Category Archives: Ecology

One Pipeline Down. A Million More to Go

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Great news this week. The NY DEC turned down the application for the Northern Access Pipeline (NAPL). Hip Hip Hooray! I’ve been calling. I hope you have been calling. So it’s nice to see that sometimes people’s voices can be … Continue reading

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Fracking and Food

The Marcellus Effect Blog is running a series on organic farming and the impact of fracking.  Part 1 talks about an organic farmer who had no problem with a gas pad half-a-mile away (that’s 2640 feet) . But when they drilled … Continue reading

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Fracking: How Far from a School?

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I’ve been a teacher for forty-three years. When the custodian mows the grass outside the classroom window, all learning stops. When the delivery truck pulls up outside the window and exhaust fills the room, all learning stops. When the temperature … 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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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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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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What Rachel Can Teach Us About Fracking

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In the article “The Fracking of Rachel Carson” published in Orion Magazine Sandra Steingraber makes clear that for all the honors and sculptures and children’s books honoring Rachel we really haven’t learned a thing from her hard-won teachings. Rachel Carson as … Continue reading

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More Warnings About Fracking Dangers

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The GAO, the independent government oversight agency, released a report this last week on the risks surrounding fracking. They found that ground water – the water that we drink – that’s in our wells and rivers can and have been polluted … Continue reading

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Too many questions about fracking unanswered

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From the Press and Sun Bulletin 10/09/2012, Page A10  GUEST VIEWPOINT Too many questions about fracking unanswered By Carol Egan I have been a resident in the Town of Maine for 56 years and a landowner for 35 of those … Continue reading

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