Posts Tagged ‘Global fracking opposition’

Shale Gas vs. “Dirty” Coal

June 6, 2012

This week, one of EcoWatch.org’s Most Read Items was a post by Andy Rowell of priceofoil.org entitled Fracking Boom Kills Renewable Energy Industry. Commenting on a trio of pithy headlines from The Guardian newspaper, Rowell concludes, “Gas, especially shale gas, is likely to undermine renewable investment. Anyway, gas is now being seen as low carbon by the EU, and will receive subsidies that should have gone to kick-start the clean, renewable revolution. This is despite the fact that shale gas is no cleaner than dirty coal.”  (more…)

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Crying the Bans

May 31, 2012

Fracking Opposition Worldwide

A number of countries have taken action to curtail “seam gas fracking,” yet the fight to permanently protect land, air and water from extreme fossil fuel extraction rages on. Here, an overview of the global state of fracking opposition, brilliantly compiled and regularly updated by Johnny Linehan at FrackingHell (UK).   (more…)

Can’t Get No Protection

May 26, 2012

Anti-Fracking Petitions Proliferate in PA and Around the World
There are tons of anti-fracking petitions floating around these days. A few years ago, it would have been a challenge to find one, but now they’re like fish in a barrel. Some have gained heavy traction, like PennEnvironment’s “Protect Pennsylvania from Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling” which has more than 35,000 signatures, yet lawmakers of both parties regularly remark that they tend to pay “internet petitions” scant notice.

Nobody pays attention to them,” confirmed State Senator Daylin Leach [D-17th] at an informal discussion on gas drilling issues hosted by PennEnvironment in Upper Merion earlier this year. I guess I already kinda knew that but I’m optimistic by nature and, after all, it’s only a few clicks, right? If nothing else, I’ll lend a little moral support to the petitioners? Leach recommends letters and petitions on paper, and calling on your legislators.

Still, maybe lawmakers ought to at least take note of the sheer number of online anti-fracking petitions. If nothing else, it’s an indication that the public is trying to tell them something. There are way more petitions than I could possibly list here, of course that didn’t stop me from trying! Please let me know if I missed yours.

Say No To Shale Gas! Current Petitions:

Upgrade The Delaware River to Exceptional Value Status  (Delaware Riverkeeper Network)

Protect the Susquehanna River Basin  (Protecting Our Waters)

No New Permits – A Moratorium for Pennsylvania  (Pennsylvanians for Clean Land, Air and Water)

Tell Governor Corbett to Provide Water for Fracking Victims  (Water Defense)

Tell Congress to Ban Fracking Now!  (Food and Water Watch)

Tell State Legislators to Ban Fracking Now!  (Food and Water Watch)

Save the Clean Water Act from Attack by Gas Drillers  (Sierra/PA)

Stop Fracking in Bucks County PA and Repeal Act 13!  (Concerned Bucks County Pa Family)

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Moms In HazMat Suits

May 24, 2012

Families fracked as threat of shale gas pollution hits home…

WTFrack.org, an impressive anti-fracking organization in Colorado, recently reposted this item from The Denver Post. The story made me mad. Madd mad.

DENVER — A small group of mothers and children from Erie marched into the building that houses Encana Corp.’s Denver headquarters this morning to present a petition signed by 21,000 people demanding that the energy giant forgo a planned natural gas drilling site near elementary schools and an adjoining neighborhood…

Why should these women have to fight for their children’s right to clean air? Probably because adequate zoning restrictions don’t exist in their neighborhood. And thanks to Act 13, they don’t exist in my Pennsylvania neighborhood anymore, either. I applaud these moms for organizing a direct action. I’m certain they have plenty of other things to do. (more…)