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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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A STATE OF QUAKES
The aftershocks of Ohio’s fracking boom and the regulatory structure that supports it
By Nika Knight
As sun set on the final evening of 2011, a loud boom interrupted New Years’ Eve revelries in eastern Ohio. Valerie Dearing, who was ringing in the New Year in her living room in the small town of Poland, proceeded to walk clumsily across her moving floor. Her paintings rattled on the wall. She told me, “I wasn’t aware of shaking beyond the paintings on my wall moving around, but I was unevenly walking, so I was aware that something was going on. And the first thing that came to mind was an earthquake.” In fact, it was an earthquake graded at 4.0 on the Richter scale — with an epicenter in Youngstown, it was the largest earthquake recorded in the region to date.
Weeks After Texas Oil Well Explosion, Families Still Can’t Go Home
Three weeks after well explosion, families are still waiting and worrying as Canadian oil company Encana decontaminates their homes in Karnes County.
An oil and gas well pad site in Karnes County, Texas, in the Eagle Ford Shale on June 1, 2015, a week and a half after a well blew out, spewing a mixture of crude oil, condensate and natural gas into the air. More than a dozen households were evacuated. Five families are unable to return home because their houses are being decontaminated. Credit: Aaron M. Sprecher/Greenpeace
Several families remain displaced three weeks after an oil well exploded in Karnes County, Texas, and the true extent of the contamination is unknown.
More than a dozen households were evacuated after the well blowout in mid-May . As of Monday, five families were unable to return home because their houses are being decontaminated, said Doug Hock, a spokesman for Encana, the Canadian company that owns the well.
Three of the families are at a local hotel. Leonard Cordova, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter have shared a hotel room since May 19. Their three indoor cats are staying with them. The family’s dogs are at a friend’s house, and their three outdoor cats are still living on the Cordovas’ property, which is across the street from the well that blew.
“As far as I know, our [home] is one of the hardest ones hit,” Cordova said.
“They’re not allowing us to go back to our property,” he added. “They have guards out front, and if we try to go back, they call the police.”
Approval of drilling sends mixed signal from Obama
Ann G. Berwick
Did the president think we wouldn’t notice? This month, the Obama administration gave conditional approval to Shell Gulf of Mexico’s plan to drill for oil this summer in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Alaska. Industry and environmental groups agree that this is one of the world’s most dangerous places to drill, given its huge waves and the difficulty of reaching it in the event of an accident. The administration had previously granted Shell a permit to drill offshore in the Arctic but in 2013 refused to give it permission to continue operations in light of serious safety problems.
Cleanup Under Way as Officials Assess Size of California Oil Spill
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.—As an investigation and cleanup efforts began Wednesday, federal officials said that oil that spilled from a burst pipeline near shore here Tuesday had spread into two large patches in the Pacific Ocean, covering an area 9 miles long by midday.
Dramatic Increases of Cancer-Causing Radon in PA Homes Linked to Fracking
Researchers in Pennsylvania have discovered that the prevalence of radon, a radioactive and carcinogenic gas, in people’s homes and commercial buildings that are nearer to fracking sites has increased dramatically in the state since the unconventional and controversial gas drilling practice began in the state just over a decade ago.
Ohio high court’s Munroe Falls oil ruling wrongly quashes home rule rights, again: editorial
on February 21, 2015 at 5:23 AM, updated February 21, 2015 at 5:24 AM
The state Supreme Court, siding with the Statehouse oil and gas lobby, has yet again pruned the home rule power of Ohio cities and villages, a decision, be it noted, enabled by an Ohio General Assembly in thrall to special interests.
Gutting of renewable energy policies now driving away business in Ohio, report says
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s renewable energy policies sparked tremendous investment in the industry, but recent moves by state lawmakers have slowed that growth and threaten its future, according to a report released Tuesday.
Ohio was No. 13 in the country for new capacity and private investment in wind at the end of 2012, according to the Pew report. However, new investment halted in 2013 because of “uncertainty” created by legislative debate over Ohio’s renewable energy standards and the expiration of a federal production tax credit, according to the report.
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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