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21 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The Costs of Fracking-The True Price Tag of Dirty Energy

Environment America Research & Policy Center released their report, The Costs of Fracking, to inform the public about the millions of dollars of health costs related to everything from air pollution to ruined roads to contaminated property.

“Fracking’s environmental damage is bad enough, but it turns out that this dirty drilling imposes heavy dollar and cents costs as well,” said John Rumpler, senior attorney for Environment America Research & Policy Center and a co-author of the report. “And in many cases, the public will be left holding the bag for those costs.” Full article…

Quotes from The Costs of Fracking Report

“Finally, farmers engaged in organic agriculture have raised concerns that fracking could make it more difficult for them to sell their products to health-conscious consumers. One New York City food coop, for example, has already stated that they may stop purchasing agricultural products from New York state farms in areas where fracking takes place.”

Inadequate financial assurance. The boom-bust cycle typical of the oil and gas industry means that many firms (or their subcontractors) may be unable or unwilling to fulfill their financial obligations to properly plug wells, reclaim land, remediate environmental problems, and compensate those harmed by their activities. State bonding requirements are intended to protect the public by ensuring that financial resources exist to cover the cost of well plugging and reclamation, but the amounts of those bonds are generally too low to pay for proper well closure, and state laws generally do not require drillers to obtain bonds to cover the cost of off-site environmental remediation or compensation to victims.”

Click here to download The Costs of Fracking Report.

WATCH Study: Residents Left To Pick Up Long-Term Cost Of Fracking

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08 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Fracking Exposes Children to Industrial Toxins

When it comes to exposure to hazardous chemicals, children are not just little adults. “Children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards,” states the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, a subcommittee of the American Pediatric Society. “They eat, drink and breathe more than adults on a pound for pound basis.” This means children are proportionally more exposed to toxins in air, water and food.
In areas of unconventional gas development, children are exposed to multiple industrial toxins, through air, and potentially through water and soil. Yet children’s health remains one of the many unexamined issues of this contentious industry.

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08 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Broadview Heights oil and gas drilling amendment to go before voters

Broadview Heights residents will have a chance in November to say whether they want more oil and gas wells in their city.
But even if they oppose new drilling, it’s not clear whether they can actually prevent it from happening.

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20 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Bill Mahnic: What is Your Home Worth? 8/20/12

Dr. Bill Mahnic, Professor of Banking and Finance, Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School. At the end of the clip, Dr. Mahnic gives information regarding the following: If your home is located 1/2 mile from a gas and oil well, it will depreciate the value of your home between $8,000 and $10,000.

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09 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

I Want a Future Too

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16 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Gas Well Explosion Claims One Life

BOLIVAR TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Officials in the Village of Bolivar tell Fox 8 News that a gas well explosion claimed the life of one individual on Monday morning.

According to the village’s mayor, Becky Hubble, the village’s fire department responded to a gas well explosion that ignited before 10:00 a.m.

Hubble says that one person has died as a result of the explosion. Full article…

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13 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Nationwide Insurance: Fracking Damage Won’t Be Covered

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has become the first major insurance company to say it won’t cover damage related to a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground. Full article…

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12 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Shale gas boom may quickly go bust, speaker warns City Club of Cleveland

With drilling derricks rising like dollar signs in the countryside, and some analysts predicting an energy boom, many in Ohio see shale gas as an economic force and a lucky strike.
Deborah Rogers takes a contrary view shaped in the decade-old shale fields of north Texas, where she runs a dairy farm flanked by natural gas wells. She founded the Energy Policy Forum to combat what she calls myths and mistruths spread by the energy industry and to warn nascent shale gas communities of what’s coming.

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12 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

First Fracking Brine Sample Results Show ODNR Asleep at the Wheel

Columbus, OH — Results from a sample of brine from hydraulic fracturing operations have revealed numerous hazardous materials, leaving many residents increasingly frustrated at the inaction of Ohio’s Division of Natural Resources (ODNR), the agency responsible for regulation of the State’s shale development.[1]

The lab results indicate high levels of alpha particles, arsenic, barium, and toluene, among other contaminants, and are cause for the brine to be classified as “hazardous,” according to Ben Stout, professor of biology at Wheeling Jesuit University who interpreted the results.[2] Professor Stout labeled the results as “eerily similar” to brine samples taken by West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection. He describes heavy metals found in the sample as “grossly above standard,” citing skyrocketing arsenic and barium levels that exceed the primary standard for acceptable drinking water concentrations by 370 and 145 times, respectively.

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11 July 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Suburbs Being Converted to Industrial Zones for Oil and Gas Drilling in Ohio

Why are Broadview Heights, Ohio Residents accepting the loss of their rights? Is it because many of them don’t even realize that their rights, their children’s rights and the rights of our local officials have been taken away by the state and oil and gas industry?

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