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When Fracking Comes to Town, Local Residents Have Little Recourse

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I recently traveled to westernPennsylvaniato talk with people living on the frontlines of natural gas development.Listening to people's stories, I realized that too often local communities have been abandoned by those charged with holding companies accou

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Kit B (276)
Monday September 24, 2012, 8:11 pm

There is another "front line" right here in Texas where we have 17 counties on the Barnett Shale. Still people believe what they want to believe and that seems to be "clean natural gas". If it's a fossil fuel it's not clean.

JM A (176)
Monday September 24, 2012, 9:08 pm

Shelly Peterson (213)
Monday September 24, 2012, 10:14 pm
Better damn well vote for OBAMA!!!..if romney gets in there..well!!..he likes all that money he gets from his contributers and HE ALREADY SAID, ...SOMETHING LIKE...DON'T CRY AND WYNE, MIDDLE AMERICA..IT IS YOUR FAULT YOU DID NOT GET RICH AND CAN CONTROL WHERE AND HOW YOU LIVE!!...AFTER ALL YOU ARE THE WORKERS!!!...KISS my feet!! !..AND WHEN YOU AND YOUR FAMILYS DIE OF POISEN AND STARVATION AND WORKING YOURSELVES INTO AN EARLY GRAVE, WELL, i CUT THE EDUCATION TO YOUR CHILDREN..SO THEY WILL "WORK AND DO WHAT we SAY, AS THEY WILL KNOW NO BETTER!..AND WON'T EVEN "KNOW" THEIR RIGHTS!..tHE kOCH bROTHERS HAVE A PLAN, JUST LIKE hITLER DID!!..ONLY THE kOCH bROTHERS PLAN ON MAKING IT WORK!! gLOBAL dOMINATION , many countrys at a time!!. welcome to 2012!!!....I SAY NO TO ROMNEY, AND ALL THE KOCH BROTHERS "ILKE"..THAT HAVE ATTATCKED MOST EFFECTIVELY..TOTAL DOMINATION OF THE WORLDS FOOD SUPPY, POWER, ENERGY AND SAFE WATER!!!..AND EDUCATION!!!!....NOW, SEPT. 24, 2012, ALL THOSE electorial votes!!!...VOTER SURPRESSION...AND MAKE US DAMN WOMEN SHUT THE BLANK UP ABOUT ALL OF IT....including "stay home and be pregnant and barefoot"..rather than, do what you can to raise the healthiest, wisest, kindest , most well educated children..and teach them of the reality of the World's situation, so that they may be part of the solution and not the problem...THE PROBLEM!!...LIKE THE GOP, LIKE ROMNEY OWNED, BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE KOCH BROTHERS!!..(and Romney is a threat to our National Sercurity!!...He would get us nuked..and He already has most of the World saying, "NO WAY AMERICA!!!!...NO ROMNEY!!..FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD!!!"...Please if you can, help at least one person to get legally registered and if you drive, please consider carpooling, many of your neighbors to the polss on election day!!..make it potluck, tht day...In the next month, have a neighborhood barbque, where you can all talk about it and SAY, NO ! I can't do that, i am swamped, ..but i can do this!!...TOGETHER, WE ARE AMERICA!! AND WE NEED US TOGETHER THIS YEAR FOR US AND ........LIFE!......INCLUDING BEING ABLE TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS FROM FRAcking!!!...Romney will kick us all to the curb and and Nostradames (sorry, can't remember how to spell His name correctly..maybe that is what he saw in his "premonitions!" ..america on fire from all the FRACKING...( let alone Global Warming, the droughts, the wildfires, the lack of rain, the crops dying..and what was left, contaminated by STERILE SEEDS, FROM MONSANTO'S GMO SEEDS= CONTROL OF THE WORLDS FOOD SUPPLY=!!! (BLANK!!!),...well, that is their plan...WE TOGETHER, HAVE A BETTER ONE!!= LIFE, NOW, WE HAVE TO WORK INCREDABLY HARD TO CORRECT ALL THE ILLS, BUT WE , TOGETHER CAN DO IT..AND IT MUST BE NOW!! NOT LATER, AS TIME HAS RUN OUT, AS OF LAST AUGUST FROM EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE BEEN READING....AND I AM MIDDLEAGED!!...AND IAM NOT GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT USING EVERYTHING i HAVE EVER LEARNED AND WHAT I LEARN FROM ALL OF YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY!!..LET'S VOTE!!!, LET'S HELP EACH OTHER VOTE!! THIS IS AMERICA AND OUR FRIENDS IN GREECE, SPAIN, AND ITALY ARE SAYING GET OFF THOSE BUTTS AMERICA AND DO IT..WE NEED YOU TO FOR ALL OF US!!!.............WE NEED A CARTOON WITH A GIANT FIRE-EXTINGUISHER , SPRAYING ON rOMNEY, THE kOCH bROTHER'S AND ALL THOSE DAMN LOBBIESTS, THAT ONLY WORK FOR THEM AND NOT ..US, THE PEOPLE AND OUR CHILDREN AND OUR COUNTRY!!!

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Frans Badenhorst (582)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 7:53 am

Harshita Sharma (137)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 8:09 am

David C (150)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 8:19 am
sounds similar to what I have hard about happening in the midwest, too.....

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 8:37 am
Isn't there some prediction about the world ending in fire? I guess that's when we all turn on our faucets at the same time and flames come out....

Julie E (404)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 9:53 am

Beverly T (82)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 11:40 am
Don't panic folks.....I'm sure Big Oil/Gas companies have purchased the water rights too and have determined that the price of a gallon of future clean, drinkable water will also be VERY profitable for them. I mean after all they have been jacking around with the price of a gallon of gas for HUGE PROFITS for eons. They KNOW what they are doing.
There's a bright side too. It's putting DIRTY COAL OUT OF BUSINESS !!!!!!

