Archive for the ‘Unconventional Gas Drilling’ Category

Worldwide Fracking Smackdown!

September 23, 2012

England, Canada, United States, Ireland, Czech Republic, France, Denmark, South Africa… On Saturday, September 22, 2012, energetic yet peaceful protests sprouted up around the globe as many thousands gathered to demonstrate their concern over fracking for shale gas.

Images of The Global Frackdown from nearly every continent depict the growing outrage over this dangerous and polluting form of extreme fossil fuel extraction. They’ve been gloriously collected on the Global Frackdown facebook page.

According to EcoWatch.org in Thousands Rally Around The World To Ban Fracking:  “Major actions overseas included a rally on the steps of the European Parliament; demonstrations in front of Parliament buildings in South Africa, Bulgaria and the Czech republic; marches in Argentina; grassroots activities in Paris and the south of France, and screenings of the film Gasland in Spain.”

“One for all and all for one … “

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Frack To School

September 8, 2012

I was recently asked if there are actual instances of shale gas drilling contaminating water and air in Pennsylvania. The answer is a resounding, “Yes!

Gas Industry pollution happens all the time. Here, there and everywhere. No matter how much the industry doesn’t want us to notice.

Many people have signed gas drilling leases and later come to regret it. Often, they are prevented from speaking out due to non-disclosure agreements stipulated by gas companies when compelled to award damages. Yet there are plenty of people who can – and do – tell their experiences with the gas industry. Hundreds, in fact, and there are even a few who are determined to keep a record. (Hint: It ain’t PA DEP.)

The List of the Harmed is compiled and updated by Jenny Lisak, Co-director of Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air (PACWA).

Damned Press

“It’s all where you source your information from… He who pays the piper calls the tune.” Paul Gallay, President, Riverkeepers(more…)

FracFocus Hocus Pocus

August 27, 2012

Bogus US Drilling Chemicals Database No Substitute For FRAC ACT

Make no mistake… the “Chemical Disclosure Registry” found at FracFocus.org is a sophisticated instrument of industry propaganda, not an independent, academic webtool. Though basically useless as a database, the site accomplishes more than simply informing the public about the chemicals a gas driller may, or may not, be using when hydraulically fracturing a well near you. FracFocus cleverly packages the information in an attempt to legitimize the use of the many dangerous toxins required in unconventional horizontal drilling.  (more…)

Get The Truth From SkyTruth

August 27, 2012

Environmental incidents such as unconventional gas drilling accidents – or fraccidents – must be reported, wherever they occur.  SkyTruth is a whiz-bang non-profit based in West Virginia. Their team uses remote sensing and digital mapping technologies to combine environmental protection with environmental awareness. Their motto: “As soon as WE know – YOU know.”  (more…)

Harrisburg Emits Toxic Gas Data

August 24, 2012

PA DEP’s Sharply Criticized, Incomplete Marcellus Production Report

A clean up effort is underway to address a serious data reporting error at The Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania. The overburdened state agency has been cited several times for insufficient records-keeping, yet this latest DEP misinformation incident is proving difficult, if not impossible, to contain. As a result, reliable Marcellus production figures, eagerly sought by both those opposed to fracking as well as those seeking to profit from it, are in dangerously short supply. According to BloombergBusinessweek, Associated Press: Critics Say PA DEP Gas Data Has Serious Flaws.

In what appears to be the PA DEP equivalent of valve failure, the department recently released an incomplete Marcellus production report which, in turn, was derived from sloppy gas driller input. As a result, the official DEP report was missing key information from Chesapeake’s wells in Bradford County – the largest operator in the state’s most heavily drilled county.

Fracts Still Emerging
This isn’t the first time DEP screwed up on important Marcellus production data.

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Pointing The Finger Lakes

August 16, 2012

In the face of a frightful dearth of genuine environmental stewardship at top Pennsylvania state levels, New Yorkers living in Marcellus towns have been scrambling to proactively manage the imminent shale gas issues confronting them – from water management to truck traffic and emergency preparedness, to the negative impact on their taxbase. The Marcellus Effect  chronicles the town of Caroline’s struggle to protect its water supply near Ithaca New York in How Far Is “Safe” When Protecting Aquifers?

