Friday, March 25, 2011

Collateral Damage: Tara Meixsell's Book About the Gas Industry

Meixsell's journey of discovery brings to light negative impacts of the gas drilling industry.

The book, "Collateral Damage," has been described as "a chronicle of lives devastated by gas and oil development" and a grassroots to fight that development through political action and the combined resources and power of people working together and keeping each other informed.
Meixsell came to Wysox, PA, this month to speak to a group of 150 people at the behest of the Pennsylvania Landowners Group for Awareness and Solutions (PLGAS), headed by local activists Carol French and Carolyn Knapp.  Her message is that it is up to the people to learn what is going on around them when it comes to the gas and oil industry. 

Also speaking at this event was Christopher Csikszentmihaly, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media.  He told the crowd that as much as 40% of the water forced into the well doesn't come back up.
Forty percent of the fracking water that goes down the hole doesn't come back up.  What happens to it? Where does it go?
Csikszenthihaly also told his Wysox audience that the greater the damage when things go wrong the less is revealed to the public.  Landowners who lease are also sworn to silence.  If they talk about what happened to them, any compensation for damages is cut off.

According to Csikszenthihaly, Bradford County will likely resemble Garfield County in "a handful of years."  Garfield is now the 12th most populated of the 64 counties in Colorado.  There are more well sites than residences in Colorado.
There are more well sites than residences in Garfield County, Colorado.
Credit is due to The Rocket-Courier, a Wyalusing, PA, weekly, and to journalist Wes Skilling, for covering this event and for providing its readers with crucial information on this important issue.


smurfette said...

Yes, it's up to landowners to monitor gas companies, but Camp is basically not monitored by anybody at all. Since this is unlikely to change (remember, Camp is occupied only by wildlife the vast majority of the time), we may be in for some BIG surprises AFTER THE FACT!Even the ecoli in the water was not reported to our own family members and the "filter" for it is sometimes off even in the summer, which is disturbing to say the least!

Don Williams said...

Truthfully, the amount of water that remains underground is closer to double the number quoted by the guy from MIT. The NY SGEIS put the range between 65 and 90%