the environment. By using large amounts of water, fracking can cause a shortage of local water resources.  The chemicals used, which drillers claim are proprietary secrets, can poison drinking water, rivers, and lakes from toxic underground leaks and above ground spills. Documents obtained by the New York Times show that fracking wastewater containing radioactivity far higher than federal regulations say is safe is sometimes hauled to sewage plants which cannot adequately treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water.  There have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination near drilling sites around the country. 

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently studying the effect of fracking on drinking water resources.
 The research includes the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing, from acquisition of the water, through the mixing of chemicals and actual fracturing, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced water and its ultimate treatment and disposal.  The initial study results are expected by the end of 2012, and the final report will be issued in 2014.

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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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