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MADION Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods (MADION) was formed by Ohio moms whose mission is to preserve the health and safety of our children from the harmful effects of drilling for gas and oil in our neighborhoods.

18 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

New Research Links Health Problems with Oil and Natural Gas Development

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.”

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18 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

New Report Confirms Fracking is Reckless

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.

Government Accountability Office Report

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28 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Why Residents Should Vote YES on the Community Bill of Rights: Issue 29

Over the next several weeks residents are going to hear various arguments against the Bill of Rights Charter Amendment. Not all of what you hear will be accurate or even factual. The truth is, no one really knows for sure what the future holds if we add the Bill of Rights to our Charter. What we do know though is that we have basic rights on self governance and the right to a clean living environment that have been granted to us under the Constitution. Democracy is about the people creating the rules that we live by and these rules should not be forced upon us by legislators or corporations simply because they have more power or money. See more…

28 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Diesel in Water Near Fracking Confirms EPA Tests Wyoming Disputes

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.

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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

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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03 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Will Broadview Heights City Council “allow” residents to vote?

Tuesday, Sept 4th at 7:30pm Broadview Heights City Council Meeting

City Council will vote to decide if they will allow the residents to vote in November as to whether or not further drilling for gas and oil in residental neighborhoods should continue.If City Council does not pass this, they will be stripping the residents of Broadview Heights of their democratic right to vote.

The Board of Elections validated more than the required amount of signatures necessary to place the issue on the ballot.

Show your support of this initiative by attending the City Council meeting.


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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.

09 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

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