Oil/Gas drilling has become “unconventional.”
What is “fracking” ? How does it affect you?
Big Oil and Gas proclaim that “fracking” is not new, that it is 50 or 60 years old. But there is one word that Big Oil and Gas seem unable to understand and that is BIG. The current version of fracking is VERY BIG – fracking on a MASSIVE and DANGEROUS scale. Fracking today uses far more chemicals and creates a far larger toxic and radioactive waste stream than conventional drilling ever did by several orders of magnitude. Also, most people use the term “fracking” to include ALL the aspects of unconventional drilling of shale–the massive foot print of drilling pads, the immense amounts of water used and permanently ruined, the vast number of polluting truck trips involved, with accompanying threats from new pipelines, compressor stations, etc.
Much of the toxic radioactive waste comes from other states and is being brought to Ohio and being 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 why fracking (unconventional oil/gas drilling) should be banned and to help you make informed decisions for yourself, decisions about how to help protect your community.
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And so the fracking cover up begins
by Bob Fitrakis and Gerry Bello
December 4, 2013
A headline in the Saturday, November 30 Columbus Dispatch screamed: “Family’s well not tainted by driller.” The lead asserts that, “Natural gas that caught fire after it bubbled from a faucet in a Portage County house did not come from a nearby shale well, state officials have concluded.” The question is, can we trust these state officials?
The investigation conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) needs to be closely examined. The ODNR is at best a “captured agency” which has been accused repeatedly of promoting the oil and gas industry and specifically fracking, the practice of horizontal drilling.
Health Dept. Concerned About Benzene Emissions Near Local Gas Drilling Sites
December 10, 2013
A substance believed to cause cancer in those exposed to it over an extended period of time is in the air near Marcellus Shale fracking sites, according to Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble.
“The levels of benzene really pop out. The amounts they were seeing were at levels of concern,” said Gamble in describing the results of testing his department recently performed at well sites throughout Ohio County (WV).
Ohio Oil & Gas Assn. Analyst Says 100 Years of Cheap Gas is “Hogwash”
Landowners: Prepare for an Onslaught of Rights-of-Ways Seekers from the Industry
December 8, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio – At its exposition at Cleveland’s IX Center last week, as reported by John Funk in the Plain Dealer, OOGA analyst James Halloran declared that a “100 year supply of cheap gas is hogwash,”
Halloran went on to say, “The best estimate of what we have in terms of reserves at a reasonable price is somewhere between 25 and 40 years of supply.”
I think Halloran still had some industry hype built in to his estimate. If we discount his pro-industry hype, that might actually mean a 15 – 20 year supply, perhaps less for Ohio’s largely unproven Utica shale, on which the industry heavily counts. Why do I estimate 15 – 20 years? I used the record of predictions and production in Texas as reported by shale economist Deborah Rogers. Rogers also pointed to others shale plays that followed similar patterns where actual production fell far short of industry predictions.
According to shale economist Deborah Rogers, industry overestimation of economically recoverable reserves is the usual modus operandi because it keeps the investors investing. The reality, according to Rogers, is that in any given gas or oil field, only about 20% of the wells produce profitably. The other 80% are financial losers.
It is important to note that Halloran also predicted that export of U.S. shale oil and gas will grow. Of course it will grow. That’s the plan. Even with shipping costs figured in, the industry can clear $9.00 per thousand cubic feet of natural gas from China, while it can only clear around $3 or $4 per thousand cubic feet in the U.S. That’s why Halloran also stated that vast new pipelines and other infrastructure must be built to move the gas and oil from Ohio and other states to export facilities – or merely to pipe directly to Canada and Mexico.
For example, the contemplated Nexus pipeline will gather natural gas from Pennsylvania and Ohio and move it to Canada— without one cubic centimeter of U.S. gas going to U.S. consumers.
But look out! If you think landmen were running amok in Ohio gathering gas leases from landowners, you ain’t seen nuthin yet! The pipeline rights of way will run over all kinds of lands, and the rights of landowners be damned. Hold on to your hats and to your wallets AND your signing pens. Don’t sign your rights away with those “rights of ways.” Don’t sign your way of life away and the way of life of your community.
For a full explanation of the financial manipulations involving shale plays and claims of proved reserves, see the Deborah Rogers video below. Find out why many big industry players are writing down the value of their shale assets and why investments in clean energy are beginning to rise significantly. Also find out what the real industry game is behind building pipelines.
Panel at Roaming Shores Presents Comprehensive overview of Fracking:
http://vimeo.com/77556713 – Legal, Financial Aspects & Leasing
http://vimeo.com/77509341 – The Technology & Its Risks
http://vimeo.com/77623730 - Health Impacts of Fracking
http://vimeo.com/77647012 - Truck Traffic & Road Impacts
http://vimeo.com/77759379 - Communities Organizing to Protect Themselves
Can New York Power Its Way to A 100 % Renewable Energy Future?
A common view among state and federal lawmakers is that economic growth and clean energy innovation are mutually exclusive. Their error stems as much from their un-confessed self-interest as it does from the ad campaigns portraying fossil fuel exploration as a celebrated American tradition, attracting rugged, patriotic men and women.
The glistening offshore oil platforms and the early morning roll calls at natural gas plants convey a clean-cut, straight-talking, collaborative atmosphere that appeals to American sensibilities. What these ads intentionally fail to address is that the American workers they feature could instead be building the clean, non-polluting renewable power infrastructure America so desperately needs.
In his February 12, 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama urged the Congress to “pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change.” And he offered this promise: “… if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.” What Obama did not mention are the energy options already capable of delivering the 21st century American jobs that will, if initiated, result in reduced climate gas emissions, cleaner air and water, lower health care costs and electrical power price stabilization.
Stanford University Professor Mark Z. Jacobson, who explores and analyzes air quality, global warming and large-scale renewable energy solutions through elegant mathematical models, has already connected the eco-economic dots that Obama omitted. Jacobson, director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy, is motivated by the findings of his recent report, which reveal, he says, “the technical and economic feasibility of repowering an individual state for all purposes primarily with wind, water and sun (WWS).”
A huge solar farm with molten salt storage is ready to go live in Arizona
SUMMARY:The massive solar farms that are planned for the deserts of the west are now coming online. Introducing Solana, which is the first in the U.S. to commercially use molten salt energy storage tech.
After almost three years of construction, $2 billion in funding, a controversial Department of Energy loan guarantee, and 2,000 jobs created, a large and unique solar farm about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona, is now ready to produce power. This is Solana, developed by Spanish engineering powerhouse Abengoa, and it uses hundreds of parabolic-shaped mirrors that concentrate the suns rays to produce electricity as well as an industry first deployment of molten salt-based thermal energy storage technology.
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.
Gas Well Policy Guidelines for Key Bank
- NO mortgages will be written on properties that have a Gas Well.
- Key Bank can deny mortgage underwriting to homeowners whose properties are within 600 feet of a gas well.
- No mortgages will be written on properties which have gas leases attached to them.
- Property owner/gas rights lesser and gas companies can be held liable for damages.
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