Reading Past the Headlines on Fracking Studies

Two scientific studies to think about. Do they conflict or do they actually say the same thing?

Fracking Wells Tainting Drinking Water in Pennsylvania and Texas, Study Finds

This study reported on by Newsweek on 9/15/2014 and carried out by researchers from Duke, Ohio State, Dartmouth, the University of Rochester , and Stanford found that by tracing the signature noble gases they identified eight wells contaminated with fracked methane, including the famous Lipskey well – the one with the flammable water.

Robert Jackson of Stanford, one of the scientists carrying out this study, suggests that this happens because “people are in a hurry… they cut corners.”

burning water

Landmark Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution

On 9/16/2014 ABC News reported on another study carried out by the Department of Energy. This is a landmark study because it is the first time that a gas company allowed independent monitoring of their wells. The study found no leaking of fracking fluid.  Now read this article carefully. Note that:

1) They studied 6 wells in a situation where the company was under such public scrutiny it probably wouldn’t allow any corners to be cut. Is that a big enough and independent enough sample to clear all fracking operations?

2) What they did find is scary. The fractures from fracking, which fill with methane, other pollutants in fracking fluid, and unknown deep earth bacteria, go much further than previously thought – up to 1900 feet. Now in NY the proposed regulations say they can drill 1000 feet below a water aquifer. Do you want them drilling under yours?

Hmmm… Maybe these two studies are really saying the same thing. Fracking is not safe for people and other living things.

Call Cuomo now and tell him to ban fracking now, or he won’t get your vote this November. And if you don’t live in NY call him anyway and tell him to forget any presidential aspirations for 2016, if he allows fracking in NY.  518-474-8390

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Governor Cuomo Why are you afraid of us?

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It was cold Saturday morning. I know because I, and a 100 other people from the Southern Tier, stood outside the Binghamton University Event Center to meet and greet Governor Cuomo and let him know that we will not let one … Continue reading

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Unfortunately Fracking Gas Wells Explode

Recently a fracking gas well exploded in Green County, Pennsylvania. Fortunately (unfortunately?) only one life was lost, and fortunately, Chevon, the owner of the well, was very apologetic about the accident and the traffic tie ups and gave everyone in the … Continue reading

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Welcome “Not in MY Backyard” Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson

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Let’s welcome EXXON CEO Rex Tillerson to our anti-fracking community. It seems that he has just joined a lawsuit to prevent a 130 foot water tower that will provide water to a nearby fracking site from being installed next to … Continue reading

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A New Yorker’s Anti-Fracking Resolutions for 2014

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What are you planning to do in 2014? Did you make any of these common New Year’s resolutions such as — Lose weight? Exercise more?  Well, let me suggest that taking part in the New York State Anti-Fracking movement can … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela’s Advice to Activists

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There have been many battles fought against oppression over the years. In particular, the trials, tribulations, and success of Nelson Mandela have been widely recognized and honored.  Julie Sprankles on Sheknows lists 10 life lessons we can learn from Mandela’s … Continue reading

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Things to be Thankful for

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On October 3rd 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation making Thanksgiving a national holiday. Sarah Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book,  had been writing presidents with this request for fifteen years.  Little did either of them know that they were furthering … Continue reading

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Methane Leaks? An artwork is worth a thousand words

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Back in March a study of methane leakage in New York City was released. Commissioned by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and performed by Gas Safety, the study graphically depicted the leakage of methane from the city’s antiquated natural gas pipe … Continue reading

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Liquified Natural Gas: Why Worry?

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I didn’t know much about LNG until I started completing Sandra Steingraber’s Return of the  30 Days: Infrastructure comments. After all, those LNG trucks look so innocuous – all nice and white with Clean Energy blazoned across their sides. However, as … Continue reading

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To Mitigate

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To mitigate:  1. To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful,         etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish;         to lessen… Mitigate is a favorite word of the natural gas industry because it sounds scientific and important … Continue reading

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