Simultaneously, one of New York’s most picturesque finger lakes strives to maintain hard-won environmental gains as residents and fans organize to fight off an ill-advised gas storage facility planned for the abandoned salt mines located beneath it. You can learn about the citizen-led struggle to Save Seneca Lake in writer Elaine Mansfield’s moving video, Angry Faces, Placid Water: Fracking, LPG Gas Storage, and Seneca Lake produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

The oil and gas industry plans to build an enormous liquid petroleum gas storage and distribution depot in abandoned salt mines under Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen, one of New York’s most popular scenic tourist attractions. Part of the Marcellus Shale hydrofracking nightmare, this huge facility threatens the pure water of Seneca Lake with petroleum gas and salt pollution, would burn off excess gas with a towering flare stack, produce air pollution, and be a visual and noisy blight along this gorgeous lake. Worst of all would be the constant risk of gas explosions. Local resident, writer, and activist Elaine Mansfield eloquently presents this issue in Smith Park along the shore of Seneca Lake.

More: gasfreeseneca.com.

UPDATE [August 17, 2012]:

News coverage of the Watkins Glen Protest in The Times Leader: Watkins Glen March To Protest LPG Facility

Fraccidents happen, and happen, also from The Times Leader: Tanker Leaks Propane In Gang Mills

UPDATE [August 19, 2012]:

EPA Refuses to Release Seismic Data on Proposed Inergy Finger Lakes Liquid Gas Cavern with a History of Earthquakes by Peter Mantius, dcbureau.org, June 15th, 2012.

Cuomo’s Fracking Pan: Politics Trumps Science by Peter Mantius, dcbureau.org, August 17, 2012.

UPDATE [August 23, 2012]

http://ithacafingerlakes.com/2012/08/23/200-march-in-watkins-glen/

Postcards From The Sacrifice Zone II

August 14, 2012

Truck traffic is a mundane yet no less horrendous byproduct of fracking. Imagine heavy tankers and Wide Loads roaring past your kitchen window every fifteen seconds, morning, noon, and night. Traumatic, right? Many compare it to an army mobilization. Track Traffic ProcessionLongest One Yet, recorded in Montrose PA by veraduerga on July 29, 2012, gives you a pretty good idea of what drilling can do to an otherwise quiet town. The video was featured on the Bradford County-based blog Gas Wells Are Not Our Friends. In it, Vera sends a message to her neighbors in New York:  “Keep it out.”

Why do you have a camera?” asks a passerby.

I’m recording it so people know what we’re going through. To tell the world, y’know, the nonsense that’s here…

Yeah, I don’t blame you.

Deposit Truthland™ Nonsense Here

Vera also braved the truck traffic to attend a totally “truthy” screening of the gas industry infomercial Truthland in Deposit, NY. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing more obnoxious than arrogant gasholes bullshitting a shill-filled audience in a random auditorium, but you decide. Perhaps Energy In Depth has thought better of airing its propaganda on college campuses after the debacle at the State University of New York Buffalo earlier in July. Chip Northrup captured that scene brilliantly in Truthland Bombs In Buffalo, on No Fracking Way, a blog for New York and Pennsylvania hosted by ShaleShockMedia.org(more…)

Invasion Of The Gasholes

August 3, 2012

I’m mad as hell about dirty gas drilling, and I’m not going to take it anymore!

SHALE GAS OUTRAGE 2

“The Fracking Industry Returns To Philadelphia”

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Philadelphia, PA

Hosted by Protecting Our Waters.

Last year, two thousand people flooded the streets of Philadelphia to confront the mega-corporations that are playing fast and loose with public health. Protect our communities and stand up for justice! Protect air, water, farms and food. Fight against climate change by fighting unconventional dirty drilling. Make sure our voices are even louder this year, and more clear: No Fracking. No Cracking. Send this industry packing! Don’t let them frack our future!”

Get the very latest on events, speakers and educational sessions at shalegasoutrage.org. Want to volunteer? Please contact this amazing grassroots organization at protectingourwaters@gmail.com.

Gas Rules! By The Industry, For The Industry

July 27, 2012

“No Frack! Frack You!”

