Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Aerial Photos of Pennsylvania Gas Development

Aerial photographs of the natural gas exploration being done in and around the Pine Creek Valley in Central PA. Photos by Bill Crowell.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Citizen Journalist Vera Talks With a Gas Worker (PA)

Published on Aug 27, 2012 by
Taped 8-27-12. Young Gas Worker tells me that gas drilling is safe and not to worry.

My comment:  This young man is typical of the sheep that work in the gas industry, sheep because they question nothing and trust that the PA DEP will protect everyone.  These people are blustery, rude, and naive without realizing it.  They seem to want to intimidate others.  His biggest concern is that the gas industry brings jobs.  Good point, however most of these jobs are low-paying and many are temporary with no benefits and are extremely dangerous to workers.  Furthermore, this guy, when asked if jobs are worth destroying the future for our kids and grandkids, seemed to poo-poo the thought and wanted Vera to think this was a ridiculous notion.  He did not know to whom he was speaking- obviously.  As usual, great reporting, Vera.

My heart goes out to people who need good jobs.  I can understand why they would take jobs in the gas industry, but it is a doomed situation.  With no good air or water there will be no way to live in these areas and therefore no jobs or people around to take them. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Orion Magazine: The Fracking of Rachel Carson

The latest issue of Orion Magazine is an excellent one. I highly recommend Sandra Steingraber's article, "The Fracking of Rachel Carson."  You will see poignant photographs and be treated to Dr. Steingraber's compelling style of expression.  She always draws me in from the first sentence.

To go to her article, click here.

Rachel Louise Carson

Friday, August 24, 2012

PA Resident Speaks To New Yorkers About the Natural Gas Industry

Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, PA, tells her personal story about how she got involved in the fight for public health and saving the beautiful land where she and her family settled years ago.  She speaks from the heart and knows her stuff.  She knows what she is talking about because she is living it every day.  She wants New York to be saved from the hell PA is experiencing. In this video, she is speaking to New Yorkers who live in Schoharie County.

Listen to Vera!  She speaks the truth!
DEP= Don't Expect Protection

Check Out This Blog: The Marcellus Effect

Sue Heavenrich is an excellent journalist-blogger.  Bookmark her page and read her often!

Click here.

Today's piece is about selling US natural gas overseas (which is economically advantageous).  The next time you hear someone say we can bring our soldiers home by drilling our country into oblivion, think again. It is a BIG LIE. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Letter About Fracking in Ohio: Read by Melissa Leo

Published on Aug 14, 2012 by NYAgainstFracking Jamie Frederick's letter regarding her experiences with fracking in Ohio, as read by Melissa Leo at the New Yorkers Against Fracking Rally & Concert at The Egg in Albany NY on May 15, 2012. Read more about this here.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Inergy Protested in Watkins Glen, NY, August 17th

More than 200 people protested loudly against the proposed Inergy propane and natural gas storage facility Friday, April 17. The people oppose putting millions of gallons propane (and eventually natural gas) in salt caverns below the glacier-built Seneca Lake. Already the company has been spilling salty brine water into the lake without even telling regulators of the violations.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Constitution Pipeline: Rebecca Roter Speaks Up (PA)

Are people protected from harm when a pipeline goes in? Not if the area is Class One. No oversight for public safety. Hear from Rebecca Roter how a gas pipeline will impact this resident of Susquehanna County. She tells a lot about the facts of the situation, but then when the interviewer asks her about the emotional impacts of what is happening, you can see the human toll the gas industry is taking. The industry is ruining her property and her life. The worst thing is that Cabot and Williams Midstream really don't care about the people that live in the areas they are destroying.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Flaring in PA

Flaring: wasting natural gas while polluting the atmosphere.  This is part of the dirty natural gas industry.  How much natural gas is wasted this way?

Read more here and here.

