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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BEND OVER FRACKSYLVANIANS

Perfidy: n, Deliberate breach of faith;
calculated violation of trust; treachery.

Pennsylvania Limits Authority
of Oil and Gas Inspectors
by Abrahm Lustgarten

"Oil and gas inspectors policing Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania will no longer be able to issue violations to the drilling companies they regulate without first getting the approval of top officials."

"...the new edict applies only to enforcement actions related to Marcellus Shale drilling and that failure to seek prior approval 'will not be acceptable.'"

“It isn’t meant to be an interference, It’s meant to be a benefit to our constituents and would quite frankly streamline operations."

ProPublica - HERE

Are you suprised?
All those who didn't bother to vote -
how ya lik'n our new guv?

 “It’s on its face really breathtaking
and it is profoundly unwise."
John Hanger, former pa dep secretary
John - please restrain yourself.

Update: Times Tribune - HERE



"I've got no patience now
So sick of compacence now
Sick of sick of sick of sick of you
Time has come to pay
Know your Enemy!"

HAD E-F'KN-NOUGH YET?

Monday, March 28, 2011

COUPLE OF QUESTIONS


Doesn't it seem
government and industry
officials and spokespersons
think we are all idiots?

Are we all idiots?

 

Don't want to be an American idiot
One nation controlled by the media
Information age of hysteria
It's going out to idiot America

Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alien nation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay

Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue

Now everybody do the propaganda
And sing along to the age of paranoia

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SHALE GAS: THE FILTHY FOSSIL FUEL



"Developing Natural Gas in the Marcellus
and other Shale Formations is likely to
Aggravate Global Warming"
Robert Howarth, Renee Santoro, and Tony Ingraffea
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Cornell University
March 15, 2011

"Last week, three Cornell University researchers, Robert Howarth, Renee Santoro, and Tony Ingraffea, gave a seminar about natural gas development and its potential contribution to climate change. Overall, they found that the natural gas industry's carbon footprint plus methane footprint was greater than that of the coal and oil based industries, thus increasing the likelihood that global warming will exacerbated by further implementation of natural gas production. Their findings will be published in the upcoming April edition of Climatic Change Letters, as an addendum to the main journal, Climate Change."
"Natural gas has long been touted as a "cleaner" fuel than oil, simply because less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere upon burning.  However, the principal component of natural gas is methane, which is a much more potent global warming gas than carbon dioxide.  During natural gas production a small percentage of methane is released into the atmosphere, either intentionally through venting, or inadvertently through leaks in the pipeline.  While methane does not last nearly as long in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, over the short term (20 years as opposed to 100 years), its global warming potential is estimated to be 72 times greater than that of carbon dioxide."
"The researchers looked at the overall life-cycle of natural gas production and compared methane emissions at each stage of production using industry reported data.  They also compared emissions between shale gas production and conventional gas.  They found that 3.6% to 7.9% of methane from shale-gas production escaped into the atmosphere during venting and leaks, almost two times greater than the emissions from conventional gas.  These increased emissions in shale-gas production occured during the hydraulic fracturing of a well and during the drill out following fracturing.  Their findings are in conjunction with a November 2010 Environmental Protection Agency report that found that emissions, particularly for shale gas, are larger than previously believed."
Climate Change 101 - HERE
 
"Turns out that drilling shale gas wells puts anywhere from 30 percent to twice as much carbon into the atmosphere as conventional gas wells."
"Carbon dioxide emissions are important, Howarth said, but methane is a more critical problem. Natural gas is 85 to 95 percent methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. No one has measured actual methane emissions from gas wells throughout the various stages, so the Cornell relied on data from the gas industry, the General Accountability Office and EPA."
"When you tally up all the numbers from drilling to production to transport, something like 3.6 to 7.9 percent of the gas from a shale well disappears into the atmosphere over the lifetime of the well. That amount is 30 percent to two times greater than the amount lost during conventional gas production and development."
The Marcellus Effect - HERE


"We are not advocating for more coal or oil, but rather to move to a truly green, renewable future as quickly as possible."
Seminar Powerpoint - HERE

