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Gasfield Free Byron Bay & Northern Rivers

Carrying on the activism from the huge community project of resisting the government backed mining insanity at Bentley NSW in 2015. This page includes posts from 2 FB pages: CSG Free Byron Bay & CSG Free Northern Rivers. – – – The aim of the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers movement is to protect the biodiversity, water resources, agricultural lands and sustainable industries of the Northern Rivers, and the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people who live here, from the impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) and other forms of unconventional gas mining. Our objective is to have the Northern Rivers region declared a CSG and unconventional gas free zone, and for all current licenses and leases that allow such activities to be revoked.

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* ensure consumer interests are represented at all levels of management of organic including standards, certification, & marketing.

* support existing organic farmers & encourage public policy that supports more conversion of farmland to organic.

* defend all organic standards including avoidance of harmful inputs, regenerative management of land, humane treatment of animals & fair trade.

* keep pesticides away from food & protect the environment.

* encourage domestic regulation. Current Australian consumer law can regulate organic claims, but lacks specific organic legislation so there is little surveillance of the market, especially imported products; some products are uncertified; complaints are rarely pursued.

* Fight forces that want to lower standards to permit soilless growing systems, allow synthetic chemicals, intensify animal keeping, accept GMO contamination, & remove environmental care obligations of certified organic production.

Join us - help protect the integrity of organic production & encourage conversion to organic, for the benefit of human health & the environment.

Questions/requests for non-member attendance: Tim Marshall tim@tmorganics.com 0412473230

Join at www.organic-consumers.com.au

Support the Organic Consumers Association of Australia to

* ensure consumer interests are represented at all levels of management of organic including standards, certification, & marketing.

* support existing organic farmers & encourage public policy that supports more conversion of farmland to organic.

* defend all organic standards including avoidance of harmful inputs, regenerative management of land, humane treatment of animals & fair trade.

* keep pesticides away from food & protect the environment.

* encourage domestic regulation. Current Australian consumer law can regulate organic claims, but lacks specific organic legislation so there is little surveillance of the market, especially imported products; some products are uncertified; complaints are rarely pursued.

* Fight forces that want to lower standards to permit soilless growing systems, allow synthetic chemicals, intensify animal keeping, accept GMO contamination, & remove environmental care obligations of certified organic production.

Join us - help protect the integrity of organic production & encourage conversion to organic, for the benefit of human health & the environment.

Questions/requests for non-member attendance: Tim Marshall tim@tmorganics.com 0412473230

Join at www.organic-consumers.com.au
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FRACKING AGREEMENT REACHED
Native title holders in the West Kimberley have signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with a petroleum exploration company that will allow the use of fracking south-east of Broome.

Theia Energy has been negotiating with the Karajarri people for more than a year, to gain necessary approval for their Great Sandy Desert Project, with an agreement signed off on Friday.

The ABC obtained a conceptual plan of the project last year that showed a network of wells pipelines and even a new port on the Kimberley coast.

But Theia chief operating officer Jop van Hattum said that was not what was being proposed at Friday's meeting, and initially just one well will be drilled and fracked in 2022.

Mr van Hattum said the agreements will provide economic opportunities and control to the native title holders.

"Karajarri people first of all have a lot of control on where well-pads are being established, where pipelines are being established, that their cultural heritage is being protected," Mr van Hattum said.

Karajarri Traditional Lands Association executive officer Martin Bin Rashid said the agreements provided an opportunity for Indigenous people and would protect the environment.

"We see this as an opportunity to take Karajarri forward, we're confident that if fracking is done correctly it is low impact."
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well people, there goes your clean air, land and water....FOREVER....just for a few bucks....

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Metgasco seismic testing at Casino Channel 7 report. 

(recorded from TV because not streamed online sorry)

Henderson likens seismic testing to ultrasound in a maternity ward.

How very warm and fuzzy of Mr Henderson. 

Pity the analogy doesn't hold up for the toxic water and gases that come out of a coal seam gas well!

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Want to be inspired and uplifted? Watch this great video of the #BentleyBlockade singing the Bentley song this morning after the announcement that the Metgasco license had been suspended #lockthegate #csg

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Rock Valley Alert - HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH? Throughout our country large and small mining companies are pushing our farmers to the brink and beyond. How angry are you about that?
 Take the #enoughisenough test.
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 1: WATCH this video and LIKE this post to help spread the word!
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 4: + DONATE or VOLUNTEER to help us defend our home!
 5. + EMAIL your Member for Parliament with a POLITE message asking them to do whatever it takes to stop gasfields! Thomas George: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au Chris Gulaptis: clarence@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Have you had enough yet?

