No more sleeping
Tonight WVIA television presented the 2004 movie Food Inc as a fundraiser. My wife and I viewed it 18 months ago. It was the last time she ate meat.
Here is the beginning of the movie. It sets the tone and gives you a fairly good sense of what is to come:
While the movie deals with many alarming issues in its three segments, the most disturbing is the documentation of Monsanto Corporation’s systematic attempt to control the world seed and food supply through legal intimidation and ruin.
Monsanto is a very evil company. I will call it Mammonsanto:
Another film, The Future of Food is an excellent treatment of Monanto’s attempt to control the food chain. Here is the trailer (go to the website to see the entire film):
Monsanto has lobbied Congress to pass Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety and Modernization Act. It could potentially outlaw human scale agriculture :
And even Glenn Beck seems alarmed:
With this being the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s death, it is insulting to note that Mammonsanto has trademarked the word “imagine” as its own:
Imagine no Monsanto, Its easy if you try…
And getting back to WVIA, good job showing Food Inc. Now how about airing Gasland , Bill Kelly! That is what public broadcasting is supposed to be about. (My wife and I have supported WVIA radio for thirty years.)
If you are afraid of sponsor backlash, you are no better than a commercial enterprise. That is not what public broadcasting is supposed to be.
“Dry Baby dry!” has been Audrey Simpson’s battle cry (and prayer) since she first heard of EnCana’s plans to drill three experimental horizontal gas wells in the Back Mountain region of Northeast Penn’s Woods.
We first met Audrey on January 14, 2010. She was video taping a presentation by EnCana to the Back Mountain Community Partnership. I recall how simplistic and benign EnCana’s presentation was. They did not mention trainloads of chemicals, just some water and sand. When we publicly questioned them, they became defensive and contentious.
After the meeting, Audrey approached Karen, Leanne and I, “We have to organize!”. Then she introduced herself. She had been following this Marcellus “play” for a while and she knew it was bad mojo.
That was the beginning of NoDrillNEPA which eventually merged with Tom Jiunta’s group (Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water) to become GDAC – Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition.
I called Simpson tonight to discuss the news that EnCana was pulling out of Luzerne and Columbia Counties. We recalled that back in January, we saw this outcome as a remote possibility. Here it was nine months later, and the dream was now reality.
This may be good news for the Back Mountain, but EnCana’s departure is totally fortuitous. Like being spared of small pox while others around you are wasting away.
The Susquehanna, Delaware, Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio remain threatened and suffering. Thousands of fellow citizens continue to be treated as guinea pigs, The Pennsylvania State Constitution continues to be usurped. Citizens will have their properties seized by private entities. Our governor will pay back the gas industry for its contributions to his campaign.
Ours was a chance victory in a large war. This won’t be won without a constitutional battle. For the time being we must do everything we can to help slow, stall, challenge, and ban this supposed juggernaut. Place by place. Day by day.
Otherwise, they will be back.
I would think this EnCana announcement will not effect the continuing attempts to traverse the area with pipeline.
Always remember, the landmen were there when we were not. We must find a way to help struggling family farms. They are the backbone of rural Pennsylvania.
We need to re-think and re-tool for a green humanscale future. It is the only sane path.
oil buys solar
we gladly go
lobbyists over democracy
secrecy over transparency
state over citizenry
the Marcellus play
bow to it
bend to it
march to it
sleep through it
into the past –
a mine shaft,
From the Safe Water Movement’s petition to support a total ban on gas drilling in low-permeable deposits in New York State:
1. With a failure rate of between 2 to 8 percent, horizontal drilling and hydrofracking pose an unacceptable risk to our drinking water and the quality of groundwater, aquifers, lakes and streams.
13.Recent preliminary assessments reveal that “natural” gas is not “clean energy” but rather just another polluting, non-renewable fossil fuel contributing to global warming”
Links about dirty gas:
The Dirty Truth Behind Clean Natural Gas (from the National Wildlife Federation)
Gas is dirty energy and may be dirtier than coal ( regarding Australia)
The Dirty Truth Behind Hydrofracking (from Environmental Graffiti )
The Dirty Truth Behind The New Natural Gas ( from Kentucky Rural Water Association) ( a comprehensive overview )
The Dirty Secret of Shale Gas (from Motley Fool)
Cornell’s Howarth Warns EPA… (good links )
Hello, this is Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Hanger inviting you to vacation here in Pennsylvania. There are so many things to do in the Champagne State: Take an intoxicating and romantic trip down the bubbly Susquehanna. Milk a dead cow! Come visit one of our many new and exciting theme parks such as Cabot Patch or EnCana Land!