And from Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability Project:  Click here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

People Flee As Chemical Cloud Hovers Near New Columbia (PA)

Last Thursday, August 9th, a horrifying emergency unfolded during the late hours of the night, causing panic among residents and emergency workers alike.  A Halliburton truck carrying hydrochloric acid had a leak.  The driver pulled in to a convenience store and got out to try to deal with the situation. Read more..........

Click here.

Having to flee in the middle of the night with your young children and drive away from your home in fear- is this what it has come to?  The natural gas industry is an extremely dangerous industry.  They are invading our highways, our neighborhoods, our schools, our homes.  And for what?  A few years of fossil fuel energy?   We must quit this insanity and develop sustainable energy programs.  It is completely possible.  Other countries are way ahead of us.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Montrose (PA) Truck Traffic From Gas Industry

Published on Aug 10, 2012 by
In Montrose, Pa. , on route 29 , around 6 pm. , through business district. Longest procession yet. I stopped taping at five minutes and it was still going on for another couple of minutes. Frack trucks, sand trucks, water trucks, etc..

New Yorkers do not want this-  I hope.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fracking Waste Messes With Texas: Rachel Maddow Show

Terrence Henry, energy and environment reporter for StateImpact Texas, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sudden rash of earthquakes in Texas, apparently the result of the disposal of waste fluid resulting from natural gas fracking. From the August 7th, 2012 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Marcellus Shale Reality Tour #9
 A video by Scott Cannon

Thousands of Americans from across the country united in Washington, D.C. July 28th to rally in front of the U.S. Capitol and march through the streets to express their outrage about environmental harms from oil and gas development. People traveled to Washington from North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Vermont, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, California, and probably more. Some even biked 400 miles to get to Washington. Citizens came from different political views, energy perspectives, generations, and backgrounds. Some were mineral owners, former oil and gas industry workers, farmers, and nurses. They voiced their concerns about clean water, clean air, global warming, toxic waste, and worker safety. People joined together to show that this is an issue that crosses party lines and state borders.

All Americans agree on the importance of clean air, clean water, healthy children, and safe communities. Everyone who rallied and marched today shares these desires and agrees on the need for drastic change in the direction of our energy policy–starting with a change in the rules for oil and gas development, including fracking. It was an amazing gathering of Americans who share a vision of a clean energy future.

 “The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition.”

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Gasman (16 Tons Parody)

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Some people say that jobs will come with the drills but they outsource their workers cause they've got the skills they've got the skills and you're unemployed they've got a life that's rich while your's is destroyed

You let the gas man in what did ya get a little bit of money, lifetime of regret you signed on all the leases and gave 'em control you sold your soul for a poisonous hole

The tourists won't come when the drills all arrive it's no fun to see a drill everywhere that you drive they want 80,000 drills in upstate NY alone you can't blame the sighteers for just stayin home

You let the gas man in what did ya get a little bit of money, lifetime of regret you signed on all the leases and gave 'em control you sold your soul for a poisonous hole

When the drills get to going then the fun will begin they fracture through the bedrock and pump the chemicals in chemicals in then the gas rises up then you toast your fortunes with a poisonous cup

You let the gas man in what did ya get a little bit of money, lifetime of regret you signed on all the leases and gave 'em control you sold your soul for a poisonous hole

When the gasman comes you better not let him in You're bettin' on a game that you're not gonna win you're not gonna win when the dealer's corrupt and it's much too late when your water erupts

you let the drills come in and what did ya get a poisoned environment and mountain of debt you signed on all the leases and gave 'em control you sold your soul for a poisonous hole

New York, we're next.  Gov. Cuomo is for it.  He wants gas drilling in New York State.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Huge Sinkhole In Louisiana Near Gas Well and Pipeline

Breaking news with updates from Assumption Parish, LA  (from Texas Sharon).......yesterday a huge sinkhole covering several acres appeared, swallowing trees and causing the area to be evacuated.  You won't hear this on network news.

Read more here. Photos included.

Visit Marcellus Effect blog for the story there.  Thanks to Sue Heavenrich for her great reporting.