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The Daily Frack – Oct. 31

October 31, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 31

  Deborah Rogers: Tar Sands Producers Face a Constellation of Risks A new report issued today by The Institute for Energy, Economic and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International addresses the constellation of risks facing tar sand producers. For the first time, the financial impacts of campaigns such as public accountability surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline have now been quantified together with many other extenuating issues facing tar sands producers. It is estimated that various campaigns have cost the industry approximately $30 Billion since 2010. Energy Policy Forum’s Deborah Lawrence Rogers was a co-author.   http://energypolicyforum.org/2014/10/29/tar-sands-producers-face-a-constellation-of-risks/ Read the report in its entirety here.   10, Including Biologist Sandra Steingraber, Arrested as Human Blockade of Methane Gas Storage Facility Continues For the second morning in a row, the “We Are Seneca […]

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Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming Together to Protect Communities

October 31, 2014
Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming Together to Protect Communities

Saturday, November 15, 9 AM – 5 PM Collateral Damage from Fracking  Coming Together to Protect Communities Textor Hall, Ithaca College , Ithaca , NY 14850   Registration closes Sunday, November 9   Keynote Speaker:  David Slottje of Community Environmental Defense Council The Agenda:  http://www.r-cause.net/uploads/8/0/2/5/8025484/conference_agenda_11-15-14.pdf To Register, by 11/9 ($15 admission fee):  http://www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/registration.htm   For more information: http://www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/

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Fracked Sick

October 31, 2014
Fracked Sick

High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found Near Fracking A five-state study raises new questions about the health impacts of fracking Natural gas rigs dot Jonah Field in western Wyoming. Air samples taken at drilling sites elsewhere in that state and four others suggest there’s cause for concern that the U.S. oil and gas boom may have health effects. Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Creative Jamie Smith Hopkins The Center for Public Integrity Published October 30, 2014   Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn’t go away, his wife’s hair came out in chunks, and anytime they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in.   They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, the rural community to which […]

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Frackers Take Lessons on How to Be Total Pariahs

October 30, 2014
Frackers Take Lessons on How to Be Total Pariahs

Frack Industry Talk Secretly Taped !                       By ERIC LIPTONOCT. 30, 2014 WASHINGTON — If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.   The blunt advice from the consultant, Richard Berman, the founder and chief executive of the Washington-based Berman & Company consulting firm, came as Mr. Berman solicited up to $3 million from oil and gas industry executives to finance an advertising and public relations campaign called Big Green Radicals. The company executives, […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 30

October 30, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 30

Shale gas report due date debate Hydrofracking study timetable set by state health commissioner, not governor. The end-of-the-year due date for the completion of the Health Department‘s report on the potential impacts of hydrofracking isn’t Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s deadline. Clarifying what the governor said in last week’s gubernatorial debate, his office on Tuesday said that acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was the one who determined the timeline for the submission of his agency’s work on the controversial natural gas drilling technique. “The health commissioner indicated that the study will be completed by the end of the year, so that’s when the governor expects it,” said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi. An administration official said the report would be made public by the end of December, as well. http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Shale-gas-report-due-date-debate-5854274.php   Anti-Fracking Leader, […]

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Fracking = Cancer. Any Questions ?

October 30, 2014
Fracking = Cancer. Any Questions ?

Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites The spikes almost certainly will lead to a cancer increase in surrounding areas A Pennsylvania farmhouse sits below pipes and pumps used for hydraulic fracturing in 2011. Complete study here: http://www.ehjournal.net/content/13/1/82  Summary at the bottom of this news report  By Alan Neuhauser Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:01 a.m. EDT + More Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous” cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites. “This is a significant public health risk,” says Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany-State University of New York and lead author of the study, which was published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health. “Cancer […]

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The Vera Victorious !

October 30, 2014
The Vera Victorious !

No fine for Vera, no jail time, nor Cabot legal fees paid by her. A triple play win. Vera was found in technical violation since the road was pronounced by the judge as an “access road” dually used by the Industry and landowner and Vera now has to stay 100′ away from it as per her injunction. Even though Vera was standing on a county road, patrolled by Corbett’s Fracking Gastapo. Judge struck any references Vera made to visiting homes with contaminated water ….several times…but Cabot and their celebrity spokeswoman were none too happy with the results… that they had spent so much money on. Bravo Vera ! The photo below shows Vera’s “infraction” – she is standing in the public right of way of the public county road behind her – on […]

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Fracking Collateral Damage Conference

October 29, 2014
Fracking Collateral Damage Conference

Most New Yorkers won’t get fracked, they’ll just get poisoned, gassed and dumped on. Come find out how to avoid that. Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming together to protect communities An action-oriented conference, Nov. 15 in IthacaCheck Out Our Conference Agenda! www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/agenda.htm Local officials, activists and lawyers who have been involved in successful efforts to protect their communities and/or are developing templates for local laws and actions will make crisp presentations focusing on strategies that have worked. Ample time for discussion will allow us to learn from the experience of conference attendees and to plan for the future. We hope you’ve registered and spread the word!Registration is open until November 9 on our website: www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/registration.htmA printer-ready packet of materials is available for you to hand out to local officials who are […]

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OH. Frack ! Ohio to Displace Fracklahoma as World Capital of Frackquakes ?

October 29, 2014
OH. Frack ! Ohio to Displace Fracklahoma as World Capital of Frackquakes ?

Move over Fracklahoma, there’s a new frackquake contender, Ohio, who is fast catching up as a frackquake epicenter. Not just on disposal wells, but on the fracks themselves. Fracking related earthquakes in eastern Ohio now top 1,000 Before 2011 three Ohio Counties: Harrison, Mahoning and Trumbull had no known earthquakes. Since then, the earthquake total is over 1,000.  All of the earthquakes were human induced due to fracking for shale gas. The quakes are restricted to four locations, two housing injection wells and two fracking well pads.                 A: Kim, W. Y. (2013). Induced seismicity associated with a fluid injection into deep well in Youngstown, Ohio, J. Geophys. Res. 118, 3506– 3518, B: Optimizing Multi-Station Earthquake Template Matching Through Re-Examination Of The Youngstown, […]

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The Daily Frack – Oct. 29

October 29, 2014
The Daily Frack - Oct. 29

  Legal petition seeks NY ban on outdated rail cars A coalition of environmental groups and Albany residents filed a legal petition last week seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany , citing their history of rupturing and exploding in a series of catastrophic derailments. The petition, filed by a group represented by Earthjustice, asks Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens to issue an order prohibiting receipt and storage of crude in DOT-111 tank cars at the port, which has become a hub for rail shipments of North Dakota ‘s Bakken crude bound for coastal refineries. DEC spokesman Peter Constantakes said the federal government has sole authority over interstate commerce, “which absolutely prohibits the DEC […]

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