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Senate probes impacts of natural gas drilling

By Lauren Pagel

April 13, 2011

Yesterday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the environmental and health effects of natural gas drilling.  As with most hearings on Capitol Hill, each side had it s own view on the impacts of natural gas and how best to mitigate those impacts. 

The fact that some still deny the potentially destructive impacts of this industry is still shocking to me. One only has to visit a gasland community to see the very real effects

I was heartened by two of the statements made by Bob Perciasepe, the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

First, he firmly stated that companies that use diesel fuel for hydraulic fracturing without a Safe Drinking Water Act permit are breaking the law.

Second, when asked about new data around greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas, he said that the forthcoming report by Cornell researchers is an important piece of information that we need to bring into the discussion.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, hydraulic fracturing, senate hearing, ghgs


A Day of Action for a Healthy Future

By Nadia Steinzor

April 12, 2011

As the spring temperatures climbed, they streamed into the park and kept on coming. Hundreds of people from across New York State gathered in Albany for a Fracking Day of Action to collectively ask policymakers to do what it takes to safeguard vital water resources, public health, and the environment from dirty gas drilling.

Many of us also became Water Rangers as part of the launch of a public awareness and media campaign supported by the Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling network. The campaign invites New Yorkers to become part of the growing team of citizens taking action to protect our water and communities from dirty drilling.

Endorsed by over 40 national, state, and grassroots organizations, the Day of Action reflected a growing movement of citizens concerned about the damaging impacts of a rush to drill in other states. We collectively showed determination to ensure that communities and the environment are protected before industrial gas development occurs (and even consider that it not occur at all).

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Tagged with: natural gas, marcellus shale, new york, clean water not dirty drilling


Electronic Waste Recycling in New York: More Convenient and Accessible

By EARTHWORKS

April 11, 2011

As people seek sustainable alternatives to leaving their unwanted electronic products on their shelves or in the trash, the popularity of electronic waste recycling is building. It is important to prevent electronic waste from entering landfills because it contains metals such as lead and mercury that could potentially damage water and soil quality and impose harmful effects on human health.

However, some consumers are experiencing difficulties finding a convenient venue to recycle their e-waste. Although many small recycling programs exist, the US doesn't have a comprehensive, easy way for people to recycle e-waste, especially large items such as televisions and computers that are expensive to ship.

 

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Tagged with: new york, e-waste


NAT GAS Act encourages development without proper regulation

By Lauren Pagel

April 7, 2011

Just recently, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act (NAT GAS Act) was introduced in Congress to provide incentives for natural gas production. And, once again, the NAT GAS Act aims to increase our use of natural gas without addressing the impacts of natural gas on communities and water supplies across the country. This legislation also increases our reliance on another fossil fuel by creating new infrastructure for natural gas, keeping us dependent for years to come.


While natural gas may be cleaner burning than other fossil fuels, like coal, it comes with a host of environmental and public health problems. Polluted water and air threaten people that live in gasland communities. The natural gas industry is exempt from many of our bedrock environmental laws, ranging from the law that governs the fate and transport of our hazardous wastes to the law that governs our drinking water sources.

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Tagged with: fracking, oil and gas, natural gas, frac act, obama, breathe act, nat gas act, pickens plan


EARTHWORKS comes to western Maryland to talk fracking

By Alan Septoff

April 7, 2011

People dealing with Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Maryland have organized a couple events for concerned citizens to educate themselves. At one of them you'll have a chance to meet our very own Marcellus organizer Nadia Steinzor!

April 11th:

Gasland screening

7 p.m., Garrett College Auditorium
Free

Sponsored by friends of Josh Fox.

Josh Fox's Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary will be shown without interpretation or accompanying panel discussion. The public is invited to see first-hand what all the controversy is about.

April 13th:

Industrial Gas Drilling and Community Impacts panel discussion

7 p.m., Garrett College Auditorium
Free

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Tagged with: fracking, gasland, maryland, garrett county


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