Archive for the ‘fracking’ Category

5 Things U.S. Must Do To Keep Sucking At Fracking

April 13, 2013

Forbes Contributor, Jeff McMahon, Joins Hal Harvey In The Methane Fact Bubble   

Speaking at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy on Thursday April 11, Hal Harvey, CEO of the lobby firm Energy Innovation and former Energy Advisor to Clinton and H. W. Bush, offered up his playbook for frackers. On April 12, Forbes contributing writer, Jeff McMahon, covered Harvey’s speech in the article, “5 Things U.S. Must Do To Win At Fracking.” I wasn’t there, but I’m guessing it must have been a bit like preaching to the choir.   (more…)

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“Some Risks” Are Actually Unacceptable Sacrifices

March 10, 2013

This photo is from Gloria Forouzan, Marcellus Shale Protest. She found it on the inarguably vile FracPride facebook page. Good luck it finding now.

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From the ‘FracPride’ FB page, grabbed it before they take it down: I heard that they were pumping at 8500 psig when the 7″ production casing parted, the surface casing parted above that and the Frac Head, BOP’s and all that came with landed square in the middle of the Cased Hole Truck. Have not heard about fatalities.

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Delaware River Basin Commission Drops The Ball, Again

March 8, 2013

Environmental Organizations Disrupt DRBC Meeting,

Demand A Resolution On Pipeline Oversight

Despite the wildly banging gavel, The Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum would not be silenced at the March 6 Delaware River Basin Commission public hearing – not until she had given full voice to the resolution proposed by numerous environmental groups in the basin. Only then did she yield the floor, and it was to the incredible harmony of the 70 or so activists in attendance singing This Land Is Your Land.

Try as DRBC might, even with a formal acknowledgement of  the March 1 letter signed by 67 organizations and a petition signed by thousands of citizens, the Commission can no longer fallback on its routine deferral of pipeline oversight. While the DRBC would continue to kick the can down the road, chainsaws are whirring, and trees are already being felled by the thousands as forests are fragmented for new pipeline routes. This is no longer acceptable to watershed stakeholders, nor was it palatable to the majority of people in that meeting room.

van Rossum delivered their message with succinct, breathtaking force:

“A failure to act is a decision not to act.”

Thank you, protestors. Thank you, Delaware Riverkeeper, for standing up for our right to a clean, safe watershed.

Somebody has to do something to protect these waters,” Joe Zenes, Pike County PA resident. Posted by Delaware Riverkeeper Network, March 7, 2013

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network and concerned citizens from four states vented their anger at the Delaware River Basin Commission when the agency refused to take action to regulate shale gas pipelines in the watershed. The protestors shutdown the meeting at one point.”   (more…)

Krancer Dabbles In Climate Denial, Throws Wide-Mouth Bass Under Bus

February 25, 2013

Global Squirming

We know the Marcellus Shale Coalition never put it to a vote, but does Pennsylvania DEP Secretary, Michael Krancer, believe that climate change might determine the new “price of doing business” in our state?

On February 20, 2013, at a Pennsylvania House Budget Hearing, Rep. Scott Conklin [D-77th, Centre County] asked the Secretary exactly that, but the newly bearded Krancer didn’t want to answer.

Published on Feb 20, 2013

Rep. Conklin deserves kudos for asking about the cost of climate change. So does Rep. Matt Bradford [D- 70th, Montgomery County] for following up, as State Impact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick reports in DEP Secretary Michael Krancer Clarifies Views on Climate Change, February 21, 2013:

“Climate change. Is it real?”

“Representative, I couldn’t be more clear,” Krancer replied, “the lowering of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions is a good thing.”

“You couldn’t be more opaque!” shouted Bradford.

And, so, the question remains: Is Pennsylvania’s rush to frack increasing or decreasing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere?

Methane may be a cleaner fuel to burn (until it explodes) but it’s certainly not a clean fuel to frack from the ground. One glimpse at this infrared video of gas production sites shows how much gas is released, intentionally and otherwise.

Are we really willing to bet it all on gas drillers best practices, minimal air sampling and lousy DEP record-keeping? This seems ignorant and brash when our planet is so perilously close to an atmospheric carbon tipping point.

Pennsylvania deserves better.

“Witnesses criticized the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to enforce drilling regulations. Some residents in drilling areas brought what they consider as evidence — jugs of orange-brown tap water.”