Remember, liberty began and ended right here in Penn’s Woods. See you soon!
Gas Stock was an act of defiance. It signals that despite the odds, the politicos, the Westmoreland Club, the silence of the Sierra Club, the co-opting of Penn State, the compromising of Penn Future, the dearth of lawyer support, the PUC, the lobbyists, the campaign contributions, the advertisements, the unemployment, the bankrupt governments (desperate to close their budgets), the SRBC, the DEP, the Oil and Gas Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and on and on … the movement will not give up.
Clean air and clean water are our constitutional right:
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people. -Article I of the Pennsylvania State Constitution, Sec. 27
Beyond that, we owe it to our children and grandchildren.
And to those of you who follow the Bible: remember, you are called upon to be stewards of God’s creation. Don’t let covetousness cloud your decisions – do the right thing. (God created a garden, not an industrial zone)
It was a day well spent. A day in the sun among old and new friends. Gas Stock was a gathering which spanned generations, politics, communities, and states. It was a campfire around which we joined as one. Thank you to NEPA Citizens in Action!
I was part of a small group which hiked from the Susquehanna in Wilkes-Barre to the Fair Grounds in Lehman. Here is what the Times Leader reported about our trek:
Don Williams, of Montgomery County, set out from Wilkes-Barre’s Nesbitt Park at 6:30 a.m. and walked more than 10 miles to the fairgrounds together with his daughters, Lisa and Lauren Williams, and two local bloggers, Mark Cour and Herb Baldwin.“I’ve attended several of these meetings where the gas industry people basically said, if you drove here and you don’t support what we’re doing, you’re a hypocrite. I remembered that,” Williams said. “That’s why I did it, being able to say I had the lowest carbon footprint here today.”
Actually there was six of us. The person omitted in the Times Leader quote is blogger Hannah Abelbeck. Sending us off was yet another blogger, John, and his sister Sandy. They showed up at dawn to wish us well and record the riverside ceremony. Afterward, we started out, four bloggers and two sane people.
(“By the time we got to Gas Stock, we were half a dozen strong…”) (apologies to Joni Mitchell).
Our march paralleled in reverse the route of Toby’s Creek as it moves from the back mountains down to the valley, tumbling fresh water into the Susquehanna and eventually the Chesapeake.
We started our journey atop concrete and asphalt, alongside traffic and amid big plastic signs and display windows. We left the streets in Luzerne and strode along an old railroad bed turned recreational trail. It parallels the highway which was once but a creek side foot path. Now the sound of traffic permeates the air.
We eventually emerged from the woods onto route 309 in Dallas. It was pedestrian unfriendly from there to the fairground. We stopped by Lisa Baker’s office but no one was there. We took some pictures and left tri-folds of information in the doorjamb. Lisa continues to believe this corporate invasion can be “managed”.
How do you manage billions of gallons of toxic slurry left inside the shattered rock? How do you manage the diminishing water supply? How do you tell the regional water cycle it will have to do with billions of gallons less? How do you insure the infrastructure of wells are maintained and incident free for the next thousand years? How do you manage a hodgepodge of corporations, companies, and contractors from myriad states and countries whose only goal is the maximization of profit?
The picture above is one taken at Baker’s office. You will notice the Pennsylvania State Flag is upside down. This was not a mistake. Don did it, as a sign of distress. Penn’s Woods is in serious jeopardy.
( There is, however, one mistake in the photo: See if you can find it in less than five seconds.)
Meanwhile, to be continued…
Here is an invitation from Kayak Dude to walk to Gas Stock with him. I plan on doing it and hope to see you there:
Walkin’ to Gas Stock
Event: Walking from the Susquehanna River @ Nesbitt Park to the Luzerne County Fairgrounds
When: Beginning at dawn ( ~5:52 a.m. ) on Saturday, 8/21/2010
Why: In Support of Gas Stock…and because I can!
Who: Whoever shows up
Other: Join us for all 10+ miles or any portion thereof