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Forum Post: The First Rule of Fracking: Don't Talk About Fracking

Posted 8 months ago on Aug. 3, 2013, 9:54 a.m. EST by shooz (26732)
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Now even minor children are banned from so much as saying the word, fracking, in perpetuity.

Unless of course, they have a future as a fracking industry CEO?

http://grist.org/news/the-first-rule-of-fracking-is-dont-talk-about-fracking/

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[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

Fracking: In 2008 my family's home and my neighbors' homes came under siege by the gas industry, which was buying up leases left and right to start fracking all over the Delaware River Basin. I've experienced first hand the devastation that fracking brings. My two documentaries, Gasland and later Gasland 2, became award-winning films precisely because they called out the fracking industry for its lies and put a face on the millions of Americans at risk—along with our environment and global community—because of the largest domestic fracking campaign in history.

Traveling all across the U.S., I witnessed the destruction that drilling and fracking brings to communities, to public health, and to the environment. Water so contaminated it lights on fire, air so polluted it causes multiple health problems, and communities overrun by this destructive industry.

And along the way, I've seen that our only way out is to organize—to rally together, to petition our elected officials, to get out into the streets.

That's why I'm very excited about MoveOn's new initiative to support the fracking movement at its heart, and why I hope you'll apply to be one of 50 MoveOn #FrackingFighters.

Click here to learn more and apply to become a MoveOn #Fracking Fighter.

Applications are due this Tuesday, December 3, at 10 p.m. local time—so don't wait any longer to apply.

You can also help by forwarding this email to friends or family who might be affected by fracking. Or click here to share this opportunity with folks in your network on Facebook. Nearly every state is touched by some part of the fracking process, and the climate change caused by the fossil fuel industry truly affects us all.

If you're selected as a FrackingFighter, you'll receive a $500 grant to use for your campaign, a toolkit of materials like banners and clipboards, and training from experienced organizers. And you'll join a network of grassroots leaders fighting fracking across the country—from the oil fields in California and Texas, to the gas fields in Pennsylvania and Colorado, from the Midwestern dunes being mined for the silica sand used in fracking, to the New Jersey and North Carolina neighborhoods threatened by pipelines and export terminals that would transport fracked gas.

I had the pleasure of working with MoveOn members to screen Gasland 2 at movie parties coast to coast earlier this year—and I've since met MoveOn members across the country who are educating their neighbors, lobbying their elected leaders, and earning media coverage to put an end to fracking.

In my town, after years of meetings, letters, and phone calls, we won. This summer, the two biggest gas companies fracking in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, announced they were canceling all leases and backing out of fracking in our county.

It's only the start of what our movement can make possible. We need more victories like that across the country—and you can be part of it by applying to be a MoveOn #FrackingFighter before the deadline at 10 p.m. this Tuesday, December 3.

Thanks—and good luck, Josh Fox

P.S. La solicitud para #FrackingFighters también está disponible en español aquí: http://moveon.org/frackingfighters/solicitud/index.html?source=email. Please forward this email to friends and family or click here to post about #FrackingFighters on Facebook, so that we can reach even more people with this exciting opportunity. Applications are due this Tuesday, December 3, at 10 p.m. local time.

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[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4024) 4 months ago

Most critical issue.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

Yep - much more so than many currently perceive.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 4 months ago

HEY!

You weren't supposed to talk about it..............:)

Or, as we say in the old country.

Bump.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

One good bump deserves another - BUMP

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

Figures - the world "talks" about fighting global warming pollution - But Instead Doubles Down on expanding pollution on Land Water & Air.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 4 months ago

Playing the end of oil game, has become less effective for keeping profits high, what with all that interest in renewables, why not hold out a promise to keep prices down by revealing in ground "reserves".

It'll be drill baby, drill, all over again.

Global warming be damned, until it's your town that goes under, or well that's poisoned.

When that happens?

Don't talk about it. It's in the non disclosure agreement.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

What also sucks is the money they are willing to pour into a toxic resource that will only last perhaps 50 years - and that is if the environment could take the burning of the crap - which all sane scientists say we can NOT.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 4 months ago

I guess that's why the Koch's, et al, have also been spending fortunes telling folks global warming isn't real.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

Because they are as smart as a rock? That they would pour all that money into a failing resource - instead of getting in on the ground floor of an endless resource. INSANITY

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 4 months ago

Once the FLAKESnews ball is rolling, it's hard to stop.

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/12/why-some-meteorologists-still-deny-climate-science

The fact that denial is being fueled by Koch's and wacko's, supported by them and their ilk, never seems to grab any headlines.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/03/climate-change-denying-texas-rep-to-lead-house-meeting-on-extraterrestrials/

Perhaps they expect the "sky people" to save us?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

That's the problem - everyone looking for a miracle - something other than them having to get involved.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Are you down with the Global Frackdown?

This weekend, thousands of fracktivists around the world will come together for the Global Frackdown 2 to call for a ban on fracking. Are you in? Click here to find and join an event near you, or create and register your own.

Last year the Global Frackdown was a huge success, with actions from France to Australia, and from Oregon to Florida. In fact, it was so successful that the gas industry cited the Frackdown as evidence of a powerful movement to ban fracking.¹ This year will be bigger, louder and more powerful. I'll be at the Pittsburgh event along with the members of the global youth movement PowerShift. Can you join me by looking up your local action, or offering to start one?

Halliburton and other companies have been covering up the truth about fracking for years. We've seen families forced to sign gag orders in exchange for clean drinking water, and the EPA abandoning investigations of fracking contamination sites in the face of industry pressure.

Now it's our turn to fight back. Join the Global Frackdown 2 on Saturday, October 19.

Despite what we're up against, grassroots opposition to fracking is growing across the globe, and the list of victories keeps growing, too. Fracking bans or moratoriums have been passed in Vermont, France and the Netherlands. And dozens of other communities here in the US are considering bans on fracking based on international awareness of its dangers.

We're turning the tide, but to continue winning, we need to show our elected officials around the globe that they work for us and the planet, not the oil and gas industry.

Plug in to the Global Frackdown 2! Follow this link to find an event near you: www.globalfrackdown.org/events/

Thanks for joining,

Jesse Bacon, Field Organizer Environmental Action

  1. White paper reveals gas industry scared of global protests. Green Left Weekly, February 10, 2013.
[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/17/2799781/tar-mat-gulf/

Not fracking, but definitely related. How much more like this, is a mile underwater?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure that 4000 pound mat of tar is likely to be small beans in comparison to what is actually out there.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

They do mention one at 40,000lbs. This one though, was pretty close to shore.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

I am pretty sure crap like that will keep being found for quite a long time. That is just the crap that can glop together - just think of all the crap in the water that doesn't glop together.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

We all live downstream.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Yep & Downwind as the W H O just decided when they made their announcement ( earth shattering ) that air pollution causes cancer ( HUH who woulda thunk it - Hey? ).

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Now that most of the country's quit smoking, they officially can't blame all that cancer on secondhand smoke anymore.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Incredible as it is to consider - the W H O said 2nd hand smoke was a minor consideration in comparison. Imagine that. HUH. Who woulda gassed/guessed - Hey?

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[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Together with 250,000 other citizens, you have demanded the EPA end its coverups of fracking in Wyoming, Texas, and Pennsylvania. We have spoken out both in writing and in person at the Philadelphia office of the EPA, now we are going to EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. as well as the White House, to demand environmental officials protect the planet, not polluters.

News reports indicate that the EPA may be under political pressure to cover up fracking's real impacts.* So we're going to to push back against that pressure all the way to the top. That's why we're bringing members of all three communities whose water was poisoned—while the EPA looked the other way— to the White House and EPA Headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 24. Even if you can't be there in person, you can still follow along online. Click here to watch the livestream starting at 2 p.m. EST.

Environmental Action members demanded Gina McCarthy be confirmed to head the EPA because we believed she would take strong action to protect our environment, as she has in the past. Now McCarthy needs to listen to the voices of 250,000 of us who agree that she may not have led the EPA when this cover up occurred, but it's up to her to fix it now.

We need your help to make sure this scandal gets attention from the most powerful people at EPA and the White House.** Join me live as I tell McCarthy to stand up to frackers and politicians alike by reinstating the research that proves fracking is bad for our water, land and air.

Thanks for protecting the planet, Jesse Bacon, Environmental Action

*Top Obama aide worked the Pavillion fracking investigation, Mike Soraghan, EnergyWire, September 11, 2013

**Fracking EPA Censorship: 3 times is a tradition, Jesse Bacon, Environmental Action Blog, August 7th 2013

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

I know I've mentioned Manchester before, so he's another follow up.

"September 25, 2013 |

“My son died from cancer. He was only 26,” he said as his eyes filled with tears.

I struggled to complete the community health survey that brought me to this man’s humble front porch, which was next door to a menacing, industrial car-crushing facility. This summer, as I knocked on dozens of his neighbor’s doors I heard similar heart-breaking stories of illness, asthma, and poverty.

One long-time resident I spoke with summed up the popular sentiment for relocation: “I’m just trying to save up enough money to move my family the hell out of here.”

These are just a few of the voices from the “End of the Line” – those living in the community of Manchester, on Houston’s toxic East End – one of the communities at the terminus of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. "

http://www.alternet.org/environment/meet-people-will-bear-some-worst-effects-keystone-xl-pipeline

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

I wonder what long term health history looks like for the average fossil fuel worker ( well we know coal workers get black lung ) - when you figure that they are inhaling fumes ( fumes are the material itself in aerosol form ). There have got to be an awful lot of sick former field and rig workers.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

In the end it will be between them and various and sundry lawyers, and you can bet on more "gag orders" against talking about fracking.

http://news.discovery.com/human/oil-spill-health-effects-04172011.htm

http://www.asbestos.com/occupations/oil-refinery-workers.php

I figure it was why this important thread always got pushed down so quickly.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/i-left-my-lungs-in-aamjiwnaang/

You don't have to work the rigs to get sick.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

" BP says it has tracked illness and injury reports and found no illness rates out of the ordinary. "

Out of the ordinary for what? Their findings then would concur with studies of the history of their work force? Normal = Dying from extended exposure.

You don't have to work the rigs to get sick.

Correct - just got to be near enough to smell the fumes ( inhale the product ) - this also goes for people located around the tar sands operations.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

We just luvs our fossil fuel and the supplying businesses. We just dearly luvs em to all die and rot in hell. OOOOps did I say that out loud?

But honestly - those assholes don't see us or their workers as being human - nope just another resource/commodity. OH Shit Bob just fell over - well hell don't just stand there pop in a new one

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Besides, it was his own fault for breathing in the first place.

He just made the wrong "choice".

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Well and there ya go - reckless behavior = breathing.

[-] 0 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Don't forget the above ground issues.

"Cameron Cerny moved with his mother and father to Karnes County in southern Texas 10 years ago. The 15-year-old boy used to take long bike rides through the country with his mother, Myra, but they don't take rides together much anymore. Karnes County is in the heart of the oil-rich Eagle Ford Shale formation, which has become a relatively new hotspot for intensive oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Since 2010, 18 oil wells were drilled or fracked within a mile from the Cernys' home, and a total of 37 existing wells, along with processing facilities and a wastewater injection well, operate within two miles of their home.

"[There's] loud trucks all day, there's smells that just smell horrible," Cerny told environmental investigators in July. "Nose bleeds all the time because of [this] stuff, in the middle of the night."

As oil production increased in their area, the Cernys and other residents began smelling odors described as "bad, terrible, chemical" and "rotten egg." They soon associated health problems such as headaches, nausea, rashes, burning eyes and nosebleeds with the bad odors."

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18973-eco-investigators-say-fracking-air-pollution-is-poisoning-families-in-texas

We're not supposed to talk about that either.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Wednesday the 25th of September. They got the date wrong in the e-mail ( 24th ). Anyway it should be streaming shortly. Livestream link inside the e-mail announcement.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago
[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Ain't that purty?

The result of fracking fluid disposal, as I understood it, but who knows what they do so far underground..

It's obvious they haven't a real clue.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

It's obvious they haven't a real clue.

They Being the general Public.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Texas Brine.

That video with the trees and the one with the depth measurement needs to be seen to be believed.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I know - seeing is believing - quite startling. That was one I had ta tweet. Now ya see em - now ya don't.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Did you see the guy do the depth measurement?

His reel ran out before it hit bottom.

On the one at the meeting, they said there were 5 big pockets of gas that they knew of.

Oh, and they were starting to plan rerouting roads that are over the salt dome.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I do not remember the depth measurement - but I believe I remember it being said that this hole was over 750 feet deep. Hell divers have a problem going down 200 feet and the damn thing is burping up petroleum - now that is a hole that enters the water table and it is burping petroleum out into the Bayou but that petroleum is in the water table/aquifer as well - how large an area is that underground?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

" In cases where such integrity problems exist, the only requirement was that the company abandon it’s current operations. No further monitoring or safety measures were deemed necessary by the state of Louisiana. "

Well now - isn't that just turning out to be a sound practice - the fools.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

These are responsible oil business men(sic). ( there's no such thing)

They are fully prepared to rectify any issue.

Or not.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

To rectify seems to be no big issue. They just close their eyes click their heels together three times and declare success. Smiles everyone smiles...

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

They are playing hide the money as we speak. Guaranteed.

Texas Brine is as good as gone, but not so the CEOs.

They'll form a shiny new, "responsible" corporation and do the same thing all over again.

It's what they do.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Just like corp(se)'s declare bankruptcy so that pension funds can be raided as well as hoping to avoid any liability for damages the business may have caused over time - then just restructure and re-emerge as another entity ( really? sick f'n bastards as well as those that let em do it ).

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

It's the law.

It allows them to do it that way, and it reacts far too slowly when things go awry.

There should already be auditors at that corporation, assuring that no funds are being drawn off, but the law doesn't allow that either..

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Last week, there was breaking news from EPA whistle-blowers that in 2012 the EPA abandoned an investigation of fracking-related water contamination in Dimock, Pennsylvania after an EPA staff member raised the flag that it was likely caused by fracking¹.

There's an unfortunate trend here, because they've also abandoned their fracking-related water contamination investigations in Pavillion, Wyoming² and Weatherford, Texas³.

This is unbelievable, and totally unacceptable.

Will you join me today in calling on President Obama and his new EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to immediately reopen these investigations and deliver safe drinking water to the residents of these communities while the investigations commence?

Thanks for taking action,

Sarah Alexander Deputy Organizing Director Food & Water Watch act(at)fwwatch(dot)org


  1. Internal EPA report highlights disputes over fracking and well water. LA Times, July 27, 2013.

  2. EPA Drops Fracking Probe in Wyoming. Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2013.

  3. EPA halted 'fracking' case after gas company protested. USA Today, January 16, 2013.

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[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

For whatever it's worth, I've signed this.

Somehow, I think it's ultimately related to this, as it sows the seeds of distrust in municipal and personal water supplies.

.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/privatizingprofitizing-water/

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (21783) 8 months ago

Oh, yeah, yeah.

I saw that earlier. I think I saw it up at Mother Jones. The 99 ways they suck ass. That is so going to not work.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

They're miking up the playground as we type............................:)

They've already got the internet covered.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21783) 8 months ago

Ya, way to terrify a kid. What was the name of that scumsucking lawyer?

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

"Later in the transcript, a lawyer for one of the gas companies affirmed this interpretation of the settlement. "I guess our position is it does apply to the whole family," said James Swetz, the lawyer representing Range Resources in the hearing. "We would certainly enforce it."

All gag orders against the first amendment should be tossed anyway,.......but what if as an adult, this child still has issues from this exposure?

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (21783) 8 months ago

James Swetz for Range Resources. Sociopath for sociopaths.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

That they can issue lifetime "gag orders" against discussing reality, with ANY courts 100% approval, is the true crime here.

To apply it to children.........is insane.

What we really need to know is the name of any judge that would approve such a ruling.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21783) 8 months ago

Range Resources better figure it out real quick.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Why?

This gag order is in place and sets precedent for further travesties.

Meanwhile ALEC is moving forward with "tort" reform that will make it even harder to get justice for the damage corporations are capable of.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21783) 8 months ago

Why? Because it is as Zen has pointed out---------it's for the children. It would be a shame for these cracker jacks to be well............synonymous with the evil they are. They can modify that court order.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Then we MUST be aware of the name of the judge that OKed this and by what precedent did he allow it.

How many other similar "gag orders" are out there?

I doubt Range Resources are alone.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago

Fracktivists Dogging California's Governor -- Take Action

Gas mask babyIt seems like everywhere California Gov. Jerry Brown goes, there's a group of activists urging him not to frack California. The Sacramento Bee picked up the story this week, saying the protests have become an "awkward sideshow for the third-term governor" and adding that "Brown's relationship with environmentalists has been strained by his efforts to relax provisions of the state's signature environmental law, the California Environmental Quality Act, and only worsened after his approval" of a fracking bill this fall.

The Bee is right: That bill doesn't do nearly enough to protect California from the dangers of fracking. What Brown should have done -- and can still do -- is issue a moratorium on all fracking in the Golden State. The Center has been a leading force in marshalling anti-fracking activists to protest outside Brown's public events.

Brown is one of only a few governors in the country taking the climate crisis seriously, and he's been hearing from us loud and clear that by halting fracking in California he would protect our air, water, wildlife and public health -- and help move us toward a clean energy future.

Read the Sacramento Bee story, check out our anti-fracking billboard just put up in Los Angeles. Then, if you live in the Golden State, tell Gov. Brown to ban fracking now.

Center for Biological Diversity (bioactivist@biologicaldiversity.org)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Pope Francis: “Thou shalt not frack” by citisven

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Big Oil and Gas are at it again -- they're pushing for a free fracking pass, to exempt them from federal oversight on public lands. There's a long, ugly history of the energy industry getting exemptions from major environmental laws. But that isn't stopping the industry from asking for even more.

This time they want to gut the federal government's authority to oversee fracking on public lands. House Resolution 2728 would even stop federal oversight of fracking chemicals and wastewater storage and disposal -- and Congress could vote on this bill any day.

Fracking is a dangerous, rapidly spreading oil and gas drilling technique. It poses grave risks to our water, air, wildlife and climate. Fracking emits methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, and opens up new areas to industrialization and fossil fuel development at a time when we urgently need to transition to a clean, renewable energy future.

Please take action now to tell your representative to vote no on H.R. 2728. We need to ban fracking on our public lands instead of giving a free pass to frackers.

Click here to take action and get more information - http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14576.

Donate now to support the Center's work.

Photo of fracking rig courtesy Flickr/Jeremy Buckingham.

Center for Biological Diversity

P.O. Box 710 Tucson, AZ 85702

1-866-357-3349

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 5 months ago

Hey DK!........:)

How ya been?

We've lost focus on fracking while you've been away.

You'll be happy to see that the First Nations in Canada have managed to get a moratorium in Newfoundland.

http://ecowatch.com/2013/11/06/new-brunswick-fracking-protests-continue-newfoundland-enacts-moratorium/

Every victory counts.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Every victory counts.

Absolutely - if we don't get 100% refusals - Let us get an unworkable map of refusals.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4024) 5 months ago

Signed.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Thought ya might.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

I'm Mike Neaton, a MoveOn member in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I started a petition to Governor Mark Dayton, which says: Frack sand mining is devastating Wisconsin. Prevent it from happening in Minnesota. If unimpeded, it will destroy fertile farmland and scenic river ways, remove the filtering of aquifers, and consume large amounts of potable water.

Transfer of silica sand is another less obvious risk. In Twin City neighborhoods, including the University of Minnesota, trucks are dumping sand into open railroad cars. Then the sand is moved throughout out Minnesota. This produces dust that carries very small silica particles that can cause serious respiratory damage.

Demand a moratorium. Stop the frack sand mining industry until an independent assessment proves that it is safe.

I live with asthma and am concerned about respiratory health issues. We cannot allow frack sand mining and transfer in Minnesota until it is proven to be safe for the health of our citizens and the environment. We must also make sure that fracking does not negatively impact the farming and tourism industries in Minnesota. A balanced business environment is important to all Minnesotans.

Demand a moratorium. Stop the frack sand mining industry until an independent assessment proves that it is safe.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Mike Neaton

This petition was created on MoveOn's online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. Mike Neaton didn't pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Another train derailing and another petroleum fire, at least this time no one was killed.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/19/canada-rail-fire-derailment

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Funny/strange how all of these derailments happen in town rather than in all of the miles of unpopulated land the rails run through.

But then again there is this:

North Dakota farmer makes crude discovery: largest oil spill on …

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

What's a few drops of oil to a multi-billion dollar industry?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Or a few billion deaths due to their pollution.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

They have lawyers, PR firms, lobbyists and think tanks to protect them from stuff like that.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

HEH - wait till "they" realize that they are dying from their own pollution lotta good they will get from their lackeys then.

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

The American Petroleum Institute—the mouthpiece for Big Oil in Washington—is at it again.

In an email blast to Capitol Hill staffers this week, API President and CEO Jack Gerard claimed that a new EDF-coordinated University of Texas methane emissions study "proves" that "hydraulic fracturing is safe for the environment."

This is false, and Mr. Gerard should know better. API is twisting the science to support its own agenda. Take action today and tell API that you won't stand for their distortion of facts.

Far from saying that natural gas production is safe for the environment, the study—the first of 16 studies that will collectively help measure the extent of pollution from the entire natural gas system—found serious concerns, counter to the rosy picture API would have you believe. Mr. Gerard cherry-picked from one part of the study, while blatantly ignoring results that found higher-than-estimated methane emissions in other aspects of natural gas production.

Ounce for ounce, methane is 72-times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The rapid growth in U.S. natural gas development and uncertainty of climate-altering levels of methane seeping out across the system motivated EDF to facilitate its methane research series to help develop a clearer picture of America's methane pollution problem.

Getting facts right is not API's strong suit. They've long been a leader in the climate denial movement and are a powerful force on Capitol Hill lobbying against sensible environmental standards for the oil and gas industry. Mr. Gerard failed to mention that the one area where methane pollution was found to be lower than previously estimated was a direct result of EPA-imposed rules on natural gas production—rules that API lobbied heavily to weaken!

We're not standing for it, and neither should you.

Take action today: Tell API that you won’t stand for their attempts to manipulate science and distort facts.

Thank you for your activism and support,

Heather Shelby Action Network Coordinator

Environmental Defense Fund 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20009 (800) 684-3322


The 2nd rule must be to lie their asses off about safety and pollution.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

I suppose it won't matter to them, until one of these opens up under one of their refineries, or heaven forbid, their favorite summer home.

https://www.google.com/search?q=corne+county+sinkhole&client=firefox-beta&hs=8o0&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=GSBHUqrABOnWyQGq5oG4AQ&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=1015&dpr=1

http://jonathanturley.org/2013/09/01/buyou-corne-sinkhole-a-growing-enviornmental-disaster-in-louisiana/

http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/04/bayou-corne-sinkhole-activity-ramping-up/

It's still growing, still trying to eat the town and still releasing copious, unmeasured amounts of methane.

Ain't fracking grand?

Even it's refuse causes "issues".

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Yep - salt mining - assholes can't make it the old fashioned way by evaporating sea water. Nope they gotta do destructive mining.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Hmmmmm

They were pumping fracking waste water into and out of the salt domes, not mining the salt.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

I believe that they were pumping crap into played-out salt mines. Anyway the high pressure process of salt mining can also pollute the aquifer as the mining opens access into bedrock as the emptied/mined dome/pocket structure fractures from the removal of the stabilizing salt formations.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Pumping "stuff" underground is what Texas Brine does.

They consider it a "service".

http://www.texasbrine.com/storage-services.html

That's not the only salt dome in the area though, and the latest reports are about seismic activity.

http://www.wafb.com/story/23350075/seismic-activity-reported-at-giant-louisiana-sinkhole

Some have called for evacuations up to 100 miles away.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Thanks so much for your recent action to stop fracking companies from silencing kids with gag orders. More than 65,000 people across the country stood up against corporate interests and sent a message to these dirty energy companies that this kind of intimidation will not be tolerated.

No one should be silenced — especially children — about issues that change lives and impact entire communities.

People all over the country suffer the consequences of environmental contamination and carbon pollution caused by energy extraction operations like the one that drove the Hallowich family from their property. By sharing our stories, we can build a stronger community to fight for safe drinking water, clean air, and a healthy climate.

Will you take a minute and share your story?

Or, help us spread the word and share the petition on Facebook.

Many families impacted by fracking are bound by court order not to discuss what happened to them. This silence makes it possible for energy companies to deny responsibility and downplay the devastating impacts of fracking.

But no one knows better what is happening in communities than the people who live there.

Just this week, ABC News 8 reported residents in Parker County, Texas banded together to test their own water. Despite results from a 2010 test by Range Resources Corporation claiming the water was safe, residents discovered their water contains explosive levels of methane. Now, the Texas Railroad Commission is re-opening the case and will conduct its own tests on air and water.1

That’s why it’s so important to speak if you can. We’ll share your stories so we can shed a light on the impacts on of fracking, and we’ll continue to mobilize for safer, cleaner energy for our kids and our families.

Please, speak out and tell your fracking story now.

Or, share the petition with your friends on Facebook.

Thanks for taking time to tell us more about how fracking impacted you and your family.

Sincerely, Corinne, Lisa, John, and the rest of the Climate Parents team

P.S. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to get all of our updates and connect with other Climate Parents members: facebook.com/climateparents

  1. "Water contamination in Parker County exceeds explosive limits," WFAA-TV, Inc., September 24, 2013 http://www.wfaa.com/news/investigates/Water-contamination-in--225126652.html
[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

It's not 'splosive, till Texas says it's 'splosive!!!!

Just like in West.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 months ago

Yep - 1st gotta knock down a few square miles of buildings and houses - then it will qualify as a minor explosive hazard - but it's all good now - cause it done did went off already.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20549) from South Burlington, VT 6 months ago
[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Real Texans don't need no gov'ment safety guidelines.

That's fuckin' commie shit.

KABOOM!!!!

And now.........the water has reached 'splosive capacity.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20549) from South Burlington, VT 6 months ago

I'm fairly sure that would be enough to put me over the edge. People in that position are forced to start over - either that or stay, get sick and die. But start over with what? Everything they have has become worthless.

Talk about Dead Enders

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

Willful, State government negligence, but it would seem Texas thrives on such things.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20549) from South Burlington, VT 6 months ago

here's a short list of noteworthy items indicating the type of culture to be found down there in the land of Bushite . . . .

Texas educational system purges Jefferson [separation of Church and State] and promotes McCarthyism

http://progressive.org/hightowermay10.html

Texas Executes Mentally Ill Man After Appeals Court Revokes Reprieve

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/10/11/990731/texas-executes-mentally-ill-man-after-appeals-court-revokes-reprieve/?mobile=nc

Even sleeping lawyers allowed by courts in Texas capital cases

~ http://www.secondclassjustice.com/?p=196

The Texas Gerrymander

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/01/opinion/01wed2.html?_r=0

DeLay Sentenced to 3 Years in Conspiracy and Money-Laundering Case

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/us/politics/11delay.html

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 6 months ago

DeLay??

“I cannot be remorseful for something I didn’t think I did.”

This confused sentence, must be why they let him out.

Or it could have been a panel of "good old" judges, that don't like jury's much.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20549) from South Burlington, VT 6 months ago

or maybe the good ol' boyees were simply sleepin up there on the bench during appeal . . .

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Thank you for telling the EPA to reopen its investigation into fracking contamination in Dimock, PA. Together, we can help reveal the truth about fracking.

Will you ask your friends to join us in calling on the EPA investigate fracking?

