STUDY: Fracking Chemicals Are Killing And Neutering Pets And Farm Animals – Business Insider

STUDY: Fracking Chemicals Are Killing And Neutering Pets And Farm Animals – Business Insider.

 

If these chemicals can do this to our animals, you know we are next. Animals serve as our sentinels, we need to pay attention!

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Natural Gas Drilling Debate Heats Up: Read Our Guide – ProPublica

Natural Gas Drilling Debate Heats Up: Read Our Guide – ProPublica.

This isn’t going to go-away unless we make it happen. The greed of corporate America and the corruption of the media and government won’t go away unless we, the 99% make ourselves heard.

Get petitions and circulate them. Write letters. Write emails. Make phone calls. Get out there and make a difference. If we don’t save ourselves, we have no one to blame when it all comes crashing down except ourselves.

“They” have already begun drilling in Ionia County, Allegan County, and southern Barry County.

The time to get involved is NOW !

Who Are America’s Top 10 Gas Drillers? – ProPublica

Who Are America’s Top 10 Gas Drillers? – ProPublica.

Remember, there are safe and sound methods of powering America that don’t include raping the planet!

These companies don’t care about the public interest, only their own greed for ever more money.

Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking – ProPublica

Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking – ProPublica.

There is mounting evidence that the toxicity associated with horizontal  high-pressure hydraulic fracturing is contaminating our air and drinking water. Act now to preserve our species!

Ready for the Triple-Team

Wednesday 7/18/2012

Again, the 6 p.m. -10 p.m. shift 🙂 I asked the person who’d done the afternoon shift if they’d been approached by anyone working in the oil company telling them they were crazy to be trying to ban the wonderful opportunity of fracking. They had not. It appears then that they save their time and talent until my shift. Oh, lucky, lucky me 😉

After Tuesday nights triple team, I went home and did some research on the fracking boom in North Dakota…so far, the two people who most loudly proclaimed the safety of the practice, and claiming they worked in N. Dakota were very, very wrong. I printed out the documentation so I could prove my points to them…they didn’t return.

Wednesday night was a fellow who said he worked for an oil/gas exploration company out of Grand Rapids, MI and that fracking was totally safe.  He told me he knew more about fracking than I did. I agreed with him that he probably did.

I then asked him if he considered the New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters or the AP to be fairly credible news sources…he did. I asked if he thought legislative subcommittees could be trusted to submit fairly accurate information…he did.

I pointed to the table full of papers that were articles from those credible news sources and sub-committee reports from State and Federal committees on the topic of “fracking”…all of which contained information that any reasonable human being who can look a few years into the future would see as damning.

He wished us luck and walked away. I wished him luck also and continued good health.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2012/07/19/north-dakotas-fracking-boom-brings-complications-with-it/

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/02/142695152/oil-boom-puts-strain-on-north-dakota-towns

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-north-dakota-the-gritty-side-of-an-oil-boom/2012/07/18/gJQAZk5ZuW_story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/us/for-oil-workers-deadliest-danger-is-driving.html?_r=1

http://www.propublica.org/search/search.php?q=Oil+boom+brings+wealth+and+waste+to+north+dakota&o=r&p=2

http://www.propublica.org/article/feds-link-water-contamination-to-fracking-for-first-time

Okay, now I’m armed with even more facts! Where are those oil/gas guys when you have ample ammunition… 😉

Under Attack

Tuesday 7/17/2012

Back at the fair, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Around 8 p.m. two fellows walked up and started asking questions about what fracking is. The lady with me began explaining but when they got to some questions she couldn’t answer, she deferred to me. I answered the question and then their attention was focused on me. In a matter of moments, we had a lively conversation going when they looked up and smiled at another fellow who was approaching from the opposite direction.

It appeared they knew each other. The third fellow came up and took control of the conversation. He was on the attack. He explained that they worked for a gas company doing fracking in N. Dakota and that it was perfectly safe (he’s making money at it, so of course it’s safe). He insisted that we were crazy trying to stop fracking in Michigan because it’s such a good thing, he’s making good money at it, and everyone in Michigan can make good money at it…..