It’s okay to say it, it’s HBO… Actor Richard Belzer calls the Gas Industry out on its bullshit on Real Time With Bill Maher in March, 2011.

Say “No Fracking Way! at STOP THE FRACK ATTACK!

Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Washington DC

Rachel’s Rant

July 26, 2012

Don’t Frack Me, Bro!

A single sane voice in the lamestream media? As early as 2010, msnbc‘s Rachel Maddow has been asking the seemingly obvious questions no one else wants to ask.  (more…)

They Tell You It’s Safe

July 24, 2012

via Zack Malitz, WaterDefense.org

If we don’t end America’s growing addiction to natural gas, the gas industry will ruin our communities, our health and our climate.

STOP THE FRACK ATTACK!

Saturday, July 28, 2012 – Washington DC

We’re industrial now. We live in an industrialized zone.

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No-Budget, High-Brow Anti-Fracking Slogans

July 22, 2012

(i.e. They’re free.) Help yourself, share the wit, and see you at Stop The Frack Attack! on Saturday, July 28 in Washington DC!

Hey Obama: Don’t Pass Gas!

Don’t Frack Your Mother

Thou Shale Not Frack

“Safe Fracking” Is a Fairy Tale

Methane Blows

Kill The Drill

Solar Doesn’t Spill

Frack Barack!

Drill, Baby, Burn!

They Get Rich. You Get Cancer.

Once You Frack, You Can’t Go Back   (more…)

Babes In Truthland

July 18, 2012

Rep. Jesse White’s Search For An ‘Honest and Fact-Based’ Discussion

There’s nothing irrational about wanting to protect our land, air and water from the ravages of industrial shale gas drilling. Today, Truthland is making the rounds with sponsored viewings in drilling regions across the state. I suppose the showings are meant to mimic the viewings of Gasland that fractivists regularly host in their homes. Make no mistake, Truthland was created by and for the Gas Industry, so they could have an artsy puff piece, sort of a mockumentary answer to Josh Fox’s powerful, Golden Globe winning, Academy Award-nominated film. But serious propaganda it ain’t, and if the ramifications of people believing this dreck weren’t so serious, one might even say it’s a gas. Truth is, Truthland only generates more exposure for Gasland, and makes us impatient for the promised sequel, Gasland2. Until then, Fox fills the factual void with this emergency short film, The Sky Is Pink.

Rep. Jesse White [D-46th] recently attended a viewing of Truthland in his district “to learn” …   (more…)

Fracking Lawsuits Pile Up in Pennsylvania

July 14, 2012

Gas Industry Still In Denial
Shale gas extraction isn’t simply dangerous, it’s toxic. Uninsurable. And it’s not just Nationwide who denies rig operators commercial coverage. Fraccidents and industrial workplace accidents related to fracking have spiked.  (more…)

Memo To Gas Guys: Nationwide’s Not On Your Side

July 13, 2012

This is big. When Nationwide Casualty Insurance Company, a large US commercial and personal insurer said the risk involved in underwriting fracking operations is “too great to ignore,” the gas industry’s fangs came out.

Energy-In-Depth spokesperson, Simon Lomax, emailed Associated Press reporter Rik Stevens, snarking, “Practical implications aside, the fact that the company would send out a statement this reckless, and this uninformed, should tell us a lot. For starters, it tells me that I won’t be buying home and car insurance from this company.

Nationwide‘s “recklessness” does say a lot, but not what Willy Loman, er… Simon Lomax would have us believe. The insurer simply cannot afford to clean up the gas industry’s toxic messes. Maybe if producers are forced to self-insure, in the same way they are encouraged to self-regulate, they’ll be more careful. I understand that US shale gas production is already the most regulated in the world, better than OPEC nations, but when our air, land, water and health are routinely damaged by a single industry, and DEP enforcement is feeble at best, you certainly can’t blame Nationwide for doubting that gas industry assurances will cover it. Insuring fracking operations is too much of an unknown.  (more…)

