"WE KNOW THE TRUTH, NOT ONLY BY THE REASON, BUT ALSO BY THE HEART"
Blaise Pascal
OH YEAH
click on picture & scroll down
EVERYTHING'S GOOD...OH, YEAH, OH, YEAH

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

EPA HEARING - NEW DATES SET


Four meeting sessions
Monday September 13
Wednesday September 15
12:00 to 4:00
6:00 to 10:00

Fox TV 40 Report
Broome County Forum Theater
Binghamton, NY

Details HERE

EPA HEARING - OH SO CLOSE


Latest from Fox 40 TV
Agreement in Principal...
Mid September...
Broome County Forum Theater
Binghamton, NY

Seating Capacity is 1,527

The ones who don't get in ... oh yeah.
(18 hours ago)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

FAULTS WITH FRACKING


James (Chip) Northrup, former gas/oil industry planning manager discusses some of the major problems of using high-volume slick-water horizontal hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) gas drilling method in NY.


James Northrup full interview.

James Northrup - (Full 27 Minutes) from Sustainable Otsego on Vimeo.

Truth from an industry insider.
The very best interview I've seen.
Required viewing.

WAKE UP
MAKE NOISE - LOUD NOISE

Many Thanks to Mr Northrup and Sustainable Otsego.

BILL McKIBBEN AT CATSKILL MOUNTAINKEEPER BARNFEST

Trailer Talk's Sabrina Artel interviews Bill
at the Catskill Mountainkeeper Barnfest on July 31.
Bill is the co-founder of 350.org and works tirelessly
to fight global warming and the use of fossil fuels.
Site HERE
I featured an article by Bill on Aug 5.
Article HERE
THIS WAR IS WORLDWIDE
GET MAD - GET BUSY - GET LOUD

Saturday, August 28, 2010

JOSH FOX IN PITTSBURGH

Josh Fox 
and 
City Councilman Doug Shields
introduce Gasland last night
in Pittsburgh's Frick Park.
Please take Josh's advice and -
CALL YOUR SENATORS 
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
CALL OFTEN
CALL WITH PASSION
LETS  ALL MAKE MORE NOISE

UNREADABLE COMMUNICATION

It neither is
Nor it is'nt
Anymore
Is it?
Curve

Friday, August 27, 2010

FRACKING ON "NEED TO KNOW"


Tonight's episode of Need to Know on PBS will feature a segment on fracking.
The show airs from 9 to 10 pm.

"Need to Know’s Abigail Leonard spoke to Ruffalo about his concerns in this web-exclusive interview. Watch tonight’s full episode for a more in-depth look at the fracking debate."
Click HERE for interview.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MANIC FRACKER

MADNESS

Quote by analyst Dave Pursel of oil and gas investment bank Tudor, Pickering & Holt:

"You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth! We live in a world that needs clean natural gas, and gas wells have to be frac’d by men with rigs and pumps. Who’s gonna do it? Microsoft? Apple? The energy industry has greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your i-phone app, and you curse the frac crews. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That fossil energy fuels economic growth. And the existence of frac’ing, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, powers our economy. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about on Facebook, you want them on that frac, you need them on that frac. We use words like pressure, proppant, conductivity. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent producing gas. You use them as a punchline. We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to someone who takes a hot shower every morning using the natural gas that we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it. We would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a pipe wrench, and meet us on location. We have wells to frac!"

Wonder if he eats breakfast 300 yards from gas rigs and compressor stations?
Fitting that he would paraphrase a supreme egotist like Colonel Jessup.
It appears that idiotic and sociopathic are requirements for employment in the industry.

