November 16, 2010
it is time for the state to act to protect the health and the rights of the citizens of Pennsylvania rather than looking out for big business and their bottom lines.
– Doug Shields who represents the 5th Council District in the City of Pittsburgh
August 17, 2010
we are not hostage
to foreign oil
we are hostage
June 14, 2010
This planet is a terrarium orbiting the sun. The flaming star casts a million terawatts of energy upon us each day. Earth has been given all that it needs. We will either thrive, or render this terrarium useless. We make our own destiny. It is insanity to let big conglomerates dictate the condition of this planet. And, it is cowardice.
Each fracking leaves approximately 4.5 million gallons of water sequestered beneath the earth – taken out of the water cycle – never to be replaced. For every 420 horizontal frackings, the equivalent of the Huntsville Reservoir is polluted and left underground (1.9 billion gallons). Water that has touched the lips of our ancestors, now gone from the equation.
Oh, we may see it again, but next time as a spoiler of our diminishing clean water supply.
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 21, 2010
Obviously, the Sun is NOT a good source of energy.
May 13, 2010
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
The meeting held at Misericordia University on May 11th promised to be a presentation by the Department Of Environmental Protection concerning the drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale. I attended with an open mind, I thought. At the entrance to the meeting, flyers were being handed out touting the safety of the drilling. My first red flag went up when I saw who produced the flyer: Halliburton. Index cards and pencils were handed out to be used to submit questions to John Perry, spokesperson for DEP. Mr. Perry made his well memorized speech about the history of gas drilling in Pennsylvania and threw out lots of numbers and statistics regarding the industry. After his presentation, a faculty member of Misericordia screened the questions and allowed Mr. Perry to answer her carefully selected inquiries. Sadly, my question was never answered.
A gentleman sitting behind me, who would not lease his property, showed me an invitation he received to the meeting sent to him by a gas company. He was not amused by the slanted presentation totally in favor of the drilling process.
It was a total waste of time. I learned nothing. If the Huntsville Dam is polluted, Mr. Perry’s solution would be to provide drinking water to the thousands of folks depending on the dam for water. Water buffaloes on Wyoming Avenue?
My conclusion at the end of the meeting was that the DEP is in the pocket of the gas industry and cannot be relied upon to protect us. He gave me no reassuring feeling that this process will be safe. I came away feeling frustrated and depressed.
April 24, 2010
Positive news from the New York Times: State: Decision Blocks Drilling for Gas in Catskills
And here is comment on the “political skullduggery” some people feel it was.
And more comment: Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Ramsay Adams on DEC’s Friday surprise
(It is getting legalier and legalier said Pooh.)
I think the decision is a foot in the door.
Here is an interview with Robert Howarth: Cornell scientist tarnishes natural gas’s clean image If his ideas and calculations hold up to peer review, it is a powerful argument against the planned Frackathon coming our way.
Another emerging argument against the Drilling Propaganda: From the excellent River Reporter Gas drilling benefits questioned
This article Halliburton Hunts New Bacteria Killer to Protect Shale-Gas Boom was sent to me by a couple members. It addresses the industry’s attempt to take biocides out of the fracking fluid. It seems like there is a proprietary race to find a cost effective technique which will eliminate the biocides. Money, not concern for the public, is the motivator:
“Environmental issues generally begin to be addressed after companies realize there will be a financial cost if they don’t act.” said Geoff Kieburtz, an analyst at Weeden & Co. in Greenwich, Connecticut.
April 19, 2010
Molly M. sent me this link. It is about a whistle blower and EnCana, among other things. Here are two short excerpts:
After her well water was contaminated by nearby fracking in 2006, Ernst decided to go public, showing visiting reporters how she could light her tap water on fire, and speaking out about Alberta land owners’ problems with the industry, especially Calgary-based EnCana. EnCana is Canada’s second biggest energy company (after Suncor) and is now also a major player in British Columbia, with hundreds of natural-gas wells in the province.
Ernst says she heard from “at least fifty other landowners the first year” she went public, and she continues to get calls. Groundwater contamination from fracking “is pretty widespread” in Alberta, “but they’re trying to keep it hidden.” Canada has no national water standards and conducts little information gathering about groundwater.
See the article here: