Analysis: Quebec buying time on shale gas March 8, 2011
QUEBEC — The Charest government was left with no other choice Tuesday but to put the brakes on shale-gas development in the province.
But in releasing a report on the environmental and health impacts of shale gas that even its authors admitted left many questions unanswered, Environment Minister Pierre Arcand did not bend to opposition demands for a shale-gas moratorium.
People living in a broad swath of Quebec, between Montreal and Quebec City, where the Utica shale-gas formation runs under populated and agricultural areas, loudly protested against shale-gas development.
Members of congress have just re-introduced the FRAC Act, which would require natural gas fracking companies to disclose which chemicals they're using and follow the Safe Drinking Water Act. Can you ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor this bill?
People who live in areas where natural gas companies are "fracking" are dealing with water contamination and many other serious problems like explosions and radioactive wastewater. Worst of all, because of the "Cheney/Halliburton Loophole" in the 2005 energy act, energy companies are exempt from the Safe Water Drinking Act and they don't have to disclose the 596 chemicals that may be contaminating our water.
Food Chain Breach: Radioactive Sludge Used for Fertilizer on Farms April 12, 2011
The revelation that natural gas drilling companies are dumping radioactive waste water into our rivers virtually unregulated was shocking enough, but now the New York Times is reporting that radioactive sludge is being used for fertilizer on our nation’s farms. You heard right: radioactive fertilizer – a direct line to the food chain.
Has the whole world gone stark raving mad? Well, if not the whole world, at least the part that handles U.S. environmental regulation.
The news that radioactive material is being used for fertilizer on the farms that produce our vegetables and milk (among other food products) should make even the most permissive pro-industry segments of the American public exceedingly uncomfortable. Radiation outside the food chain – in rivers, for example – is one level of risk, but radiation contamination in the food chain is a much more serious and insidious threat to public health.
The Senate and Commons fisheries committees both agreed and called for revisions. The government pressed on. Then, on Dec. 10, 2009, the House of Commons rejected the treaty, 147 to 142.
Then — note this — the very next day the government signed the treaty anyway.
Yet another story of Harper’s bullying and undermining of our democracy No 145 Posted by fw, April 5, 2011
Ralph Surette, a columnist with the Halifax Chronicle Herald newspaper, began his Saturday, April 2, 2011 column, Why Harper must not have his majority, with this personal story of a threat he received back in 2007 from a parliamentary secretary to Harper’s fisheries minister:
First, my own story. Back in ’07, when the Harper government was new, I got under its skin with a column that went viral in fisheries circles on both coasts, attacking proposed changes to the Fisheries Act that had most of the industry in a fury.
Shortly after, I got a call from Randy Kamp, parliamentary secretary to the fisheries minister and an MP from B.C., who aggressively demanded that I tell him where I got my information and rang off with “the government of Canada is unhappy with you.”
Keep in mind that in many, if not most, countries on the face of this Earth, a phone call like that from a government official to a journalist constitutes a death threat.
I was disturbed, but also baffled. I’d had governments unhappy with me for 40 years and never heard the like, and nothing in the Canadian tradition explained it. So I assumed this was just one out-of-control individual who didn’t know his job.
I checked with people I know in Ottawa. They told me emphatically: “That’s them. That’s them exactly!”
Since then, through a rising crescendo of deceit, manipulation, corruption and assaults on parliamentary democracy, the “that’s them exactly!” has become abundantly clear. But let me stick to fisheries as a subject of instruction.
Controversial 'Fracking' Comes Under Increased Scrutiny in US Critics in Canada say more regulation is needed Last Updated: Apr 6, 2011
EnCana's hydraulic fracturing site at Two Island Lake in B.C., one of the largest and longest frack sites in the world. To frack all 14 wells, it is estimated that EnCana used 1.8 million cubic metres of water, 78,400 tonnes of sand, and up to 36,000 cubic metres of chemicals.
The growing use of hydraulic fracturing has allowed natural gas production in the United States to reach levels not achieved since the early 1970s.
However, the process requires large quantities of water and fluids, injected underground at high volumes and pressure. The composition of these fluids ranges from a simple mixture of water and sand to more complex mixtures with chemical additives.
