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Export Natural Gas to Weaken Putin?


The drive to weaken Vladimir Putin though natural gas exports is meeting a green backlash.

Environmentalists and their congressional allies scoffed Thursday at a mounting campaign on the Hill to hasten U.S. gas exports, saying there’s no reason to think gas shipments would weaken Russia’s leverage over Europe’s energy supply. But exporting American shale gas could drive up prices for consumers and manufacturers at home,   Read more.

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Los Angeles Says NO to Fracking


Los Angeles is the largest city in the U.S. to place a moratorium on fracking.

City council unanimously voted Friday afternoon to send a moratorium motion to the city attorney’s office to be written as a zoning ordinance. It will then return to council for a final vote.

People in W. Virginia Stock Up on Water

Journalists Demand Truth in WVA Emergency


The recent drinking-water contamination incident represents a major crisis for 300,000 people living in the Charleston, W.Va. area, but it’s also a wake-up call to people across the United States who rely on their public servants to ensure their health and safety. The lack of openness during this crisis by government officials and agencies has aggravated an alarming situation and left many people doubting the competence and credibility of the people in whom their welfare is entrusted.

The Society of Environmental Journalist said, “During crises like these, it is the job of the news media to seek reliable answers for the public and hold government agencies accountable. It is a time when the government agencies responsible for health and safety need to be active, open,transparent, and available to answer public and news media questions.” Read the entire letter.

Members of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and Radio Disney hold an event to educate children on energy exploration

Disney withdraws from pro-fracking elementary school tour


By Laura Barron-Lopez

Radio Disney has withdrawn from a pro-hydraulic fracturing school tour backed by the oil and gas industry.

Al Jazeera America reports that the program, called Rocking in Ohio, visited 26 elementary schools and science centers across the state last month.

The tour, led by three Radio Disney staffers from its Cleveland branch, offered interactive demonstrations on how oil and gas pipelines work. The Ohio and Gas Energy Education Program — which is supported by oil and gas companies — funded the project.

Radio Disney planned to take the tour to other states if the Ohio tour proved successful. However, after being dragged into an unlikely controversy, Disney said they were pulling out of the remaining installments of the Ohio tour, according to an email statement sent to Al Jazeera.

“The sole intent of the collaboration between Radio Disney and the nonprofit 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,” the statement read.

The Ohio and Gas Energy program doesn’t seem to be backing down after facing activists who call the tour “propaganda” collected 75,000 signatures opposing the project.

“Our country cannot survive without oil and gas,” OOGEEP’s Ron Grosjean told the Wooster, Ohio, Daily Record. “Kids are the best way (to spread the message). They retain (the information); they remember it.”

Read more here.

Polluted water

Yes, EPA Did The Right Thing


December 24th 2014, Washington, D.C. & Parker County, TX – Today the EPA Inspector General found EPA Region 6 was justified in legally intervening to protect Parker County residents’ drinking water from drilling impacts. At Senator James Inhofe’s request, the Inspector General investigated to determine if Region 6’s intervention against Range Resources was due to political influence by the Obama administration.

Read more here.

Oil, Gas, and Disney?


OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology in Youngstown, Ohio is slated to host an event on Saturday, November 23rd co-sponsored by Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and Radio Disney.  At the event an “interactive show… that highlights the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in developing Ohio’s natural resources” will be accompanied by games and prizes.  This event aims to bring information on gas and oil exploration in Ohio to younger audiences and parents.  Topics covered in this so-called “entertainment” include information on geology, energy exploration, drilling, production, processing and refining.This curriculum mimics the Teacher Workshop Program produced by OOGEEP that is currently used by thousands of teachers in all 88 counties of Ohio to educate students on energy exploration and development.  Also given out at these events are informative packets for parents that include addition information, resources and activities.

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Members of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and Radio Disney hold an event to educate children on energy exploration

Three other “Rocking in Ohio” events have already taken place at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, the Washington County Fair in Marietta and the Wayne County Fair in Wooster.  Local press surrounding these fairs has lauded industry’s education efforts aimed at children as fun and informative.  OOGEEP and Radio Disney proudly promote these events on their websites as opportunities for educational instruction and entertainment.  While this partnership is new, six more school and community events, including four at elementary schools, are planned through the end of the year.

The fundamental question here is:  Should we be so proud of this blatant pandering by oil and gas industries to children? It seems, in my opinion, that parents in Ohio at fairs and schools are having the proverbial wool pulled over their eyes by the interactive and fun nature of these programs.  Ron Grosjean, an OOGEEP representative stated in a local press piece covering a “Rocking in Ohio” event that kids are the “best way” to spread the message of industry because they “retain… and remember” the information.

Shouldn’t the education our children get, whether in a school environment or at event, be free of ulterior motives and be for the benefit of our children and communities?

If you do not agree with Radio Disney or OOGEEP promoting their interests in your school, consider calling and telling them to keep out of your schools and communities!

Say no to barging brine


This week the U.S. Coast Guard announced a 30 day comment period on their decision to allow millions of gallons of fracking fluid to be barged up and down the Ohio River. Texas based Green Hunter Water, plans to ship million of gallons of toxic, radioactive drilling waste by barge on the Ohio River for disposal in Ohio class II injection wells. Green Hunter has secured three locations along a 150 mile stretch of the river where they will receive the waste from the oil and gas industry.

