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Hydraulic Fracturing or "Fracking" is one of the new extreme carbon gathering technologies that is being used without due regard for the well-being of local people, the resources on which their communities depend, and the long term impact on the environment. It is the practice of mining for natural gas by injecting toxic chemicals mixed with millions of gallons of fresh water deep into underground gas-bearing shale layers. High pressure diesel pumps are used to drive this fracking fluid into geologic formations through a network of lateral tunnels extending thousands of feet horizontally in opposite directions from the bottom of the well holes with enough force to open cracks in the rock strata releasing trapped methane gas. Between 25% to 50% of the fluid is piped back up the well to the surface along with the gas. 50% to 75% of the remaining fluid stays in the ground posing a potential and permanent threat to drinking water should it find a route to the aquifers in the rock layers above. The gas is separated from the fluid and stored to await transport by tanker truck and pipelines.
toxin laden fracking fluid returns from the well more dangerous than it
began having picked up heavy metals like lead and arsenic during the
fracking process. If it has been used in the Marcellus and Utica Formations it is
also radioactive and contaminated with radium and radon gas. The fluid
is stored in open waste pits allowing volatile chemicals to escape into
the air where it can pollute surrounding land and water through
inevitable seepage, leaks, and spills. Billions of gallons of fresh
water will be turned to fracking fluid and can not be treated and
recycled as drinking water. It must be removed from the natural cycle
and treated like hazardous waste. It is transported to deep injection
wells where it is pumped into underground rock layers, a practice which
is now being studied for links to man made earthquakes at injection
In the process of gathering, storing, processing, transporting, and distributing the gas some of it is lost into the atmosphere. Natural gas is about 90% methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas in itself. It does not have to be burned to cause global warming. It is 30 times more potent than the carbon dioxide gas which is currently raising the temperature of the earth. About 8% of the trillions of cubic feet of methane scheduled for extraction is predicted to leak off into the atmosphere where it will have devastating consequences for the world's climate. Studies at Cornell University based on the best available data are showing that far from being a clean fuel, when the impact of both the burning and escaping of methane into the atmosphere are considered, methane is as dirty as coal.
Professor Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University Explains Fracking
Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell
University, and has taught structural mechanics, finite element methods,
and fracture mechanics at Cornell for 35 years. Dr. Ingraffea's
research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of
complex fracturing processes. He and his students have performed
pioneering research in using interactive computer graphics in
computational mechanics, and together they have authored more than 250
papers in these areas. He has been a principal investigator on more than
$35 million in R&D projects from the NSF, NASA Langley, Nichols
Research, NASA Glenn, AFOSR, FAA, Kodak, U. S. Army Engineer Waterways
Experiment Station, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, IBM, Schlumberger, the
Gas Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, the Association
of Iron and Steel Engineers, General Dynamics, Boeing, Caterpillar
Tractor, and Northrop Grumman Aerospace. For his research achievements
he has won the International Association for Computer Methods and
Advances in Geomechanics "1994 Significant Paper Award" for one of the
five most significant papers in the category of Computational/Analytical
Applications in the past 20 years, and he has twice won the National
Research Council/U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for
Research in Rock Mechanics (1978, 1991). He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the
premier journal in his field, Engineering Fracture Mechanics.
The Impacts of Drilling on Human and Animal Health Robert Oswald, PhD;
Michelle Bamberger, MS, DVM
This is a continuation of the course provided by Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy in conjunction with Cornell University. For medical professionals and others looking to fulfill training or inservice requirements this course may be taken for credit by registering at their website, watching the high definition modules, and passing the online test.
Robert Oswald, PhD
Dr. Oswald received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Biochemistry studying the effects of toxins on proteins in the central nervous system. He did postdoctoral studies as a Muscular Dystrophy and Collège de France Fellow at the Institut Pasteur in Paris before joining the faculty of Cornell University in 1981. While on sabbatical leave from Cornell, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Oxford (1988-1989) and a Guggenheim Fellow at Harvard Medical School (1994-1995). Dr. Oswald is currently a Professor of Molecular Medicine in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and a Faculty Fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. His work on the effects of drugs and toxins on the structure and function of central nervous system proteins has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. He is currently director of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program at Cornell. Dr. Oswald has served on numerous review panels for the National Institutes of Health and is on the editorial board of Molecular Pharmacology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Michelle Bamberger, MS, DVM
Dr. Bamberger received her DVM from Cornell University in 1985. Before attending Cornell, she earned her masters degree in pharmacology from Hahnemann University Medical College and then worked in equine research for two years at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. After graduating from Cornell, Dr. Bamberger studied at Oxford University and practiced small animal and exotic medicine and surgery in both Massachusetts and New York. Before opening Vet Behavior Consults in 2002, Dr. Bamberger returned to Cornell for training in the field of behavior medicine as a Visiting Fellow. She has a special interest in educating the public on veterinary topics. She has taught adult education courses and written two books on the topic of first aid. She devotes much of her spare time to gathering first hand accounts from animal owners and documenting the impacts that hydraulic fracturing for extraction of hydrocarbons has on both animal and human health.
