This Order is issued to all railroad carriers that transport in a single train in commerce within the United States, 1,000,000 gallons or more of UN 1267, Petroleum crude oil, Class 3, sourced from the Bakken shale formation in the Williston Basin (Bakken crude oil). By this Order, DOT is requiring that each railroad carrier provide the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for each state in which it operates trains transporting 1,000,000 gallons or more of Bakken crude oil, notification regarding the expected movement of such trains through the counties in the state. Read More.
Ohio Fracktivist are saying “we told you so” and “it’s all been smoke and mirrors” as yet another company has announced they are pulling out of the Ohio Utica shale. BP joins Antero, EQT and Halcon in jumping ship and bailing out of drilling in Ohio’s less than productive northeast Ohio shale field. BP announced their disappointment in the Utica shale field in the Trumbull County area. One of four BP wells reported zero production but, reported it as a result in the lack of connecting pipelines. In 2012, BP leased some 84,000 acres from a Trumbull County landowner group for over $300 million. BP will sell its Utica leases to other oil/gas companies, if anyone will purchase them. That would be throwing good money after bad, not a good investment.
Last Thursday EQT also announced their disappointment and said they will stop drilling while it evaluates it prospects. EQT had drilled three Utica wells and were not happy with the results. EQT has also announced that they won’t drill the 21 wells that they had planned.
Antero Recourses announced in its financial update that they had reduced their expectations by more than 30 percent.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources web page reveals that of the 1,230 well permits that have been issued from 2011-2014 only 391 well are producing. To us this sure doesn’t look like the financial windfall that has been hyped by Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio legislature. As they say in the Wizard of Oz, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Smoke and mirrors folks, just smoke and mirrors.
Ohio geologists linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing. Ohio state government reacted by issuing new permit conditions in certain areas. This makes Ohio’s restrictions among the nation’s strictest (at least for the limited areas). Read More.
The state agency’s chief lawyer said Monday that he saw no conflict of interest in Calloway’s prior representation of Duke, the nation’s largest electricity company. Read more.
On Jan. 9th Disney said the company has pulled out of the remaining installments of the Rocking Ohio tour. The sole intent of the collaboration between Radio Disney and Rocking in Ohio educational initiative was to foster kids’ interest in science and technology. Having been inadvertently drawn into a debate that has no connection with this goal, Radio Disney has decided to withdraw from the few remaining installments of the program. Wait the Oil and Gas Industry has a new idea to reach young children. An Ohio association funded by oil and gas drillers has been paying for teacher-training seminars in which industry-funded representatives demonstrate how students can learn about oil and gas extraction in fun ways. Read more.
As the first official research is published that confirms water contamination by hydraulic fracturing, an alarming amount and array of hazardous chemicals and compounds – including arsenic, chloride, barium and radium – are found in Pennsylvania groundwater. Read more.
Somehow the American people have to find a way to give President Obama a wake up call. It’s getting so bad that it’s seems like a new disaster every single week, because or no regulations, or no enforcement, no one caring what happening to people, to families who work, play and pray in this country. I’d love to hear some ideas about how we can help Obama hear the alarms. It’s just too much. It’s like going back in time when river caught fire, clouds of smoke filled the air and people living in industrial areas did not live very long lives. Today the rivers don’t burn but do run full of chemicals that if you touch it your skin would burn. The sky is not black with smoke it brown with dust storms because of the poor usage of water an climate changes. People of low wealth who live in the extraction zones are sick and dying at an alarming rate. Let’s just look at the last several recent crisis.
- West Virginia chemical spill sent a clear message about the dangers of extraction industries and it’s not over just because the media is no longer covering the problem. People still have chemicals in their air of their homes and some in the water pipes. Schools are still being closed because of vapors.
- Soon after the West Virginia spill came the North Carolina spill of coal wastes? That too is far from being over. Clean up is going to take years to restore the river.
- This week came the five confirmed earthquakes that have hit the Mahoning Valley in Ohio within a 25-hour period. The Columbia University’s Earth Observatory said there have been actually 11 shocks in the area in one week, from March 4 to 10.
- We’re not done yet, a new story about radioactive wastes and fracking made headlines when Rachel Maddow detailed the highly radioactive wastes being illegally dump on Native American lands and abandoned buildings in North Dakota.
- Workers have found more nuclear waste leaking between the walls of a nuclear storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The waste was found in a new place between the walls of one of the 28 double shell tanks at the site.
- And today as I write this someone sent me a picture of a wall of dust as tall as 1,000 feet and 200 miles wide that roared across parts of West Texas and New Mexico due to the lack of rain and water. Yet Texas continues to allow fracking which requires million and millions of gallon of water.
These are the stories that made headlines. Behind those headlines are rural farmers with contaminated well water from hydro-fracturing; household family pets and live stock getting sick and dying because of gas and oil processes. Children, women and men gasping for air due to pollution. Our federal oversight agencies, the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and Center for Disease Control have let all Americans down — turned their backs on the people they are suppose to protect . . .well all Americans except the industries involved in extreme energy.
Enough is enough. So many people’s lives, livelihoods, property and futures have been destroyed with so little regard from the very government agencies that are responsible for protecting, the American people.
When the events in West Virginia came to light, I as a non-scientists knew that just not drinking and bathing in the toxic water was not enough. The chemicals evaporate into the air and every toilet was a point source of toxic vapors. Boiling water after the pipes were flushed was yet another hazards as along with the bacteria was residue chemicals. As the water vapor rose from the boiling water so too did the chemicals into the air of unsuspecting families with small children, pregnant women and other vulnerable populations. One resident calling CHEJ’s offices talked about all the homes that were elevated on top of a hill still had water and air that smelt like licorice. Her concern was that homes and schools that were located on a hill somehow weren’t flushed properly. That same day two schools were evacuated because the children were experiencing health related symptoms. Both schools were on elevated land.
I’m not sure what it is we can do. I would love ideas from you. Recently, more than 1,000 doctors and nurses wrote to President Obama urging him to stop shale gas extraction pending detailed study of its health effects. Many others have asked to revoke the exemptions clean water, air and so on fracking. Stop the exports of gas and coal was another message to Obama with a positive angle America could really become energy independent.
Let’s explore what we all might do to get the Presidents attention. All of us are in this struggle together and it is together that we will find the answer.