Monday, November 28, 2011

Craig Sautner Speaks Out About Water (Gas Drilling Contamination)

Listen to Mr. Sautner's comments about the victory in delaying drilling in the Delaware Watershed and also about his dilemma in Dimock, PA, where Cabot Oil destroyed his water supply.  November 30th is the day when Cabot will no longer deliver fresh water to his home. His contaminated well has never been restored.

How Taxpayers Help the Gas Industry: Free Services

Photo: The Rocket Courier
The Bradford County Prothonotary Sally Vaughn shows a stack of paperwork she and her staff must attend to for the gas industry. Our tax dollars at work. The impact the gas industry has made on county services is substantial and puts an enormous burden on the prothonotary office. This stack of forms in the picture represents at least two weeks work by a county employee. Ms.Vaughan reported that a fulltime employee is needed in the front office almost continuously just to assist title searchers with computers and other machinery that often incur mechanical problems.

Sandra Steingraber: The Ecosystem Beneath Our Feet and Other Concerns from Hydrofracking

Sandra Steingraber is an acclaimed ecologist, cancer survivor, and author of "Living Downsteam" and "Raising Elijah". She gave a fascinating account of the apos;extremoophileapos; bacteria that feed in the hydrocarbon rich shale layer which are responsible for fouling up the works when the shale is fracked. Biocides are one constituent of fracking fluid that poses an unacceptible risk to our health. What is the ecological relationships of the subterranean biota to the rest of life on the planet? No one knows. She was the fourth speaker at the public forum "Fracking the Fingerlakes: The Rest of the Story" held in Hammondsport, NY on September 15, 2011.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Is high-volume, slick water hydrofracking constitutional in PA?

Article I, section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution

Sec. 27. Natural Resources and the Public Estate

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

This amendment, which was adopted in 1972, encompasses two basic principles. First, Pennsylvanians have a right to a decent environment, and second, Pennsylvania government has a trusteeship responsibility to protect that environment on behalf of future generations.

Is hydrofracking constitutional in PA?

Dallas, PA, School Compressor Station

How about a nice compressor station right next to your child's school? Perfect.

Denmark Aims For 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

So Americans are told that we cannot do without fossil fuels. We must have fossil fuels to live. Then why can Denmark exist on renewables, possibly by 2050? Do they know something we don't know?

Read more....

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sandra Steingraber on Democracy Now!: Health Crisis and Shale Gas

About 30 states allow hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the natural gas drilling process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. New York has imposed a partial moratorium on the drilling process pending the outcome of an environmental impact study this July. Yesterday, New York state lawmakers held a hearing on the health impacts of fracking, an issue that until now has received little media attention. We talk with Sandra Steingraber, a biologist who testified at the hearing. She is author of Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.

Sandra Steingraber, biologist who has testified on natural gas hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) at state and federal hearings and before the European parliament. She is the author of several books that link the U.S. reliance on fossil fuels with environmental hazards and the climate crisis, including Living Downstream and her latest, Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.

May 27, 2011

Sandra Steingraber Talks About Shale Ecosystems

Sandra's poetry and science combine brilliantly in this beautiful short talk in a Binghamton music club on November 17: the relationship of deep ecosystems to our wellbeing on the sunlit surface of the planet.

Bringing a human rights approach to the environmental crisis, Dr. Steingraber urges governments to adopt policies that safeguard the healthy development of children and the abiding ecological systems on which their lives depend. Dr. Steingraber has deployed her rare combination of abilities as a lyrical writer, disciplined scientist and passionate advocate to the pursuit of a healthier world for us all, saying, "What we love we must protect."
What we love, we must protect!

Methane Still Bubbling in Susquehanna at Sugar Run, PA: Day 444

Today it will be 444 days since methane began bubbling up in the Susquehanna River at Sugar Run in Bradford County. Still no resolution to the problem. Where is it coming from? When will it be stopped? Unanswered questions.

And another video:

From the Wyoming County Press Examiner, CLICK HERE.

And from Don Williams, filmed on July 17, 2011:


When will we get this problem resolved?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mic Check at DEC Hearings in Binghamton November 17

In Occupy Wall Street style, a citizen uses the Mic Check technique for his 3-minute comment. Note what the DEC rep said after the man was finished. It seems he did not approve of the presentation!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Colbert Report: Stephen Tackles Hydrofracking

You won't want to miss Stephen Colbert's discussion on hydrofracking and the Talisman Coloring Book.

Gas Drilling in New York State: We Must Stop This From Happening

From Shaleshock, a short video with a powerful message that must be heard. Please send this to your friends. Attend one of the NY DEC hearings coming up starting next week. (The video has the information on where and when.)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gas Rush Stories: Farmers Tell Their Stories About Gas Drilling

Gas Rush stories is a series of short documentaries on gas drilling. Gas Rush Stories examines the effects of gas drilling on people's lives and environment from different perspectives. Only by putting ourselves in the other person's situation can we begin to see the bigger picture of this complex issue.
Gas Rush Stories, part 2: A Farmer is a story of Terry Greenwood, a small-scale cattle farmer from southwestern Pennsylvania. Based on his own experiences with gas drilling Greenwood is concerned about the food safety when agricultural lands are turned into drilling fields.

Please help me tell new Gas Rush Stories and support my Kickstarter project.​projects/​kirsi/​gas-rush-stories

Another link:

This film maker needs donations to make three more short documentaries by the end of this year.
More info:​Gas_Rush_Stories.html

Biologist Sandra Steingraber at Shale Gas Outrage Conference

Ecologist Sandra Steingraber at Shale Gas Outrage Conference (10 min) from Kirsi Jansa on Vimeo.

Dr.Steingraber gives the keynote address in Philadelphia at the Shale Gas Outrage Conference on September 8, 2011.  She states that science tells us we could be off fossil fuels in 30 years by switching to solar and wind (not nuclear).  Japan and Europe are planning on this.  She also describes fracking as a form of substance abuse.  She gives us hope as well as food for thought.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Interview with Chip Northrup: Can natural gas drilling be done safely in NY?

Chip Northrup

Check out this short interview with Chip Northrup, a 30-year veteran of the gas industry in Texas, who now spends a good part of the year in Cooperstown, NY, and is telling all of us about the real truth about the gas industry and its harmful effects on the environment and human health.  The interviewer from YNN does a superb job of asking great questions.  She obviously had done her homework.

Urgent Message About the Delaware Watershed

This is an urgent call to the fans of GASLAND and to the fracking movement across the nation, please act now to Save the Delaware River. On November 21st, the Delaware River Basin commission will vote on a plan to allow 20,000 gas wells in the Delaware River basin. We need calls to come from all over the nation and we need people from all over the region to come out in protest on November 21st.