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FRACK THE MOUSE

December 30, 2013
FRACK THE MOUSE

Hey KIDS!  Fracking for oil and gas is COOL!  IT’S FUN!  Mickey says you too can build a pipeline! Yep, Disney has jumped on the fracking hype and joined with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) to promote fossil fuel fracking to kids and make it fun! Elementary school classrooms in Ohio are being treated to a super special, game show-like day presentation, brought to them by Radio Disney and funded by the state Oil and Gas Association. All of the activities are aimed at teaching kids about science — the science, that is “behind oil and gas production and their value as natural resources.” The Wooster Daily Record describes how the program, “Rocking in Ohio,” combined science and fun (and industry interests) at the Wayne County fairgrounds this […]

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PORTIONS OF PENNSYLVNIA’S ACT 13 UNCONSTITUTIONAL

December 20, 2013
PORTIONS OF PENNSYLVNIA’S ACT 13 UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on portions of ACT 13 is a victory for the people of Pennsylvania and a blow to the fossil fuel industry. Of special interest was the one-size-frack-all zoning provision, which sought to eliminate local community control of where and under what conditions the fossil fuel industry could operate. In affirming the municipalities’ standing to bring the Act 13 challenge, which was challenged by the state’s attorneys, Chief Justice Castille wrote in the 162-page majority decision that “[t]he protection of environmental and esthetic interests is an essential aspect of Pennsylvanians’ quality of life and a key part of local government’s role.” The decision also notes “how remarkable a revolution is worked by this legislation (Act 13) upon the existing zoning regimen in Pennsylvania, including residential zones,” […]

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Kevin Bogus Wins Fracking Fiction Award !

October 9, 2013
Kevin Bogus Wins Fracking Fiction Award !

(AP) Ardmore, OK. October 9th, 2013 The Associated Press’s resident Frak Flak, Kevin Begos (pronounced ‘bogus’ by the fractavist cognoscenti) has won this years Fracking Fiction Award, sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute. Begos received the award at a ceremony held last night at the tony Frackmore Club in the beautiful downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma Holiday Inn attended a bevy of celebrity frackers and frak shills, including the glamourous Brooke Shales, the TV Gas Blonde, who presented Mr. Begos with the award. When reached for comment by NFW’s seemingly omniscient and ubiquitous reporter, Mr. Bogus had this to say, tears welling up in his eyes: “I tried really really hard. I really thank these guys, the API, for such a great award.” Coughing,”It’s tough to write fracking fiction. Just ask Edgar Allan […]

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Sustainable Shale Development: The “Middle Ground” That’s Newspeak for Fraud

October 1, 2013
Sustainable Shale Development: The “Middle Ground” That’s Newspeak for Fraud

The Fraudulent “Logic” of the “Middle Ground”  Among the most pernicious and calculative strategies for extorting consent currently in fashion with the natural gas industry and their public relations agents—particularly the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)—is what I’ll call the “argument for the middle ground.” There are several varieties of this brand of rhetorical extortion, but the basic structure of such an “argument” goes like this:  The truth can be counted on to lay somewhere in “the middle,” where “the middle” is invariably some “compromise” between opposing factions, and where “everyone” can feel good that their interests have been met more or less in that “middle.” This “truth” via consensus can then be promoted as “reasonable,” and “just” and anyone who seeks to counter it with opposing facts or a challenge […]

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EVENT HORIZONS with Dr. Robin Falkov

September 16, 2013
EVENT HORIZONS with Dr. Robin Falkov

I’ll be joining Dr. Robin Falkov’s radio show starting tomorrow – Tuesday 9/17 and discussing the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania.  Hope you will all listen. I’ll be a regular on Tuesdays from 10:30am-11am EASTERN TIME Go here: http://www.freedomslips.com/hifihome/schedule.htm Scroll down to EVENT HORIZONS Dr Robin Falkov time slot, and click on it, radio player will pop up FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.falkov?fref=ts   M-F 10am-Noon ET, 7-9am PT listen & access archives @ www.freedomslips.com info & updates www.healthfreedomrights.com/eventhorizons.html

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John Hanger–Right off the Rack