He, again, like the others, had no documentation, no hard evidence and his entire impassioned speech was based on how fracking creates jobs, people (namely him) make money, it’s completely safe (but he couldn’t name well-sites or communities that would or could prove that point while I had nearly a ream of paper with documentation from news media, governmental reports, etc. to prove differently). I had a lot of fun playing with him and his singular viewpoint.

I asked him exactly what his job was, he refused to answer by changing the subject. I am not easily put off, I asked him again, he said, “just some low end job” and went on to talk about my erroneous take on fracking. Again, I asked him, “What exactly is the job you do for the fracking industry?” After several rounds of this, he finally looked down (as if searching for an answer) then looked up and said he inspects the well sites. Everything in his body language said he was not being truthful.

So, if he is a well-inspector, then he’s being paid by the companies that stand to gain the most profit to report what they want to hear. By the time he left, we were both smiling and laughing because we knew we were at an impasse…he’s being paid by the corporations causing all the problems for regular folks in N. Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania and Canada…and I’m one of the regular folks trying to keep my state pure.

The three walked away together toward the exit where the first two had come from in the first place. I have to wonder how much they were paid to come in and try to disrupt the petition process and/or try to scare us off….

Self-ish

Monday 7/16/2012

I helped two other fractivists get our booth up and running. I returned at 6 p.m. to take my shift with getting petition signatures.

Many people didn’t know what fracking is, so a lot of time was spent repeatedly informing people of the risk involved with this particular method of drilling.  It was incredibly hot!

Around 8 p.m. two couples walked by and I asked if they were familiar with the process of fracking. They said, “yes” so I pressed on asking them if they’d had a chance to sign our petition to put ban language on the November 2014 ballot.

The short version is that they did not. From what I gathered both the men worked in the fracking industry out in N. Dakota. One of the women said it was the only job allowing them to support their families. Her husband (my assumption), with some urging, stayed around to answer a few of my questions.

He said he is a truck driver and that to his knowledge there had never been an accident, spill or release in N. Dakota. He believes fracking is a good thing and he wants to see it in Michigan.

The bottom line is that he makes money from fracking so fracking is good. They can take their family to the fair because they make good money in the fracking industry so fracking is good. Fracking is good because he is making money at it.

No documentation, no consideration of the history of fracking. No compassion toward those in Pennsylvania, Texas or Canada who are suffering greatly because of fracking.

How very sad that as a species we still put our own selfish desires over the welfare of the entirety.

Barry County Fair 2012

This week we Barry County fractivists had a booth at the Barry County Fair. It was an interesting week. Hotter than blue-blazes, even though we were inside so technically “in the shade” there was no a/c and any breeze that came through rarely reached our booth. We had a fan, but it only blew hot air on us.

I was at the booth from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, I was also at the booth Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

I would like to thank all those who made this possible, and who gave their time to “man” the booth the entire 11 hours everyday for 6 days.

At the fair with us, looking for re-election, were our county prosecutor, and our State Representative…among many other booths of various origin. Some were vendors selling goods, some were handing out information for the different political parties, and some were there to get new clients for their businesses.

We got a lot of signatures on petitions, trained a few new circulators, gave out a lot of information and educational sources regarding horizontal hydraulic fracturing, and spoke with many, many people.

Even after two months of activity in the community by our group, the majority of people we encountered had no idea what fracking is.

So, please, PLEASE, if you are reading this blog and you are concerned about our environment…pass this blog address along to those you care about.

Thank you,

 

TEXT: People’s State of the Union – Jill Stein for President

It truly is time for change!

In Michigan, every one of our seats in the House of Representatives is up for grabs this year.

Let’s send a strong message to our politicians that we are not going to take their lackadaisical concern for the 99% a moment longer.

Vote in new blood in the House of Representatives in Michigan, and vote in a Green Candidate to the white house.

It’s time to take our country back.  It’s time to tell corporate America that we won’t take any more!

Vote for someone outside the influences the Democrats and Republicans have gotten themselves into with their acceptance of financial contributions and their good-buddy lobbyist routines. Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala have a long history of doing what needs to be done and in making a difference in the lives of the 99%.

TEXT: People’s State of the Union – Jill Stein for President.