Pursel was quoted in a wrong-headed article in Forbes by Christopher Helman who thinks the industry is a reliable source of information on the environmental effects of gas drilling.
Article HERE
I wish all these guys could be made to spend a week with their families in Dish. No gas masks allowed.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DOWN THE FRACK HOLE


 LEMMINGS OF PENNSYLVANIA
funny animated gif

The Industry and its Minnions are Maniacal

The People are Obedient
Duped and Deluded

Our Children...
Sold Down the Toxic River

TIME FOR DRASTIC ACTION

THE TIME IS NOW

Sunday, August 22, 2010

ONLY THE BEGINNING

ANGER
DETERMINATION
COMMITMENT
PASSION
AND HOPE
...filled the air along with the voices and music, beginning at dawn on the banks of the Susquehanna and remaining even after Gas Stock ended twelve hours later.
Unity - All day long.

It was awesome.


THE TIME IS NOW



Video by Roxanne Pauline

THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

Many thanks to NEPA Citizens in Action
Special thanks to the Save Our Susquehanna trekkers: Don, Mark, Herb, Hanna and Don's daughters Lisa & Lauren

Friday, August 20, 2010

SO COME ON

COM'ON, COM'ON -  RISE UP

I've been looking and this one still says it best.
Joe Walsh - Look at us Now
"People, open your eyes
How can everyone see it
And yet be so blind?
And still, we go on pretending
Nothing is wrong, we don't have that long
Open your eyes."

My daughter prefers this one:
The Muse - Uprising
"Rise up and take the power back, it's time that
The fat cats had a heart attack, you know that
their time is coming to an end, we have to
Unify and watch our flag ascend
So Come On
They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So Come On"

SO COME ON

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SOME WORDS FROM GEORGE & BILL

Paradigm Shift


George: "They don't give a f'k about you"


Bill: "Play from your heart"


CABOT CAME ARMED

I guess Cabot was expecting trouble at thier picnic?

From Bill Huston's Blog:
"I was inside the big tent in Montrose. A man asked the question, "I haven't signed a lease. How do I know that drill bit isn't going under my land?"
As I was recording the Cabot engineer's response, Mr. George Stark pulled me aside and personally forbade me from recording audio or video of this event. I was suddenly surrounded by about 10 of his private security officers -- some were wearing sidearms!!! -- and they ordered me not to take any more video of the event under threat of arrest.
This was a public event on public property (Montrose HS). PA is a 2-party consent state for recording purposes, but only if the speakers have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Their harrassment of me was clearly illegal, and a violation of my First Amendment rights. I didn't want to press my luck and complied, and George assigned TWO of his security guards to follow me around to make sure I didn't shoot video."
(Bill took the time to compile information on George Stark)
Bill Huston's Blog HERE

Julie Sautner's Experience:
About 10 people sat at the entrance of the picnic Saturday handing out literature advertising an anti-gas concert event. One was Julie Sautner, a Dimock resident that brought a plastic jug filled with dirty water from her ruined well. She said it was ripped out of her hand by security personnel and dumped out. She said her hand was bruised when the container was taken away. At the advice of her attorney, Sautner filed a harassment complaint Saturday with Pennsylvania State Police.
Article HERE

These gas company execs are nothing but well dressed thugs.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

THE REAL LUNATIC FRINGE

MAKE NO MISTAKE

THEY ARE THE WORLD'S
MOST DANGEROUS TERRORISTS

A recent sampling:
Lousiana - HERE
Pennsylvania - HERE
West Virginia - HERE
Michigan - HERE
Texas - HERE
Colorado - HERE
Canada - HERE
China - HERE
India - HERE
Gulf of Mexico - HERE

Lunatic Fringe
We all know you're out there


Can you feel the resistance?
Can you feel the thunder?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

EPA DEFERS HEARING


The agency announced today that it was cancelling the hearing that was scheduled for Thursday in Syracuse.
They are now hunting for a new site and hope to hold the hearing in September.
Report HERE
The way this thing is going they'll probably schedule it for October 1.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

EVERYTHING IS BROKEN


take a deep breath,
feel like you're chokin',
everything is broken

(for fracked sister)
Bob Dylan

"Drilling is Safe" - NOT

"Assault on America:
A Decade of Petroleum Company
Disaster, Pollution, and Profit"

A new report catalogs a decade of serious oil spills, fires, leaks and loss of life over the last decade that National Wildlife Federation says underscores petroleum company malfeasance.
According to the report, from 2000 to 2010, the oil and gas industry accounted for hundreds of deaths, explosions, fires, seeps, and spills as well as habitat and wildlife destruction in the United States.
The report provides a sampling of thousands of on- and off-shore disasters of all types, large and small.
These examples from each year shed light on how the oil and gas industry has continued to show negligence and experience accidents all over the country.
Read it and weep.
Then get MAD.
Then get BUSY.

Site HERE
Full Report HERE
Full List HERE
Full List by State HERE

GAS DRILLING
WILL NEVER BE SAFE

REGULATIONS ARE FUTILE

REGULATIONS ARE IRRELEVANT

RESPONSIBLE DRILLING IS AN OXYMORON

DON'T PLAY THEIR GAME

This is happening all over Our Earth.
The time has come - TODAY

Saturday, August 7, 2010

LAND OF CONFUSION


Great old song - New cover

THEY CAN SEE
RISE UP
By Disturbed

FUEDING OVER FRACKING


Last night abc6 Action News in Philly aired this report:

Here is additional video of the John Hangar interview:

Hangar the Hagard continues to say the DEP will come down hard on any company after they've polluted our water.

Here is an additional interview with Terry Engelder:

Thinking we are all idiots, Engelder the Buffoon continues to equate the risks of gas drilling with driving a car.

Full report  HERE

Friday, August 6, 2010

FRACKED ON "THE F WORD"

I have received some objections to a phrase quoted in my previous post so I thought I'd take the time to comment. It has never been my nature to casually or indiscriminately use language commonly considered vulgar or in bad taste. In my entire life I never heard my parents swear - not once. Likewise, my daughters have never heard me swear. Of course I've always kept my eyes and ears open - my first summer out of high school I worked down here at the steel mill many years before it finally closed. When it comes to the
F-Word, steel mill workers can hold their own with anyone. And I've worked on many commercial construction sites and tradesmen can sure keep it going all day long. At least one F-Word per sentence and more in between.

Every day I search for plain spoken truth. When I find it and if it's relevant, I share it.  I found what was for me a timely, important and insightful article by a man who is highly respected and widely regarded as one of the world's foremost environmentalists. Bill McKibben has spent over 20 years fighting for us all in the arena of global warming. He has authored over a dozen books, received numerous awards, has a young daughter, and teaches sunday school. He is another who has never casually or indiscriminately used the F-Word.

This is a man whose words should be heeded by everyone with serious environmental concerns, whether it be fracking in our state or the devastating and increasing use of carbon fuels around the world.  I view his use of that phrase as symbolic of a new awakening - an epiphany of sorts brought on by the US Senate's failure to accomplish anything at all to help remedy what is probably our world's most serious threat. Using that phrase was for him a departure; intentional, direct and a perfect expression of a new level of anger that had risen within him.

In that context, and given his long years of effort and leadership, I found the phrase to be illuminating. I share his anger and my anger is growing with each new transgression - each new outrage. Getting mad isn't a decision or a choice - it's a natural and necessary reaction when the future of my children and their children is at stake. I have never in my life had the slightest interest in getting even. I only want to win and he knows better than anyone what it's going to take to give us our best chance.
Please go back and read his article.
Please learn more about Bill McGibben 
And check out his recent work with the Catskill Mountainkeepers  
He is a HERO
Open your eyes and get MAD
Then get BUSY.
The most obscene F-Word I know
is FRACK. 
(I have always been annoyed by my own lack of writing skills and for that I apologize - but I will always tell it exactly as I see it. This is a serious site dealing with a deadly serious problem. I do not "drop f-bombs".)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"THIS IS FUCKED UP"

This from Bill McKibben whose words apply directly to We of the Marcellus and our battle which is part a much larger WAR.