The report said that from 2005 to 2009, the following states had at least 100,000 gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluids containing a carcinogen injected underground: Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota, New Mexico, Montana and Utah.
States with 100,000 gallons or more of fluids containing a regulated chemical under the Safe Drinking Water Act were: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi and North Dakota.
The report said many chemical components were listed as "proprietary" or "trade secret."
"Hydraulic fracturing has opened access to vast domestic reserves of natural gas that could provide an important stepping stone to a clean energy future," the report said.
Guess Who’s Fracking Now? Europe. Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:39 But that move isn’t unique to the UK. Energy companies are looking to frack across the continent as well. Exxon Mobile has purchased fracking locations in Germany and Poland, Shell in Sweden and the Ukraine and Chevron in Poland. Cuadrilla is exploring locations in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic and Total is in Denmark and France. Fracking is clearly going global. tinygreenbubble.com/green-energy/item/1734-guess-who%E2%80%99s-fracking-now?-europe
France To Ban Fracking - May 12, 2011, 8:21 AM The French Parliament has voted 287-146 to ban hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a crucial part of the shale gas extraction process that activists say is harmful to the environment, according to France24. www.businessinsider.com/france-bans-fracking-2011-5
UK shale gas drilling suspended after earthquakes June 1, 2011, 4:46AM ET
A mining company has halted drilling for shale gas off the British coast after scientists said small earthquakes in the area might be linked to the controversial process, known as "fracking."
The British Geological Survey recorded a 1.5 magnitude quake Friday near Blackpool in northwest England, 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) from the gas exploration. A 2.3 magnitude quake was recorded last month.
Texas Says ‘Sacred’ Gas Fracking Recipes Off Limits to EPA Jun 1, 2011 10:42 AM MT
Texas, the largest source of U.S. natural gas, plans to protect the secrecy of chemical mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing, a technique that environmental groups say contaminates drinking water.
Gas drillers won’t be required to reveal all the chemicals they shoot underground in the process because they are trade secrets, said Elizabeth Ames Jones, chairman the Texas Railroad Commission. The state agency, which oversees oil and gas exploration, will begin establishing rules later this year for disclosing some of the materials used in hydraulic fracturing.
FRACKING RISKS: EXPOSING SHELL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA PDF, 11pp
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) holds a tenure to develop a significant amount of coalbed methane in the Klappan-Groundhog coalfields, a remote area in the northwestern province of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada (the “Klappan Project”)...
Lack of consent from local communities
The Klappan, also known as the Sacred Headwaters, is the source of three major wild salmon rivers: the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine Rivers.
Carcinogens injected into gas wells, report says Millions of gallons of dangerous chemicals used, three House Democrats say updated 4/16/2011 10:04:46 PM ET
WASHINGTON — Millions of gallons of potentially hazardous chemicals and known carcinogens were injected into wells by leading oil and gas service companies from 2005 to 2009, a report by three House Democrats said Saturday.
The report said 29 of the chemicals injected were known or suspected human carcinogens. They either were regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act as risks to human health or listed as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
Monday, June 13, 2011 Fracking is susceptible to droughts
Oil drilling at the current, proven sources is becoming more difficult every year. At this point, hydraulic fracturing of shale rock, aka hydro-fracking, or just ‘fracking,’ is the new, most popular method. It also uses known sources that were ignored in the past. As the qualifier ‘hydraulic‘indicates, the process uses water; huge amounts of water.
Well known sources of shale oil are found in Texas. The state is experiencing a drought of an intensity not seen in the past 116 years. The oil industry, which never had to worry about water, is now buying water from everywhere. Unfortunately, farmers obviously need the water too.
Wall Street Journal Spins Fracking Study To Downplay Risks June 28, 2011 4:46 pm ET
A Wall Street Journal editorial obscured the fact that a Duke University study strongly suggested methane from a natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contaminated water supplies.
