We all breathe the same air
drive the same roads
see the same sky.
So is it any wonder why
we don’t want our land to die?
Richer, poorer, privileged or middle class
all of us live here
now in fear
of losing what some take for granted
and others hold dear.
To lose our land and our health
all for ill-gotten wealth
is more than we can bear.
We must be strong in the fight.
We can only do this if we UNITE.
When I slammed this blog together six weeks ago, I poured over website after website and tried to provide links for a quick education. There was much I never got to review. My initial objective was to get the word out as soon as possible – to give a web presence to the work already started by people like Tom Jiunta and Audrey Simpson.
Recently I became aware of a dynamite set of sites: one a website and the other its matching blog. They are UN-NATURAL GAS.org and UN-NATURAL GAS.org WEBLOG. They were created by CDOG – Chenango Delaware Otsego Gas Drilling Opposition Group. They cover national as well as regional drilling stories. Subjects such as cost externalization, community readiness, moratoria, and energy independence. Check out the Organizer’s Page and the comprehensive FAQ page on the website. Also the images section and the “Lies” section. This is the primer for which I have been looking. The site is a work in progress. It is creative, edgy, and informed. I plan to return to it often. Grab a beverage and check it out. Please.
I invite anyone/and everyone to submit a poem (or song, essay, rant) related to BIG GAS, the Marcellus play, the beauty of this area, its heritage….you get the idea. I will start things off:
who will want their milk?
Once fields of clover
now radiated mud,
the neighbor cows –
still chewin’ cud.
At my table
I sit and think,
Next time I better buy
Here is a story from Wayne County: Outcry greets possibility of gas drilling at Wayne County schools
I added a Moon Lake Park page above. Sign the petition there or HERE. Let’s not forget Moon Lake!!!
Also, I have added a Petition Page. There are five petitions and/or legislative links. Go there to voice your concern. PETITIONS HERE
A powerful post from Another Monkey – Please read it.
I love the gas industry tv commercial where the woman is traveling up a well as if in a stainless steel and glass elevator. So clean and so slick. I guess we will see truck loads of well dressed women heading down our roads soon.
I have an old friend up north who recently emailed me about his experiences with gas drilling. Here is the sad email. I took out their names at their request:
“Herb. Thanks for the info. (Wife) and I have spent the last 2 years educating ourselves about this issue. We are at ground zero in Dimock and are surrounded by gas wells being drilled. What we have learned so far is scary and our actual experiences dealing with this has been terrible. The beautiful area I have lived in for the last 35 years is being butchered. Many of my neighbor’s water supplies have already been polluted. It is a shame that our government would, in these days and times, allow such environmental exploitation all for the sake of money.
But I have to let you know of my situation – (wife) and I held out from signing a gas lease as long as we could, due to our environmental concerns. However, when we realized all our neighbors had signed and we were surrounded by leased land – we finally gave in and signed. Now seeing what has happened I would gladly return the money if they would pack up and leave. I consider it dirty money. I believe the gas company’s tactic was to offer people money to get their foothold and then they come in and do their thing. (friend’s name)”
See you tonight.
New arrival to the Violations and Accidents vault : Talisman Energy – Fuel spill reported in Armenia Township
Check this out: Texas earthquakes may be linked to wells for gas mining
Here is a great letter sent to me as a comment. It is long and complex, but filled with golden nuggets of insight
Good update on the national political front: from Audobon
Today, Steve Corbett (WILK radio) related how EnCana Corporation was avoiding an interview. More on Encana in days to come I’m sure.
It is not just water contamination. It is also air. See the Split Estate movie to to find out what Ecana is really like.
Don Williams of Wyalusing Rocks Pennsylvania (Penn’s Woods) has an essential reading blog titled Susquehanna River Sentinel. He was the activist who saved us from the inflatable dam. Now he is the main man for staying current and hip with the gas drilling scene.
He is: earth first, speak truth to power, and live with courage. I like that in a dude.
Find his link in the the right hand column under #2 – Local Bloggers – Big Gas in Their Sights.
Energy Independence???? Look up in the fracking sky!!!!! NEPA should be making on-site solar panels, windmills, and geothermal. We should be leaders rather than donors. We owe it to our ancestors. They suffered – hoping we would have a better life. Now Big Energy wants us to lie face down, once again. I say, NO! We are the future, not the past.