You can add your name to our alert list and donate from this link: gasfieldfreenorthernrivers.org/alert

You can volunteer at this link: http://csgfreenorthernrivers.org/actionalerts/current-actions/volunteering/

Enough is Enough!

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Rock Valley V Metgasco meeting - INSPIRATIONAL WORDS - Hundreds of people turned up at the Rock Valley Hall meeting in opposition to Metgasco. This is a snippet of the action, with Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell addressing the large crowd. Check it out and please Share and Like!

Can you  donate for the defence of Rock Valley and the Northern Rivers? Add your name to the alert list and donate here: http://csgfreenorthernrivers.org//alert

Rock Valley V Metgasco meeting

INSPIRATIONAL WORDS - Hundreds of people turned up...

Take the money and run - SOME ADVICE FOR SHAREHOLDERS - The Northern RIvers community has some advice for the Metgasco shareholders regarding the Government buyout offer... - Please Share.

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Are you fed up with big coal and gas threatening communities across NSW? This state election it’s #Time2Choose clean energy, healthy farmlands and communities. Come to a fun night of Trivia on Friday, 14th of September and learn more about what we can do together! Register: www.lockthegate.org.au/_time2choose_trivia

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Are you fed up with big coal and gas threatening people right across NSW? This state election, it’s #Time2Choose clean energy, healthy farmlands, waterways and communities. We have an opportunity to do something here! Come along to a fun evening of Trivia on Friday, September 14th 6-9pm at the Lismore Workers Club, and learn more about what we can do locally. Register here: www.lockthegate.org.au/_time2choose_trivia

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Support the Organic Consumers Association of Australia to

* ensure consumer interests are represented at all levels of management of organic including standards, certification, & marketing.

* support existing organic farmers & encourage public policy that supports more conversion of farmland to organic.

* defend all organic standards including avoidance of harmful inputs, regenerative management of land, humane treatment of animals & fair trade.

* keep pesticides away from food & protect the environment.

* encourage domestic regulation. Current Australian consumer law can regulate organic claims, but lacks specific organic legislation so there is little surveillance of the market, especially imported products; some products are uncertified; complaints are rarely pursued.

* Fight forces that want to lower standards to permit soilless growing systems, allow synthetic chemicals, intensify animal keeping, accept GMO contamination, & remove environmental care obligations of certified organic production.

Join us - help protect the integrity of organic production & encourage conversion to organic, for the benefit of human health & the environment.

Questions/requests for non-member attendance: Tim Marshall tim@tmorganics.com 0412473230

Join at www.organic-consumers.com.au
Pix of today’s climate crisis rally in Lismore from Andrya Hart. You might see yourself in these (they can be downloaded from Flickr) 😎
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Disasters and Accidents Of Horizontal Slickwater Fracking

Below is a list of problematic environmental incidents involving Fracking throughout the United States. It’s a very long list.

*Colorado -206 chemical spills were linked to 48 cases of water contamination in 2008 alone. In Parachutte, CO, 1.6 million gallons of fracking fluid leaked and were transported by groundwater. According to state records, it seeped out the side of a cliff, forming a frozen waterfall 200 feet high. It melted into a tributary of the Colorado River. (ProPublica and Vanity Fair).

*Durango, Colorado -an emergency room nurse almost died of organ failure after handling the clothes of a rig worker who had been splashed in a fracking fluid spill. The doctors were unable to learn the chemical makeup of the fluid because the information is proprietary -companies are not required to disclose the contents of chemicals used. (ProPublica, 11/13/08, Abrahm Lustgarten)

*New Mexico -toxic fluids seeped into water supplies at over 800 drilling sites in 2008. (Vanity Fair, “A Colossal Fracking Mess” June 21, 2010).

*Wyoming -benzene, a common chemical used in fracking, was discovered throughout a 28-mile long aquifer. (ProPublica, 12/31/09)

*Wyoming -Upper Green River Basin reported ozone levels above those of Los Angeles on its worst days. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality urged the elderly and children to avoid strenuous outdoor activity. (AP news article printed in TC Record Eagle, March 2011)

*Sublette, Wyoming -toxic compounds used in fracking including benzene were found at 1500 times safe level in 88 drinking water wells, documented by the US Bureau of Land Management in July, 2008.Researchers returned in September to take more samples. They were unable to open the water wells monitors showed they contained so much flammable gas that they were likely to explode. (Pro Publica, “Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering US Water Supplies?” Abrahm Lustgarten, Nov 13, 2008).