Fossil Fuels and
A concise explanation of the science behind climate change. For a more in depth discussion go to Skeptical Science by clicking HERE
The Sky is Pink
Josh Fox, the maker of the award winning documentary, GasLand, has a short video out that addresses some of the latest misinformation coming from the Gas industry.
A brilliant, thought provoking, and hilarious perspective on the practices of the oil and gas industry in our unchained free market economic system.
Published on Mar 13, 2013
- Narrated by Reggie Watts. We are all paying the price of carbon
pollution. It's time to put a price on carbon and make the polluters
stop the carbon destruction.
In just two minutes, this video exposes one of the greatest swindles in the
history of mankind. Sadly, it shows how all of us have been tricked into
picking up the massive tab for carbon pollution while fossil fuel
companies laugh all the way to the bank.
Your first reaction might be to think: “It must be more complicated
than that! There’s got to be risks and expenses I don’t understand.
Surely Big Oil and Coal companies haven’t been allowed to shift the
entire burden of their industry onto American taxpayers?!”
But they have. In fact, we’re literally PAYING them to poison our
families and our planet. Every year, the U.S. Government (aka you, the
taxpayer) forks over billions in tax credits and subsidies to oil, coal
and gas companies. These are the very companies fighting against clean
air and water standards and blocking the development of renewable energy technologies.
Ed Hashbarger explains why
he is against fracking. Ed
Hashbarger, (ex-Marine, ex-Cop, conservative and Catholic, describes how the public can defend themselves from the environmental
and human health impacts of horizontal hydraulic fracturing for shale
gas and oil.
Tony DutzikElizabeth Ridlington,
The Environment America Research & Policy Center
the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two
technologies; hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, to unlock new
supplies of fossil fuels in underground rock formations across the
United States. “Fracking” has spread rapidly, leaving a trail of
contaminated water, polluted air, and marred landscapes in its wake. In
fact, a growing body of data indicates that fracking is an environmental
and public health disaster in the making. However, the true toll of
fracking does not end there. Fracking’s negative impacts on our
environment and health come with heavy “dollars and cents” costs as
well. In this report, we document those costs—ranging from cleaning up
contaminated water to repairing ruined roads and beyond. Many of these
costs are likely to be borne by the public, rather than the oil and gas
industry. As with the damage done by previous extractive booms, the
public may experience these costs for decades to come.
Click the title of the file below
to see the full report.
Help offered to pipeline opponents
The 1851 Center is offering free representation to homeowners who object
to the taking of their private property by Enterprise Liquid Pipelines. Call (614)
The Buckeye Lake Beacon
2 - 2 - 2013
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law recently condemned a private pipeline corporation’s continued assertion of legal authority to take Ohioans’ private property for its own benefit, and threatened litigation, should the corporation not discontinue.
CLICK HERE for the rest of the story
Coshocton Citizens for Truth About Fracking will hold a meeting every month to offer information and discuss fracking and the impact it is having on communities in our area and around the nation. Meetings will be held on the 4th Monday of each month at The Coshocton Public Library.
Monday June 24th
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Coshocton Public Library
655 Main Street
May meeting cancelled.
Library closed for
Stewards of the Land
Honey Run Falls , Knox County - Photo by Jeff Burcher
Stewards of the Land is a grass roots group of Knox County area residents who meet to discuss the impact of shale gas development in our county and around the state. We host educational meetings featuring presentations by experts and work with a coalition of other groups in Ohio to raise awareness and take action to protect our environment. Join us.
For information on Stewards of the Land
MWCD: Keep your promise.
Stop selling water to the
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is selling Ohio's water to the fracking industry.
