Author Archives: joan koster

About joan koster

Joan Koster writes historical fiction about forgotten women. She is currently working on a novel about abolition and woman's rights during the Civil War.

A Gift for Our Children

All those wonderful holiday gifts will do our children little good if their air, water, and earth are polluted with hydrocarbons and radioactivity, and their future is imperiled by global warming exacerbated by methane leakage. Take a brief break from … Continue reading

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Reading Past the Headlines on Fracking Studies

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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 … Continue reading

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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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