*Dish, Texas -Mayor Calvin Tillman describes how carcinogenic air pollution from drilling has ruined the quality of life for residents, who report problems with nausea, headaches, breathing difficulties, chronic eye and throat irritation and brain disorders. Trees are dying and horses have fallen ill. The town hired ann environmental firm to collect air samples and found high levels of 15 chemicals used in fracking fluid, including benzene, toluene and xylene. In June, 2010, tests by the Texas Railroad Commission showed high levels of arsenic, barium, chromium, lead and selenium in residential water wells. (Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project).

*Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found pollutants from methane gas drilling in the Barnett Shale were greater than those produced by all vehicular traffic in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
*Texas -a hospital system in six counties with gas drilling reported a 25% asthma rate for children. This is over three times the state average. (New York Times article 2/26/11, “Regulation Lax As Gas Wells Tainted Water Hits Rivers”)

*Texas -The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TDEX) independent research organization based in Colorado analyzed the health effects of 61 chemicals used in fracking in Texas in April, 2009. Of the tested chemicals, 1⁄4 were classified as volatile, meaning they can become airborne and can be swallowed, inhaled, or can reach skin. More than 90% are harmful to brain, nerves, lungs and digestive system. 80% affect the heart, blood and kidneys. 67% affect the immune system. (Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project).

*Arkansas -The US Geological Survey has reported more than 800 earthquakes in central Arkansas from September 2010 to January 2011. The earthquakes have caused damage to homes such as cracks in walls and driveways. Geologists believe the earthquakes could be the result of frack fluid waste disposal ininjection wells. A 6-month moratorium was established in January on the building of new injection wells.

Louisiana -16 cattle mysteriously and abruptly dropped dead after drinking fluid adjacent to a gas drilling rig. (ProPublica, Abrahm Lustgarten, 4/30/09).

*Clearville, Pennsylvannia -livestock dropped dead after suffering motor skill breakdowns, likely resulting from high arsenic levels in the soil due to flowback fluid leaks.

*Dimock, PA -New Years Day, 2009, a well exploded from leaked gasses due to improper cementing of the well casing (according to the PA Department of environmental Protection.) A similar explosion which occurred in Ohio blew a house off its foundations and left a neighborhood with no drinkable water.

*Dimock, PA -in Sept., 2009, 8,000 gallons of fracking fluid leaked from faulty supply pipes into wetlands poisoning streams and killing fish. Drinking water turned brown and corrosive and would ignite when a match was held to it as it came out the tap. People reported dizziness, headaches and skin sores from showering. In October 2009, the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection shut down water wells in the area due to major contamination of the aquifer. (Source Watch - Marcellus Shale).

*Clearfield County, PA -June 2010, a gas well blew out, releasing over one million gallons of gas and drilling fluid before being contained nearly 16 hours later.

*Avella, PA -fumes escaping from tanks holding 21,000 gallons of flammable fluid exploded, producing 200-foot flames and burning for 6 hours. Three workers were injured.

*Bradford County, PA -A Chesapeake Energy well blew near the surface, probably from a cracked well casing. Thousands of gallons of fracking fluid spilled over the containment walls into fields, farms, areas where cattle graze. Some of the fluid found its way into Towanda Creek, a tributary to the Susquehanna River. Seven families were evacuated from their homes. (4/20/11 AP news and Huffington Post).

*New York Times 2/27/11 -internal documents obtained from the EPA revealed that wastewater from deep shale drilling contains radioactivity at hundreds or even thousands of times the maximum allowed by the federal standard for drinking water. This wastewater is often hauled to sewage plants which are not designed to treat it, and then discharged into rivers. Here in Michigan, the wastewater or flowback fluid will be dumped into injection wells where the upward migration into drinking water and aquifer is highly possible (refer to Arkansas earthquakes -two fault lines run through Northern Michigan. Also refer to Chris Groebbel paper on injection wells in Michigan. Thousands of previously drilled wells could act as a conduit for the upward migration of toxic and radioactive fracking waste into ground water aquifers).