In June, the MWCD sensibly agreed to temporarily halt water sales to
the fracking industry pending further study and an update to its water
policy. But last week the MWCD broke its promise and sold more water to
the fracking industry.
2 This will contaminate it during drilling and pump it into earthquake-causing injection wells.
We know the board of directors is sensitive to public pressure because
it agreed to a moratorium after local groups organized protests at its
meetings. Now we need to double down and let the MWCD board of directors
know we're serious about stopping water sales.
4 It's happening right next to lakes in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
MWCD board of directors has gone to great lengths to shield itself from
public scrutiny. The board has refused to allow formal public comment
periods on water sales or to conduct a study of the environmental impact
of selling water to the fracking industry.
5 The MWCD board of
directors doesn't even list its members' contact information on its
website and has repeatedly refused to communicate with local activists. But
we know from past experience that the board of directors responds when
it is directly confronted by members of the public who are determined to
be heard, so our friends at Food and Water Watch are going to
hand-deliver our petitions to the five members of the board--William P.
Boyle Jr., David L. Parham, Harry C. Horstman, Steve Kokovich, and
Richard J. Pryce--at their next meeting on October 19.
Center for Health Environment and Justice files lawsuit against Ohio's fracking chemical secrecy laws.
NATIONAL RALLY - WASHINGTON, DC
February 17, 2013
Main stream media ignores huge rally as over 40,000 thousand protest against climate change urging Obama to "Move Forward on Climate".
NATIONAL RALLY - WASHINGTON, DC
July 28, 2012
Video Reports from the National Day of Action
RALLY AT THE STATE HOUSE - COLUMBUS, OH
June 17, 2012
waning days of an Ohio spring that obliterated high temperature records
here in our state and throughout the world voices were raised in
defense of our tortured planet.The emerging populist movement to ban
fracking blossomed in Columbus this June anchored by a grassroot network
of local organizations from across the nation who gathered to support
the efforts of their Buckeye brothers and sisters. They are working to
nurture and build a sustainable future for themselves and their
children but most of all they want to put an end to the sociopathic
policies of a state government that is trading our farmland, our
drinking water, our clean air, and our health for campaign
CLICK HERE for the full report
Ohio Groups Unite to Form “Coalition to Protect Ohio’s Parks”
Formal Coalition Launch and Press Event Held at Statehouse
May 17, 2012
press conference held this afternoon in the Ohio Statehouse announced
the launch of the Coalition to Protect Ohio’s Parks (CPOP). The
Coalition was launched in response to recent legislation that, for the
first time, have opened Ohio’s state parks and other state parks to oil
and gas drilling, including high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing
(HB 133) along with commercial logging, including clear-cutting (HB
coalition unveiled a new website as part of the launch,
www.ProtectOhiosParks.org. The coalition website is intended to serve as
an information and action hub for concerned members of the public.
“The new website will have information about the effects of fracking and
logging on sensitive lands, but will also provide viewers access to a
separate page for each state park and state forest, along with important
dates and developments for each park and forest,” said Nathan Johnson,
Staff Attorney for the Buckeye Forest Council.
Contact: Jed Thorp, Sierra Club, office: 614-461-0734, x303,
Nathan Johnson, Buckeye Forest Council, office: 614-487-9290
Beyond the Headlines: Hydraulic Fracturing Edition
WMCO 90.7 FM
Aired Feb 28, 2012
Beyond the Headlines hosted Dr. David Rodland, Professor of Geology at Muskingum University; Frank Donia Local Business owner and Land owner; and Tim Kettler, member of the Coshocton Citizens for Truth about Fracking. Also on the agenda were the potential harms of fracturing and the social and economic impacts of fracking on the local community.
Gas Industry helps organize its own environmental
advisory board to represent Ohio citizens
Coshocton Citizens for Truth About Fracking
A selection of shale development advocates purporting to represent the health, safety, and environmental concerns of Ohio citizens has been organized in Pennsylvania with direction from the gas industry giants Shell and Chevron among others. This new organization, The Center for Sustainable Shale Development, (CSSD), is a collusion between shale promoters sporting “environmentalist” credentials and the gas industry.
Chief among these promoters is The Environmental Defense Fund, an organization that endorsed the use of toxic urban sewage sludge on gardens, pastures, and cropland in the 1970’s and 80’s. The Environmental Defense Fund recently received a 6 million dollar grant from billionaire shale booster Michael Bloomberg to facilitate fracking, (unconventional shale gas production), in our communities.