I couldn't be more sarcastic of my life depended on it...and it DOES !!!!!!!!

Athena B (4)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 12:16 pm
I have been studying the effects of fracking for several years and read an immense amount of info on it and it needs to be halted. There is no such thing as safe fracking. Not to mention that it may heighten the odds of earthquakes, but this procedure contaminates underground water and is not going to be able to be cleaned up so easily either. Once this damage is done, it is a huge problem. This needs to be stopped at all cost!!

Christeen A (377)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 12:37 pm
Noted with great sadness.

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 1:30 pm
Please send good will that this works. My comment: "Dear NRDC, Northern Colorado has got a big problem. The coal or gas or some company came asking for signatures to get us to say that we want hydraulic frackturing(fracking.) This usually means that there will be no clean water, and horrible air quality. Please kindly check into this and if you will and/or can make a petition for Colorado -- that will work. Thank You."

Kate K (215)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 1:42 pm
Silly me-I thought the governing bodies worked for the people, not themselves.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 2:30 pm
This is the same old story: selfishness and greed.

Anna M (18)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 3:32 pm

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle, 1854

When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
You cannot eat money.
Cree Prophecy

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors
We borrow it from our Children.
Ancient Indian Proverb

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Russell R (87)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 3:51 pm
Guess what people? We are Fracked and unless we take matters into our owns hands, nothing will ever be done Our politicians done are not going to do anything. They can't! They are owned by all these companies. 2,000 chemicals added with the millions of gallons of fresh drinking water is used and they don't have to disclose what these chemicals are. When these wells are closed down the rig gets taken away. The pipe line is enclose with cement which will deteriorate over time. The sludge pool and the cement platform remains behind, many which have been already found to be leaking, so all this land becomes worthless. The people in Pennsylvania found out the hard way. Add to that the minor earthquakes that have occurred, so far, what do the people gain. Clean water is worth more that any natural gas or oil! On top of all that we have a foreign company laying a pipe line, which many already exist and have caused contamination of water and land, with the right that belongs only to federal, state and city governments of Eminent Domain! Something is not right in all of this. Don't think that Obama put a stop to this, he is for it! He only postponed it until after the election and gave them to right to complete the southern half which then that away from the reserves we have in the mid-states to be piped to Texas to be refined and shipped overseas. We need to take action! The same action the created this Country! Obama wasn't a wealthy man when he began his Presidency and is now worth over 37 million dollars. Where did all this money come from? We are alone when it comes to fighting big industry and corruption. They are ready with all the FEMA camps across America, are you?

Adam Hamilton (1)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 4:23 pm
interesting sigendd and noted thanks

Sonny Honrado (5)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 4:43 pm

Jean C (18)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 6:06 pm
It’s a little too late now. Most people have been turning their backs on the environment, busy with their own personal agendas…big houses, big cars complete with excessive, non-stop driving, big bank accounts, big this, big that, trying to look big and powerful (yawn). Yes, it’s a little too late to care now. Corporations should not have been allowed to control so much, but everyone was trying to jump on the band-wagon of wealth, and they turned their backs for too long. America used to be the land of the free, but now it is the land of the greed.
Game over…

Jean C (18)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 6:12 pm
And all of you Obama-lovers who think he cares about the environment, he's just as bad as all the rest of them. Please see the forest through the trees. See how much he really cares about the environment using the link below. Guess what, he's on somebody else's payroll too...

Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 8:54 pm
Obama is for stopping Fracking!!..(and Russell is right about what fracking has done to Penn....but I know, also for a fact, that he is incorrect, when it comes to Obama!!)...JUST SAY NO TO ANY FRACKING, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND LET US ALL HELP EACH OTHER, NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVE..AND THE POLITICS..THIS ISSUE= LIFE OR DEATH!!...KIND OF "SUPERCEDES, EVERYTHING,...HUH!?!

Beverly T (82)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 10:58 am
@ Shelly......
I to BURST your bubble but here is one quick find article about Obama and fracking....

I have always stated the Obama is actually the lessor of two evils. To some degree give or take ALL politicians are corrupt.
A life/lives long decision thrown away for a short term gain.
Pathetic and disgraceful
We can only hope that once back secure in office for his LAST term...
Crossing fingers AND toes.

Jean C (18)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 6:43 pm
Beverly - Don't expect Obama to change his mind once he is back in office. He is a pawn of the corporate elite like the rest of them. Anyone who is an independent thinker will not be tolerated and will never get close to securing a position such as president of a powerful nation...

Game over - just ride out the waves as best as possible - the corporate elite want both you and I, and everyone else for that matter, out of the picture - GMO's anyone?

Susanne R (234)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 6:46 am
I recently read about another danger being "brought to the surface" because of fracking: RADON! Exposure to radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and, thanks to the process of hydraulic fracturing, it's being released and finding it's way into people's lungs. It's colorless and odorless and can't be detected without testing kits, but it's a silent killer that needs to be dealt with --in this case, by keeping it underground!


"The shale in Pennsylvania sits in the same location as the "Reading Prong," which is a known, natural source of radioactive radon gas. This is a natural condition and has been well known for over 30 years. Whether above or below the gas-bearing shale, the fracking provides pathways to the water supplies and surface that did not already exist.

This knowledge preceded 99-plus percent of the fracking wells, yet the industry chose to go ahead with fracking. Until very recently, there were no industry waste recovery sites capable of dealing with this contamination and no requirement to do so. There is currently no economical way to remove radon from well water. At least the methane can be burned off at the tap."

Do we need any more reasons to fear fracking?
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