September 12, 2013
John Hanger–Right off the Rack

The following captures a likely dialogue between myself, Wendy Lynne Lee, and Kevin Heatley, both of Shale Justice. The event is democratic gubernatorial candidate, John Hanger’s, visit to a Shale Justice sponsored meeting at Bloomsburg University on September 3rd organized by Shale Justice Executive Committee member, John Trallo. The piece may be very fruitfully read in correspondence with the amazingly mangled announcement of the event in Marcellus Drilling News (Shale Justice Coalition Plans to Gate-Crash John Hanger Appearance | Marcellus Drilling News), and the excellent analysis of both the MDN total botch and the Hanger event itself by Dory Hippauf (HANGER AND THE UGLY CHOICES | Shale Justice). Heatley’s essay appears as primary text in bold, and mine appears in the quotation marks, italicized. Another evening event in Shale Gas country. Instead of relaxing […]

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Marcellus Wildcatter Bails

September 5, 2013
Marcellus Wildcatter Bails

Carrizo, who drilled a wildcat shale test well in Owego, New York – that leaked – is bailing out of the Marcellus/ Utica.  Leaving behind leaking gas wells on both sides of the state line. Some of those shale wells that the frackers said “Never leak. Anywhere. Honest. Ever.” Except when they do, a lot, often, about everywhere. http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/05/15/dog-bites-man-but-this-time-in-new-york/ Carrizo had an odd way of making a mess of things on both sides of the border. Kind of an Equal Opportunity Disaster waiting to happen: http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/03/17/carrizo-oil-gas-blowout-spin/ So now they are trying to dump their New York acreage on some Greater Fool. “The Marcellus Shale divestiture primarily includes 2,850 net undeveloped acres in non-core areas of the play and is expected to close in the fourth quarter.” Carrizo Oil & Gas Sells Marcellus […]

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WATER FROM AIR

August 13, 2013
WATER FROM AIR

How many people living in the gaslands have no clean water?  We really don’t know.   We don’t know how many people have been and are currently being supplied with water by the gas corporations.   DEP doesn’t track it. Between gag orders, non-disclosure clauses imposed by the gas corporations, and reluctance of state and federal environmental to do their job, we don’t have these figures.  We can guess based on groundwater contamination complaints filed with federal and state agencies.   However, an exact or even a close number is nearly impossible to determine. What we do know is there are perhaps thousands of people who do not have clean water, and thousands more to come.   This is something we see on advertisements, organizations asking for donations to give people in 3rd world […]

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Obama’s Big Fake Climate Change Speech and the Big Fake Greens Who Loved It

June 30, 2013
Obama’s Big Fake Climate Change Speech and the Big Fake Greens Who Loved It

Delivered at Georgetown University to a crowd of students whose own futures hang in the balance, President Barack Obama’s highly anticipated speech on climate change certainly sounded like a clarion call to real and measurable action.   Except that it wasn’t. For despite the fact that he does seem get the message about coal and greenhouse gas emissions, he has bought wholesale into the absurd, debunked industry manufactured hornswaggle transition argument for “clean burning natural gas”: “The bottom line is natural gas is creating jobs,” Obama said. “It’s lowering many families’ heat and power bills. And it’s the transition fuel that can power our economy with less carbon pollution even as our businesses work to develop and then deploy more of the technology required for the even cleaner energy economy […]

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IPAA EID RELEASES POOP 3.0

June 27, 2013
IPAA EID RELEASES POOP 3.0

In 2009 the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) created a public relations campaign called Energy In Depth (EID). The original EID branched out into other web pages specific to geographic locations.   This included EID-Marcellus for Pennsylvania and New York, and the EID-OHIO for people in Ohio.   Other places with no websites include California, Texas, “MTN” states, Michigan and Illinois. This month IPPA unveiled a “new improved” version created a one-stop shopping for rehash of the gas industry’s talking points.  The new IPAA-EID site has more bells and whistles in an effort to improve the gas industry’s poor image.  In other words, IPAA has put a pretty red bow on a pile of dog poop. New features include a video series which Jeff Eschelman, IPPA’s VP of Public Relations, hopes […]

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