CLICK FILES BELOW for full story
CLICK HERE for information on CSSD's orchestration of attacks on gas emission research
the debate is over.
It's happening. It's real.
James Hansen: The One Thing We Should Be Doing to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change
April 24, 2013
hard to imagine anyone who has done more to further our understanding
of the impacts of climate change than Dr. James Hansen. After 46 years
working a scientist and climatogolist for NASA’s Goddard Institute for
Space Studies, Hansen wasn’t content to simply catalog the dangers
facing humanity and our planet — he has been ringing the alarm bell.
CLICK HERE to read the article
Do The Math Tour
A video presentation of Bill McKibben's
lecture that toured the nation in 2012.
In August of 2012 Bill McKibben wrote an article for the Rolling Stone Magazine that examined the work of a group of London financial analysts and risk managers. They calculated how much more carbon we would be able to dump into the atmosphere before we reach levels that the world's governments and scientists have determined we cannot exceed if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. By "catastrophic"
I mean starting a "runaway greenhouse effect" that we cannot reverse and that will turn our planet into Venus. The sobering results of this article went viral on the internet and McKibben began a series of lectures around the nation that were sold out in every city he visited. 350.org made a video of the McKibben's lecture. It is below along with a link to the original piece in The Rolling Stone.
Tar Sands - Impacts of another extreme carbon reaping technology
The Post Carbon Institute has posted a series of photos that reveal the real devastation this industry wreaks on the environment. CLICK HERE to see the images
It's happening in Ohio.
The first horizontal well in our state was drilled in Monroe County in the Marcellus Shale in 2008.
As of February, 2012 there were just 37 horizontal shale gas wells operating in Ohio with tens of thousands more projected to be drilled in the coming years of the gas boom. The reports below took place in early 2012.
Already we are seeing the first water wells polluted. Toxic, severely degraded living conditions are arising in the homes of Ohio families who have been the victims of fracking gone wrong.
As in Dimock PA, Ft. Lupton CO, Dish TX, Pavillion WY, and numerous communities across the nation the Gas Industry is taking no responsibility for the lives and property it is destroying while the state regulatory agencies, in our case the ODNR, are failing to hold them to account.
Welcome to Gasland.....
When Your Home Becomes a Bomb: Feds say 2 State Road homes in Medina County are health hazards from methane gas
Filed by Jennifer Pignolet January 18th, 2012
The Medina County Gazette
GRANGER TWP. — In 2001, Mark and Sandy Mangan built their dream home on State Road.
than 10 years later, that dream home is now a potentially explosive
nightmare, and Mark Mangan said he believes hydraulic oil and gas
drilling in the area is to blame.
CLICK HERE for the full story and an audio recording
Township residents Mark Mangan, left, and Bill Boggs show the
contamination in their well water they said was caused by hydraulic
drilling in the area. Explosive levels of natural gas have been measured
at wellheads behind their State Road homes.
(Gazette photo by Jennifer Pignolet)
Three years after drilling, feds say natural gas in Medina County well water is potentially explosive
Story by Bob Downy, Akron Beacon JournalPosted by admin on January 20, 2012
TWP.: A federal health agency says potentially explosive levels of
natural gas at two houses in eastern Medina County are a public health
problems in the two drinking water wells appear linked to the nearby
drilling of two natural gas wells in 2008, says the Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
news contradicts repeated statements from the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources on the connection between the drilling and problems at
the two houses at State and Remsen roads.
CLICK HERE for full story
Jaime Frederick speaks at Ohio StateHouse Rally
Jan. 10, 2012 - My
name is Jaime Frederick and I’m from Coitsville, Ohio. Shortly after
moving into my home in Coitsville outside of Youngstown, Ohio, 3 years
ago, I began to get seriously ill. I started vomiting on a regular basis
and had intense abdominal pains everyday. After numerous trips to six
different doctors, and several emergency room visits, test revealed that
my gall bladder had completely failed. No gallstones, it had just
stopped working, and no one could tell me why. I had my gall bladder
taken out but continue to have what seems to be a never ending
intestinal flu. It became so bad, that I soon developed an infection in
my intestine, as large as a grapefruit, that ate through to the outside
of my skin.
When I was finally admitted to the hospital, doctors said
that I would have been dead in a few days if I had not come in when I
did. They were baffled, and could only tell me this should not be
happening to a healthy 30-year-old woman, and that this condition is
typically only found in third world countries. CLICK HERE for full story and video
State links quakes to work on wells
By Joe Vardon
The Columbus Dispatch Sunday January 1, 2012 6:08 AM
Kasich administration has put a temporary stop to the disposal of waste
from oil and natural-gas drilling in wells within a 5-mile radius of a
particular Youngstown well — a well believed to be the cause of 11
earthquakes since March, including a 4.0 quake that struck around 3 p.m.
from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources think that waste pumped
into the Youngstown-area well, referred to as Northstar No. 1, has been
seeping into a previously unknown fault line in eastern Ohio, causing
the seismic activity. The moratorium, issued yesterday by Jim Zehringer,
the Natural Resources Department’s director, affects four other
CLICK HERE for the full story
12th Earthquake in Youngstown
By Bob Downing, Ohio.comYoungstown recorded its 12th earthquake since last March last weekend.
The quake on Jan. 13 was a 2.1-magnitude.
quakes have been centered at a now-closed injection well for drilling
wastes west of downtown Youngstown in Youngstown Township.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources continues to investigate the links
between the quakes and the injection well operated by the D&L
The biggest quake, a 4.0, rattled Northeast Ohio on Dec. 31.
to the Youngstown Vindicator, Ohio is looking at a ban on injection
wells deeper than 8,000 feet, but such a rule has not yet been
Such a ban might produce fewer quakes if the injection wells were shallower, officials said.
Youngstown earthquakes raise issues on oilfield wastes from shale exploration
Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 6:43 AM
By Aaron Marshall, The Plain Dealer
Ohio -- A New Year's Eve earthquake that shook homes in Youngstown has
set off political tremors across Ohio as officials scramble to reassure
the public that an expected flurry of drilling in the state won't
jeopardize their safety.
University seismic experts have said the injection of hundreds of
thousands of barrels of oilfield waste fluids into a fault line probably
caused the quake, one of a series of tremors that have rocked the
finding has cracked open a wider debate that goes beyond the
controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to its
aftermath: the millions of barrels of waste fluids that are disposed of
in wells thousands of feet below the ground. Last year, deep injection
wells stored 11 million barrels of the fluids in Ohio.
CLICK HERE for the full story.
Ohio quakes raise fracking questions
By Kristen SaloomeyCLICK HERE for full story
Tue, 2012-01-17 03:52.
doesn’t usually expect a crowd when the Youngstown, Ohio City Council
holds a subcommittee meeting. But then Youngstown doesn’t usually have
earthquakes. In fact, prior to 2010 you could go back more than 100
years and not find record of a single one.
2011, however, this city of just under 70,000 experienced 11
earthquakes. The most recent and most serious was a 4.0 that struck on
the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. So when the Chair of the Utilities
Subcommittee called a public hearing on the earthquakes - and the
possibility that they were linked to the controversial gas drilling
process known as fracking - the crowd was so large they had to hold the
meeting in the local convention center.
Military Propaganda and Deception Specialists Used against US Communities to Promote Fracking, Deal with "Insurgents", and Write Local Legislation
gas industry is bringing ex-military mercenaries into our communities
whose mission is to identify anyone who expresses concerns about shale
gas development and treat them as "insurgents." That's
right, the same people who were trained to spread false information and propaganda among our foreign enemies are now being hired to set their sights on American
civilians who don't agree with the corporate business plan being forced on them. Listen to their own words caught on tape and then ask yourself, "Why should I trust anything that the industry tells me at this point?"
Oil Executive: Military-Style 'Psy Ops' Experience Applied
Published: Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011
By: Eamon Javers
CNBC Washington, DC Correspondent
week’s oil industry conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston
was supposed to be an industry confab just like any other — a series of
panel discussions, light refreshments and an exchange of ideas.
was a gathering of professionals to discuss “media and stakeholder
relations” in the hydraulic fracturing industry — companies using the
often-controversial oil and gas extraction technique known as
But things took an unexpected twist.
