Frack Radio Episode 4; Action Calendar: What You Can Do
Transcript submitted by Iris Marie Bloom, Director Protecting Our Waters, Host Frack Radio: The Shale Gas Report
ACTION CALENDAR: WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Write and call your Senator and Congressperson encouraging them to investigate and press charges against Halliburton and 11 other energy companies which have injected tens of millions of gallons of diesel fuel underground in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Make sure your Senator and your Representative back up the three House Democrats who sent a letter to the EPA about the massive violations, which took place in 19 states from 2005 to 2009.
2. Tell your Representative and Senator to forcefully reject the lobbyist-backed attack on the Clean Air Act. Friends of the Earth has issued an alert saying they didn’t know it would be this bad. The new Republican chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – – Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan — hired a cadre of corporate lobbyists into the committee’s most important staff positions. This week, Rep. Upton made his first order of business to partner with notorious climate science denier Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) in an effort to roll back crucial parts of the Clean Air Act. You can find more at www.foe.org.
Tell your representative and senators to forcefully reject the lobbyist-backed attack on the Clean Air Act.
3. Write Jon Stewart at the Daily Show and tell him he’d better get his facts straight about ALL the cumulative impacts from shale gas drilling before he lets T. Boone Pickens convert him into natural gas drilling’s newest fan. In particular, tell him the EPA has revised its estimate of climate impacts from shale gas drilling; according to ProPublica, the EPA now estimates the methane gas leaks into the atmosphere from shale gas drilling operations at 9,000 times the rate previously thought. Tell him in a twenty year framework, methane is 100 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat. Tell him on Facebook, on Twitter, on email, but tell Jon Stewart: you can’t get clean gas with dirty drilling.
DELAWARE RIVER BASIN ACTIONS:
1. Submit your comment right now at the drbc website, drbc.net, using the PEPC system, that is PEPC, a system developed by the National Park Service to accept large volume of public comments. Fifteen million people need to use the water from the Delaware River watershed but only 167 people have commented so far on draft fracking regulations in the four-state watershed. People, the DRBC is in the process of LIFTING the gas drilling moratorium without waiting for any cumulative impact study whatsoever, without waiting for the EPA study to be done, and without any apparent concern for the human health impacts which have been experienced in western states, in western and northeastern Pennsylvania. We need the other 14 million people – that is, the other 14,999,833 people to speak up now. YOU MAY COMMENT MORE THAN ONCE so we urge your first comment to focus on extending the extraordinarily short public comment period beyond March 16th
If you live in the huge four-state Delaware River watershed, attend one of three public hearings announced by the DRBC: one on February 22 at Honesdale High School in Wayne County, PA; one on February 22 at Liberty High School in Sullivan County, NY and
one on February 24th at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ. All meetings are from 1:30 to 5 pm and 6 – 9:30 pm; details at delawareriverkeeper.org
2. ANYWHERE action: Use existing resolutions banning shale gas drilling as models for your town, county, or city council. For starterst, find Philadelphia’s resolution at protectingourwaters.com and information about Pittsburgh’s ordnance banning fracking
within city limits at marcellusprotest.org
Those are not all the actions you can take but those are all the actions we have time for.
You’ve been listening to Frack Radio: The Shale Gas Report and I am Iris Marie Bloom.
Halliburton and Others Accused of Illegally Pumping Fuel into the Ground
Three House Democrats have accused Halliburton and 11 other energy companies with pumping more than 32 million gallons of diesel fuel into the ground in 19 states in violation of the Safe Water Drinking Act. In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California’s Henry Waxman, Massachusetts’s Edward Markey and Colorado’s Diana DeGette contend Halliburton and others dumped the fluid during a phase of natural gas extraction known as “hydrofracking.”
Oil and Gas Industry Denounces Academy Award-Nominated Documentary
In related news, a group representing the oil and gas industry have launched a campaign against Josh Fox’s documentary Gasland, which has been nominated for an Academy Award. The group, Energy in Depth, claims Fox misstates and ignores verifiable facts. Fox maintains his documentary is 100 percent factual. Energy in Depth is an industry group formed to fight federal regulation of fracking.