Fracked: New Yorkers Visit the Marcellus Shale + Disembowelling the Planet + Let Them Drink Methane. And Arsenic

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Anti-Fracking Rally, Albany NY

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Aug 29, 2012 by

Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pa, August 26– Senator Adriano Espaillat sponsors a tour for New Yorkers of several Pennsylvania hydrofracking sites owned by different companies which are exploiting the Marcellus Shale for its natural gas reserves with disastrous consequences, not least poisoning the water supply. Vera Scroggins of Citizens for Clean Air explains the frustrations of fighting the gas companies. Part One. Filmed by Liza Béar, lizajbear@gmail.com. For more info: factracker.org, nepagasaction.org, shaleshock.org. See also Sean Lennon’s exquisite op-ed piece in the NYT August 27 2012. He and Yoko Ono have started a group called Artists Against Fracking. For an aerial view of hydrofracking see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQfCzZiF9a8&feature=colike

Fracked Pt 1: New Yorkers Visit the Marcellus Shale, Susquehanna Co., Pa

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Aug 30, 2012 by

Susquehanna Co., Pa, August 26–The second stop at an industrial landscape on our visit was the Kass Gas Site on Howard Hill Road in Liberty Township, where two gas wells heads and water tanks are currently visible. Five million gallons of water laced with more than 600 highly toxic chemicals are used to fracture the Marcellus Shale and release the natural gas. These chemicals include methane, radium and uranium. The visit for New Yorkers who are combating a similar hydrofracking scenario in New York State was organized by Senator Adriano Espaillat and the tour guide was Vera Scroggins of Citizens for Clean Water. http://www.nepaagasaction.org. Filmed by Liza Béar

This is Part 2 of 4. See also ArtistsAgainstFracking for how to contact Governor Andrew Cuomo on this issue.

Fracked Pt 2 : Disembowelling the Planet: Kass Natural Gas

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Aug 31, 2012 by

Susquehanna Co, Pa, August 26th 2012–Tammy and Matt Manning, residents on Route 29, Franklin Forks, Franklin Township, describe the impact of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale on their well water which, on testing by the DEP, was found to have 82 ppm of methane, a poisonous gas and major cause of global warming. In addition, their formerly pristine swimming hole now bubbles with methane. A council member from Great Battenborough refers to a local restaurant, Heavenly Angels, whose water is allegedly contaminated with 5 times the permitted level of arsenic. The contamination affects not only the local water but the food supply; antlers from the deer whose flesh has been consumed are propped on the front porch of an adjacent house ; in the coop, various breeds of chicken are drinking from a basin of contaminated water. Visit to Marcellus Shale sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat; community liaison Ben Schacter. Tour guide: Vera Scroggins of Citizens for Clean Air.

Part 3 filmed by Liza Béar. lizajbear@gmail.com. See also fractracker.org.

Fracked Pt 3: “Let Them Drink Methane. And Arsenic. “

see

Marcellus Earth First! Anti-fracking Activists Take On the Police and Shutdown Drilling

Fighting the frack attack by Peter Rugh

Barack Obama’s Executive Order: Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources

New Report Finds Oversight of Natural Gas Fracking Are Inadequate Protection for Water Supplies

Josh Fox: The Sky Is Pink

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10 thoughts on “Fracked: New Yorkers Visit the Marcellus Shale + Disembowelling the Planet + Let Them Drink Methane. And Arsenic

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  9. In response to his alleged “economic” argument against the Lennons’ position contributed by a UCLA Prof I just posted the following comment at http://beforeitsnews.com/economy/2012/08/sean-lennons-ny-times-op-ed-about-the-environmental-costs-of-fracking-2449234.html

    “Negative externalities?” ~ are you saying the only negatives in your Coase calculus are anthropocentric? Think again: “population” is a term that is also applied to non-human entities like bees for example, or members of any other species for that matter. Consider the greater feedback loops and natural cycles implicated in any co-ordinated assault upon an ecosystem. It may not affect humans in a given area immediately, but in the long term it will wherever it affects the ecosystem in a destructive way; as in the short term it has a direct and immediate impact on native populations of any species associated with a given bio-region, and that must eventually be factored into the global equation. You are purporting to invoke science but in actual fact you are illustrating the fundamental error that afflicts all economic logic ~ the myopia of selectivity, by cherry-picking your data to support an “economic” argument that excludes ecological facts. This is the root of all the significant problems in our world today. Corporate interests rig the game. The “externality” you should be concerned with is the exclusion of authentic independent science.

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