The Coast Guard has even given this toxic, radioactive waste which industry likes to call “brine” a new name, it is now referred to as “shale gas extraction waste water” (SGEWW). According to the “Proposed Policy Letter: Carriage of Conditionally Permitted Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water In Bulk”

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a. SGEWW, also known as “frack water,” is a by-product of drilling for natural gas using unconventional hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) technology, which involves the injection of water, sand, and chemical additives. The sand remains in the well but a substantial portion of the

injected fluid re-surfaces after the drilling and must be handled as SGEWW. At present, this SGEWW is either stored at the drilling site or transported by rail or truck to remote storage or reprocessing centers. There is commercial interest in transporting SGEWW from northern Appalachia via inland waterways to storage or reprocessing centers and final disposal sites in Ohio, Texas, and Louisiana.

b. Pursuant to 46 CFR 153.900(a) and (c), under certain circumstances a bulk liquid hazardous material may be transported by a tank vessel if it is a “listed cargo” (listed in any of several specified tables in Coast Guard regulations). For the reasons detailed in paragraph 7.c, SGEWW is not a “listed cargo” and therefore may not be transported by a tank vessel, 46 CFR 153.900(c), unless its Certificate of Inspection has been endorsed or the vessel has been issued a letter pursuant to 46 CFR 153.900(d).

c. SGEWW cannot be treated as a “listed cargo” because the specific chemical composition of SGEWW varies from one consignment load to another and may contain one or more hazardous materials as defined in 46 CFR 153.2, including radioactive isotopes such as radium-226 and radium-228 (Ra-226, Ra-228), which are known to be elevated in the Marcellus shale (United States Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5135).1 Variables affecting the chemical composition of SGEWW include the chemicals present in the initial drilling fluid, the geological properties of the specific site being drilled, and the age of the well. In addition, each load can be a mixture of SGEWW from different wells.

Please stand with the citizens of Ohio, Texas and Louisiana as they fight to protect their communities.

To review the proposal please go to Carriage of Conditionally Permitted Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water in Bulk.


Comments and related material must either be submitted to the online docket via on or before November 29, 2013 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

Spinning Earth Green

I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet – Yikes


I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around

Of course when Carole King released this song in 1971, she was referring to someone deeply in love and describing their feelings for that person. But across the country people could use this same song, the same lyrics in communities where there is hydrofracking occurring and waste being injected into deep wells.

Once again, the news has reported earthquakes, not in Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, Arkansas or Texas this time in Oklahoma. In southern Oklahoma in Love County – yes Love County not Love Canal – wells that take waste from fracking have been shut down after a number of tremors and quakes. The Oklahoma injection wells began operations September 3rd and tremors began September 17th. The strongest was magnitude 3.4, and they have damaged chimneys, broken windows, and caused objects to fall in homes and businesses. Read more >

Gulfport agrees to pay quarter million dollar fine


By Shane Hoover staff writer

Posted Sep 11, 2013 @ 01:49 PM

Gulfport Energy has paid a $250,000 fine and agreed to change the way it builds drilling pads after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources found contaminated soil at seven of the company’s well sites.

It is the first fine to be levied against a horizontal shale driller in the state, said Mark Bruce, ODNR spokesman, and could be a prelude to higher standards for pad construction.

ODNR inspectors found contamination from brine  — salty water often found in gas and oil deposits — and other drilling fluids in May and June at well pads in Harrison and Belmont counties. Drilling at the sites stopped following the discovery.

Bruce said the spills happened because of incorrect handling of the fluids, which then escaped through rips in protective pad liners and into the soil. Read more >

Hey all you out there in frack land


I hope that other states have not followed Ohio in trying to supersede federal laws under the Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act.  I am sharing the environmental blog from the Columbus Dispatch in order to show how Ohio has violated federal law.  I know the subheading says “U.S. EPA suggest..” but that is not correct, its the law!  Check out your state law to make sure the oil/gas industry is following federal law.

Companies that use Ohio law to shield details of fracking chemicals may violate federal statute

U.S. EPA suggests 1986 Right-to-Know Act requires information be shared with first responders

Environment Blog

Columbus Dispatch 6-26-13

Oil and gas companies that use an Ohio law to shield information about fracking chemicals from emergency-management officials and first responders might be in violation of federal law, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The state law, passed in 2001, requires that drilling companies share information about hazardous chemicals only with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which is supposed to keep the information available for local officials.

But federal EPA officials take a different view. A letter mailed in May to state emergency officials and environmental activist Teresa Mills states that the Right-to-Know Act of 1986 supersedes the Ohio law.

The Right-to-Know Act requires companies to share a hazardous-chemical inventory with local officials.

Mills, an Ohio organizer with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, demanded yesterday that the state revoke its law. Mills said local officials need to know which chemicals are used in fracking wells in case they have to respond to a fire, spill or other emergency.

“Citizens have a right to full information regarding chemicals in their communities,” Mills said at a news conference. “We cannot allow any state agency to serve as a smoke screen, cloaking our right to know.”

Ohio EPA spokesman Chris Abbruzzese said the agency is reviewing the U.S. EPA’s letter.

Abbruzzese also said that the Ohio EPA’s State Emergency Response Commission will contact oil and gas companies “to make sure everyone is in compliance with their reporting obligations under state and federal law.”

Tom Stewart, vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, said he doesn’t think the state has violated federal law. He said there aren’t enough chemicals used in oil and gas wells to trigger the federal reporting requirements.

Regardless, he said, fire departments can access a Natural Resources website that is supposed to contain information on fracking chemicals.

“(Before 2001), everyone was filing these paper reports on individual wells. They were storing them in boxes in firehouses,” Stewart said. “Is a firefighter supposed to rummage around in a box or go to an emergency?”

ODNR officials did not explain how the website works or whether first responders can access chemical data from the site.

It’s not clear whether Ohio EPA officials will ask legislators to change the 2001 law. Abbruzzese said that’s part of the agency’s review of the U.S. EPA’s letter.