has obtained audiotapes of the event, on which one presenter can be
heard recommending that his colleagues download a copy of the Army and
Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual. That’s because, he said, the
opposition facing the industry is an “insurgency.” [ Listen to audio files below]
GASLAND - The movie the Gas Industry doesn't want you to see
is an award winning documentary by independent film maker Josh Fox. It
recounts the desperation of many landowners around the nation after the
fracking process devastated their families' health and property despite
the glowing sales pitch presented by gas industry spokesmen and the
reassurance of state and local regulators. Stuck on land that cannot be
resold or provide clean water to their homes or livestock and with
medical bills mounting from the constant exposure to toxins landowners
are forced to fight expensive protracted court battles with a powerful
industry. They are finding themselves alone in the fight with little or
no help from state and federal government agencies that see themselves
as facilitators for gas and oil producers. Those appointed to head
these agencies have been selected by politicians whose campaign coffers
have been stuffed by gas industry lobbyists. The film demonstrates how
an inadequately regulated and largely unaccountable industry does not
hesitate to flex its legal, financial, and political muscle to force
favorable court settlements and pursue profit with little thought to the
communities, the families, and the resources they are exploiting.
This video is available through the Coshocton Public Library and the Muskingum County Library System.
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD.
Obama’s Support for Natural Gas Drilling "A Painful Moment" for Communities Exposed to Fracking
An interview with Josh Fox and John Fenton, a farmer from Pavillion, Wyoming.
NOW Interviews Josh Fox - video
NOW talks with filmmaker Josh Fox about "Gasland",
his Sundance award-winning documentary on the surprising consequences
of natural gas drilling. Fox's film—inspired when the gas company came
to his hometown—reports on chronic illness, animal-killing toxic waste,
disastrous explosions, and regulatory missteps.CLICK HERE to see the interview
Gas Boom will kill tourism
The Coshocton Tribune
A great wailing and gnashing of teeth is rising from the Ohio
Republican Party over the perceived unfairness of Gov. Kasich’s
severance tax on the fracking industry. It’s hard to stifle a cynical
laugh and impossible to bite my tongue due to the ridiculous nature of
As if enough hasn’t been given away to the
industry the GOP and the oil and gas interests that control them want
more, more, more!
I would remind folks that our natural resources
belong to us all, not just corporations and a wealthy few. Given the
environmental disaster that unconventional gas development and its
supporters are willing to risk, with a yet to be seen benefit to most of
us, it seems appropriate for even more taxes to be levied on this
The Ohio oil and gas law permits not only a general
disregard for the property rights of landowners but also the permanent
removal of untold trillions of gallons of fresh water from local
supplies to be converted into a nearly equal amount of toxic waste for
our children and grandchildren to inherit.
The patriotic fervor
that the industry and its supporters have mustered for American energy
development is about as hypocritical as it gets as increasing numbers of
leases are held by foreign companies and the bulk of the gas harvested
is destined for export.
As for so-called “clean energy,” methane
gas is one of the most potent greenhouse gases contributing to global
warming and the amount unaccounted for during the process due to leakage
and mishandling is estimated to be far more dangerous then the CO2
produced by burning coal.
Recently, Coshocton has been recognized
as one of the top 100 small towns for tourists. Historically, tourism,
clean water, wildlife and the serenity of nature have been a great asset
to the county’s economy. I think it’s a safe bet that we can kiss that
attraction goodbye as fracking pollution, incessant truck traffic and
the short-sighted frenzy that seems to prevail takes over completely.
Just ask a Carrolton resident.
Despite regulations gas wells leak
Submitted to The Coshocton Tribune, 2-20-12Published 4-1-12
Tribune recently published an article entitled, “Anadarko discusses
Utica Shale oil and gas expectations “. Statements in the article that
tend to dismiss the impact of hydraulic fracturing on water quality
need to be examined. A spokesman from the OSU Monroe County Extension
said, “So far, there has not been an instance in which a drill site that
doesn't have a leaky casing impacts water quality.” He then goes on to
reference how wells are constructed, tested, and inspected leaving the
impression that all these safeguards are adequate and that leaking wells
are a rare occurrence. Here are the facts.
in twenty wells will leak immediately, and the numbers rise
dramatically as wells age, (source: Cornell University Professor Dr.