In Italy, the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research reports on July 11, 2011 that up to 700 miles of coastal shores are shrinking due to a combination of unregulated development, as well as increased violent winter storms, sea level rise www.youtube.com/watch?v=km5dJqXbY4U
Australia: Rising sea levels wear away Victorian coastline / school, kindergartens close as water continues to rise in Gippsland India: sea erosion caused Desal Plant there has hit their livelihood , salt water intrusion into the ground water and eliminated the space to park boats thereby destroying their source of livelihood Thailand: Worst floods in decades for Thai province Bangladesh: "Rafts made of banana plants have become a preferred mode of transport." Ecuador: "At least in the last three years is the first time we have these winds and waves from the south. Such waves of distant events are rare on our shores." Peru: Strong waves in South and North Chico causes flooding and damages to fishermen. Strong waves are sweeping from the early hours of Thursday at the Second Region coastline with waves up to five meters, forcing the closure of the ports of Antofagasta, Tocopilla Taltal., Staff of the First Army Division conducted the rescue of species inside the chapel where the water reached a height of 60 centimeters.
11 Aug. Mynmar: Flood in Myanmar's Bago region worsens (No words about rain) Pakistan: 2 villages, crops inundated( water level 3 foot) India: kolkata flood / Floods affect hundreds of thousands in India and Nepal Bangladesh SINKING: Patuakhali district get flooded due to heavy downpour and tidal surge / Tide and incessant rains sparked by strong monsoon coupled with onrush of water from upstream caused rivers swell abnormally triggering floods in the three districts , In Borguna, tide triggered by strong monsoon caused breaches in embankments and flooded vast areas in the coastal district Philippines sinking: Perennially flooded villages of Bato in Camarines Sur Thailand: Phuket is a sea of high growth ,And big waves beat into the homes of local villagers Venezuela: "Every time the river floods, homes are flooded. The water level has reached over one meter high. "
10 Aug. Australia: Rain decreasing, waters rising / Residents evacuate as floodwaters rise Video India: Sea erosion has intensified at Kody Bengre near Kemmannu in Udupi / “There was no downpour on Tuesday, yet our road is still under water. That proves the authorities’ callousness,” Philippines: high tide, the fast flowing water and the whole village was submerged Thailand: The province declared disaster areas, flood 21 Province 155 District 893 District 6809 villages, the people suffered 339,148 households and 1,139,990 people, homes damaged, some 217 after farmland damaged 619,723 acres of road 1085 a weir / dam 20 of the bridge 72 of the same as 8. province also has a flood is an Sukhothai Uttaradit, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Tak Nakhon Sawan and Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, who died 20 seats Prague 1, City 2 for 6 Thailand 7 Thailand 2 Phanom, 2 missing 1 of this situation is resolved. Mexico: "Two girls aged seven and 13 years died in a mudslide due to flooding colonies with up to five feet tall." Venezuela: Floods affect 400 families in Brisas del Lago
9 Aug. Australia, Tasmania islands: Worst flooding in 20 years Mexico: Despite the remoteness of the storm, there were waves of up to six meters, causing flooding in some streets of Boca Pascual and Paradise. Vietnam: Embankment area of An Giang are sinking. India SINKING: Nearly 300 houses were damaged fully or partially due to sea erosion / Hundreds of villages have been submerged due to the rising water levels of the Teok, Puthinadi, Mudoijan and Kakojan rivers / As many as 80 villages underwater Bangladesh: Most areas of the villages went under 2-4 feet deep seawater. Thailand: submerged over 40,000 acres of 22 million Baht
8 Aug. Thailand: record-breaking heavy flooding / Yom River in Phichit was stressed by high water levels. India: Mangalore: No Let Up in Rain Fury – Sea Erosion Worsens / Flood fury on, 20 Jorhat villages hit / flood at Teok; NH-37 under water / 700 acres under water Bangladesh: Low lying areas of this district situated near river Padma have been submerged Indonesia: flood Gorontalo Boalemo Malaysia: Flood Sungai Batu Pahat Mexico: The river overflows in San Vicente Coatepec Chichester, at least 100 houses flooded( In some places the water level was over three feet tall) / Continues to increase the level of Samaria Cuba: The damage caused by heavy rains in Santiago de Cuba (rain - o.omm)
7 Aug. Philippines: ALTHOUGH there was no typhoon, the city of Iloilo was submerged( was under waist-deep water)Friday night due to continuous rain. India: Flood situation worsen in Uttarakhand and Nepal / Flood scene turns grim at Lakhimpur / Floods in West Bengal, several villages submerged Video /“Within half an hour, the water level went up to 40cm and it was 50 by 11.30am,” “This has never happened before.” "the flooding on high tide in the Hooghly"
