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No ‘Fracking’ Way: The Perils of Natural Gas Drilling

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Workers release carbon-dioxide vapor after 'fracking' a natural-gas well in eastern New Mexico. Source: arch1design

While the BP oil spill has increased calls to use natural gas as a so-called ‘clean energy’ alternative, activists are sounding the alarm bell about this controversial gas drilling technique – hydraulic fracturing.

This week, we’ll hear excerpts from the movie “Gasland.” We’ll also hear from people from Pennsylvania to the mountains of Colorado who are trying to prevent the toxic fallout from ‘fracking’ before it starts.

Special thanks to Josh Fox, the producer of ‘Gasland,’ and to Alton Byrd and Rachel Zurer for helping to produce this show.

Featuring:

Walter Hang, Toxics Targeting President; Josh Fox, ‘Gasland’ movie producer; Weston Wilson, EPA employee not speaking on behalf of the EPA; Oil and gas industry executives; Pat Farnelli, Norma Fiorintino, Ron & Jean Carter, Dimock, PA residents; Dr. Theo Colborn, Endocrine Disruption Exchange President; Paul Light, Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance President; Rachel Waldholz, High Country News Correspondent; Maurice Hinchey, New York State Representative, 22nd District; Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper Program Director.

In Absence of Federal Regulation, Locals Challenge ‘Fracking’

When hydraulic fracturing makes it to HBO primetime, it’s pretty fair to say there’s buzz. But while viewers got the chance to kick back and relax to Josh Fox’s “Gasland” last June, political leaders and ordinary citizens across the country have been working hard to prevent the film’s grim scenarios from spreading. They’re having some success, partly because of increased publicity for the dangers of fracking. In March, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed to reassess the impact of hydraulic fracking on drinking water. Their study should be complete by 2012.  Rachel Zurer has more on citizen initiatives to stop the negative impacts of hydraulic fractures — ideally, before they even start.

For more information:

Gasland: the Movie

Toxics Targeting

Catskill Mountainkeeper

Battlement Concerned Citizens:
A Committee of Grand Valley Citizens Alliance

Debunking Gasland

Videos, Blogs, Articles, Links:

Agit-Prop video: Stand Up NY!

Report: Marcellus reserves worth $2 trillion

Colorado launches one of the nation’s first health assessments of gas-drilling impacts

Exposing the Natural Gas Industry’s Attempt to Silence Its Critics–Alternet

EPA frac study: What the beginning may say about the end

Follow the FRAC Act

ProPublica’s extensive coverage of fracking issues:
www.propublica.org/special/hydraulic-fracturing
www.propublica.org/feature/a-reporters-journey-through-the-gas-fields

Untested Waters: The Rise of Hydraulic Fracturing in Oil and Gas Production and the Need to Revisit Regulation by Hannah Wiseman, Fordham Environmental Law review

Scoping Materials for Initial Design of EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Research Study

EPA takes new look at gas drilling, water issues

Video clip of lighting Divide Creek on fire

Rachel Waldholz talks with High Country News editors about Battlement Mesa and fracking

Fracking protest in Albany, NY

‘To Drill or Not to Drill natural Gas Rush Forces Farmers to Choose between Income and Land’–Alternet

Video on Sublette County, Michigan hydrofracking

Kill the Drill: A Call for a Statewide Ban on Gas Fracking in NY

Safe Water Movement to Ban Toxic Gas Drilling in NY

Frac Attack: The Movie

2009 Report by New York City Borough President Scott M. Stringer on hydrofracking

Congress Considers Fracking Regulation Amid Hodgepodge of State Drilling Rules

Weekly Mulch: As risks for oil and gas grow, USSF offers change
Posted Jun 25, 2010 by Sarah Laskow

Author: Kwan

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4 Comments

  1. There’s a great scene in “Gasland” where a guy lights tap water from a running kitchen faucet on fire. It is sort of surprising no anti-fracking legislation has materialized when drinking water contamination has already occurred in American households.

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  2. This is yet another example of how our government prioritizes the needs of the oil companies over the lives of our people and the environment. I urge everyone to support organizations like making contact who work hard to tell the stories suppressed by main stream media.

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  3. I am concerned about the local drilling prospects in my area because i consistently suffer from a sort of “carsick feeling” all the time. I am also letting you know that I smell gas fumes: the kind you smell when your pilot goes out but is still on, and I live in agriculture zone in Modesto,Ca. It disturbs me to know I cannot protect myself against this crime because of ignorance on my part and my community. will you send updated information about this current trend in my area?
    I live at 4512 McGee Road, Modesto Ca.95357 Thank you!

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  4. I am concern because I personally have been smelling gas fumes on my property. the occurance happened late September,2011. I live at 4512 Mcgee Road, Modesto ,Ca. 95357.
    Does Stanislaus County, Califonia have laws to protect me from citizen who drill illigally? if so, send me current information on how and why I should want to protect myself and my family from the dangers or natural gas fumes.

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