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Who knew Broadview Heights residents would have so much in common with the Dutch people…
The 886 citizens involved in the class action against the Dutch government aim to force it to take more robust action to reduce emissions. They also hope to offer a legal solution to the political impasse on international climate change action.
Dennis van Berkel, who works for Urgenda, said: “We wanted to show that this is not just one organisation that had an idea but it’s a broad movement of people who are very concerned about climate change and believe it’s necessary to sue the state over it.
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Residents of Ohio need to take note…let’s learn from the devastation the residents of Pennsylvania have expeienced due to drilling and fracking in their neighborhoods. Ohio is not exempt from this.
“People we met in Pennsylvania were desperate to tell their stories to New Yorkers, to warn them about what’s coming,” says Patti Wood, executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education who produced the spots. “There are still people out there who think this is about money and jobs. They have no concept of how fracking can tear families and communities apart. We felt is was only fair that New Yorkers hear it from people who are living through it.”
(November 6, 2012, Broadview Heights, OH) Today, with a presidential election and a historic City Charter Amendment (Issue 29) before them, voters in Broadview Heights, Ohio came out in record numbers to say overwhelmingly YES (YES 6190 – NO 3176) to adoption of a Community Bill of Rights banning corporations from conducting new gas and oil drilling and related activities in their City. A similar Charter Amendment was also adopted by voters in Mansfield, Ohio by a wide margin. It also adds a Community Bill of Rights to the City Charter and prohibits injection wells without written City approval.
The Broadview Heights charter amendment was drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) at the invitation of the community group Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods (MADION), a group of citizens concerned about the potential effects of gas and oil drilling on their families and the environment.
Broadview Heights is the first municipality in the state of Ohio to not only include a local Bill of Rights in the City Charter, but to protect those rights by prohibiting all new gas and oil drilling, fracking and injection wells.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection produces incomplete lab reports and uses them to dismiss complaints that Marcellus Shale gas development operations have contaminated residential water supplies and made people sick, according to court documents.”
“In her deposition, Ms. Upadhyay said the DEP’s laboratory tests water samples for a full battery of contaminants but — at the direction of the department’s Office of Oil and Gas Management — limits the number of contaminants reported to the property owner. The omissions include heavy metals, including lithium, cobalt, chromium, boron and titanium, some of which are human carcinogens or toxics, as well as volatile organic compounds that are associated with hydraulic fracturing fluids.’
“Those metals, found in the 450-million-year-old shale layer a mile or more underneath most of Pennsylvania, are “marker” Marcellus contaminants that should be part of any well water testing, said John Smith, an attorney with Smith Butz, a firm representing eight people in the Washington County case against Range Resources and 12 of its subcontractors. The plaintiffs claim they face serious health problems and increased cancer risk due to exposure to toxic chemicals in their air and well water near Range’s Yeager drill site in Amwell.”
Issue 29 in Broadview Heights will send a message to state officials, oil and gas corporations: Endorsement
“This issue is a small step towards telling the state’s elected officials that there is no place for urban oil and gas drilling. It decreases property values, it creates a potentially unsafe environment for residents and as we have seen in this city and others it divides the community.”
For these reasons we feel voters should vote YES on Issue 29,Sun Star Courier, October 25, 2012
The largest health survey to-date of Marcellus Shale residents living near oil and gas development shows a clear pattern of negative health impacts associated with living near gas facilities. Titled Gas Patch Roulette: How Shale Gas Development Risks Public Health in Pennsylvania, the project surveyed 108 residents in 14 Pennsylvania counties, and conducted air and water tests at more than half of the households were surveys were completed.
Gas Patch Roulette’s main conclusions are:
•Chemicals associated with oil and gas development are present in communities where development occurs.
•Residents in these communities report that after gas development began, they developed new health problems—many of which are known consequences of exposure to these chemicals.
Other findings of the report include:
•Those living closer to gas facilities report higher rates of impaired health.
•Children living near gas development reported negative health impacts that seem atypical in the young.
•Chemicals detected by air and water sampling have been associated by state and federal agencies with both oil and gas development and with many of the health symptoms reported in the surveys.
“The clear association between gas development and public health impacts revealed by this research demands that states stop ignoring the problem and start developing the standards necessary to protect the public,” said President of Subra Company and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Wilma Subra. She continued, “It’s clear that nationwide, because of regulatory inaction and a lack of corporate accountability, states are playing roulette with public health.”
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress—concludes that fracking poses serious risks to health and the environment.The report, which reviewed studies from state agencies overseeing fracking as well as scientific reports, found that the extent of the risks has not yet been fully quantified and that there are many unanswered questions and a lack of scientific data.
Major reports and studies were also released in Europe the past two months, all of which came to the conclusion that fracking poses serious risks to water, public health, and the environment, and that additional scientific study is necessary.
Given the conclusions from the broad NY, U.S., and world-wide scientific and medical community that fracking poses serious public health and environmental risks and needs further scientific study, the gas industry and the Joint Landowners Coalition’s rush to frack is dangerously reckless and irresponsible.
A retest of water in Pavillion, Wyoming, found evidence of many of the same gases and compounds the Environmental Protection Agency used to link contamination there to hydraulic fracturing, the first finding of that kind.
A U.S. Geological Survey report on its water testing of one monitoring well near the rural Wyoming town — where some residents complain that gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing contaminated their drinking supplies — identified levels of methane, ethane, diesel compounds and phenol, which the EPA had also identified in its report last year.