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Oklahoma Blogger Shares Health & Safety Concerns about Fracking

Guest post by Lisa Sharp of Retro Housewife Goes Green Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of injecting high-pressured fluid to create cracks in deep-rock formations through which natural gas and petroleum will flow more freely. Fracking is fairly common in my state of Oklahoma. The oil and gas industry accounts for a third […]

Continue Reading By on May 18, 2015 in air, fracking, rural, safer chemicals, safety

Rural Appalachian Health Clinic Gets Federal Finance Boost

An innovative health clinic in West Virginia’s coal country has received a major financial boost from the Affordable Care Act.  The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will be able to expand services with its more than $800,000 awarded in November.  We first told you about the clinic in 2011, when a collaborative of local medical […]

Continue Reading By on December 16, 2013 in Appalachia, coal, health, natural resources, rural, Uncategorized

Arkansas Community Watchdogs Concerned After Massive Oil Spill

Conservative estimates show around 5,000 barrels of crude oil spilled March 29 from Exxon’s ruptured pipeline running through the small town of Mayflower, Arkansas.  That’s about three barrels of oil for every person who lives in Faulkner County, just north of Little Rock.  Independent estimates are double that amount.  Residents spent a recent town hall […]

Continue Reading By on May 6, 2013 in Arkansas, energy, environment, family, health, parenting, pollution, rural, safe chemicals

Daylight at Heifer Ranch

Hearing a rooster crow made me feel right at home when I woke up with my family in our modest room at the lodge.  I stretched my legs on the wooded nature trail, found a pretty flower garden, then headed toward the sound of that rooster! Various fowl meandered around an open air barn that also […]

Continue Reading By on April 16, 2012 in agriculture, rural

Fresh Roadside Produce

The eight-foot-high stalks topped with bright sunflowers caught my eye on my scenic drive along the highway in rural Morgan County, Tennessee. Then I noticed the sign telling me corn was for sale. I stopped to meet Louis Basler and his brother-in-law, Garland Heidel, who were selling sweet ambrosia corn from their family farms.  I […]

Continue Reading By on July 15, 2011 in Appalachia, eating well, farm, garden, rural