"We urge caution in viewing natural gas as good fuel choice for the future. Note that both the National Academy of Sciences and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents have urged great caution before proceeding with the development of diffuse natural gas from shale formations using unconventional technology."
Robert Howarth Paper - HERE

The Evidence is Overwhelming
The Evidence is Indisputable
Combined with the recent findings of many other trusted scientists such as Conrad Volz of CHEC and Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting:
 The Filthy Lie Stands Exposed
Natural Gas is...
NOT CLEAN
NOT CLEANER
NOT a Safe Transition or Bridge Fuel
The Most DANGEROUS of Fossil Fuels
THE WORST OF ALL CHOICES

The Oiligarchs and their sycophant gas-holes
will continue to Deny the Truth
and sacrifice us all on their Altar of Greed.


STAND UP
Gas Drilling Hurts Kids
Don't Let Them Down

Sunday, March 20, 2011

IT'S ABOUT FRACKING TIME!


Inquirer Editorial: Is our water safe?

"Growing doubts about the safety of high-pressure drilling for natural gas should persuade the Delaware River Basin Commission to extend its drilling ban."

"There is growing evidence that the state's infrastructure cannot cleanse the polluted wastewater that is a byproduct of fracking."

 "The gas industry disputes that Marcellus drilling is causing the problem. But concerns also have been raised about water-treatment plants' being unable to filter out radioactive materials from the drilling wastewater."

"It would be illogical for the DRBC to lift its moratorium before the results of the EPA study are known. There should also be a review of the impact in this watershed. The most sensible course for the 15 million people who depend on clean drinking water in the Delaware River watershed is for the DRBC to extend its ban on drilling for now."

Editorial - HERE

My Thanks to the Editorial Board, but...
WHAT TOOK YOU SO FRACKING LONG?

PLEASE

Send your comment to the Delaware River Basin Commission
Tell them the Delaware River must be protected.
Tell them to extend the comment period.
Tell them to extend the moratorium.
HELP PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

Public Comment Period Ends April 15

Comment - HERE


IT IS TIME

GET UP

LEARN TO FLY

Monday, March 14, 2011

ROSS SPEAKS OUT AGAINST FRACKING


Public Hearing on Fracking
Philadelphia City Council
March 8, 2011

"To me there is no acceptable level of death in the name of fossil fuels and money"

Ross Levin
Lafayette Hill


Thanks Ross

Saturday, March 12, 2011

TOO FRACKING HOT!


Research Group Slams DEP Study

"A University of Pittsburgh environmentally based research group disagrees with the state Department of Environmental Protection's study that claims water is not being tainted by radioactive material stemming from Marcellus Shale gas drilling activity."

"Dr. Conrad Volz, director and principal investigator with the Graduate School of Public Health's Center for Healthy Environments & Communities, said the DEP is not doing an adequate job of protecting the public's health."

"On Monday, the DEP released information saying that testing of seven Pennsylvania rivers and streams in November and December revealed levels at or below naturally occurring background levels of radioactivity."

"'There's no way the DEP could make a claim like that based on sporadic water testing,' Volz said Friday."

"Volz said the CHEC will release information Monday it collected on tracking brine treatment at the Josephine facility along Black Lick Creek in Indiana County. That information, he said, includes high levels of barium, strontium and bromides."

"Even higher levels were found coming from sewage treatment plants on the Mon River."

"'They're not made to treat it,' Volz said of those plants. 'They're made to treat human waste. They're not made to break down chemicals and things like that.'"

"'If you don't know the hazards, you must err on the side of protecting people,' he said."
Story - HERE

MORE FROM DR CONRAD VOLZ, 
FRACTRACKER:

The Devil’s Details
about Radioisotopes
and Other Toxic Contaminants
 in Marcellus Shale Flowback Fluids

"In yesterday's FracTracker post, CHEC's data manager Matt Kelso told the tale of two stories regarding radionuclides in Marcellus Shale flowback water and in river water as sampled by the PA DEP. As he said “the devil is in the details” and here are the “devil's details” that put both stories into their proper public health context."

 "While there is at present considerable scientific inquiry and even controversy regarding the potential of vertical or horizontal fracturing of shale gas reservoirs to contaminate shallow or confined groundwater aquifers (thus exposing municipal or private well water users to chemicals used in the hydrofracturing process and/or toxic elements, organic compounds, and radionuclides that exist in the formation materials); disposal of oil and gas wastewater/ Marcellus shale brine water in sewage treatment plants or inefficient brine wastewater treatment facilities is a direct exposure threat to public health through ingestion, inhalation and dermal absorption exposure pathways."
FracTracker - HERE

FRACKED NOTE:
I have posted a couple of times to express my concern over the urgent problem of radioactivity and our water here in Pennsylvania. They contain numerous stories, reports and videos - see the links below.
We should all be grateful to Ian Urbina and the NY Times for finally bringing attention to this serious and very scary issue.
NY Times - HERE 
Really Fracking Hot - HERE
Even Fracking Hotter - HERE

Let's keep our eyes on the only ball that matters:

OUR CHILDREN
DON'T LET THEM DOWN


TURN IT UP

Very Indebted to Our FracTracker:
Dr Conrad Dan Volz

Friday, March 11, 2011

THE FRACKDOM

Supreme Authority For Truth?

The Rachel Maddow Show
State Politics Go Nuclear

Where There's No Will...
There's a Way

 
ProPublica - HERE
 
"Let's make Pennsylvania
the Texas of the natural gas boom"
Tom Corbett
 
( Meanwhile in Happy, Texas - HERE )
 
video
Bob Marley
 
STAND UP
FOR YOUR RIGHTS

Thursday, March 10, 2011

FRACKSYLVANIA


"Gov. Corbett has charged an advisory commission made up of donors and representatives from the drilling industry with setting Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas drilling policy. The Commission members and spouses, their corporate political action committees and company employees have contributed over $1 million to advance Corbett’s political career."

Million Dollar Drilling Club - HERE

"PA Governor Gives Energy Executive
Supreme Authority Over Environmental Permitting"
"Walker, who has contributed $184,000 to Corbett’s campaign efforts since 2004, is CEO and owner of Bradford Energy Company and Bradford Coal, which was once among Pennsylvania’s largest coal mining companies. He also owns or has an interest in 12 other companies, including a trucking business and a central Pennsylvania oil and gas company."
 
ProPublica - HERE


Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody's runnin, but half of them ain't lookin
What's goin on in the kitchen,
but I dont know what's cookin

Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the ones we hurt, are you and me

Been spending most our lives
living in the Gangsta's Paradise


PUSH BACK

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

RIDE, PETER, RIDE

Peter Buckland

"My bike
doesn't release frackwater."


“I have written to legislators, to the governor, signed petitions, gone to rallies, and now instead of getting responsibility and representation, we’re being sold out to an industry that doesn’t seem to mind turning Pennsylvania into a third-world country. “
"I don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to give to a political campaign. I can’t buy lobby time, and the other things don’t seem to be working.”

Story - HERE

OUTSTANDING

Saturday, March 5, 2011

DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER SPEAKS ABOUT GAS DRILLING

Maya van Rossum

"THIS IS ABOUT THE CHILDREN"
"THIS IS ABOUT OUR FUTURE"
"THIS IS ABOUT US ALL"



"THIS CAN'T BE ABOUT PUTTING MONEY
IN THE BACK POCKETS OF THE DRILLERS"

Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN). She heads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who monitor the River and all of its tributaries for threats and challenges, and who then take this information and advocate, educate and litigate for protection, restoration and change. The Delaware Riverkeeper and Delaware Riverkeeper Network work to restore natural balance in the River and watershed where it has been lost, and to ensure preservation where it still exists.
In 1994, Maya came to work at the DRN. By 1996, she had been appointed the Delaware Riverkeeper. She testifies before state and national governing bodies, organizes concerned citizens, and keeps a close watch on the Delaware. Often, she is out on the water herself, keeping an eye on the River and looking for signs of pollution and illegal activity.

The Delaware Riverkeeper - HERE

DRBC Public Hearing - Trenton, NJ


"There are alternative sources of energy
that don't require shale drilling or hydrofracking.
There is no alternative for water."

DRN Workshop on DRBC Draft Regulations

"Gas Drilling is probably one of the biggest threats
to ever face our river and our region
and it is barreling down upon us
unless we take some stong action today."

Friday, March 4, 2011

FRACKING AND THE EPA ON DEMOCRACY NOW


Democracy Now!

 From today's show: 
The NY Times report on gas drilling and the EPA.
Amy Goodman interviews Walter Hang and Josh Fox


"These are elevated concentrations of toxic radionucleotides."
"It's just unbelieveable. People are going to be shocked.
They're going to be so angry that the government tried to do the right thing and then basically ran up against the barriers of internal politics."

Toxics Targeting - HERE


"It is very scary."
"Absolutely right now is the time for action
within the EPA
within the Congress
at the Exectutive Level
and certainly among the citizenship."

Gasland Site - HERE

VERY INDEBTED TO:
JOSH FOX
WALTER HANG
DEMOCRACY NOW!
 

110 MILE BIKE RIDE TO FIGHT FRACKING


Peter Buckland of Sustainability Now Radio
in State College, PA will ride from
State College to Harrisburg to join the
Fair Budget March & Rally
on Wednesday, March 9.

The Rally will protest planned budget cuts
"We need to stand together with our allies
and fight for fairness."

Peter will then present a letter to the office of Governor Tom Corbett requesting a meeting to express his concerns and fears as a citizen and father about the many dangers
of gas drilling in our state.

" I will be riding my bike ~110 miles to Harrisburg from my house in Pine Grove Mills to do my own small part to stand up to Corbett and the gas companies. It just seems like the right thing to do.
"For me this is very personal because I love the forest
"It is also about the quality of our water and air and my hopes and fears as a father.
"I am riding my bike there because because it is better for the forest, for the person, for water, for air, for noise, for the climate, and for all of us than gas trucks, well-pads, natural gas, and frack water are. I am riding my bike because it means something better and brings me in touch with life and living. As a citizen of this commonwealth, the commonwealth's government should help me and my fellow common people to reach the common good.
"After the budget protest I plan to go to the governor's office and request a meeting with the governor.
"I just know that something must be done differently.
"It is a modest goal. Please join me if you can.
"With great hope..."  Peter Buckland

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT
WAY TO GO PETER

Peter's Message - HERE


Sustainablity Now Radio - HERE


GO GET'EM PETER

Thursday, March 3, 2011

EPA GETS FRACKED


The New York Times
Drilling Down Part 3

E.P.A. Struggles to Regulate
Natural Gas Industry


'“It was like the science didn’t matter,” Carla Greathouse, the author of the study, said in a recent interview. “The industry was going to get what it wanted, and we were not supposed to stand in the way.”'

 "...the agency had planned to call last year for a moratorium on the gas-drilling technique known as hydrofracking in the New York City watershed, according to internal documents, but the advice was removed from the publicly released letter sent to New York."

"Asked why the letter about hydrofracking in the New York City watershed had been revised, an agency scientist who was involved in writing it offered a one-word explanation: “politics.”'

"Now some scientists and lawyers at the E.P.A. are wondering whether history is about to repeat itself, as the agency undertakes a broad new study of natural gas drilling and its potential risks, with preliminary results scheduled to be delivered next year."

POLITICS
&
MONEY


Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it's now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

EVERYBODY KNOWS

NOW YOU KNOW

TIME TO DO SOMETHING


Big, Big Thanks to Ian Urbina & to Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BLOGGERS AGAINST DRILLING


THERE'S A NEW BLOGGER IN TOWN


WATCH OUT

B.A.D. - HERE

THE TIME HAS COME

DO SOMETHING

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

EVEN FRACKING HOTTER


"It's the oldest game in public health:
if you don't want to know,
don't go looking for it."
Dr Irena Cech - University of Texas

KHOU NEWS TEXAS

KHOU I-Team report - HERE

FOX 40 - BINGHAMTON
video

Fox 40 report - HERE

MSC's Katheryn Klaber says:
"It has a half-life, where, um, over time,
and in some cases very quickly, um, 
that radioactivity, uh,  exists differently. 
I think that's what was really, um, left out of the article
that was a critical part of this compound."

WTF?

For some background and much more information
on radiation, water and drilling see my previous post:

REALLY FRACKING HOT - HERE

"It is in the interest of the gas industry ...
to ignore or minimize the existence of uranium."