Contaminated Water and Exploding Houses by Robert Myers, Lock University

*In April 2004 the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) fined Encana Oil and Gas a record $371,200 for contaminating water supplies in West Divide Creek, Colorado. COGCC found methane, benzene, toluene, and m,p xylenes in wells, and blamed Encana for "inadequate cementing of the well," which "resulted in a loss of well control" (COGGC, "West Divide Creek Gas Seep" (4/14/04), COGCC, "Notice of Hearing" [8/04]).

*In December 2007 the basement of a home in Bainbridge Township, Ohio exploded. Fortunately, the owners, Richard and Thelma Payne, who were asleep upstairs, were not injured. Subsequently, 19 area homes were evacuated because of natural gas. The Report by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (9/1/08) concluded that the explosion and contamination was caused by "inadequate cementing of the production casing" by the drilling company, Ohio Valley Energy Systems, which led to migration of natural gas into natural fractures in the bedrock below the drilling casing.

*In February 2009 Cabot Oil & Gas was responsible for methane contamination of nine water wells in Dimock, Pennsylvania. Methane built up in the well of Norma Fiorentio and when the pump switched on, it blew up the concrete foundation of the well house (PA DEP "Notice of Violation" [2/27/09]). The Pennsylvania DEP has blamed the problems on "defective casing and cementing" (DEP, "DEP Reaches Agreement" [11/04/09]). On April 15, 2010 the DEP fined Cabot $240,000 for violating the November agreement and suspended their drilling operations in PA until they resolve the Dimock contamination (DEP, "DEP Takes Aggressive Action" [4/15/10]). Recently, the DEP and Cabot came to a settlement, whereby Cabot will pay $4.1 million to the residents of Dimock and $500,000 to the state to offset the costs associated with investigating this incident. This settlement does not affect the federal lawsuits that the residents of Dimock have filed, but some residents believe that Cabot is trying to use it to scuttle the lawsuit (DEP, "Dimock Residents" [12/16/10], dailyreview.com "Dimock Residents" [12/18/10]).

*In July 2009, the Pennsylvania DEP investigated complaints of water contamination in Roaring Branch, Lycoming County. Four homes were provided with drinking water, 18 were tested, and one home was evacuated after residents complained that two nearby creeks were bubbling with methane gas. The DEP eventually issued a Notice of Violation to East Resources for "excessive casing seat pressure" (DEP, "2009 Marcellus Violations--violation #569930"; Wayne Independent, "Methane Contamination Linked to Drill Site" [7/30/09]; ProPublica, "More Gas Contamination Affects Pennsylvania Residents" [8/04/09]).

The Pennsylvania Natural Gas Industry Wall of Shame

*On February 2, 2009 Cabot spilled 100 gallons of diesel fuel at Dimock, PA (DEP, "2009 Marcellus Violations--violation #575007"; iStockAnalyist, "Trucking Firm Ordered" [2/24/09]).

*In May 2009 a leaking waste water pipe from a Range Resources gas well polluted a tributary of Cross Creek Lake in Washington County, PA. The spill killed fish, salamanders, crayfish, and aquatic insects (Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Waste from Marcellus" [6/05/09]; DEP, "2009 Marcellus Violations--violation #564165"; Range Resouces Report).

*On October 22, 2009, PA DEP fined Cabot $56,650 for three separate spills of a water/liquid gel mixture into Stevens Creek and a wetland near Dimock, PA. The spills totaled 8,000 gallons (DEP, "DEP Fines Cabot" [10/22/09]; DEP "2009 Marcellus Violations--violations #572252, 572258").

*On January 20, 2010 the Pennsylvania DEP fined M.R. Dirt $6000 for spilling 7 tons of "gaswell drilling wastewater sludge" in Avis, PA. The dump truck driver drove away even though he saw the spill (DEP "DEP Fines M.R. Dirt" [1/20/10]).

*On February 1, 2010 the Pennsylvania DEP fined Fortuna Energy $3500 for various infractions at a Bradford County site, including the discharge of fracking fluid into a tributary of Sugar Creek (DEP, "DEP Fines Fortuna" [2/1/10]; DEP "2009 Marcellus Violations--violations #565284-87, 564580-88, 569257-61").

*On March 15, 2010, a foamy substance, was detected running into Pine Creek, near Waterville. The DEP has determined that the substance was Airfoam HD, a chemical used in the drilling process. The substance came from a drilling site run by Pennsylvania General Energy. Almost a year later, the DEP fined the company $28, 960 (DEP, "DEP Fines"; "2010 Marcellus Violations--violations #583315-38").

