Monday, July 30, 2012

Ten Reasons Why Fracking Is Doomed

"Proponents of natural gas fracturing and oil drilling are delirious with joy over the ability to recover shale gas, which has brought down world gas prices and made the US a major player again. Likewise, North Dakota wells are set to produce up to 800,000 barrels of oil a day soon. (Although, since the world uses roughly 89 million barrels a day, and the US uses a fifth of that, and demand in Asia will likely spike in coming years, the ND addition is just not that much).

Fracking is dangerous to ground water purity, and both oil and gas, as hydrocarbons, contribute to global climate change, which is a dire threat to human well-being in coming decades and centuries.
But oil and gas triumphalists have another think coming. It is that the cost of generating electricity by wind and solar is falling rapidly. However hard they try to suppress government funding and tax breaks for renewables, Big Oil and Big Gas are doomed to lose, and in only about 4 years."

Click here to read the article by Juan Cole.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

David Letterman on Fracking: We're Screwed

My grandson on the shore of the Susquehanna River, Bradford County, PA
He can't go there anymore.  It's not safe.

To get to Letterman's comments,  go to about 12:45-14:45.

Worth taking a look.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pete Seeger Speaks To Gov. Cuomo About Fracking In NY

Gas Drilling Brings Great Jobs?

From a PA online forum- an eye witness writes:

"The yellow school bus with Texas plates full of migrant day laborers just went up my hill to work at the 54-acre Williams site, the Williams Midstream Central Station, the beginning of the 30-inch transmission line the Constitution."

Are these the great jobs that we hear the industry talking about?

For more on the Williams Midstream Central Station and maps, click HERE.

Nationwide Is On Our Side: No Coverage For Drilling Damage

US insurance company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Ompany, is the first to say it won't cover damage by gas drilling.  Nationwide said risks "are too great to ignore."   It's about time.

After months of research and discussion, we have determined that the exposures presented by hydraulic fracturing are too great to ignore. Risks involved with hydraulic fracturing are now prohibited for General Liability, Commercial Auto, Motor Truck Cargo, Auto Physical Damage and Public Auto (insurance) coverage.
It said "prohibited risks" apply to landowners who lease land for shale gas drilling and contractors involved in fracking operations, including those who haul water to and from drill sites, pipe and lumber haulers, and operators of bulldozers, dump trucks and other vehicles used in drill site preparation.

Read more here.