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Category Archives: Fracking

Fracking Hell: The Untold Story

They say “energy independence” but they are building LNG facilities and pipelines to all our major shorelines. The plan is to ship natural gas overseas to markets that will pay more than Americans pay. That will drive up our energy costs and destroy our air and water in the process.

Watch the video from Link TV below. 17:52

An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK’s Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?

Marcellus Shale contains enough natural gas to supply all US gas needs for 14 years. But as gas drilling takes place, using a process called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” toxic chemicals and methane gas seep into drinking water. Now experts fear that unacceptable levels of radioactive Radium 226 in gas development waste.

Fracking chemicals are linked to bone, liver and breast cancers, gastrointestinal, circulatory, respiratory, developmental as well as brain and nervous system disorders. Such chemicals are present in frack waste and may find their way into drinking water and air.

Waste from Pennsylvania gas wells — waste that may also contain unacceptable levels of radium — is routinely dumped across state lines into landfills in New York, Ohio and West Virginia. New York does not require testing waste for radioactivity prior to dumping or treatment. So drill cuttings from Pennsylvania have been dumped in New York’s Chemung and other counties and liquid waste is shipped to treatment plants in Auburn and Watertown New York. How radioactive is this waste? Experts are calling are for testing to find out.
New York State may have been the first state in the nation to put a temporary hold on fracking pending a safety review, but it allows other states to dump toxic frack waste within its boundaries.

With a gas production boom underway in the Marcellus Shale and plans for some 400,000 wells in the coming decades, the cumulative impact of dumping potential lethal waste without adequate oversight is a catastrophe waiting to happen. And now U.S. companies are exporting fracking to Europe.” Source

Fracking 101

2:30 min video Clear and simple explanation about why fracking should be stopped

How To Stop An Oil And Gas Pipeline: The Unist’ot’en Camp Resistance

Our people have had enough. We’re not going to just stand here and take the bullying and take it without a fight. We had enough of these spoiled brats stealing off our lands and not accepting no for an answer. We’re going to be the stern parent and say “no, you are not coming in.”
Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en spokesperson

9:42 min

The Fracking Facade

24:16 min This trailer by Unearthed Documentary debunks the fracking industry’s repeated mantras and lies.

Planetary death by extractivism: a review of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Review by John Gibbons, environmental commentator, of Naomi Klein’s latest book This Changes Everything. This book is the story Klein’s awakening to climate change as the major disaster facing us and what if anything will mitigate its damage.

Having, like Klein, come from an entirely non-environmental background, and slowly, reluctantly, coming to realise the true import of climate change, I could personally relate to her initial desire to look the other way, and simply tune out this avalanche of ecological bad news, in ways that are analogous to how we humans are psychologically programmed to largely tune out the reality of human death

…Klein offers the example of the abolition of slavery as perhaps the best recent analogue for the rapid dismantling of an entire economic system. The slave-driven economic model didn’t end because it wasn’t successful; it ended when it lost its social sanction to operate. ~ John Gibbons

Over 2200 tons of Pennsylvania frack waste dumped in Michigan

Time to get mad and take action. Start by donating today at Then make plans to help me and the other volunteers get the ballot initiative to ban fracking and fracking wastes from Michigan on the Nov 2016 ballot. There is NOTHING good about fracking unless you are getting paid to do it or you are a fracking investor. And if you have the misfortune to work on a fracking drill site you are seriously exposed to the 300-600 toxic chemicals used to frack.

This causes severe damage to us now and in the future.

<blockquote>Michigan is fast becoming a frack waste state. ~ Ban Michigan Fracking</blockquote>

Report on Ban Michigan Fracking website

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