“As committee member Rep. Kevin Boyle of Philadelphia County said Tuesday, ‘I apologize for DEP. As Pennsylvania citizens, you deserve better.’ ”

Many times over the last few years, we have reached out to the DEP for help, with little or no success,” Headley said. His family has had issues with contaminated water and grass that refuses to grow, as well as issues with a pipeline going in under their stream, he said. “I think DEP stands for ‘don’t expect protection,’ ” Headley said.

At issue is whether deliberate actions by state officials are letting Texas gas industry robber barons do more damage to the environment than was done by coal industry robber barons in the last century, and are endangering people’s health in the process. As I reported in September, I submitted several questions to DEP, in writing, about new DEP rules supposedly designed to protect the environment. Many of the rules, it seemed to me, did the opposite. For example, DEP now allows fracking fluids to accumulate in pits that are only 20 inches above groundwater tables. I’m still waiting for answers.

There is no uniformity within the scientific community on how much the warming is occurring,” said Krancer, “And there’s no agreement about how much is attributable to the human part of it and how much is attributable to other factors.

DEP Throws Wide Mouth Bass Under The Bus   (more…)

Click Here For Stickers, Signs and The Best AntiFracking Slogan Ever

February 18, 2013

Buying and Telling 

It’s difficult to pick one favorite, but four-out-of-five fractivists agree the ultimate anti-gas image is by Artist/Activist LMNOP. based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Click here for links to more cool clean energy signage.

More, More, More!

February 9, 2013

The Art of Anti-Fracking Comes of Age

Lately, it seems like anti-fracking artistic expression is exploding out of gaslands everywhere. Maybe the message is mainstreaming? You know when Yoko Ono starts speaking out, the cause is officially big. She may be polite and petite, but she’s got a mighty big bullhorn and she’s obviously peeved.

Sad truth is, the harsh light of reality is unkind to the invasive, destructive processes of shale gas production and frack waste disposal. Across the country, there’s a heightened demand for clean, sustainable energy and increasing local efforts for conservation. Artists, filmmakers, videographers, photographers, musicians, writers and poets have become so passionate about this cause, they’re shouting from their respective rooftops. And voyeurs, if they’re anything like me, are left wondering what we can possibly do when a single industry is systematically destroying our water tables, air quality, and the loamy soil beneath our feet?

We can live without gas but we can’t live without water. It’s the stuff of life pulsing through our veins. Frack with that, and people tend to go hardcore. So go on, get schooled, and enjoy a sampling of the creative contributions inspired by the shale gas boom, in what is rapidly becoming the biggest public push-back the world has ever seen.

“C’Mon EPA, We’re Worried For Our DNA”  

What lurks deep beneath Sesame Street? It’s a scary place yet this video is suitable for all ages.

Published on Dec 21, 2012 by John Duarte. Composed by Luvtouch Music. For more information, visit http://www.john-duarte.com and http://www.john-duarte.com/blog.

Give It To Me, Gov

Since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declined meet to with Yoko Ono as of yet, she has taken the truth to television. Ono makes it easy for Cuomo – and all the world – to see what’s wrong with Fracking in her new ad.   (more…)

We Are What We Frack: The Animal Farm

February 3, 2013

The Impacts of Drilling on Human and Animal Health

Groundbreaking Study Presented 

Researchers Robert Oswald PhD & Michelle Bamberger, MS, DVM  offer viewers “a general introduction to the potential hazards associated with shale gas development. Specifically, it will draw on the descriptive epidemiology and case studies of Drs. Bamberger and Oswald to examine how and why animals can be used as sentinels for human health.

Harbingers of Human Wellbeing

Published on Jan 30, 2013, Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activity Jointly Sponsored by Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy and the Medical Society of the State of New York. Source: YouTube

 

Range Gets ‘Creative’ With Water Tests; When Pipelines Fail; A Mother’s Work & More

February 2, 2013

Got Frack? (We all do.) Get caught up on the Gas issues bounding around this week:

  • Deny Deny… Range’s Resourcefulness

In Range Resources Accused Of Water Test Tampering Dory Hippauf explains how Range isn’t such a great neighbor after all.

“According to Rende’s logic, it is the plaintiff’s own fault for believing the Range Resource test report was accurate and truthful.  Does this mean Rende is also saying Range Resources is not to be trusted?”