An In-Depth Look at Energy-In-Depth

July 10, 2012

And Plenty of PA Politics, Too

You may have noticed a new approach by the Gas Industry to reach out and touch us with their concern. The Marcellus Shale Coalition has taken to the radio to promote its new online forum. Their new web-effort, which runs until July 20th, focuses on Southeastern PA, and was createdto better understand the questions residents of greater Philadelphia have about natural gas development in Pennsylvania.” Another major industry lobby group, Energy In Depth, has been busy debunking Gasland with all its might, along with all the other documented evidence which proves shale gas development pollutes land, water and air. If all this makes you uneasy, then your instincts are right on. Writer Dory Hippauf takes a good look at this latest industry tack, delving into the people and companies behind it, in Energy-In-Depth: The Dots. (more…)

Restore The Safe Drinking Water Act

July 9, 2012

Close The Infamous Halliburton Loophole!

via fractivsta extraordinaire, Jewel-y Ann:

The American Water Works Association has joined with the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the National Association of Water Companies in issuing a joint policy statement on the protection of drinking water supplies from hydraulic fracturing and associated oil and gas development. Here’s the statement: (more…)

Gas, Lies & Videotape

July 7, 2012

Wanna see a gas industry executive lying like a dirty rug to an understandably concerned citizen at public Zoning Board meeting in Pennsylvania? Watch.

Shouldn’t have any in it,” drones Chief Gathering’s expert witness, an employee whose name is not readily apparent, in response to questions about specific toxins from a resident concerned about the air impacts of a newly permitted Glycol Dehydration Unit near her home in Monroe Township. She wanted to know if Chief’s new unit would emit benzene, toluene or formaldehyde. He said the station will emit only methane. She also asked if the emissions would affect her children’s asthma. She was told, simply, “I don’t believe it does.

Something smelled off to Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition Luzerne County, who picked up on Chief’s misinformation right away. They submitted data, along with the gas guy’s testimony, to two highly regarded experts seeking their take on this brand of bullshit from industry boots on the ground. GDACLucerne then posted the responses with the video on YouTube. It’s footage like this that makes the gas industry wince, and want to ban citizens from videotaping public township meetings. (more…)

Bucks & Montgomery Get Gas Drilling Moratorium

July 1, 2012

Political Powder Kegs For Pennsylvania’s Other Sixty-Five Counties

A 6-year unconventional gas drilling moratorium in the little-known South Newark Basin…  Few saw it coming. Iris Bloom did. She immediately mobilized Protecting Our Waters and its allies to help stop the measure which was slipped into the Pennsylvania Fiscal Code Bill, HB1263, in the eleventh hour. Laura Olsen reports on Sen. Chuck McIlhinney’s [R-10th, Bucks] successful, powder-keg provision in Oil and Gas Permits on Hold in Southeastern Pennsylvania in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bloom’s email alert, sent early Saturday afternoon, was the first many had heard of this extraordinary measure. It was extraordinary because McIllhinney is the among the self-same legislators who, only four months ago, crammed The Marcellus Shale Act down the Commonwealth’s collective throat – all in the name of “consistency” and “uniformity.” Now, McIllhinney is seeking exemption from the very zoning restrictions he would impose on the rest of Pennsylvania. (more…)

Fifty Shades of Fracking

June 27, 2012

Once again, PennEnvironment has smashed the barrier between Big Green and grassroots by eloquently framing the case for a moratorium on fracking in Pennsylvania. This week, PennEnviro presented a series of videos entitled Marcellus Shale Stories. Each clip features citizens speaking out, succinctly describing one aspect of the complex story that is Industrial Shale Gas Drilling. Together, their experiences are a testament to the devastating toll that shale gas production is presently exacting from unwitting Pennsylvanians like you and me.

Non-hysterically narrated by PennEnvironment‘s Erica Staaf, Marcellus Shale Stories is more than a catalog of the ill-effects of gas drilling. It’s an anthology of cautionary tales from Pennsylvania’s Sacrifice Zone, and it underscores the serious need for a moratorium on new drilling permits until comprehensive socio-economic and environmental impact studies are conducted. Otherwise, we are all vulnerable to:

  • Adverse Health Impacts
  • Water Contamination
  • Declining Property Values
  • Compromised Agriculture and Food Safety
  • Loss and Fragmentation of State Forest Land to Gas Drilling
  • Destruction of Scenic Landscapes Adversely Impacting Tourism
  • Downstream Pollution in Cities and Neighboring States

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