Frack Radio: Ep. 5, “Bradford County’s Bastion of Hope”, Feb. 10, 2011
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What You Can Do: We encourage you to attend one of the three Delaware River Basin Commission hearings in person:
- Tues. Feb. 22, Honesdale, PA (Wayne County): Honesdale High School (459 Terrace St.), cap. 990;
- Tues. Feb. 22, Liberty, NY (Sullivan County): Liberty High School (125 Buckley St.), cap. 750;
- Thur. Feb 24, Trenton, NJ (Mercer County): Patriots Theater @ War Memorial (1 Memorial Dr.), cap. 1,833.
Sessions for all meetings run from 1:30 to 5 pm and from 6 – 9:30 pm. Reservations to speak are on a first come first serve basis, opening one hour prior to each session.
If you live in the Delaware River Basin, comment on the proposed fracking regulations for the Delaware River watershed. You may comment early and often, and you may also help generate a river of comments by involving your family, friends, and network in protecting surface water, groundwater, wetlands and drinking water. You can find information at protectingourwaters.com and delawareriverkeeper.org.
On the Federal level, write and call your Senator and Representative for two reasons this week. Ask them to give strong backup to the three House Democrats demanding a full investigation by the EPA into the tens of millions of gallons of diesel fuel injected underground by shale gas drillers in 19 states for four years in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. At the same time, ask federal lawmakers to provide strong support for the EPA in assessing the life cycle impacts on water from hydraulic fracturing and in regulating life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas drillers.
Jon Stewart of the Daily Show seemed to not quite have his facts straight regarding the life cycle impacts from shale gas drilling when he invited T. Boone Pickens on his show recently. Stewart said that he’d heard shale gas drilling has some environmental impacts, but that Pickens’ plan to vastly increase the use of natural gas for transportation sounds good to him if drilling can be done safely. Please write and call the Daily Show to let Stewart know about ALL of unconventional gas drilling’s impacts, from deforestation and water contamination to health impacts and climate. Let him know the EPA recently found methane emissions from shale gas drilling are 9,000 times greater than previously thought. You can’t clean up greenhouse gas problems by spewing more potent greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Email email@example.com and call 212/ 586-2477.
News Roundup: Buffalo, NY bans fracking; Explosions in PA and TX; NJ Governor vetoes LNG project; tens of millions of gallons of diesel fuel injected into ground through 19 states; EPA will study lifecycle effects of unconventional gas extraction; industry attacks Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox
Special Guest: Mike Bastion
Field Recording: Testimony of Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko before Pennsylvania Senate Policy Majority Committee on January 26, 2010.
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City leaders in Buffalo, New York voted to ban any form of natural gas extraction, including hydrofracking, on Tuesday, February 8th. Citizens groups and clean water advocates hailed the Buffalo Common Council move, which made it the first city in New York – and the second nationwide, after Pittsburgh – to ban fracking for natural gas within city limits. No known deposits of gas underlie Buffalo but Common Council Rep. Joseph Golombek, the bill’s lead sponsor, said “We’re hoping Southern Tier communities will do the same thing.” The Council also wants Buffalo’s Sewer Authority to address concerns that the authority may have accepted waste liquids from hydrofracking. Council Majority Leader Richard Fontana said, “we need to get all the facts – this is about protecting the Great Lakes.”
A massive natural gas explosion killed at least one person in Allentown, PA when a house in a residential neighborhood blew up at about 10:45 PM on February 9th. Fires burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes; 500 – 600 people were evacuated. Five people are still missing as of February 10th. The cause is unclear.
Explosions and fire hit a natural gas liquids plant near Houston, TX on February 8th, with one worker unaccounted for. The fires created a thirty mile long plume of smoke. The plant, owned by Enterprise Products Partners, is one of the largest natural gas liquids fractionation complexes in the world. It had just built a new plant last year to accept natural gas liquids from the Haynesville Shale.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed an offshore port and pipeline for liquid natural gas this week, citing “unacceptable and substantial risks.” The LNG project would affect almost 6,000 acres of seafloor in prime fishing grounds; discharge from wastewater, effluent and stormwater runoff would add to the environmental degradation. The Governor also said the LNG project would be a step backwards in terms of renewable energy goals. Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf stated, “This is a clear victory for the ocean.” The next goal for ocean advocacy groups is to pass legislation to permanently protect ocean waters off the coast of New Jersey and New York, which can be done by making it a Clean Ocean Zone.
On Capitol Hill, three House Democrats have accused Halliburton and 11 other energy companies of pumping more than 32 million gallons of diesel fuel into the ground in 19 states in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. In a letter to the U.S. EPA, Henry Waxman, Edward Markey and Diana DeGette contend Halliburton and others injected the fuel underground as part of hydraulic fracturing for gas.
The EPA raised the ire of the industry on February 8th when it announced it would study the “full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing, from acquisition of water, through the mixing of chemicals and actual fracturing, to the post-fracturing stage. The EPA will conduct the study through 2012. In September a spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute said of the planned study, “We wouldn’t want it to be an expansive view of everything to do with oil and gas drilling.”
An industry group called Energy in Depth, formed to fight federal regulation of fracking, has launched another campaign against Josh Fox’s documentary GASLAND, which has been nominated for an Academy Award. Fox maintains his documentary is 100% factual, answering the attacks head on.
Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, who draws a big paycheck from the drilling industry’s Marcellus Shale Coalition, faced a tough crowd of about 250 people at Carnegie Mellon University last week. One activist challenged him to visit with people who have had their water tainted by shale gas drilling operations and expressed her concern that she would be surrounded by 30 separate drill sites in a few years. Ridge responded by telling her that he loved her passion, but that he didn’t believe fracking contaminates water and repeated that no one has ever proved contamination from fracking despite one million wells drilled using the fracking process.