*On March 26th, 2010, Anadarko Petroleum spilled 8,000 to 12,000 gallons of synthetic-based mud at a drilling site in the Sproul State Forest in Clinton County (DEP, "2010 Marcellus Violations--violations #583988, 584932, 584934"; LH Express, "Drilling Mud" [4/9/10]).

*On April 23, 2010, The Pennsylvania DEP fined Stallion Oilfield Services of Canondale, PA $6,500 for operating an illegal fracking water transfer station. Inspectors found a 450 square foot area where fracking water had spilled onto the ground (DEP, "DEP Fines Stallion" [4/23/10]).

*On May 13, 2010, PA DEP fined Rex Energy of State College, PA $45,000 for various environmental violations at its Clearfield County site (DEP, "DEP Fines Rex" [5/13/10]; DEP, "2010 Marcellus Violations--violations #595298-99, 583061").

*On May 14, 1010, PA DEP fined Range Resources $141,175 for spilling 250 barrels of fracking fluid into a high-quality waterway in Washington County in October 2009. Range failed to report the spill immediately (DEP, "DEP Penalizes Range" [5/14/10]; DEP "2009 Marcellus Violations--violations #573283-4, 574350").
                                    
*On June 15, 2010, Anadarko Petroleum discharged 150 gallons of hydraulic fluid onto the ground at a drilling site in Centre County (DEP, "2010 Marcellus Violations--violations #589566, 589952")

*On June 3, 2010, a gas well that was being fracked by EOG Resources in Clearfield County experienced a blowout and raged out of control for 16 hours, shooting fracking fluid and gas 75 feet into the air. EOG, whose spokesperson insisted that protecting the environment is of "utmost importance" to the company, waited five hours before contacting the Department of Environmental Protection (Centre Daily Times, "Gas Spews" [6/4/10]). The PA DEP has determined that the accident was caused by "untrained personnel and the failure to use proper well control procedures," and they fined EOG and its contractor C.C. Forbes $400,000 (DEP, "Independent Report" [7/13/10] DEP"2010 Marcellus Violations--violations #589126-31, 589901-02").

*On July 1, 2010, the PA Department of Agriculture quarantined 28 cows after they came into contact with drilling wastewater from a leaking containment pond that was part of a drilling site operated by East Resources in Tioga County (DEP, "Cattle from Tioga County" [7/1/10]; DEP, "2010 Marcellus Violations--violations #588949-50").

*On August 2, 2010, the DEP fined Talisman Energy USA $15,506 for spilling 4,200-6,300 gallons of used fracking fluid into an unnamed tributary of the Tioga River in Bradford County (DEP, "DEP Fines Talisman" [8/2/10]; DEP "2009 Marcellus Violations--violations #5777167, 577585-87").

*On August 17, 2010, the DEP fined Atlas Resources $97,350 for allowing used fracking fluid to overflow a waste water pit and contaminate a tributary of Dunkle Run, a high quality watershed in Washington County. Atlas failed to report the spill to DEP (DEP, "DEP Fines Atlas" [8/17/10]; DEP "2009 Marcellus Violations--violations #577286-92").

*In September 2010, the DEP began investigating the source of stray methane gas that was detected bubbling from the Susquehanna River and in six private water wells in Bradford County. The DEP believes that nearby wells drilled by Chesapeake Energy are the source of the problem (DEP, "DEP Investigating" [9/07/10]).

*On October 7, 2010, the DEP fined Seneca Resources $40,000 for building an illegal impoundment on exceptional value wetlands in Tioga County (DEP, "DEP Fines Seneca" [10/7/10]).

*On October 25-27, 2010, the Pennsylvania State Police inspected 1175 fracking wastewater trucks as part of Operation FracNet. They issued 1057 traffic citations, and removed 207 trucks and 52 drivers from service due to safety violations. Earlier FracNets yielded similar results: in September 959 citations were issued, and 208 trucks and 64 drivers were removed; in June 669 citations were issued, and 250 trucks and 45 drivers were removed (PA State Police, "Latest Operation FracNet" [11/09/10]; "State Police Place" [10/6/10]; "State Enforcement Blitz" [6/23/10]).