Fracking has been shown to cause serious health problems and devestating environmental damage. We need to make sure the EPA properly investigates this dangerous method of oil and gas extraction.

Will you help us spread the word? You can share the pledge through email with your friends and family, post it on Facebook, and send this tweet asking your network to join you.

Here's a quick message you can copy and send to rally support:

Hi -

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with protecting our environment. But they haven't been doing their job. Whistleblowers and leaked documents indicate that the EPA found evidence that fracking has caused serious groundwater pollution but covered up the results for political reasons. Join me in demand that the EPA reopen their investigation into fracking. http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AhwVu/zoCA/B18Bb

Fracking began recently in Dimock, Pennsylvania. And shortly after it arrived, local groundwater became contaminated with methane, arsenic, and barium. Because of high methane levels, one resident's well exploded.

The EPA has an obligation to protect our drinking water. Tell them to continue their investigation of fracking pollution in Dimock. http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AhwVu/zoCA/B18Bb

According to recently leaked documents, the EPA found damning evidence that this pollution was caused by fracking. However, bowing to industry pressure, they burried the results and abandoned their investigation, letting down the people of Dimock and the people of America. Stand up and demand that the EPA continue its investigation to reveal the truth about fracking. http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AhwVu/zoCA/B18Bb

Thanks!

care2

Thanks for spreading the word,

Eric A. Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

Will Wallstreet be in the background looking for ways rip us off and gain them, even MORE free money?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/business/wall-st-exploits-ethanol-credits-and-prices-spike.html?ref=global-home&_r=1&

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

" Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike "

Honestly !!!! Just what the fuck else is new? Wait.....no....not new... SOSDD

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

A fracking TWEET

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

Tell the EPA to Investigate Fracking Contamination! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/813/281/953/

There R better alternatives than 2 continue fossil fuel use.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

OK, I signed it, but doesn't the EPA need it's funding returned to at least pre GWB levels to have any hope of being effective?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Good Question - all of the watchdog entities have been defunded - it might help if they had legal authority to shut down operations ( and not just of single site operations either - but the whole ball of wax operating in the USA ) and make legal charges against corp(se)oRATions ( executives and board ).

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

They left it all up to Market(ing) forces.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

They left it all up to Market(ing) forces.

The corp(se)oRATions - sure that makes sense - just like putting the economic criminals in charge.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

Or libe(R)tarians.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Another good action: ( suffer & froth & howl fossil fuel shills )

As I'm firing off this email, President Obama is being greeted in Binghamton, New York, by MoveOn members and allies carrying the message: "Yes we can ban fracking!"

Yesterday, MoveOn members joined Americans Against Fracking—and actress and activist Daryl Hannah—at the White House to deliver 650,000 public comments to the Bureau of Land Management demanding a ban on fracking on public and Native American lands. All told, concerned Americans submitted more than 1 million comments—the largest unified outpouring ever from Americans calling for a change in course on fracking: Daryl Hannah calls for a ban on fracking

MoveOn leader Mike Hersh

While that was going on in D.C., the president met boisterous crowds in Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, all calling on him to say no to fracking. Activists in New York have succeeded in keeping fracking out of the Empire State, and they're following Governor Cuomo—who joined President Obama in Syracuse—everywhere he goes, to make sure he keeps New York frack-free:

Syracuse, NY

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the dangerous practice of injecting cancer-causing chemicals, sand, and massive amounts of water at high pressure deep underground to release hard-to-reach oil and gas deposits.

President Obama says he is serious about curbing climate change. But he's also overseen the near-doubling of natural gas production, using fracking, from 2010 to 2012.1 Methane, which is released in fracking for natural gas, is at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas over the critical 100-year period, and scientists have called fracking a "gangplank to a warm future."2 That's why MoveOn members have joined our allies to take the message directly to President Obama: "Yes we can ban fracking!"

But not just President Obama! We're fighting back on multiple fronts. Earlier this month, twenty-two-year-old community college student and MoveOn leader Ashley Williams delivered more than 16,000 petition signatures to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, demanding that he block a mining project near Illinois' most popular state park—Starved Rock State Park—for the special silica sand used in fracking that threatens the park, Ashley's hometown of Ottawa, Illinois, and workers' health. Here's Ashley, right before she met with the Governor's chief of staff for legislative affairs:

Ashley Williams

Last week, MoveOn members and our friends at CREDO rallied in Ventura County, California—where fracking is happening now—calling for a statewide ban on fracking, and earning headlines in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Ventura County Star. California has 15 billion barrels of heavy crude oil buried underground—that if fracked and burned, would create nearly as much global warming pollution as the Keystone XL pipeline:3

California

That's not all. Also this month, Kentucky MoveOn member Corlia Logsdon made headlines and got Governor Steve Beshear's attention when she and 200 supporters delivered thousands of petition signatures to Governor Beshear, calling on him to stop the construction of the Bluegrass Pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and destroy her community's land: Bluegrass Pipeline I could go on and on. MoveOn members in 37 states have launched local campaigns to protect our climate and our communities from fracking, and hundreds of thousands from across every state submitted comments to President Obama. I wanted to make sure you got a glimpse of the amazing leadership among our ranks.

Can you share this image on Facebook to inspire more people to rise up to ban fracking?

Click here to share this image on Facebook—and keep rising!

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Bobby, Carinne, Matt B., and the rest of the team

Donate Now

Sources:

  1. "As Obama Visits Upstate New York, the Fracking Debate Takes Center Stage," Time, August 22, 2013 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=292836&id=73699-23748677-_upBZex&t=5

  2. "Gangplank to a Warm Future," The New York Times, July 28, 2013 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=292305&id=73699-23748677-_upBZex&t=6

  3. "California's Fracked Up Oil: Nearly As Bad as Keystone XL?" Daily Kos, February 18, 2013 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=289224&id=73699-23748677-_upBZex&t=7

Photos:

  1. Americans Against Fracking

  2. Mike Hersh

  3. New Yorkers Against Fracking

  4. Ashley Williams

  5. Victoria Kaplan

  6. Dylan Buell, The State Journal

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Will the sink holes come to Britain?

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18340-royals-and-aristocrats-seek-big-gains-from-fracking-in-britain

Shhhhh......Don't talk about it.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Will the sink holes come to Britain?

I don't know. Flaming Faucets?

[-] 0 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

They'd think it was a rock band...............:)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Perhaps - until an unfortunate or surprising moment with an open flame. Candle light so lovely.......

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Light show for the rock band.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Light show for the rock band.

OH Muffy - we're going to have a Rock Band at the Party to night - set up on the front lawn - it would be SOoooo festive to have candles burning in the windows - don't you think? Perhaps have them all lit on a special request song....................

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

" In the US, unregulated fracking has been linked to cancer, water pollution, sinkholes, and even earthquakes and other “seismic events“. Poland, too, is facing these problems. Like their American counterparts, too, Polish farmers and landowners are being bullied to sell to crooked looters and “exploration services” companies. "

BTW - TWEET

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

Video: Poland is Going to Fracking Hell, is America Next? http://gas2.org/2013/08/02/video-poland-is-going-to-fracking-hell-is-america-next/ … via @gas2

What more do we need to know?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Heh.

