jstephencleghorn | angerandcourage

jstephencleghorn | angerandcourage.

If  you’re still undecided about the fracking issue, check out this Pennsylvania residents blog. It will provide some information with a more “first-hand” view than what I have here in Michigan so far.

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Industrial Scars

Industrial Scars.

This is an amazing pictorial piece. Click on each photo to move to the next one. We really need to stop this from happening anywhere else.

Let’s get involved with phone calls to our elected officials; phone calls, emails and regular mail to the national groups who are simply asking for “more legislation” to make it safer. You can’t make poisoning the earth “safer” we can only put a stop to it.

Radiation Exposure from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Radiation Exposure from Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

You really have to check out the information on Radiation Exposure in this article.

With the worry in the scientific and medical communities regarding the US’s potential for exposure to radioactive isotopes from Japan, it seems ever more important to stop the rape of our continent by the oil/gas companies…especially in and around Michigan which  is home to one fifth (1/5) of the worlds fresh water supply.

In a “worst case scenario” Michigan’s fresh water could mean the difference between extinction and survival. This huge fresh water supply should be considered a national treasure and be protected at all costs.

Fracking uses 6-8 million gallons of water per day…can we really afford to poison that much water? We may need it to drink and grow food in the very near future. Currently, gas prices are very low, due to the glut on the market from all the gas made available from the frack sites currently operating. There’s absolutely NO NEED to continue to mine natural gas in America right now.

Call your representatives, senators and governor(s) and tell them Fracking is not what America needs right now. Heck, call the President too while you’re at it.

We don’t need radioactive anything…

A friend who is a member of the Sierra Club sent me this info in an email last week.
“Back in July, on one of those 100+ degree days, Consumers Power recorded their highest electricity use day in Michigan history.
What was most significant about that was that both Davis-Besse (near Detroit) and Palisades (near South Haven) nuke plants were off-line that day, and there were no black-outs or brown-outs. This suggests that we do not need these dangerous, aging dinosaurs in our energy mix; especially considering how expensive they are compared to renewables. We need more wind and solar to supply our energy needs in the future.
Vote for 25% by 2025 on your November ballot!”

Study: Gas from ‘fracking’ worse than coal on climate – The Hill’s E2-Wire

Study: Gas from ‘fracking’ worse than coal on climate – The Hill’s E2-Wire.

You can run from Global Warming, but you can’t hide from the truth of the weather we are currently experiencing. To continue to claim that Global Warming is anything other than a reality, is to look at what IS and claim it isn’t. WE need to commit to wind and solar before it’s too late. More development in, and use of, fossil fuels could spell the end of humanity. Are you really ready to die? Are you willing to sign the death warrant for your family? It appears your elected officials are.

Get out of your comfort zone, get a petition to ammend the Michigan constitution in your hand and commit to getting 10 or 12 signatures.

It’ll be good for you and good for all the rest of us too. Visit http://letsbanfracking.org/index.html to find where you can get a petition to pass around. There are several other petitions making the rounds, put out by other groups. I won’t state that they are trying to cloud the issue and keep the legitimate petition from gaining the signatures it needs to be put on the ballot. But, I will state that you need to pay close attention to what it is you really want, and what you are signing.

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!

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… 😉