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 articles, and more…
Army Corps Denies Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline
Protestors celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp earlier today. The Army Corps of Engineers notified the Standing Rock Sioux that the current route for the Dakota Access pipeline will be denied.
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The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline about half a mile south of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The decision is also a victory for the thousands of demonstrators across the country who flocked to North Dakota in protest.
“Our prayers have been answered,” National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby said in a statement. “This isn’t over, but it is enormously good news. All tribal peoples have prayed from the beginning for a peaceful solution, and this puts us back on track.”
The Pennsylvania Medical Society has called for a moratorium on new shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing and is urging the state to establish an independent health registry and start studying fracking’s public health impacts.
“We do support a moratorium at this point because of questions that have been raised,” said Charles Cutler, a Montgomery County doctor of internal medicine and the newly elected president of the 16,000-member medical society. “Those questions now point to the need for a registry and more science and research to give us a better understanding about whether fracking is safe and what the risk is.”
The society’s 300-member House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution at its annual meeting Sunday in Hershey calling for the fracking moratorium, registry and research.
The study also confirms the practice of fracking can contaminate both air and water in nearby communities.
“Because children are a particularly vulnerable population, research efforts should first be directed toward investigating whether exposure to hydraulic fracturing is associated with an increased risk,” said lead author Nicole Deziel, Ph.D. Considering there are 650,000 K-12 children that attend school within one mile of a fracked well in the United States, as well as 15 million Americans in general,, this is extremely alarming.
Filmmaker Faces 45 Years in Prison for Reporting on Dakota Access Protests
“They threw the book at Deia for being a journalist.”
Deia Schlosberg accepting an Emmy in 2014. (Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP)
In an ominous sign for press freedom, documentary filmmaker and journalist Deia Schlosberg was arrested and charged with felonies carrying a whopping maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison—simply for reporting on the ongoing Indigenous protests against fossil fuel infrastructure.
Schlosberg was arrested in Walhalla, North Dakota on Tuesday for filming activists shutting down a tar sands pipeline, part of a nationwide solidarity action organized on behalf of those battling the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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- CNHI Oklahoma | Stillwater News Press | David Bitton
Pawnee resident Steve Gibson records damage from a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that was centered near his town Saturday, Sept. 2, 2016. The earthquaked was the same magnitude as a 2011 quake near Prague, the largest in recent history.
Skinner said about 37 operators in the Arbuckle formation within 500 square miles around the epicenter near Pawnee, in Pawnee County, would be affected.
“We have done a 725 square mile area of interest, but 211 square miles of that is in Osage County, where we do not have any jurisdiction or data on disposal well activity,” he said. “That is EPA only — we have notified the EPA.”
Skinner said they are contacting all operators in the remaining area to shutdown, and they are working on a shutdown schedule.
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Drill cuttings are the waste dirt and rock associated with gas development. The state Department of Environmental Protection has allowed the waste to be reused as construction material under a special research and development permit.
Pennsylvania environmental regulators have green-lighted a proposal to use 3,950 tons of natural gas drilling waste for an experimental road construction project at a Lycoming County hunting club.
This approval marks the first time the waste– known as drill cuttings– can be re-purposed as construction material at an area that’s not an industrial site. The work is being done by Clean Earth, the same firm that backed out of controversial plans to put 400,000 tons of drilling waste near Pennsylvania’s “Grand Canyon” last year amid a public backlash.
Solar power growing rapidly as prices tumble and tax credits are extended
By John Funk, The Plain Dealer
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on August 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM, updated August 27, 2016 at 9:04 AM
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The nation is on the verge of the solar revolution that has been predicted for decades.
And that’s what experts were discussing this week at a solar conference in northwest Ohio at Green Energy Ohio’s annual solar conference, held this year at Bowling Green.
Compressor Stations and Toxic Gases
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.
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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