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Chip Northrup

WSJ: Frack Protesters Welcome Obama To Birthplace of Frack Bans

May 22, 2014
WSJ: Frack Protesters Welcome Obama To Birthplace of Frack Bans

WSJ: Hundreds of Fracking Protesters Greet Obama in Cooperstown. Because his advance team evidently did not know that the Village would be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of its frack ban – the first one in America. Not only did the Village of Cooperstown support the ban, but so did the Hall of Fame.  So rather than enter the Hall of Fame via the front door where awnings had been set up for his arrival, he snuck in via a service dock in a back alley. This did not go unnoticed by the Wall Street Journal. ARTICLE NATALIE ANDREWS President Barack Obama visited the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday as crowds chanted outside, but these weren’t fans cheering on America’s pastime. Or Obama. Instead, they were protesters chanted “End fracking now!” And while baseball and oil […]

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Spill Baby Spill : The Year to Date in Frackastrophes

May 6, 2014
Spill Baby Spill : The Year to Date in Frackastrophes

A partial list . . . more fracking nonsense coming your way down a railroad track, highway or river real soon.   Charge your video camera, get a YouTube account and put a tort lawyer on speed dial.  Or just ban it. That works too. The next time some gas bag says, “Fracking can be done safely,” or some such drivel, show them this list: April 2014 04/11/2014 April 30-A CSX train carrying fracked crude oil derails and bursts into flames in downtown Lynchburg, VA, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. April 30- Two oil workers die and nine others are injured in an explosion at a RKI Exploration and Production well site in West Texas. Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper says the workers were operating a rig that separates […]

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HELEN SLOTTJE WINS WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE !

April 28, 2014
HELEN SLOTTJE WINS WORLD'S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE !

BREAKING NEWS:  Helen Holden Slottje Wins Goldman Environmental Prize 2014 Local Fractivist Wins World’s Largest Environmental Prize  Helen Slottje, co-founder of the legal dynamic duo Team Slottje has just been named recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2014. Way to go Helen. Bravo Team Slottje.  “A former corporate lawyer who is blocking fracking in the state of New York after discovering a legal loophole enabling individual towns to fight fracking through zoning laws. Her efforts have helped to stall the hydraulic fracking process, leading large corporations to ask the court to force the Cuomo administration to decide if large-scale fracking can continue in New York. These corporations argue that the repeated delays in the decision making process are grounds for a judge to intervene.” More Photos Mary Rose Ramos For […]

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Walter Hang’s Letter to Cuomo: No More Frack Filth in Water Plants

April 27, 2014
Walter Hang's Letter to Cuomo: No More Frack Filth in Water Plants

Dumping Frack Waste In Water Treatment Plants April 22, 2014 Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Greetings: I write respectfully to request that you take immediate action to safeguard New York’s environment from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) inadequate regulation of natural gas drilling wastewater dumping hazards. This highly polluted wastewater contains a wide range of metals, organic chemicals and radionuclides that are toxic and persistent. As you will recall, I wrote on April 7, 2011 to request that you: “investigate potential environmental and public health impacts associated with approximately 20 million gallons of natural gas drilling wastewater reportedly accepted by the Auburn, Canandaigua and Cayuga Heights Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs).” I noted that: “This matter warrants your […]

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New York Shale Gets (another) Major Downgrade

April 21, 2014
New York Shale Gets (another) Major Downgrade

The League of Women Voters of New York have commissioned their own study on New York’s shale gas potential – this time from the industry.  The results are a fraction – about 5% – of what the DEC had lead the public to believe was New York’s shale potential. Full report here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/219405163/Marcellus-Resource-Assessment-for-New-York-April-10-2014 http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/04/22/new-report-finds-marcellus-gas-costly-produce-raising-doubts-new-york-state One of the authors will be on Capital Pressroom : Arthur Berman and Elisabeth Radow on Capitol Pressroom, Tuesday April 22 at 11:30 to discuss report on economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York.   http://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/ The League of Women Voter of New York State has contracted with Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. to perform an evaluation of potential economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York. The resulting report: Resource Assessment of Potentially Producible Natural Gas Volumes […]