‘Energy reform’ ? Hmmmmm is that kinda like - Right to Work? F'n pack of lies.

Mexico.

Anyone surprised that those south of the boarder are being abused again?

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

I'm not.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Nope - me either - fossilfuel has been fucking around south of the boarder for a very long time now.

[-] 0 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

Everything you ever wanted to know about frack sand, and how it's used.

http://www.upstreampumping.com/article/well-completion-stimulation/precise-measurement-crucial-fracturing-sand-storage

Plus more than you ever wanted to know about drilling. They have a FAN mag!!!

[-] 0 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

A little closer to your home.

http://mntoday.mprnews.org/2013/03/documentary-explores-fracking-issues-in-minnesota/

Mostly you guys provide the sand......so far.

Is there any oil at all there?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Ahhhh yes that jiggles the ol brain cells a bit - yeah there is sand mining - and that is being looked at - due to what it does to the environment - just the mining of sand - understandable really - as good soil and habitat are torn up removed and a nasty hole is all that is left in it's place.

[-] 0 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

http://www.oakgov.com/water/Documents/Press_releases/2013/20130424-fracking_and_oil_drilling.pdf

One county over closer to home.

Are they fracking Minnesota yet?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Are they fracking Minnesota yet?

Not that I have heard. But we may well share in the disaster that "will" happen to North Dakota's aquifer - as it appears to run North to South into South Dakota as well as East to the Mn boarder. Now I have not had a look at the Mn aquifer layout - but - The make-up and consistency of the ND aquifer would suggest that the make-up continues on into Mn perhaps through all of the central plains.

[-] 0 points by shooz (26732) 8 months ago

South of every border.

http://saharareporters.com/article/fracking-nigeria-economy-bed-shale-ehi-oyabure

Like they haven't fucked that place up bad enough with their "regular" drilling.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Yep - corp(se)oRATions - not just fucking up your life - but also lives all around the world. Ain't modern business just grand? War famine disease - Coming to a neighborhood near you soon?

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 months ago

are we going to be driving cars less ?

will they be lighter ?

is public transportation a viable option ?

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

A) probably not - Why? - It can't be because you don't think we can shift to a different form of energy for propulsion power - is it?

B) that is the current trend

C) You Bet wherever it makes sense ( but I would call it an inclusion rather than an option )

[-] -1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 months ago

First Rule of Fracking

don't talk about energy dependence

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 months ago
[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last night to pass the so-called "Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act" (HR 2728), a bill that would block federal environmental standards of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.

A companion bill has been distributed in the Senate by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.

I'm not going to sugarcoat it—this is a terrible idea.

At a time when, with your support, we've been working so hard across the country to protect communities by establishing tougher standards on the natural gas industry, this bill would put the air, water, and wildlife on federal lands at grave risk from substandard oil and gas operations.

It is crazy for Congress to strip the federal government of any right to take action to protect our public lands. These special places don't belong to the oil and gas companies—they belong to all of us and to future generations of Americans. And we must stand together to protect them.

When we last wrote to you about the House bill a little more than a week ago, 27,678 of you took action by sending emails to your U.S. Representatives. Thank you for speaking out against this outrageous bill.

Now, I'd like to ask you to take action again—this time by helping us stop this foolishness in the Senate.

Please email your Senators today to oppose the Hatch bill. Tell your Senators we need to work together to promote stronger standards on the natural gas industry to protect our communities and our natural environment.

The last thing we should be doing is gutting the protections we already have.

Please take action today.

Jim Marston

Thank you for your standing with us,

Vice President, US Climate and Energy

Share this message on Facebook , Twitter , and Google+ .


I added:

ALSO FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

Hmmm - funny - not haha funny - science fiction has a habit of being able to forecast/present in a story things that are not possible are out of reach that eventually happen like Man On The Moon - at the same time they have had the ability to look at cause and effect and present possible futures resulting from what is going on today - an example of that might be Fahrenheit 451 or 1984.

Anyway - how many books or movies have been made showing massive destruction world wide by super storms or atmospheric collapse due to the practices of man?

And now we have super-storm after super-storm the likes that we have never seen before - like the Philippine Typhoon - the strongest storm on record ever to hit land.

Well this is a trend of science fiction foresight that I would hope we do our best not to let it continue to extinction events.

ALSO FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

You want a concise listing of Representatives in office that have got to be removed from office?

Those that voted for - H.R. 992: Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act

All of these assholes that voted yes have got to GO for voting to deregulate derivatives. Their names need to be spread far and wide = Corp(se)oRATists/sellouts/shills/traitors.

222 Rinos 70 Dinos

complete list here : https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h569

AND THEN THERE IS THIS:

We Know Who You Are: 71 Senators Reject States’ Rights to Label GMOs - 43 Rinos & 28 Dinos

On the eve (May 24, 2013) of a worldwide protest against Monsanto, 71 U.S. senators (listed below) voted against an amendment to the Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill that would have guaranteed states the right to enact mandatory GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling laws.

complete list here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27635.cfm

These two actions are only two actions against the people - these types of actions point clearly to what is wrong with government and points out those supporting the illness infecting our government ( State & Federal ) = corp(se)oRATists.

This being a third action against the people and environment:

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing on public lands. A companion bill has been distributed in the Senate by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.

Which will present another list of those in office that are working against the people of the USA - against all life on the planet.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 5 months ago

You find some of the best petitions..........:)

Signed, of course.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Thanks & of course {:-])

[-] -3 points by highlife (2) 5 months ago

Huh, Fauxahontas was one of the 28 Dems to vote "nay". What's up with that? Bet it's the first time she and Cruz and Paul voted the same way!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

I wanted to make sure you saw my note earlier this week. We only have 7 days left to stop the oil and gas industry from shipping its toxic fracking wastewater on our nation’s rivers.

These are the same companies that violated key environmental safeguards nearly 4,000 times in just four years -- and that was just in Pennsylvania. [1]

We only have one week to stop them from shipping their wastewater on our nation’s rivers. Take action now.

-Margie action@environmentamerica.org

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Big Oil is at a crossroads: with pipelines being blocked left and right, the industry is increasingly turning to oil-by-rail as a way to transport their climate-destroying product to market. What’s worse, they’re doing it with ancient railcars that are prone to explode catastrophically when derailed.

We have a chance to slow their plans for expansion, but we need your help. Click here to send a message to the Department of Transportation demanding they put people before oil industry profits.

We already know that oil-by-rail is not only dangerous, but deadly. This past summer a train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Canada, levelling buildings and killing 47 people.1 And earlier this month, Alabama almost experienced the same nightmare when an oil train derailed and exploded.2 Luckily nobody was hurt, but the lesson couldn’t be more clear: oil-by-rail is something we need to stop.

Right now, there are nearly a million barrels of oil per day crisscrossing the country by rail and there could be a whole lot more in the coming years. Proposals are on the table to dramatically increase the number of oil trains traveling through our communities and Big Oil wants to continue using an outdated and dangerous tanker car known as the DOT-111. There’s one reason for this: profit.