*The Pennsylvania Land Trust (PLT) has reported that according to DEP records, PA natural gas drillers have amassed 1614 violations between January 2008 and August 2010. The PLT deemed 1056 of these violations as "most likely to harm the environment." That averages out to 80 violations/month, and 52 serious violations/month. (ConserveLand.org, "Marcellus Shale Drillers" [9/1/10]). DEP has recently made it easier to access their records so that we now can see all of the industry's violations (DEP, "Marcellus Infractions").

*On November 22, 2010, the DEP announced that it was investigating a large spill of hydraulic fracturing fluid at a site run by XTO Energy. The spill has been estimated to be 4,275 gallons, which contaminated a unnamed tributary of Sugar Run, a spring, and two private wells. A DEP investigator discovered an open valve that was discharging the fluid from an unattended tank. (DEP, "DEP Investigating" [11/22/10], Williamsport Sun Gazette, "Cleanup Continues" [12/15/10]).

*On January 6, 2011, the DEP fined Talisman Energy $24,608 for a "large diesel fuel spill" in Bradford County (DEP "DEP Fines Talisman" [1/6/11]).

*On January 7, 2011, the DEP fined Chief Oil & Gas $34,000 for illegally discharging 25,200 gallons of hydrostatic testing water at a pipeline project in Lycoming County. Chief also allowed "an unknown industrial waste" to mix with the water before it was discharged (DEP, "Chief Oil and Gas" [1/7/11]).

*On January 10, 2011, Minuteman Environmental Services was fined $7000 for illegally dumping and storing natural gas drill cutting waste at two sites in Clinton and Union counties (DEP, "DEP Announced" [1/10/11]).

*On January 17, 2011, a well operated by Talisman Energy blew out and for several hours discharged sand and fracking fluid into state forest lands in Tioga County (timestribune.com, "Talisman Cited" [1/26/11]).

*On January 29, 2011, a truck carrying used fracking fluid from a well operated by Anadarko Petroleum, rolled off the road and spilled "a small amount" of fracking fluid above the headwaters of the South Renovo water supply in Clinton County (LH Express, "Frac Water Truck" [2/1/11]). On February 18th, a truck serving a different Anadarko well went off Route 664 and spilled 3,400 gallons of fracking fluid above Big Plum Run (LH Express, "Drilling Concerns" [2/23/11]).

*On April 19, 2011, seven families were evacuated from their homes after a Bradford County well that was being fracked by Chesapeake Energy blew out and spilled thousands of gallons of flowback fluid into a tributary of Towanda Creek, which runs into the Susquehanna River. The DEP confirmed that amphibians in a farm pond died as a result of the spill, which took 12 hours to contain (Williamsport Gazette, "DEP to Chesapeake" [4/26/11]; Towanda Daily Review "Amphibians" [4/28/11]).

Above from: Environmental Dangers of Hydro-Fracturing the Marcellus Shale
by Robert Myers (Lock Haven University) http://www.lhup.edu/rmyers3/marcellus.htm
Banner painting today at 83 Woodlark Street: ‘Origin Energy: Don’t Frack The NT’ between 1pm and 5pm if you’d like to join in, comment below or call Maddy 0497274080!
SNAP Meeting: A Change in Page - Climate Election
This is our chance to get organised into action groups and make climate change the number 1 election issue in the Federal Electorate of Page. 
Can you make it? Register here: https://www.lockthegate.org.au/climate_election_meetup

Authorised by Tess King for Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, Lismore, NSW 2480.

Stop Adani Lismore Lismore Environment Collective Lismore Environment Centre Nimbin Environment Centre Knitting Nannas Against Gas Lismore
Bushfires, drought, rivers drying up - water is  major crisis issue in Australia . As this article describes - each CSG fracking well requires many millions of litres of water in its extraction process - this water is ultimately left contaminated with a toxic radioactive mix of chemicals  . it is estimated there will be 40,000 coal seam gas wells in Australia under current policies. These issues must urgently be linked in Australian government policy decisions .  

https://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues/faq/how-much-water-does-typical-hydraulically-fractured-well-require
Sinopec Fracking In China Turns Deadly - (from 2014 but rarely discussed).

A deadly explosion in Jiaoshizhen, Sichuan province, has raised concerns about the risks involved in hydraulic fracking in China. The explosion occurred at a facility operated by Sinopec - one of China's biggest oil and gas companies - that is being advised by Breitling Energy, a Dallas-based company.

China, which recently became the world's largest producer of greenhouse gases, is trying to diversify into natural gas production as a new source of energy, especially as much of its energy is produced from burning low-grade coal, which has also exacerbated urban pollution.

