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.
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 ...