"I wrote the first book for a general audience on global warming back in 1989, and I’ve spent the subsequent 21 years working on the issue. I’m a mild-mannered guy, a Methodist Sunday School teacher. Not quick to anger."
"So what I want to say is:
this is fucked up."
"The time has come to get mad, and then to get busy."
"For many years, the lobbying fight for climate legislation on Capitol Hill has been led by a collection of the most corporate and moderate environmental groups, outfits like the Environmental Defense Fund. We owe them a great debt, and not just for their hard work. We owe them a debt because they did everything the way you’re supposed to: they wore nice clothes, lobbied tirelessly, and compromised at every turn."
"The result: total defeat, no moral victories."
"Now What?"
"So now we know what we didn’t before: making nice doesn’t work. It was worth a try, and I’m completely serious when I say I’m grateful they made the effort, but it didn’t even come close to working. So we better try something else."
"Step one involves actually talking about global warming."
"Step two, we have to ask for what we actually need, not what we calculate we might possibly be able to get."
"Yes, these things are politically hard, but they’re not impossible."
"Which leads to the third step in this process. If we’re going to get any of this done, we’re going to need a movement, the one thing we haven’t had."
"And since we’ll never have the cash to compete with Exxon, we better work in the currencies we can muster: bodies, spirit, passion."
"Movement Time"
"... the problem was that the public never got mobilized."
"We need to shame them, starting now. And we need everyone working together. This movement is starting to emerge on many fronts."
"Kids are leading the fight, all over the world -- they have to live on this planet for another 70 years or so, and they have every right to be pissed off."
"You don’t get a movement unless you take the other two steps I’ve described.
We may need to get arrested. We definitely need art, and music, and disciplined, nonviolent, but very real anger."
"Mostly, we need to tell the truth, resolutely and constantly. Fossil fuel is wrecking the one earth we’ve got. It’s not going to go away because we ask politely."
"If we want a world that works,
we’re going to have to raise our voices."
I believe he's dead on.
Look what was accomplished in New York.
Gas Stock - Oh yeah.

TIME TO GET MAD
TIME TO GET BUSY
TIME TO STAND UP
FOR THE CHILDREN

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

NO WORLD FOR TOMORROW


Suggested by my daughter.
She's 23 and this is for her.
For the children.


Wait
there's never been a
mess like this.
Bye, bye world
only our hopes to hold on.
Is there no world for tomorrow
if we wait for today?
What did I do
to deserve all of this?
What did I do
to deserve all of you?
RAISE YOUR HANDS HIGH
Young brothers and sisters
There's a worlds worth of work
and a need for you.
Coheed and Cambria

DEAR SECRETARY HANGAR

"ADP requests the following information regarding the DEP’s regulatory authority to permit water withdrawals for Marcellus gas drilling and fracing from western Pennsylvania waterways:"
"1. List the specific regulatory authority of the DEP to permit water withdrawal from a Pennsylvania waterway by a Marcellus drilling company who is not a riparian owner along that waterway."
"2. List the specific authority of the DEP to permit a Marcellus drilling company to withdraw water in one watershed and remove it for use in another watershed."
"3. Why is the DEP not giving notice to riparian owners, especially downstream riparians, of water withdrawals in their watersheds by Marcellus drilling companies and why is the DEP not requiring proof of a right to withdraw water for each of the proposed withdrawals included in a proposed Water Withdrawal Plan?"
For pdf CLICK HERE

"Department of Environmental Protection Unlawfully Permitting Water Withdrawals For Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling in Western Pennsylvania"
Press Release CLICK HERE

GREAT SITE
GREAT JOB
THANK YOU ADP

LOOKS LIKE ANYTHING GOES IN PA

WELCOME TO FRACKING
DEADWOOD

NY SENATE MORATORIUM

After midnight last night the New York Senate suspended "hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil until May 15, 2011" and "suspends the issuance of new permits for such drilling." The bill was then delivered to assembly.
The vote was 48 to 9.
15 Republicans voted yes
"The State Assembly is expected to take up the bill in September."
"This should send a powerful message to the governor that New Yorkers want the state to take a slow measured approach to new gas production - unlike that undertaken in neighboring Pennsylvania, where the Marcellus Shale boom has resulted in dirty - and in some cases tragic - consequences."