Now the Department of Transportation is asking for public comments to help them improve oil-by-rail safety -- and there’s only two weeks left to make sure our voices are heard loud and clear. We’ve put together a sample message you can send to the DOT, but feel free to customize it. The most important thing is that they hear from you.

The DOT has known for decades that the DOT-111 is prone to rupture and explode during derailments, but there are still thousands of these dangerous cars moving crude oil every day. Now’s our chance to take them off the tracks.

It shouldn’t even be a question. The safety of our communities will always be more important than oil industry profits. Help make sure the DOT hears us loud and clear.

For our communities and our climate, David

1 NPR: Lac-Mégantic Blast Leaves Impact On Town, Rail Industry

2 Reuters: Alabama Oil-Train Derailment Raises Questions About Crude Shipment Safety

Oil Change International campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitate the coming transition towards clean energy. We are dedicated to identifying and overcoming barriers to that transition.

We are a 501c3 organization and all donations are fully tax deductible.

Check out our blog at PriceOfOil.org and find out how much oil and coal money your Representatives take at DirtyEnergyMoney.com.


I added:

Tracks running through populated areas should have some sort of retaining barrier to keep the derailment confined to a controlled area. Oil is not the only hazardous material transported by rail tanker cars. These barriers would also be good for noise reduction as well as for keeping people ( kids ) off of the rails.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 5 months ago

It should be shipped internally, by oil corporation executives, walking through carefully planned routes that avoid populated areas........:)

Have a big old drink of Texas tea. It's harmless. You told us so.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Yep - fetch em all another round - {:-])

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 5 months ago

I'm figuring their next plan will be to ship it by dirigibles, filled with gasified coal.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/coal-gasification-like-fracking/

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

The sick insane murder/suicide assholes.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

" Lincoln says the state has the tools necessary to determine which poisons were released, in what concentration, and how far they spread. - See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/are-state-officials-withholding-vital-information-mayflower-oil-spill#sthash.IW9cqXtc.dpuf "

Absolutely - simple science - chemical/substance analysis - well not "simple" science - but a very active area of science - anyone ever hear of chemical engineering?

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 5 months ago

Who needs science, when you have Bayou Corne.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/louisana-sinkhole-slowing-article-1.1520549

Don't be fooled by the URL, it hasn't slowed much.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

" Officials also fear that gas within area may spark massive inferno."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/louisana-sinkhole-slowing-article-1.1520549#ixzz2lDD4pO00

Hmmmmm wonder if there is a no open flame area - no cooking with gas - no pilot lights - no Bar-B-Q - hazardous electric spark area - OH and no smoking danger of explosion and fire area. Makes the current prevailing wind direction a riveting subject.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

Keep Toxic Fracking Waste Off U.S. Waterways Tell the Coast Guard to Protect the Drinking Water For Millions of Americans!

Shipping Toxic Fracking Waste on Our Waterways is Too Dangerous.

Mississippi River barge

Submit a Comment: Don't Ship Toxic Fracking Waste on our National Waterways!

The oil and gas industry is getting desperate. They are creating millions upon millions of gallons of toxic fracking waste every year, and running out of places to dump it.

The industry's newest plan to ship fracking waste by barge could contaminate the drinking water for more than 20 million Americans with toxic, and potentially radioactive fracking waste.

The good news is that we can stop it! Tell the Coast Guard to oppose shipping fracking waste on U.S. waterways.

Barge accidents are too common. In January, two barges struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, MS and spilled about 7,000 gallons of crude oil into the Mississippi River.¹ In February, two barges collided on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, LA, spilling barrels of oil.² And in May, a collision near Hartford, IL caused 14 barges to break away from their moorings, spilling oil into the river.³ It's not a matter of if there will be a spill, it's when.

The waste contains a host of toxic chemicals used in the fracking process, including known carcinogens and even radioactive materials. When a barge spills fracking waste, it is nearly impossible to clean up the mess, putting drinking water and entire ecosystems at risk. We have until November 29th to tell the Coast Guard that shipping fracking waste is a bad deal — it's just not worth the risk.

Despite the growing opposition to fracking, the Obama Administration is catering to the oil and gas industry, unnecessarily putting millions of Americans at risk. This new national policy is backed by commercial interests. GreenHunter Water wants to ship fracking waste from Pennsylvania to Ohio, Louisiana and Texas. This proposal alone could risk the drinking water for over 20 million Americans that get their water from the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and it would set a terrible precedent that could eventually put more of our water at risk. Don't let the Obama Administration and the Coast Guard jeopardize the drinking water for millions of Americans.

The Coast Guard is trying to slip this new rule under the radar. Help make sure they hear from the American public loud and clear. Tell the Coast Guard: keep toxic fracking waste out of our national waterways.

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  1. Coast Guard: Barge leaked 7,000 gallons of oil. Associated Press, January 29, 2013.

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[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 5 months ago

Did you see?

Looks like the Pope is on our side.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/pope-against-fracking

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

This new Pope is an interesting character - and no doubt quite unsettling for the old school church.

HUH

Wonder if they will poison him or accept him.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 5 months ago

He pissed off Palin too, that gets him several points in my book.

It seems the mob isn't happy with his thoughts on greed.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/15/pope-francis-mafia-assasination/

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 months ago

OH . . . . the original mob . . . . I think there are a lot of corp(se)oRATions & politicians that don't like the talk either.

Thought you were talking about wallstreet at 1st.

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

You won't believe what the EPA is covering up now. The agency has already covered up reports on fracking in Wyoming, Texas, and Pennsylvania to protect the polluters, not the planet. A new story in EnergyWire suggests why: they have been under political pressure to cover up fracking's danger to our planet, and to our health.*

The EPA needs our help to stand up to that pressure and do its job. That's why I will be standing with members of all three affected communities next Wednesday at EPA Headquarters and the White House. Click here to add your name, and I will deliver it in person.

Environmental Action members demanded Gina McCarthy be confirmed to head the EPA because we believed she would take strong action to protect our environment, as she has in the past. Sign here to tell McCarthy to stand up to frackers and politicians alike by reinstating the research that proves fracking is bad for our water, land and air.

Shocking reports show that EPA research proved that fracking was contaminating people's drinking water, even rendering it flammable. But when the research looked bad for frackers, the EPA didn't pull the plug on drilling, it pulled the plug on the research**.

Thanks to courageous whistleblowers at EPA, we now know the agency has been sweeping its own research on fracking under the rug and putting the health of families and our environment at risk. We have already gone to the EPA office in Philly to thank the whistleblowers and speak out against censorship. Now we need to get the message to the head of the EPA. McCarthy wasn't head of the EPA when this happened, but McCarthy inherited the scandal and needs to address it.

Censorship of fracking studies has already happened in Parker County, Texas, Pavillion, Wyo., and now, in the town of Dimock in my home state of Pennsylvania. You might recognize that name, because it's near where Josh Fox of Gasland I and II lives. Well if the EPA wanted to cover up research proving that fracking contaminates drinking water, they picked the wrong town in the wrong state to do it. But we need your help to make sure this scandal gets attention from the most powerful people at EPA and the White House. Click here to tell the EPA to reopen their investigations into contamination of water by fracking.

