March 11, 2010

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.

Speaker from ShaleShock to discuss Natural Gas Drilling

March 8, 2010

At 7:00 pm on Friday, Andrew Byers of the Shaleshock Action Alliance will speak about the issues regarding natural gas drilling. Shaleshock is a New York State coalition of  groups concerned about the environmental and community impacts of natural gas drilling into the Marcellus Shale.  Andrew lives in Ithaca, NY and works as a botanist and cook.

This event is sponsored by Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water. It will take place at the Kingston Township Municipal Building, 180 East Center Street,  Shavertown.

The agenda is as follows:

I. The Marcellus Play
II. Shaleshock Citizen Response
A. Working group design
B. Current efforts
III. Water Monitoring and Community Science
IV. Local ordinances in PA (TCCOG reference)
V. Next Steps for communities

Shaleshock will coordinate an open space interest based group process that facilitates community networking and political engagement.

8:30 Question/answer

9:00 Closing time, and all those last minute conversations.

To Frack Or Not To Frack

February 25, 2010

Peter Blanchard is a 2008 graduate of  Dallas H.S. who is studying Journalism and Political Science at Ithaca College.  He recently produced an online presentation about the FRACKING issue.

This is an interesting “collage” format which includes recorded interviews and visuals.  The presentation moves from left to right.  You can scroll moving your cursor to the right of the screen then click on the interviews as you encounter them.

There are three interviews Pete recorded: a lawyer, an activist, and an Ithaca City Council Alderperson.   It is well worth the visit:

To Frack Or Not To Frack

The only note I wish to add is that the graphic showing the cross section of drilled earth has a label titled “SEAL”.  This should not be interpreted as impenetrability.