Anthony Ingraffea lecturing at Moncton, New Brunswick citing industry
data from Schlumberger Ltd. and a paper by Watson and Bachu, SPE
106817, published 2009. A video of Dr. Ingraffea’s lecture can be seen
) That is a 5% failure rate which doesn’t sound too bad until you look
at the numbers. Chesapeake Energy alone is projecting that it will
drill 12,000 wells across Ohio. That translates into 600 leaking wells
from just one operator. That number will increase dramatically as the
wells grow older.
to an article entitled, “Shale Gas- A business plan very much in the
red”, by Professor Marc Durand, a geologist at the University of Quebec,
all the hundreds of thousands of wells drilled in the North American
Shale will deteriorate. They are lying in brine many times saltier than
seawater that has been laced with a host of chemicals. Thousands of
miles of horizontally drilled well casings and the surrounding cement
are compromised by having been shot through with holes from the
perforating gun used in the fracking process. Steel corrodes, cement
shrinks and cracks: nothing lasts forever. The wells are designed for a
working life of 3 - 5 years, the time it takes to harvest the gas while
it flows at a fast enough rate to be profitable. Twenty to fifty years
after they cease production many of the wells will have eroded enough to
provide a highway between the shale layer and the surface.
the kicker, fracking only gets the 20% of the gas that has seeped into
the spaces that naturally occur in the shale. The remaining 80% is
within the rock itself and it will continue to slowly leach out into a
shale formation that has been opened by fracking fluid. What will be
the effect of hundreds of thousands of deteriorating wells trickling
methane and toxins into our air, land, and water for thousands of
years? The gas industry doesn’t ask this question because once it has
the gas it pumps some cement down the hole and it falls to the taxpayers
to find the long-term answer. Professor Durant makes the point that
the costs to a community of dealing with methane migration over time
will far exceed the income generated during the brief boom.
Coshocton Citizens for Truth About Fracking
Fracking: More information needed before we make choices.
Submitted to The Coshocton Tribune 2-19-12
fracturing, an increasingly common aspect of the oil and gas production
process, is not subject to the same standards as other industries when
it comes to protecting underground sources of drinking water.
Hydraulic fracturing involves the injection of fluids and chemicals into oil or gas wells at high pressure.
Other forms of underground injection are regulated to protect drinking
water, but in 2005 Congress created exemptions for hydraulic fracturing
to benefit Halliburton and other oil and gas companies.
Here are some facts:
Ohio law is clear on the practice of mandatory pooling, although the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources is not. Mandatory pooling is a
provision contained in the Ohio Revised Code by which a group of land
owners may force an adjoining landowner, known as a non-participating
landowner, to be included in their drilling pool in order to gain the
required minimum amount of joined acreage. A 65 percent majority (ORC
1509.28) of those landowners may force a ruling by the chief of the
division to form the plot, even against the wishes of a property owner.
ORC 1509.27 also allows for this non-participating owner to pay a
proportionate share of the drilling costs, "applicant shall be entitled
to the share of production from the drilling unit accruing to the
interest of that nonparticipating owner ... until there has been
received the share of costs charged to that nonparticipating owner plus
such additional percentage of the share of costs as the chief shall
determine." The applicant is the designated owner of the well. As far as
liability goes, only a non-participating landowner is specifically
That's the law folks, and I presume the rule of law will prevail.
As for the environmental effect fracking might cause, we soon will find
out. Fracking has been used for a number of years, but it is a distant
cousin to what is coming. Wells were drilled vertically, mostly
contained beneath the drill pad and used about 100,000 gallons of water
with proportionate amounts of chemicals. Today's method drills down up
to two miles and then horizontally up to two miles, uses up to 5 million
gallons of water per frack with tens of thousands of pounds of
chemicals, and each well may be fracked up to 18 times. Compound that
with multiple wells at a single drilling pad, in British Columbia there
are pads with more than 50 wells. We aren't talking about the good old
days any more; this is heavy industry in our rural neighborhoods.
The underlying point of my concern is the great lack of information we
have to work with in making personal choices about fracking. We are in
need of well-thought-out decisions and prudent use of our natural
resources and environment.
After all, the gas isn't going anywhere, and it only gets more valuable every day.
Fracking threatens environment, property rights
Submitted to The Coshocton Tribune, 1-20-12
The privately owned, for-profit group organizing landowners in
Coshocton County to conduct directional drilling for Utica shale gas
have presented much information covering the supposed benefits of
hydraulic fracturing. Unfortunately there has been little other
information about the documented potential for environmental disaster
and the assault on county landowners’ property rights if they choose not
to participate in their neighbors' drilling projects.