  • The Must-Read

Mother Jones: The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking

“As they fight the expansion of fracking and push for tighter regulations on it, concerned citizens can count on an opponent nearly as powerful and monied as Big Oil: Big Ag…” 

  • League Of Women Worriers? 
PA League of Women Voters published Pipelines in Pennsylvania: A Case Study of Lycoming Countya 65-page, photo rich eye-opener about the very specific impacts of developing vast webs of gas pipelines across a single county, slicing up communities.   (more…)

It’s Only The River – Updated

January 30, 2013

We All Live Downstream

Take The PLEDGE To Protect The Delaware River And Its Tributaries 

“These legal challenges are vital opportunities for protecting our communities from the damage that pipelines bring, as well as the devastation brought by the drilling and fracking these pipeliens induce and support.

“There are not many organizations with the resolve or the resources to pursue legal claims on behalf of the River and our communities the way the Delaware Riverkeeper Network does.”  

~ Maya van Rossum, Delaware River Voice

Via Delaware Riverkeeper Network:

If the Delaware River Basin Commission, the Governors of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland, the President of the United States, or any of our state or national leaders permit any processes or infrastructure in support of shale gas development in any part of the Delaware River Watershed, I pledge to join with others to engage in lawful non-violent acts of protest, including demonstrations and other lawful non-violent actions, as my conscience leads me.” ~ Pledge of Protection For The Delaware River Watershed

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

The Delaware River Basin needs protection right now. New gas drilling activities such as high pressure gas pipeline networks, slated for high value streams and tributaries, threaten to destroy the quality of our water supply. Special Protections were created for our fresh drinking water resources, yet they have been systematically eroded by a single industry – unconventional shale gas production – whose influence extends throughout Harrisburg and Washington, and along both sides of the aisle.

The Delaware River is an irreplaceable source of drinking water for 17 million people…  Spills, leaks, explosions, and toxic air emissions do not belong the most productive watershed in the Northeastern United States. Don’t Let Gas Drillers Frack OUR Watershed!

To learn more and take the pledge, CLICK HERE.

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Protect the Susquehanna River!

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper

On Facebook, visit:  Corbett & Obama Must Protect The Susquehanna From Fracking

 

With Love, Marcellus XOXO

January 23, 2013

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project has finally come to Philadelphia. The images collected “tell stories, through photographic images, of how the lives of Pennsylvanians are affected by the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of drilling, the work aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future.”

Images, like this pipeline cutting through a southwestern Pennsylvania cow pasture, leave an impression. This stirring collection is on display at The Gershman Y in Philadelphia until February 14, 2013.

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Photo by Brian Cohen.   (more…)

SB166: Another All-Access Pass For Gas In Pennsylvania

January 22, 2013

[Updated]

PA State Senators Want To Give Away The Farm, Along With Our Property Rights

If passed, Senate Bill 166 and the flash of an industry ID would give gasland surveyors full access to private property in Pennsylvania. That’s right. Landowners must grant the gas industry full access to their land.

In other words, private property is no longer private.   (more…)

More Renewables For Montco, Please

January 18, 2013

No NIMBYs In SEPA: Citizens Say “Yes!” To Clean Energy In Everyone’s Back Yard!

PA Dems to hold a hearing on non-fossil renewable energy for Delaware and Montgomery counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Show your support for solar and wind! Free, open to the public.

The Democratic Policy Committee:  

Renewable Energy Legislation Hearing

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10am

Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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via Rep. Greg Vitali (D-PA, Delaware County):   (more…)

FrackNation or Continental Divide?

January 15, 2013

The United Frack-Free States of Facebook 

I’m in a love-hate with Facebook. Heaven knows I let it consume me at times. Just when I think we’ve got something going, it blocks me, makes me stop and fill in endless, annoying security codes. Maybe if I only posted pictures of my dinner and other people’s cats?

The upcoming onset of FrackNation, a pro-gas mockumentary which by all reports is chock full of industry half-truths and overt lies,demonstrates a clear dichotomy in America. We’ve quickly become a nation of Pro-Gas v. Anti-Fracking, Anti-Renewables v. Pro-Land, Air & Water. No matter how much you want to avoid polemicizing the issues, there remains a detailed and widening divide.   (more…)

Merry Christmas, Mighty Delaware

December 23, 2012

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On December 25, 1776, in the middle of a dark winter night, General George Washington crossed the icy Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Artist Mort Künstler strives for historical accuracy to depict a most realistic image of Washington’s perilous yet ultimately successful journey. From Crossing the Delaware, More Accurately by Corey Kilgannon, New York Times blog.

