Oil/Gas drilling has become “unconventional.”
What is “fracking” ? How does it affect you?
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.
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Sandra Steingraber: Why I am in Jail
Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch Reposted with Permission from EcoWatch
Breakfast in the Chemung County Jail is served at 5 a.m. This morning—Friday, November 21, 2014—it was Cheerios and milk plus two slaps of universally-despised “breakfast cake.” Along with trays of food—which are passed through the bars—arrive the morning rounds of meds for the inmates who take them. Now comes my favorite time of day in jail—the two quiet hours between breakfast and 7 a.m. before the television clicks on and we are ordered to make our beds and the loud day begins. Between the end of breakfast and 7 a.m., most women go back to sleep. Now I can hear only the sounds of their breathing—different rhythms all—and, on the far side of the steel door—the occasional voices of the C.O.s (correction officers, a.k.a. the guards) and the walkie-talkie orders they themselves are receiving.
Meanwhile, my bed is already made and I have repurposed my small laundry basket—by flipping it upside down—into a table on which I am writing. And because I am a writer who is writing, I am happy.
Fracking Support Plummets Among Americans
As more stories emerge about the dangers posed by the toxic fallout from the aggressive drilling process to communities near the operations, support for fracking tilts negative for the first time, with 41 percent favoring increased use of fracking and 47 percent opposing it. That’s a huge swing from 20 months ago. In Pew’s March 2013 poll 48 percent supported more fracking while only 38 percent opposed it.
In Ohio: Athens adopts Bill of Rights. Three others defeated.
In Ohio, Election night 2014 saw passage of one Community Bill of Rights charter amendment in Athens(Athens County). Three others suffered defeat– Youngstown (Mahoning County), Kent (Portage County), and in Gates Mills (Cuyahoga County).
The victory in Athens was substantial–78% of voters approving the measure.
In Youngstown the “YES” votes were at 42.2% with the “NO” votes at 57.9%. In Kent the “YES” votes were at 46.3% with the “NO” votes at 53.7%. In Gates Mills the “YES” votes were at 30.7% with the “NO” votes at 69.3%.
This election marked Youngstown’s fourth attempt to pass the charter amendment. Kent and Gates Mills were out for the first time.
Of course powerful oil and gas industry forces were arrayed against the citizen efforts. In the case of Youngstown, it was estimated that proponents were outspent by the industry by at least 4 to 1. This doesn’t even count the daily barrage of oil and gas industry propaganda that occurs in TV ads on an hourly basis.
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New Study: Fracking Is Poisoning The Air We Breathe, Too.
Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn’t go away, his wife’s hair came out in chunks, and anytime they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in.
They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the rural community to which they’d retired a decade ago. They blamed the gas wells around them. But state officials didn’t investigate.
Of course they “didn’t investigate.” Thanks to the Republican-dominated majority of the United States Supreme Court, any state or local elected official who finds him or herself standing between oil, shale extraction and mining companies and their outsized profits is now simply drummed out office by smearing attack ads financed by millions in untraceable, “dark money.”
Colorado: Democracy at Its Best–
Boulder County Extends Fracking Ban
As I sat in the hearing room of the Boulder County Commissioner yesterday I witnessed citizen-led democracy in action.
In a unanimous vote, three Boulder Colorado County Commissioners voted to extend the moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the county for the next three-and-a-half years. The three Democratic party women not only voted against fracking until July 1, 2018, they did so with strong language and gusto as tens-of-thousands of wells loom just across the border in neighboring Weld County waiting to invade the Boulder County landscape.
Commissioner Elise Jones, left, Chair Cindy Domenico, center and Vice Chair Deb Gardner following the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners reorganization hearing last year. Photo credit: Richard M. Hackett
This Wind Turbine Is Bringing Clean Energy to New Heights
- by NationSwell
- October 29, 2014
Written by Lorraine Chow
Wind turbines are found on land and sea, but now there’s a new type on the horizon that can tap energy thousands of feet in the air.
As the video below explains, the helium-filled Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) is capable of producing twice the amount of energy of an ordinary turbine because it feeds off the stronger, faster and more consistent winds of higher altitudes. Cables tethered to the machine then send the generated wind energy back to a base station.
100-Percent Renewable Energy
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.”
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.
Well casing failure can contaminate groundwater
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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