Ohio’s oil and gas law specifies minimum acreage requirements and
contains a provision called “mandatory pooling”. It allows groups of
landowners with adjoining plots comprising a 65% majority to force
non-participating landowners into their land pool to attain the minimum
requirement. The pool may then drill and take the shale gas located
under a non-participating property and force them to pay a share of the
drilling costs out of any initial money that might be generated.
True, a royalty may be paid to landowners forced into their pool
although the percentage and actual amount is merely speculation. The oil
and gas law does protect the nonparticipating landowner from liability
for “actions or conditions associated with the drilling or operation of
the well.” This statement seems to imply that a participating owner
could be held liable in the future should the lease fail to protect
them; a disaster reaches insurance limits, bankruptcy of a driller or
some unforeseen circumstance. The bottom line in this land grab is it
can be done against a landowner's will and the drilling pool, perhaps
his “friends and neighbors”, can require him to pay a share of the costs
for a project he had no interest in or even is outright opposed to. The
allowable amount can be up to twice the actual charges leaving a non
participating landowner paying profit to the drilling pool and
environmentally and economically penalized for simply declining to enter
into their agreement.
The country needs energy conservation, not more greenhouse gas
and environmental degradation. The county needs sustainable, secure
employment to rebuild our communities, not here-today-gone tomorrow jobs
that disappear when the gas is gone, leaving nothing but ghost towns
like the economically depressed areas left behind by former coal mining
Figures as high as $5000 per acre for signing bonuses are being
dangled in front of landowners, waving promises of wealth and prosperity
for a get-rich quick scheme sure to divide neighbors and our
communities for mere greed and misplaced priorities.
Public meetings are being held to inform county residents of all the
issues surrounding hydraulic fracking with the next being scheduled for
January 19th at 6pm in the Frontier Power meeting room, 770 S. 7th.
Warsaw, Ohio 43844
Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits RiversThe
American landscape is dotted with hundreds of thousands of new wells
and drilling rigs, as the country scrambles to tap into this century’s
gold rush — for natural gas.
By Ian Urbina
The New York Times 2-6-12
CLICK HERE for the full story
Couple denied mortgage because of gas drilling
WTAE TV - Pittsburg
Updated 6:49 PM EDT May 8, 2012
Washington County, Pa. -
and Amy Smith seem to be the first example in western Pennsylvania of a
homeowner being denied a mortgage because of gas drilling on a
next-door neighbor's property.
drilling goes on day and night at a new Marcellus Shale well in
Daisytown, Washington County, and Brian Smith told Channel 4 Action News
investigator Jim Parsons that he has no complaints -- except one.
far as drilling and the noise and the lights in the window? No," he
said. "But when it affected the value of my home? Absolutely."
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Feds step in -
EPA to deliver water in Dimock, PA
January 19, 2012 By Andrew Maykuth
The Philidelphia Inquirer
regulators said Thursday they will deliver drinking water to four
households near natural gas wells in the embattled town of Dimock,
casting doubt on Pennsylvania's decision to allow a Marcellus Shale
operator to halt deliveries in December.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also said
it will conduct its own water sampling at 61 homes in the rural
Susquehanna County township "to further assess whether any residents are
being exposed to hazardous substances that cause health concerns."
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EPA: Natural Gas Fracking Linked
to Water Contamination
CLICK HERE for full story and the EPA Report
The finding is likely to shape how the U.S. regulates and develops natural gas resources across the Eastern Appalachians
By Abrahm Lustgarten , Nicholas Kusnetz and ProPublica Friday, December 9, 2011
a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked
underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that
contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas
findings by the Environmental Protection Agency come partway through a
separate national study by the agency to determine whether fracking
presents a risk to water resources.
the 121-page draft report released today, EPA officials said that the
contamination near the town of Pavillion, Wyo., had most likely seeped
up from gas wells and contained at least 10 compounds known to be used
in frack fluids.
Report on Duke University study:
Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking
by Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica, May 9, 2011, 2 p.m.
the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and
hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so
severe that some faucets can be lit on fire.
peer-reviewed study, published today in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences, stands to shape the contentious debate over
whether drilling is safe and begins to fill an information gap that has
made it difficult for lawmakers and the public to understand the risks.
CLICK HERE for full story and link to Duke University StudyCLICK HERE for original article and related links at ProPublica