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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.

Have the ANGA Ads Convinced YOU?

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You know in the 1800s the railroads tried to convince passengers that steam locomotive train rides were pleasant by showing a woman in a white dress riding the train. The fact was the soot and smoke-filled the passenger cars staining people’s clothing … Continue reading

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No Healthy Community Would Allow Fracking

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It is the planned strategy of the fracking gas companies to divide communities. Neighbors used to care about each other where I live. With a thunderstorm threatening the farmer down the road would stop and help his neighbor get the … Continue reading

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Your Right to Punch Ends at the Tip of My Nose

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I’m all for property rights. However, my neighbor’s right to do what they will with their property ENDS at my property line. They do not have the right to ruin my water, my peace, and my property values for their personal … Continue reading

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Comment on the NY Fracking Regs NOW!

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We need everyone to get going on comments on the New York State proposed regulations on gas drilling. The DEC admits that the denial of permits for HVHF in New York State would fully protect the environment from any environmental impacts … Continue reading

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500 feet From a Gas Well?

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I’ve been busy commenting on the proposed New York State regulations for gas drilling. One of the notable changes from the last bunch is the setback of a well pad from a house, school, or business is now 500 feet … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink It!

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The flowback from fracked gas wells isn’t safe for children or other living things. We really didn’t need more proof of that did we? Well it seems we did. Penn State researchers have just completed a chemical analysis of the brine that … Continue reading

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Today begins the comment period for the new proposed gas drilling regulations in New York. Please read these regulations and make comments. The links below will help you with this process. Your participation is vital. Find the Regulations here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.htmlContinue reading

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Tough Bugs in Frack Fluid New Worry

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  It makes perfect sense. If the water that is shot down a gas well to frack it contains microbes from the river or pond or stream if comes from, then naturally the flow back will contain microbes too. In fact, … Continue reading

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We’re An Inspiration?

  Today let’s all call the Governor and thank him for visiting our lovely Broome county and giving so much praise.  He says:   We are an inspiration to the Sandy survivors: “I think it’s an inspiration, I think it’s an … Continue reading

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How Radioactive Are You?

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One of the problems with fracking in the Marcellus and Utica Shales is that these shales are more radioactive than ones in other parts of the country. An interesting fact is that one way geologists find oil bearing shale in … Continue reading

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