Marcellus Shale exploitation: This is much different and far more environmentally degrading than the gas and oil drilling of the past (more below *), with TOO many concerns to know where to begin; not least of which is RADIOACTIVITY**!
PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF!!! Their bottom line is $$$ - if you care about ANYTHING else (clean drinking water? clean air?) LEARN AND SPEAK UP!!! The industry and politicians deny it, but there IS NO SHORTAGE of proof of the damage. There IS a shortage in voices of protest, demands for TRUE safety and accountability! They belittle the few that do speak up, and those who are most damaged are too busy just trying to survive (with limited or NO access to clean water, with increasing medical problems, with industry denials!) This WILL ripple out to YOU, PLEASE STEP UP!!!
Photos from Appomattox Gas Line Explosion
is a pipeline agreement worth this risk?
3-26-10: See "Gasland" - Will the boom in natural gas drilling contaminate America's water supply? PBS NOW talks with filmmaker Josh Fox about 'Gasland', his Sundance award-winning documentary on the surprising consequences of natural gas drilling. Fox's film—inspired when the gas company came to his hometown—alleges chronic illness, animal-killing toxic waste, disastrous explosions, and regulatory missteps."
PLEASE do AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, TOO! We all live downstream - mistakes made here WILL reach you! Don't WAIT until it is too late! This page is one piece of my various attempts to share some of the overwhelming evidence I have stumbled across; but alone, I can do only so much. I DO also attend as many meetings as possible (including an indusrty convention!), write letters, participate in local govt, network with neighbors. Do not JUST read - read to learn, and THEN TAKE ACTION!!!
My single biggest concern? WHY are we rushing headlong into this, when we don't have HONEST answers from the indusrty, the scientists, the regulators, ANYONE, on how we are going to safely manage the unknown waste issues; where a mistake made will have irreparable consequences for countless generations?!? (and HUMAN ERROR can trump "safe science" even if the science WERE safe - so LOTS of IMMEDIATE and EFFECTIVE monitoring is ESSENTIAL, but also admitted as insufficient by the industry and regulators) MONEY is NOT the answer!
those who have experienced it already (Barnett Shale): http://www.fwcando.org/enviro
from and to those with FAITH - a wake up call? http://www.fwcando.org/node/306
and closer to my home - Marcellus Shale: http://www.bayjournal.com/article.cfm?article=3725
this is NOT "white noise", Prof Engelder! http://damascuscitizens.org/dimock.html
Get the FRAC outta here!!!
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations defines habitat fragmentation as “the breaking up of a continuous habitat, ecosystem or land-use type into smaller fragments.” Because many species require a certain minimum undisturbed area in order to survive, there are cases in which habitat fragmentation can wipe out entire species in a certain area.
Admittedly, this concern may appear a bit airy-fairy compared to economic benefits like jobs. It’s one thing to argue that it’s not worth drilling at the cost of our children’s health; but not worth signing a lease because of a bunch of animals and plants? At least to some, this argument lacks punch.
But there are a couple of reasons why such a dismissal is too simplistic. First, in our area there are some species, like fish and bald eagles, that have a direct connection to economic wellbeing through tourism. Beyond that, the “who cares” argument ignores the fact that ecosystems are complex; all too often, human beings have found that abolishing one organism or promoting another has had terrible unintended consequences. Eliminate a predator, for instance, and the pests that they feed on will breed out of control. Eliminate certain types of vegetation and headwater habitats will change, fish will no longer breed, and floods will become more frequent and deadly. Cut up our local habitat into tiny pieces, and we are likely to wind up surprised and chagrined at the impact it could have on our own wellbeing.
... analysis that would be particularly helpful is a paper done by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/og.pdf). The study evaluates the impact of varying densities of drilling activity, as measured by acres disturbed per square mile, on a variety of local wildlife ...
... We strongly urge the New York and Pennsylvania game and fish departments, the environmental protection agencies and the National Park Service to champion habitat integrity as essential to our area’s sustainability, and to pull together research that can underpin strategies to preserve it. In an area with a tourist economy that depends largely on outdoor amenities, it seems like a sensible step to take before our open space is cut into fragments that can’t be put back together again.
