Oil/Gas drilling has become “unconventional.”

Watch out for Toxic, Radioactive Frack Waste!

THE LATEST: Much of the toxic radioactive waste from fracking comes from other states and is being trucked to Ohio and injected into the ground beneath our feet and spread onto our landfills, which eventually leach these toxins and radioactive materials into ground water.

This site is meant to be a resource to help you understand fracking and its many inherent problems, and to help you make informed decisions for yourself, decisions about how to help protect your community.  Visit here often to keep up on legislative changes, industry positions, current news article and more…

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Don’t look now, but the oil industry miiiight be poisoning your food

Q. Dear Umbra,

I love clementines and would hate to give them up. So portable, delicious, and convenient. However, I recently read that the clementines and mandarins that come from California are watered with fracking wastewater. Is this true? If so, are there any organic clementines available? Do the organic standards take into account what type of water is used in the growing of fruits and vegetables?

Elizabeth R.
Chicago, Ill.

For the answer to this question and to many others, View full article Via NEOGAP

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In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Order sanctioning citizen direct action called “one of the boldest moves to stop the natural gas industry’s attacks on our communities, climate and democracy.”

Anti-Fracking protestors in Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 9, 2016. (Photo: Daniel Zampogna, PennLive)

For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right.

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As Fracking Chemicals Reach A Creek, Companies Fight Against A Fracking Waste Ban

BY ALEJANDRO DAVILA FRAGOSO APR 15, 2016 8:00 AM

CREDIT: BILL DICKINSON/FLICKR

View of the New River bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia. A tributary of the New River has traces of endocrine disrupting chemicals associated with fracking, according to a new study. Researchers discovered the chemicals near a fracking fluid waste site. The New River is a local water source.

The smell of gas surrounding the northern streets of Lochgelly, West Virginia, was so pungent that Brad Keenan could taste it as he was driving home with his windows up that evening in 2004. He called 911 and the gas company, thinking a punctured gas line was to blame, but the smell and the evacuation it prompted came from something few knew existed in town: fracking waste.

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With Fracking, maybe the State of the State Ain’t So Great:

Picketers at Governor Kasich’s State of the State in Marietta on Apr. 4
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EPA Needs to Collect Information and Consistently Conduct Activities to Protect Underground Sources of Drinking Water

Publicly Released March 28, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not collected specific inspection and complete or consistent enforcement information, or consistently conducted oversight activities, to assess whether state and EPA-managed Underground Injection Control (UIC) class II programs are protecting underground sources of drinking water. EPA guidance calls for states and EPA regions to report certain information and for EPA to assess whether programs are effectively protecting underground sources of drinking water, but the agency does not. Specifically:

EPA annually collects summary data from state and EPA-managed programs on the types of inspections they conduct. However, these data are not specific enough to determine the number of different types of inspections that states and EPA regions are to conduct to meet their annual goals.

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Big bankruptcies are coming to the oil and gas sector

Zach Scheidt, The Daily Reckoning

Warning: This “Safe Energy Industry Is In Danger”

The canary at the drill rig just croaked.

Last week, one of the largest energy companies in the U.S. – and a major darling of the shale or “fracking” industry — started showing major signs of distress.

“Chesapeake Plunges 40% on Report It Hired Restructuring Adviser” shouts the headline from Bloomberg.

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Compressor Stations and Toxic Gases

Physicians Speak Out on the Health Effects of Fracked Gas Compressor Stations from CTSB on Vimeo.


Link: Summary on Compressor Stations and Health Impacts -February 24, 2015


MORE THAN A PIPELINE: IT’S A TOXIC INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

By Mina Hamilton

A little known aspect of gas pipelines is that they require large compressor stations to help concentrate and move the pressurized gas along.As compressor stations release large amounts of methane, plus other toxins, they contribute significantly to global warming. They are noisy, humming 24/7, and are subject to dangerous explosions and fires. At public meetings and during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application process, gas pipeline companies have not revealed the number, location and size of planned compressor stations.

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Interactive map: Bakken crude on Ohio rails

Every week, millions of gallons of highly flammable Bakken crude oil are moved by rail through Ohio to refineries along the East Coast. Railroad companies are required to report to the state estimated averages of how many trains carrying 1 million gallons or more of Bakken crude oil move through each county each week. Crude-oil trains travel through the heart of Cleveland and Columbus, and they pass through or near Akron, Toledo and Youngstown.

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Remember Mark Jacobson, the Stanford University Professor who during a Late Show With David Letterman appearance said we already have enough wind to power the entire world “seven times over?”

That wasn’t hyperbole—Jacobson believes it and his team at the Solutions Project has unveiled a 50-state plan on how the U.S. could shed itself from oil, coal and nuclear sources. It comes in the form of a large, interactive map that provides a plan and projection for each state when you click on it.Here are a few examples of what the map has to offer:


“The new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future,” said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. “It provides all of the basic information, such as how many wind turbines and solar panels would be needed to power each state, how much land area would be required, what would be the cost and cost savings, how many jobs would be created, how much pollution-related mortality and global-warming emissions would be avoided.”

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Wind, Water Solar – Preliminary Outline of Plan for Ohio Features Relatively Short Payback Time

Visit The Solutions Project Web Site to get a look at the outline of the WWS Plan for Ohio at: www.thesolutionsproject.org

AND, Watch the amazing presentation by Professor Jacobson in the sidebar widget to the right.

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Well casing failure can contaminate groundwater

View Dr. Ingraffea’s Newest Video on Shale Gas & Climate Change

 View Dr. Ingraffea’s Study on Fluid Migration in Marcellus Shale

Dr. Ingraffea’s General Recommendations on Fracking:

Where fracking is not yet occurring, it should be banned, and the use of all hydrocarbon fuels should be reduced as fast as possible.  Also, the use of renewable, non-hydrocarbon fuels should be vastly accelerated.

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