Friday, May 31, 2013

Halliburton using Depleted Uranium fracking?

I call this Fracking Terrorism
 

Halliburto​n proposing the use of * depleted uranium (and other nasty things) in perf-guns


to see a close up of the pipes after explosion...Unused and spent perforating gun used in oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The pipe on the bottom left, shows holes created by the explosive charges mounted inside the pipe.

 
A perforating gun assembly for use in a wellbore. The perforating gun assembly includes a carrier gun body and a charge holder disposed within the carrier gun body. A plurality of shaped charges are supported within the carrier gun body. A secondary pressure generator is operably associated with at least one of the shaped charges. The secondary pressure generator optimizes the wellbore pressure regime immediately after detonation of the shaped charges by controlling the dynamic underbalance created by the empty gun chambers to prevent excessive dynamic underbalance which may detrimentally effect the perforating operation.

 
"In one embodiment, the shaped charge component may be formed from or may contain a reactive material such as a pyrophoric material, a combustible material, a Mixed Rare Earth (MRE) alloy or the like including, but not limited to, zinc, aluminum, bismuth, tin, calcium, cerium, cesium, hafnium, iridium, lead, lithium, palladium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, titanium, zirconium, cobalt, chromium, iron, nickel, tantalum, depleted uranium, mischmetal or the like or combination, alloys, carbides or hydrides of these materials. In certain embodiments, the shaped charge component may be formed from the above mentioned materials in various powdered metal blends. These powdered metals may also be mixed with oxidizers to form exothermic pyrotechnic compositions, such as thermites.
The oxidizers may include, but are not limited to, boron(III) oxide, silicon(IV) oxide, chromium(III) oxide, manganese(IV) oxide, iron(III) oxide, iron(II, III) oxide, copper(II) oxide, lead(II, III, IV) oxide and the like. The thermites may also contain fluorine compounds as additives, such as Teflon. The thermites may include nanothermites in which the reacting constituents are nanoparticles. "
 
Now watch what these things do .
 
 


 *
Health problems associated with depleted uranium

http://www.examiner.com/article/part-3-how-agent-orange-and-depleted-uranium-affect-the-body

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fractivist Support

Dear Friends ,
   Fighting fracking day after day can be Depressing !!! I must say the Good out of all this is making friends over the internet and in person with other Fractivist !
People from all walks of life, people of all kinds are in this together .
We also support each other in so many ways too.
So I thought I would ask You to think about showing a little support for this wonderful lady and think about buying a book from her !
 
I am sharing part a letter and request with you from a lady I have not had the chance Yet to meet , but hope to meet soon . Hopefully to sign the new book I just ordered !
Judy Hogan .
She is an inspiring lady, active fractivist  , poet ,writer , author & thinker , who raises chickens and a sustainable garden .
found online
 
Oh did I mention she is also has Moncure in Chatham county plastered with antifrack signs too .


 
 here is her email  .
 
Years ago my friend Jean had to go to the hospital, and she took Pablo Neruda with her.  She said not all poetry books helped in the hospital, but Neruda's did.  It occurred to me that that is the kind of book Beaver Soul is.  It would be good company in the hospital.  Here's another sample:
 
... New life fights toward breath.
My soul is no exception. True, she would
rather hide her face under the honeysuckle
vines that have climbed all over the big
cedar tree stump. She has never wanted so
much to turn back just when her destiny is
calling out to her more insistently even
than these geese cry. And each moment that passes
seems to press her farther down toward the earth.
How will she manage to lift her head high
enough to see the promised sun blindingly
bright and clear in April? She doesn’t know.
But the yellow narcissus does.
***
From Finishing Line Press, the pre-sales period having been active since May 13, I learned Friday that so far four people have ordered it. Thank you! I need 51 more people to order it by June 28, for them to print it!  $14.49, and you can order on www.finishinglinepress.com  I think you'll be glad you did, and I'll be very grateful!
Happy reading!  Judy Hogan
Now go buy the book !
Here is something I found about Judy !
Judy’s writings about the natural world use metaphors as a way of exploding the bounds of perception.  Her poems are informational, compressing experiences, and continue over a span of thirty years to help us see the likenesses between systems of human, plant, animal,  and celestial worlds.  Judy teaches us how to use our poet eyes, how to guide us to truths beyond the scientific way of seeing, weighing, measuring, abstraction, and dissection.
–Jaki S. Green, 2003 winner of the North Carolina Award, 2009 Piedmont Poet Laureate  
here is a couple links to learn more about her .
 
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

What is Civil Disobedien​ce?



The Necessity of Civil Disobedien​ce: Bill Moyers Interviews Tim DeChristop​her – EcoWatch: Cutting Edge Environmen​tal News Service
this is a great interview .
http://ecowatch.com/2013/the-necessity-of-civil-disobedience-bill-moyers-interviews-tim-dechristopher/
During the closing weeks of the Bush White House, 27-year-old environmental activist Tim DeChristopher went to protest the auction of gas and oil drilling rights to more than 150,000 acres of publicly-owned Utah wilderness. But instead of waving a sign, DeChristopher disrupted the proceedings by starting to bid. Given an auction paddle designating him “Bidder 70,” DeChristopher won a dozen land leases worth nearly $2 million. He was arrested for criminal fraud, found guilty and sentenced to two years in federal prison—even though the new Obama Administration had since declared the oil and gas auction null and void.