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State to Frack Babies: Frack Off

March 29, 2014
State to Frack Babies: Frack Off

The State of New York has responded to a landowner’s suit by telling them – in no uncertain legal terms – to take a fracking hike. The landowners claim that the state is taking too long to conduct its environmental and health review of fracking, but they are at a complete loss as to say how long such a study should take. They claim they have waited too long to drill a shale gas well on their property – when none of them has ever had a valid well permit application in the queue at the DEC.  It’s ironic that they are calling for the state to update its regulations, when the gas industry has opposed any update in the state’s environmental regulations for decades. When it came to time to […]

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Frack Busters’ Methodology Confirmed

February 22, 2014
Frack Busters' Methodology Confirmed

By researchers at Princeton University and by the University of Texas. A similar peer reviewed study funded by Shell Oil and the Sloan Foundation will be ready on the Marcellus this year. What they confirmed is that the productivity of some shale plays are predictable with relatively simple scaling models – like the Acton Model – which classifies shale potential in tiers based primarily on thickness and depth – from the sweet spot to where the shale becomes uneconomic at almost any price. A concept that anyone that has seen a Frack Busters show would be familiar with. Thickness  of the shale, specifically the target Union Springs section, is the key variable in the NE Marcellus. The only geological joker in the deck is thermal over-maturity. Look for the researchers’ work on […]

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Fractavist Rex: Exxon CEO Turns Fractavist

February 22, 2014
Fractavist Rex: Exxon CEO Turns Fractavist

I was there: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and the Fracking Water Tower by Texas Sharon on FEBRUARY 22, 2014 in XTO I was there in Bartonville, Texas with NeoNIMBYs Rex Tillerson and Dick Armey. The first time Rex Tillerson and Dick Armey addressed the Town of Bartonville aboutthe water tower who’s toxic emissions and activities would trespass onto their property causing health problems, loss of enjoyment of property, water contamination and diminished property value, I was there. It was a night I will never forget and this is how I remember it. The water tower was first up on the agenda and Rex–as I remember it–was the first speaker on the subject. The speech he made at this town council meeting was very different from the highly publicized, threatening speech he made at the more recent town council meeting. This speech was […]

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Exxon CEO Supports Home Rule in His Back Yard

February 21, 2014
Exxon CEO Supports Home Rule in His Back Yard

Turns out that Mega Fracker Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil CEO, is a staunch supporter of Home Rule – local zoning ordinances, when they would keep a frack water supply tower away from his house – which is located in a town that had a moratorium on fracking. So he is suing  in support of Home Rule in order to keep the frack water supply tower (and the frack water trucks) away from his house. His co-plaintiff in the lawsuit to block the frack water tower is the eponymous Dick Armey, Tea Party lobbyist and Cheney side-kick. Neo NIMBY Rex Tillerson has attacked fractavists, including Josh Fox, as NIMBYs – that use local zoning ordinances to prohibit fracking and fracking infrastructure. Such as compressors. And frack water towers. Fellow NeoNIMBY Dick Armey has been the Koch brother’s […]

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The Chevron Promise: If our fracking well explodes, the pizza is on us !

February 17, 2014
The Chevron Promise: If our fracking well explodes, the pizza is on us !

In more ways than one. After starting a shale gas fire that killed one worker, injured another and was too fracking hot to put out, Chevron’s “community outreach” staff left pizza coupons at about 100 houses around the blast site – as they went through the town to inform people that the fatal well fire had been finally put out after 6 days  - but that it might re-ignite. Seems like a real neighborly gesture, until you realize that the frackers probably paid for the pizzas by docking people’s royalty checks for “community relations.” Chevron fracking explosion brings free pizza to rural Pennsylvanians. Because pizza means never having to say you’re sorry. . .  Chevron has plans to take this program international; in Poland, blast victims will be compensated in kielbasas. In Lithuania, locals will be mollified with borscht coupons. In Ecuador, tamales. Get […]

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