September 1, 2010
Following is a guest post from Molly M. All are invited to submit:
I travelled to Dimock, PA, several weeks ago to see for myself what was going on at my neighbors to the north. I was astounded to see gas drilling pads in many farm pastures. On several sites, cows were being pastured and fed adjacent to the pads. I had read about cows being quarantined in Tioga County after they were suspected of drinking polluted flowback water. In Washington County cows died after exposure to drilling fluids. At Dunkard Creek, where all aquatic life died from an algae bloom caused by drilling, beef cows were photographed standing in orange-tainted water. I have decided not to eat beef any more. Every time I look at a steak, I see those cows standing next to a drill site.
My new discoveries opened my eyes to other concerns. How about the farmers who were present at the farmers’ markets? Had they leased their lands? If I knew for sure they had, I bypassed their stands. I am also boycotting a restaurant next to a drill pad in Fairmount Township.
I began searching for alternative food sources and discovered the joys of shopping at the Lands at Hillside. The folks who bought this wonderful farm from the old coal barons opted not to lease these lands. Hooray! Now I buy hormone-free milk, free range eggs, Hillside Gold butter, fresh ice cream, and other goodies. Life is good, and my tummy agrees.
May 28, 2010
If this evil and blatant usury of our land is not stopped by our elected and sworn representatives by listening to reason, constituents, and the constitution – if they wimp out on their duty to make sure anything done to this state is done right or not at all; if this illegal attack supplants democracy – then democracy will be wrestled back, one way or another.
May 24, 2010
Gas Drilling Will Bring You:
Lower Property Values
Polluted and Unusable Water Sources
Toxic Waste (heavy metals, carcinogens, brine and radioactive materials)
Open Waste Pits
Carcinogens Left Underground
Depleted Water Habitat
Loss of Farmland
Loss of Tourism
Disrupted Wildlife Habitat
Higher Crime Rate
Increased Drug Use
Choking Truck Traffic
Lower Quality of Life (why do you love this place?)
Fractured Bedrock Below (where 10 to 30 tons of chemicals per well, liberated radioactivity, brine, and heavy metals are left underground to slowly migrate toward your family’s water supply)
Educate yourself and take action to stop this now! The first well is drilling this August. Don’t be fooled by the propaganda you see on television and billboards. 1.5% percent of the county households will benefit, 98.5% will suffer.
NOTE – Add on top of this: mismanagement, acts of nature, maximization of profit, and out of state corporations. Then mix in weakened laws and a depleted DEP. And put it all in the context of rapid expansion. Isn’t this a case for MORATORIUM!?
May 12, 2010
My daughter lives in West Virginia near the PA border. Here are some articles she sent to me about a fish kill on a creek 30 MILES LONG! The kill was caused by a gas company allowing fracking fluid into abandoned mines.
This happened last September.
A bloom of toxic alien algae is being blamed for killing thousands of fish, mussels and other forms of aquatic life in more than 30 miles of Dunkard Creek along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border this month.
Three weeks ago, fish started dying in Dunkard Creek, a scenic stream that winds along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border in Monongalia County
Dunkard Creek experienced a large fish kill in 2009 from golden algae and high chloride water.