EarthJustice + Community: A volley in the LPG battle of Seneca Lake

 
Protesters linked arms on Sept. 6 to ensure no traffic could get in or out of the Inergy Midstream property in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County.

Protesters linked arms on Sept. 6 to ensure no traffic could get in or out of the Inergy Midstream property in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County. / FILE PHOTO
Written by
G. Jeffrey Aaron

 

Last week, the fight against plans to create a massive underground liquid petroleum gas storage facility in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, took a great leap forward. Continue reading

Ingraffea/Engelder Debate, Dundee NY: 01/2013: Should New York State and/or Starkey Township Allow High Volume Shale Gas Extraction?

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Ingraffea/Engelder Debate, Dundee NY: 01/2013: Should New York State and/or Starkey Township Allow High Volume Shale Gas Extraction?

A debate sponsored by the Town of Starkey held January 23, 2013 at the high school auditorium in Dundee, NY between Dr. Terry Engelder, Penn State University, who supports the proposition, and Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University, who opposes.  Jack Ossant, moderator, introduces debaters

“The value of this science could increment the net worth of U.S. energy

resources by a trillion dollars, plus or minus billions.” —Dr. Engelder

“They are imposing on us the requirement to locate our homes,
hospitals and schools inside their industrial space.” —Dr. Ingraffea

Those unfamiliar or familiar with hydrofracking’s offerings, in favor of or not, or still undecided, should gain new perspectives from this event.

Fracking our Farms: A Tale of Five Farming Families

  • Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association 
  • February 20, 2013

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Environment and Climate Resource Center page.Author’s note: On Sunday, Feb. 17, I marched with the OCA at the Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C. At one point, our banner, “Cook Organic Not the Planet,” caught the eye of a dairy farmer.  He approached. I handed him a flyer and launched into my pitch about how organic agriculture has the power to bring dangerous carbon dioxide levels back down to the safe level of 350 parts-per-million. He nodded politely, then stopped me short with this “If they frack all the farms, there isn’t going to be any organic.” Continue reading

Fracking’s Cracking House Foundations (The Marcellus Effect: 12/09/12

A homeowner in Portage County, Ohio, blames fracking at a well 1,000 feet away for damage to her house. The damage started in September, soon after the well went online. There are cracks in her walls and ceiling and through the masonry of her fireplace. Water has been leaking through the chimney and into her house – and her homeowners insurance isn’t going to cover the damage.

Two separate structural engineers have examined the cracks and confirm that they are caused by vibrations. Even though the well is 1,000 feet away, the vibrations sound like a helicopter outside her window.
Homeowners in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles are also complaining about cracks in their homes. Continue reading

Fracking’s most horrifying health risks (Salon: 12/03/12)

New York State’s Department of Health is finally assessing the dangers — but is there time to address them?

BY ALTERNETFracking's most horrifying health risks(Credit: AP/Ed Andrieski)

The good news is that a public health department— New York State’s Department of Health (DOH)— is finally undertaking an assessment of fracking’s likely health risks. The bad news is that it’s questionable whether it will allow adequate time to do a credible and complete job. Continue reading

Fracking Central Park? (ShaleShockMedia.org: 12/16/12)

A FOIL request of the DEC has uncovered two shale gas well permit applications in New York City’s Central Park. The address on the first application is given as “Central Park West at W. 62nd Street.”  The second is an address on Central Park East. The mineral rights owner is listed as “New York City” and the mineral leases are to “N. Bedford Forrest Operating Company, of Guthrie, Oklahoma,”  ably represented by The Law Firm of Tom West. The applications are shown as exploratory or “wildcat” tests of the Olmsted Shale, a formation of which little is known in Midtown. Target depth is 10,000 feet, which would require one of the biggest land rigs available to be brought up from the Eagle Ford field in South Texas, possibly by barge up the Hudson River.

Analysis of Marcellus Flowback Finds High Levels of Ancient Brines (ScienceDaily: 12/18/12)

Dec. 18, 2012 — Brine water that flows back from gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region after hydraulic fracturing is many times more salty than seawater, with high contents of various elements, including radium and barium. The chemistry is consistent with brines formed during the Paleozoic era, a study by an undergraduate student and two professors in Penn State’s Department of Geosciences found.

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Shale drillers want to move wastewater on barges (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:12/16/12

Written by By Emily DeMarco / PublicSource on . Posted in Investigations

barge-webThe “Vulcan” towboat and its load pass the Point on the Ohio River in a redish fog, highlighted by the sunrise. The Vulcan beongs to the Consol Energy fleet. (Photo by Darrell Sapp / Post-Gazette) Continue reading