Fracking fight headed for the ballot in Colorado (USA)

…The fracking boom has bolstered Colorados economy, and twisted its politics. Even many Democrats advocate for oil and gas interests, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall, both of whom are up for reelection this year. But many people living near the wells complain of contaminated air and water, noise, health problems, and other…

The Shale Surge: $80 Billion Economic Boom Is Reshaping North American Cities (USA)

…HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwired – July 21, 2014) – JLL (NYSE: JLL) – Shale zone communities have discovered yet another benefit from their surging economic growth: more of everything. Small towns like Williston, North Dakota, which has relatively little retail, are now catching the eye of major brands like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. …

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