COM'ON PA
WISE UP - GET UP
NO IS NO IS NO

Monday, August 2, 2010

PA GAS DRILLING VIOLATIONS

Meanwhile....they drill....and drill...

ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES
WHILE THEY CALL THE TUNE

and they drill....and drill....and drill...

REGULATIONS
WILL NOT KEEP US SAFE

THEY CAN LIVE WITH REGULATIONS
WE CANNOT

STOP PLAYING THEIR GAME

Sunday, August 1, 2010

TOM RIDGE - A BIG FRACK'N SHILL

$75,000 PER MONTH
Shale gas industry adds Tom Ridge to its lobbying stable.
$75,000 PER MONTH
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which includes most of the natural gas drilling companies in the state, announced Friday that Mr. Ridge will become a "strategic adviser" working for their interests.
$75,000 PER MONTH
His duties and compensation weren't given, but Kathryn Klaber, coalition president, said the ex-governor will stress "our industry's commitment to environmental and work-force safety [and] the positive and overwhelming economic benefits that responsible shale gas development continues to generate across the region."
$75,000 PER MONTH
Mr. Ridge...said the thousands of deep underground wells being drilled in areas of Marcellus Shale will produce much energy and many jobs, bringing "environmental and economic benefit" and "forever strengthening our homeland security."
$75,000 PER MONTH

(My view? Very frac'n slimy - merely requires no character)

From Jim Quinn:
INFLUENCE PEDDLING - SCREW YOU
"The great former governor of PA and former head of the Dept of Homeland Jackboots (Security) Tom (Code Orange) Ridge has got a new job. He will now sell his services to the natural gas companies that are polluting drinking water throughout the Marcellus Shale region of PA. His job will be to convince people in Washington DC that drinking water is suppposed to catch on fire. His job will be to convince you that the documentary GASLAND is propaganda. He will make millions using his connections in Washington DC to screw the little guy. Who is using their influence to fight for the family in northern PA that can’t drink their water for fear of a slow agonizing death? Just to show that this isn’t just for Republicans, 3 top officials from Fast Eddie Rendell’s administration have been hired by the natural gas companies too. I bet Fast Eddie is counting the days until he can cash in on his influence. What a great political system we have. If you want the truth about these corrupt politicians and corporations read this:"

$75,000 PER FRACKING MONTH

GET UP-
EPA HEARING ON AUGUST 12
GET UP-
GAS STOCK ON AUGUST 21
GET UP-
SHALE SUMMIT RALLY ON OCTOBER 1
GET UP

Anybody got a bigger boat?

MULTINATIONAL MAFIOSOS


From Bonnie Frye Hemphill:
Dear Senate: Grow Up
"It takes a singular dedication to cowardice to keep seeking America’s energy future in dark, explosive holes controlled by multinational mafiosos. But my future is not under a razed West Virginia mountain."
"I’m talking, of course, about the US Senate’s decision on Thursday to give up on comprehensive climate and clean-energy leadership. “Just for now,” they say to placate those of us who aren’t Big Oil executives."
"So it sounds like me like the Senate’s talking points are feckless whimpering from 99 of the world’s most powerful individuals."
"Leaders of our land, grow up: prove to me that you’re better than feckless and cowardly."
"I have organized students, church groups, farmers, local governments, and hundreds of business leaders to build climate solutions in their own ways and their own communities. I have led marches of hundreds across entire states to demand stronger clean-energy policies. I have led rallies in the streets of far-flung UN summits, on the summits of far-flung mountaintops, and thru the halls of Congress to help citizens make their own heartfelt cases for climate solutions, clean-energy competitiveness, and for energy security."
"I’m 24. What the hell are you doing to build America’s clean-energy prosperity today?"
CLICK HERE

Bonnie is with ClimateSolutions in Seattle
THANK YOU BONNIE