Jesse Bacon, Environmental Action

*Top Obama aide worked the Pavillion fracking investigation, Mike Soraghan, EnergyWire, September 11, 2013

**Fracking EPA Censorship: 3 times is a tradition, Jesse Bacon, Environmental Action Blog, August 7th 2013


I added :

BTW -

W - T - F are we doing allowing fracking in the 1st place if we need to ( and you know we do ) get off of fossil fuel.

Why is this not the policy - STRICT REQUIREMENT - for current energy projects - new construction - instead of re-commissioning. We all know the the energy companies as well as the fossil fuel business have the money to do the switch over.

To What???

Please.

Here "please take a look" :

Why are we not making use of Thorium Reactors to generate electricity? Why are we not using Liquid Metal Batteries for major storage and distribution of electricity?

Curious? I hope so. Here please take a look.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017146059

http://www.ted.com/speakers/donald_sadoway.html

Remove subsidies from the fossil fuel industry. Sane energy programs to get us past Global Warming/Climate Change.

Also related: ( water being poisoned but also privatized )

N-E-S-T-L-E-'S, Nestle's takes your very best, W-A-T-E-R.

And sells it back to you at a high profit.

http://t.co/1DUuhbXp4O Tapped. <-- Documentary on water ( I figure U've not seen it )

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

Don't forget Colorado.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/17/2630131/oil-fracking-colorado-flooding/

All that "water" is heading for the heartland.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Yep - scary shit - wish I would have looked at that prior to sending in my response to: http://www.webaction.org/site/R?i=60TJVNKopc08_wxBVbcalg

I added :

BTW -

W - T - F are we doing allowing fracking in the 1st place if we need to ( and you know we do ) get off of fossil fuel.

Why is this not the policy - STRICT REQUIREMENT - for current energy projects - new construction - instead of re-commissioning. We all know the the energy companies as well as the fossil fuel business have the money to do the switch over.

To What???

Please.

Here "please take a look" :

Why are we not making use of Thorium Reactors to generate electricity? Why are we not using Liquid Metal Batteries for major storage and distribution of electricity?

Curious? I hope so. Here please take a look.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017146059

http://www.ted.com/speakers/donald_sadoway.html

Remove subsidies from the fossil fuel industry. Sane energy programs to get us past Global Warming/Climate Change.

Also related: ( water being poisoned but also privatized )

N-E-S-T-L-E-'S, Nestle's takes your very best, W-A-T-E-R.

And sells it back to you at a high profit.

http://t.co/1DUuhbXp4O Tapped. <-- Documentary on water ( I figure U've not seen it )

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

Except for selling off the public's water supplies, I don't think any of those are on ALEC's list of legislation to shove down the unsuspecting public's throats.

How high do you think they will push up fuel prices in Colorado after this?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

OH - Gosh - Nationally - Hell - World Wide. It has gotta surge at least $0.60 to $0.80

[-] 1 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

Well, they do have 18 regulators to pay for.

Perhaps they could be put on indefinite layoff?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

NAH - that would mean unemployment - no they are more likely to fire them without cause ( Right to Work - HAH - F'n assholes ).

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

The First Rule of Fracking: Don't Talk About Fracking (appropriate):

Don't let energy companies silence kids about fracking.

Sign the petition ►

Several years ago, gas companies set up fracking operations near the Hallowich family farm in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Soon after, the Hallowiches started experiencing health problems like nosebleeds, sore throats, and unexplained headaches. They were forced to abandon their home and to sue the gas companies, eventually reaching a settlement that includes a standard gag order.

But in an unprecedented move, the gas companies insisted the gag order extend to the Hallowiches’ children, age 7 and 10 years old at the time, legally barring them from talking about what happened to them -- and fracking -- forever.

As a parent, I am outraged that these dirty fracking companies have stooped to a new low by going after children. That's why I started my own campaign on CREDO Mobilize that allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Range Resources, Mark West Energy Partners, and Williams Gas, asks the following:

The Hallowich children suffered unexplained illnesses and were forced to move from their childhood home. They will be processing these traumatic experiences for the rest of their lives. Children should not be forced by fossil fuel corporations to remain silent about issues that affect their health and well-being.

The Hallowiches’ story is just the latest example of how fracking and other extreme energy extraction are affecting families across the country. Families are battling air and water contamination — some people have even been able to light their tap water on fire. And every day we see more news of droughts, wildfires, and extreme weather fueled by climate change, caused by carbon pollution from projects like these. Far too often, it’s children who bear the brunt.

When pressed by the media, Range Resources Corporation, one of the companies involved in the lawsuit, told reporters it will not enforce the application of the gag order if the children decide to speak out. But, the family’s lawyer says the gag order, as currently written, could land the kids in legal trouble if they talk publicly about what happened to them -- or the impacts of fracking -- in the future. In order to protect the Hallowich kids, all three of the companies involved must take the legal steps necessary to remove the children from the gag order.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition telling Range Resources, Mark West Energy Partners, and Williams Gas to legally remove the children from the gag order — and commit to never go after kids again?

Thank you for your support.

Corinne Ball

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[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

I signed, but as I said before, I don't think ANY court should have the ability to prevent anyone from telling the truth, whether the are children or adults.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Exactly - why should anyone be prevented from talking about their experience? Why should corp(se)oRATions be protected and allowed to continue on just like something never occurred?

[-] 2 points by shooz (26732) 7 months ago

How could a Judge, with an ounce of integrity, OK such a thing?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

It very much seems to be an injustice going forward after finding the corp(se)oRATion guilty or after the corp(se)oRATion basically said " I am guilty " - if they settled out of court.

[-] 0 points by BearDickinson (118) from Ewing, VA 6 months ago

"Shale gas protesters and RCMP trying to enforce an injunction are clashing in Rexton, N.B., with the violence including two police vehicles that have been set on fire, and a report of the arrest of a First Nations chief [Update: at least 6 police vehicles have been torched and 40 arrested].

The clashes started at about 1 p.m. Thursday after police fired pepper spray at the protesters, who were trying to push through the police line.

CBC reporter Tori Weldon said it sounded as if shots were fired, although that hasn’t been confirmed." http://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/rcmp-attack-anti-fracking-blockade-5-cop-cars-torched-40-arrests/

[-] 0 points by BearDickinson (118) from Ewing, VA 6 months ago

"Shale gas protesters and RCMP trying to enforce an injunction are clashing in Rexton, N.B., with the violence including two police vehicles that have been set on fire, and a report of the arrest of a First Nations chief [Update: at least 6 police vehicles have been torched and 40 arrested].

The clashes started at about 1 p.m. Thursday after police fired pepper spray at the protesters, who were trying to push through the police line.

CBC reporter Tori Weldon said it sounded as if shots were fired, although that hasn’t been confirmed." http://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/rcmp-attack-anti-fracking-blockade-5-cop-cars-torched-40-arrests/