         Happy Holidays, Fractivists and Fractivistas!

                                                   Ever In Solidarity, Liz

Pipeline Destruction Is Coming To Town

December 20, 2012

Document Pre-Pipeline Stream Conditions in The Delaware River

DECEMBER 22-23, 2012

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network needs your help:

We have 19 days to stop this fracked gas pipeline from cutting through healthy pristine habitat and rural communities   (more…)

Christmas Is In The Air

December 18, 2012

“Santa’s Pre-Flight 2012 Over Frackland” 

From the folks who gave us classics such as Hydraulic Fracturing Party!Marcellus Shale Fish Kills and Gas Wells, Frac Pits and School Coexist come two brand new holiday classics. Cineplex Rex filmed high over Wetzel County, West Virgnia, Greene County and Washington County, Pennsylvania throughout 2012, and the aerial images they captured depict a state that is fundamentally changed by a single, heavily polluting industry.

Naughty

Not Nice…

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is a healthy future for the children of the Marcellus Shale.

A Pennsylvania Mom 

DRBC: The Delaware River BS Commission

December 11, 2012

[Updated: December 13, 2012]

Science Has No Agenda, Right?

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is the only governing body standing between fracking pollution and the fresh drinking water for 15.6 million people living in the Mid-Atlantic megapolis – a full 5% of the US population. So what is the DRBC doing to protect this precious, highly productive watershed from volatile shale gas pipelines and extreme fossil fuel extraction? Lately, not much.

The DRBC is an interstate commission, which is not a common thing. It’s comprised of the governors of PA, NY, NJ and DE (or their representatives), plus a representative of the Federal Government from The Army Corps of Engineers. It was created because the citizens in these states deemed the protection of their shared freshwater resources important enough to warrant utmost oversight and protection. That was 1961.

Today, DRBC commissioners act like children with mouths full of candy. It’s difficult to get a straight answer out of them, even at their own public meetings.   (more…)

Cleaner Burning Explosions?

November 25, 2012

The “Cleaner Burning Fuel” Blows

On Friday evening, a strip club in Springfield, Massachusetts exploded. Thankfully, no one was killed though several people were injured.

According to 22News in Springfield, “Glass flew everywhere…” Unbelievably, the explosion was captured on video:

Did you know there is a city or town named “Springfield” in every one of the fifty United States? The Simpsons live in Springfield, too. And it turns out, the more natural gas is used in buildings, offices and homes, the more likely you are to find a gas leak or explosion in a Springfield near you.   (more…)

Damned Data! PA DEP Still Withholding Vital Water Test Results

November 23, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has held out long enough.

It’s time for the state to release the full test results from a Washington County, PA water well near a Range Resources fracking operation. It is, after all, the taxpayers who pay for such testing, and these taxpayers ought to know what pollutants have been identified in their drinking water. It’s perfectly reasonable to want to know to which toxic chemicals you have been exposed, especially when those chemicals have been intentionally omitted from your well water report by the DEP.

Now that the infamousSuite Code 942” has been revealed, the jig is up. Am loathe to moralize, but it sure seems like the right thing to do.

Many groups across Pennsylvania are calling for the release of these results. In Fracking’s Toxic Secrets: Lack Of Transparency Over Natural Gas Drilling Endangers Public Health, Advocates Say, Huffington Post, November 21, 2012, Lynne Peeples reports:

Critics suggest the purported ‘filtering’ of testing data is just one of the ways people are left in the dark about the assortment of heavy metals and other toxic contaminants that may be in their air and water as a result of drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other phases of natural gas production. Recent studies have identified more than 600 chemicals used throughout the process of natural gas production, and often left undisclosed by companies. Additionally, natural but equally hazardous substances can be released from the wells.

Doesn’t DEP get it yet? Dismissing the drumbeats of concerned citizens only makes them louder.  

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is asking people to please send this letter via the link on their site, or write you own, to those directly responsible for keeping this vital health information a secret. Addresses below.   (more…)

Are We Shocked Yet?

November 18, 2012

Bill Moyers talks about Climate Change and Capitalism with Shock Doctrine author, Naomi Klein.

I believe it’s the biggest challenge humanity has faced, and we’ve been kidding ourselves about what it’s going to take to get our emmissions down to the extent that they need to go down,” Naomi Klein.