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…
November 17 – Freedom from Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: National Day of Action
The Frackfree America Coalition, along with four other environmental organizations, has announced a national day of action for November 17. The focus of the day is make a strong national call for Freedom from Fracking Waste and Earthquakes.
Chesapeake accused of withholding millions in royalty payments
A subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy has cheated Ohio mineral owners out of $30 million in royalties and possibly more, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Columbiana County.
Chesapeake has drilled 674 wells in Ohio’s Utica Shale, the most of any company. The Oklahoma City-based driller didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
The proposed class-action lawsuit accuses Chesapeake subsidiary, Chesapeake Operating, of violating lease agreements by selling oil and gas from Ohio wells at below-market prices and improperly deducting production and post-production costs from royalty payments.
Fracking opponents question the state’s choice of outside counsel to help rule on ballot initiatives.
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld Secretary of State Jon Husted’s decision to remove from this November’s ballot measures by Medina, Fulton and Athens counties that would have banned hydraulic fracturing and related infrastructure projects.(Medina, Fulton decisions.pdf) (Athens charter petition).
However, in a separate ruling, the court allowed the city of Youngstown to proceed with an anti-fracking charter amendment and ordered it be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The Fracking Bubble enters terminal decline
The worst oil price rout since 1986 is beginning to claim victims in the shale oil patch, and now its every man for himself.
Investors in $158.2 million of Goodrich Petroleum Corp.’s debt agreed to take 47 cents on the dollar in exchange for stock warrants for some note holders and a lien on Goodrich’s oil acreage, according to a company statement today…
“In the industry it’s called ‘getting primed,’” said Spencer Cutter, a credit analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. “It’s every man for himself. They’re trying to get in and get exchanged, and if you can’t you’re getting left out in the cold.”
Ohio Group Still Concerned about Injection Wells and Induced Earthquakes
Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Buckeye Forest Council Release Joint Statement on StatesFirst Earthquake Primer
Youngstown, Ohio, September 29, 2015 – Frackfree Mahoning Valley (based in Youngstown, Ohio) and Buckeye Forest Council released the following statement regarding the induced seismicity primer by StatesFirst released on September 28, 2015:
“The idea that human beings can control earthquakes is absurd and an example of hubris. No one can guarantee that earthquakes can be kept small or non-damaging. It is not known where all of the faults are that may become lubricated by disposal or injection well fluids, thereby possibly inducing a quake. The quake problem is often associated with unknown faults, many of which cannot be adequately mapped since the cost to do so would be prohibitive. Continuing on the path the oil and gas industry is on along with some of their allies is gambling with the public health, safety, and welfare. That is unacceptable,” said Teresa Mills of Buckeye Forest Council.
Hospitalization Rates Jump Near ‘Fracking’ Sites: Study
By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who live near “fracking” sites may be at increased risk for hospitalization for heart problems, neurological disorders and other conditions, new research suggests.
Public Herald 30-Month Report Finds DEP Fracking Complaint Investigations Are “Cooked” & Shredded
DO YOUR DUTY AND FEAR NO ONE!”
~ From the desk of the late and former DEP attorney, Bob Ging
In the largest release of fracking records in Pennsylvania history, Public Herald finds Water Contamination Investigations are “Cooked” & Shredded
by Joshua B. Pribanic & Melissa Troutman for Public Herald
Nearly 40 days after losing her drinking water, Christine Pepper received a certified determination letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at her home in Leroy Twp., Bradford County. The letter would tell her whether fracking was to blame.
Halfway down the first page it read “analytical results do not reveal any impacts from oil and gas activity” meaning the DEP investigation for Complaint #302587 determined the drilling and fracking next to her home did not impact her water supply. According to the state, the drinking water that nurtured her family’s farm for over 50 years was still safe.
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.
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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