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Chip Northrup

The Fracking Rashomon Effect: Why New York Banned but California and Maryland Didn’t

January 22, 2015
The Fracking Rashomon Effect: Why New York Banned but California and Maryland Didn't

Have read several accounts of how “we” banned fracking in New York, how “you (fractavists)” banned fracking and at least one thinly veiled “How I” banned fracking, plus the usual assortment of why Cuomo banned fracking from the main stream media, some of whom have gotten this about half right. The net result is a kind of Rashomon Effect – different observers see the same scene but report it quite differently, in some cases ignoring some of the other players entirely. You are entitled to your own perception of what happened, but you’re not entitled to your own facts. Have written a brief history of the New York ban movement myself, and have been agnostic as to who or what was more effective – since there were indeed a lot players involved and […]

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Spill Baby Spill ! Kill Baby Kill ! – 2014 Fraccidents & Frackastrophes

December 31, 2014
Spill Baby Spill ! Kill Baby Kill ! - 2014 Fraccidents & Frackastrophes

We ended the first installment of “Spill Baby Spill the Year in Frackastophes” way back in May. It’s been a big year for Fraccidents and Frackastrophes since then, and Fractavist Extraordinaire Richard Averett has brought the list up to date, one fracking mess at a time.  Fracking has become America’s deadliest form of energy, a bigger body count in a month than coal in a year. Fracking produces more radioactive HAZMAT material in a few days than the US nuclear industry does in a year. Sandra Steingraber’s group published a compendium of fracking health risks and the Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy did a statistical analysis of health studies, which were released simultaneously the week before Governor Cuomo’s announcement to ban fracking in New York. We here at No Fracking Way, The Dory, The Bill, The Wendy, Sheik […]

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A Brief History of the New York State Frack Ban Movement

December 21, 2014
A Brief History of the New York State Frack Ban Movement

Or what the frack really happened ? The science – including the political science and the geoscience – decided. Why New York Did Not Get The Fracking It Did Not Deserve “Success has many parents, failure is an orphan.” We can summarize why fracking was prohibited in New York with a simple construct  – the cost/ benefit ratio – what the environmental risks and economic costs would be to the state and it citizens versus the benefits of shale gas industrialization. Initially, this ratio appeared to tilt very much in favor of  fracking  – at least in the popular press and in the corridors of power – because the gas industry had grossly overstated the benefits of shale gas development while categorically denying the risks and collateral damage associated with it. […]

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Grisanti to Head DEC as Cuomo Greenlights Fracking New York ?

November 22, 2014
Grisanti to Head DEC as Cuomo Greenlights Fracking New York ?

UPDATE 11/24 GRISANTI OUT AS DEC COMMISSIONER “Environmental groups got nervous this week when they heard rumblings that the governor would tap soon-to-be-former Sen. Mark Grisanti to replace Joe Martens as head of the DEC. Martens, who had a considerable environmental background before joining the administration, has been with the governor since 2011. Grisanti is the outgoing Senate Environmental Conservation Committee chairman and is seen as especially close with the Cuomo administration. During the campaign, Cuomo publicly praised the GOP senator – the last remaining Republican senator of the four who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage in 2011. The governor stopped short of endorsing Grisanti outright, but didn’t back his Democratic foe, Senator-elect Marc Panepinto, either. But several sources on Monday didn’t just dismiss the idea, but slammed the door […]

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Seneca Lake Sheriff Claims Protestors Are “Outside Agitators”

November 19, 2014
Seneca Lake Sheriff Claims Protestors Are "Outside Agitators"

Presumably from another planet. . . or perhaps Russia ? Sheriff refuses to arrest local residents and business owners – which might frack up his “outside agitator” scenario. Watkins Glen, NY – Area business owners and winery owners are among 12 people currently blockading at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake. They are now in their third hour of shutting down both entrances on Route 14.  This action follows eight arrests yesterday and ten on Monday as the ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ civil disobedience campaign continues a 4th week of blockades to stop the gas storage facility.  All total, 43 arrests have now occurred at the gates of Crestwood since the campaign began on October 23. The 12 people blockading today are: Phil Davis, […]

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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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Fracking Produces More Radioactive Waste than Nuclear Power Plants

May 4, 2014
Fracking Produces More Radioactive Waste than Nuclear Power Plants

Fracking puts more hazardous radioactive material into the environment than all the US nuclear power plants combined. About a Fukushima worth a month. Another Chernobyl every six months. Three Mile Island ? Fracking child’s play – one truckload of frack sludge has more radioactive material in it than all the leakage at Three Mile Island. The US nuclear industry produces about 2,000 tons of hazardous waste a year that has to be stored in a secure location. A frack truck can haul about 22 tons of processed sludge that requires storage in a hazardous radioactive waste facility. So a convoy 100 frack trucks carries the equivalent volume of a year’s supply of nuclear industry waste. That plus the fatalities from fracking, gas compressor explosions, and gas line blasts make fracked gas by far the […]

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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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