(clipped from http://riverreporter.com/issues/10-03-25/editorial.shtml )
GAS WATCH: it IS essential! and more: un-naturalgas.org
*Hydraulic fracking is a process which makes the Marcellus Shale economically viable but which also introduces problems not present with traditional gas drilling. For an overview see shaleshock.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/what-is-different-about-marcellus_2.pdf.
propublica.org/feature/buried-secrets-is-natural-gas-drilling-endangering-us-water-supplies-1113 - "Buried Secrets" Pro Publica on water pollution and health concerns; lengthy, but very informative article; highly recommended.
essentialdissent.blogspot.com/search?q=gas+drilling+march+17%2C+2009 - "Gas Drilling is Unsafe- We MUST Do Better" (2). 25 minute Adobe Flash video; Ron Gulla of Hickory, PA interviewed on his property and speaking at a public forum about problems he encountered with drilling on his land; requires Flash player (can be downloaded), high bandwidth and a reasonably modern machine. Note that this is the 2nd of 3 videos on the page.
www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/oilgas/FractListing.pdf - PA DEP list of chemicals in fracking fluid. Posted in March 2009. On February 20, 2008, Ron Gilius, director of the Oil and Gas Management Division, said, "... it's only sand and water - you have nothing to be afraid of."
riverreporter.com/issues/08-12-04/fracking.pdf - "What's in that fracking fluid?" A little analysis of the fracking fluid.
nrdc.org/land/use/down/down.pdf - "Drilling Down" In depth (48 page PDF) discussion of pollution involved in gas extraction and how the industry got itself exempted from federal regulations.
Drill for Natural Gas, Pollute Water The natural gas industry refuses to reveal what is in the mixture of chemicals used to drill for the fossil fuel By Abrahm Lustgarten and ProPublica ... a process pioneered by Halliburton called hydraulic fracturing, which shoots vast amounts of water, sand and chemicals several miles underground to break apart rock and release the gas. The process has been considered safe since a 2004 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that it posed no risk to drinking water. After that study, Congress even exempted hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act. Today fracturing is used in 9 out of 10 natural gas wells in the United States.
Over the last few years, however, a series of contamination incidents have raised questions about that EPA study and ignited a debate over whether the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing may threaten the nation’s increasingly precious drinking water supply.
full article at http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=drill-for-natural-gas-pollute-water
Wildlife expert warns of ecological risks of natural gas drilling by Farm and Dairy Staff, Friday, January 30, 2009 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the unprecedented wave of deep-well, natural-gas drilling occurring across much of Pennsylvania, care must be taken to minimize impacts on wildlife and forests so critical to the state’s economy and heritage, according to a wildlife expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Keystone State must proactively plan natural-gas development associated with the Marcellus shale in a way that minimizes negative effects to valuable resources, said Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources.
continued at tinyurl.com/gasdrilling
Texas Sinkhole Puts Spotlight On Oil, Gas Drilling - Wall Street Journal: MAY 19, 2008 By BEN CASSELMAN A stadium-size sinkhole that formed in south Texas's oil country this month is renewing questions about the effects of billions of barrels of saltwater injected into the ground each year as a byproduct of oil and gas drilling.
Journey of the Forsaken ... Can industry be blamed for proceeding with 60 wells in this area - uniquely prone to geologic disturbance? Hardly. Industry operates to turn a profit - and, without moral discretion, can be expected to stop at nothing within allowable bounds to achieve it. Allowable bounds. This is what we must consider. To what limits should industry be allowed to pollute, endanger and destroy for the benefit of profit? Though America benefits from the new economy of catastrophe and environmental degradation, how readily can we recover precious lost resources of air, water, land and a functioning food chain... all of which are necessary to healthy, bio-diverse populations and sustainable contiguous habitat. Simply because we can do something, doesn't mean we should. But today we grapple and hope to survive what is allowed.
continued at: http://www.journeyoftheforsaken.com/
Welcome to my primer on hydraulic fracing, or, as I like to call it, "How to Destroy the Earth's Fresh Water Supplies Without Anyone Finding Out" http://www.journeyoftheforsaken.com/fracpage.htm
Post-Kick Arbaney Well Flare: EnCana had been drilling this well [the Magic or (Majic) 10-2] when it encountered a massive "kick" or gas pocket. The resulting underground disturbance shook the ground nearly a mile away and even knocked one home off its foundation. see 5 minute video
Barnett Shale Water Use. The Facts You Must Face. (At this link, ALSO see the left hand column for Barnett Shale and other oil and gas related posts.)