KALAPARA: The picturesque Jhao Bagan is being washed away by the erosion of the sea in Kuakata. Thailand: 630 households, sinking ground water / 10 villages submerged in water at some point higher than 2 meters / T. Wang, A. Samrong high tides continue Dominican Republic: Scientists handle different versions of the causes of the flooding of Lake Enriquillo. Venezuela: 130 homes have been flooded by the overflow of Lake Valencia
6 Aug- Thailand sinking: a victim, destroyed about 700 homes / In some areas the water rose to 3 meters./Concluded that flooded over 15 provinces in the east killed 17 people over three hundred thousand households, or about 1 million people./ Flood situation still critical in many provinces. Philippines: 310 evacuated as landslide hits Subic India: Erosion affects 500 families at Biswanath-Panpur Bangladesh: Many areas of port city under water (According to him, the last two day's suffering was caused by the heavy downpour and tidal water) Mexico: First fatal victim of the flood Dominican Republic: Rains leave 3 dead and 7 000 evacuated in the Dominican Venezuela: About 4,000 affected the rains stop in Venezuela Cuba: as well as 37 houses flooded by overflowing rivers
5 Aug - Philippines: 75 houses buried in Subic landslide Haiti: Flooding in Haiti after passage of Emily Bangladesh: 20 riverside villages remain waterlogged for two weeks!!! India: Two drowned in Himachal flash floods Thailand: Northeast flooded hundreds of acres / Ang shocked flood water point poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/7-of-10-floods-as-of-12-august
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KS Chua: I noticed someone was waiting in the dark for me on my way home tonight. I believe someone is trying to kill me. -kok SeNg chUA
Nov 17, 2013 13:35:49 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: The perps used an acoustic device projecting noise and pretended tobe mafia hitmen and I broke a windshield to get in jail and be safe . I was surgically implanted in New York Long Island's Nassau County jail. Perps hate for you to yell and threaten them.
Dec 13, 2013 18:04:49 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: I have had probes surgically implanted and V2K and nobody helps me because these lowlifes pay everyone off or use counterintelligence to disinform the people who try to help me. The perps are Meriwether from Brunswick, Georgia U.S.A. and a Joe Moody
Dec 13, 2013 18:07:32 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: The money from the torture and murder that these rednecks are getting here in the United States is from the Dept. of Defense's Office off Ssience and Technolgy, the Dept. of Justice Office of Science and Tecnology, the Dept. of Commerce Office of Science
Dec 13, 2013 18:10:43 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:12:01 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: Senator Shelby a Republican from Alabama has appropriated Defense spending for victims to be violated inhumanely with probes that itch , burn, shock and some have Global Positioning Systems (GPS)from companies like Positive I.D..
Dec 13, 2013 18:15:47 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: Di HAVE BEEN A v2k VICTIM FOR 23 YEARS AND HAVE TRAVELED THE WORLD WOTH LOWLIFES THAT GET MONEY FOR RESEARCH IN THE FORM OF GRANTS FOLLOWING ME AND TELLING PEOPLE I AM, A COMMUNIST TERRORIST WITH ALQAIDA, HOMOSEXUAL THAT MUTILATES HIMSELF , HITMAN AN MAFIA
Dec 13, 2013 18:18:07 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: The United States Constitution is suppose to protect us citizens but in reality it is not woth the ink that it is written in unless you are a millionaire.
Dec 13, 2013 18:19:23 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: I will visit you the next time I am in England if you can get the V2K out of my head.You all need to form a V2K Victim Security Task Force and post security at the hospital generators , fire alarms, inside and outside the operating and recovery rooms.
Dec 13, 2013 18:22:51 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: In direct conflict with christian ideology I am an advocate of assasinating the doctors and their accomplices that implant victims involuntarily with V2K because I have been tortured for 23 years.
Dec 13, 2013 18:24:23 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: The lowlifes when they travel abroad get help from the U.S. State Dept. with diplomatic passports and they always try to get next to the [police with an offer to train them in neighborhood watch and vehicular surveillance and pursuit.
Dec 13, 2013 18:26:34 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: Please check out the book The COINTELPRO PAPERS for an understanding how the F.B.I. conducts counterintelligence operations. Can you help me get the V2K out of my head?
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