The latest technology that China is experimenting with to extract natural gas is horizontal fracking - the process of drilling and injecting water and chemicals into the ground at high pressure in order to shatter underground rock formations to help release trapped oil and gas. First invented in the U.S., horizontal fracking has sparked a boom in energy production, helping boost U.S. output by over 50 percent in the last five years to 7.4 million barrels a day. 

Fracking may come at a difficult price for China as its unique geology of twisted and folded faults makes underground drilling two to three times deeper than required in the U.S.  "There is no guarantee that the technology will be suitable for China," Tao Wang, scholar at Beijing's Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, told Public Radio International. 

China's State Council - the chief administrative authority in the country - issued a call in October 2013 for industry to produce 6.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from underground shale formations by 2015. The Jiaoshizhen facility, which is situated in a small remote mountain valley in western China, is one of the first such projects. 

A New York Times account of the Jiaoshizhen incident described villagers being awoken by a large explosion boom last April to witness a "tower of flames" approximately 100 feet high at one of the oilrigs. 

Eight Sinopec employees were allegedly killed in the explosion, according to interviews conducted by the Times in August 2013 and February of this year. Villagers told the newspaper that the explosion had created an all-encompassing foul smell around the village and that diesel run-off from drilling sites were polluting local streams.  The drilling "makes so much noise and the water that comes down the mountain has become so much dirtier to drink; now it smells of diesel," Tian Shiao Yung, a local farmer, said. 

Li Chunguang, president of Sinopec, denied the incident in an interview with the New York Times last month. "There is no basis for this," he said.

Sinopec is being advised on fracking by Breitling Energy, a Texas company, that has been aggressively promoting the technology around the world. "They (China) want to have other avenues of natural gas and oil coming into the country, as they know their economy hinges on it," Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling told World Finance magazine. "China wants energy security and I think that that is what we need to think about when countries are looking at shale gas development," said Faulkner in an interview with World Finance. 

After news of the Jiaoshizhen incident broke, Faulkner now claims that China is unwilling to discuss the long-term environmental and health impacts of fracking with him. 

However, just four months ago, Faulkner dismissed any environmental or health concerns connected to fracking in a commentary piece he wrote for the Guardian newspaper in December. 

"The opposition to fracking is a product of scientific misunderstanding - or worse, an agenda put forward by supposed environmental advocates who stand to profit if natural gas never lives up to its full potential," wrote Faulkner. 

Activists, on the other hand, says that fracking poses grave risks to the environment particularly to ground water which can be contaminated by the toxic liquids pumped into the ground. "The rapid expansion of shale gas development and fracking in the US has resulted in significant environmental and public health problems, and become an ongoing public health and environmental experiment," writes Food and Water Watch in "Fracking: A New Global Water Crisis Report." "Many of these problems are inherent to the practice and cannot be avoided through regulation." 

Indeed some Chinese government reports have drawn attention to the risks of drilling for shale in a country where 40 percent of the rivers are highly contaminated and 300 million people lack access to safe drinking water. "Most of the nation's shale gas lies in areas plagued by water shortages," the 2013 Report on China's economic energy states. 

Even though Sinopec denied the Jiaoshizhen explosion took place, it has acknowledged the dangers of excessive water use. "Drillers need ten times more water to extract natural gas from underground shale formations," said Bao Shunjing, deputy director of Sinopec, "than to pump equivalent amount of oil and gas from conventional wells." 

Published by CorpWatch Blog | By Fatima Hansia | Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tags: Environment, Human Rights
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Here are the 5 questions we submitted to Patrick Deegan re Labor's disastrous $1.5 billion subsidy to 'Frack the Climate': 

1) Do you agree that the methane in the Beetaloo shale gas basin should stay in the ground, so that we can have a safe climate? YES/NO

2) Do you support the ALP policy to spend public money on subsiding energy corporations for gas pipelines to open up the Beetaloo, Galilee and Bowen basins? YES/NO

3) Do you agree with the advice of the World Bank that governments should cease subsidies for fossil fuel developments? YES/NO

4) Do you accept the advice of the IPCC that, if we want a safe climate, we cannot open up new fossil fuel basins? YES/NO

5) If elected, would you cross the floor to oppose legislation to subsidise gas pipeline infrastrucure? YES/NO

Australian Labor Party Patrick Deegan - Labor for Page Bill Shorten MP Joel Fitzgibbon MP Mark Butler MP 

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