 



 I believe that Gandhi was correct. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way to bring about change that allows people to enjoy the change and not get killed in the process.
Edward James Olmos


I honestly do not know if civil disobedience has any effect on the government. I can promise you it has a great effect on the person who chooses to do it.
Martin Sheen


 Are You ready ?


 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Neither EDF nor CSSD represents ME !





I am seeing RED ...
Center for Sustainable Shale Development what the _________???
I am going to have to stop reading my emails before I have my breakfast . Sitting here reading these stories drinking my coffee I can feel my blood pressure rising rapidly!
I did this yesterday too ! I ate a bite, then was so angry I went outside and dug a ditch just to calm down , it was about 12 foot long or so when I finally realized what I was doing  ! So now I have a new forsythia row planted and a 6x6  bed to add to !    
now back to this AM
I found this letter from Croatan Earth First and read the article . I could not believe my eyes ! I added a few lines below from the article here , but Please go read it all!  
PS , I did find North Carolina WARN on the list of grassroot orgs !

http://croatanearthfirst.com/2013/05/23/nearly-70-groups-environmental-defense-fund-does-not-speak-for-us-on-fracking/
WASHINGTON, D.C.///May 22, 2013///A total of 68 leading grassroots organizations focused on citizen and environmental issues today released a joint letter to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) disapproving of the group’s willingness to be coopted by industry interests on the issue of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) for shale gas.

Gail Pressberg, senior program director, Civil Society Institute, said: “Our message today is very simple: The Environmental Defense Fund does not speak for local communities, which are fully capable of speaking for themselves when it comes to fracking and its deleterious impacts. While EDF is free to partner with the gas industry, we feel it is important that the press and the public clearly understand that neither EDF nor CSSD represents the environmental and public health communities on the subject of shale oil and gas extraction.”

It is disappointing that the voluntary performance standards set by CSSD often fall far short of what are widely acknowledged to be best management practices. For example, Performance Standard No. 4 calls for open, double-lined pits to store flowback fluid, although closed-loop drilling systems and tank storage do a much better job of minimizing air, soil and water contamination and protecting wildlife-which, not incidentally, also enters the human food chain.
From a public health perspective, there are other glaring faults with the CSSD performance standards. Performance Standard No. 7 permits operators to limit disclosure of the chemicals they inject underground by citing trade secret protection. We simply do not believe commercial interests can be allowed to trump public health concerns regarding underground injection.




Now off to the garden ....
the Chinaberry  trees are blooming




I'm not the only one that digs around here !
 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Notes from May 17 Compulsory Pooling Study

Here is another great report from Diane .
I was not able to be at the last meeting myself and I am glad to see this !

Notes, May 17, 2013 Fracking, Compulsory Pooling Study Group
What is a “drilling unit” and when is it established; leased vs. unleased owners in a “pooling” order; who pays for the “risk” when drilling; immunity or indemnification for surface owners forced into a pool...who pays legal costs when things go wrong; notice to owners when land is about to be fracked; trusting/verifying “fair” royalty payments; forcing federal, state, local parks/lands into a compulsory pool
 
Note: All Study Groups report to full Mining & Energy Commission.  Study Groups have numerous “invited” members and will complete their recommendations for submission to the Legislature by October. 
 
Compulsory Pooling Study Group, chaired by Ray Covington. Held in Sanford. (MEC members Charles Holbrook, Jim Womack)
 
1.  Unitization vs Compulsory Pooling, who defines?:  The term Compulsory Pooling is used in NC General Statutes.  NC has no legal definition of “unitization” (or drilling unit), and MEC must define what that is.  Attorney Ted Feitshans recommended a “process approach” rather than defining a “unit” based on certain acreage, like other states.  Holbrook said the operator will acquire leases that adhere to oil field parameters (geologic and engineering) and then request the creation of a “unit” from the MEC.  MEC would also hear from land owners during that process.  Womack said could define “pooling” as a type of activity, and “unitization” as the specific process to arrive at the drilling unit.  Holbrook says there could be multiple operators in same area, and their responsibility would be to come to MEC to establish the boundary of the “unit,” which reflects the extent of the fracking line.  Each well must have a defined unit at a specific vertical depth.  Note: Could have multiple wells on same well pad and different “units” would be established based on fracking depth and horizontal direction.  Womack said study group should define terms: Compulsory Pooling and Unitization. Lynn, Attorney General’s office said the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (on web) has a model oil and gas conservation act with a “unitization” section.
 
2.  Leased vs. unleased owners in a pooling order.  Some states establish a percentage of “leased” owners before a pooling order is issued, and some establish a surface acreage “unit.”  DENR staff, Layla, said many states have NO minimums.  PA recommends against compulsory pooling of “unleased” owners.  Leased owners are “assumed” to want to move forward, but some may want to hold-out for better prices (and therefore must be “compelled” into a pool).  Lynn, AG’s office, suggested Study Group propose a specific number (percentage) of voluntary acreage the MEC would use as its criteria for pooling, and establish the principle that NC strongly discourages compulsory pooling.  DENR staff, Trina, said having “no minimum” requirements puts more responsibility on the MEC administration.  Consensus on requiring a minimum of 50% of leased owners to agree before operator seeks a pooling order.  Womack said put some percentage requirement on operator, but allow for waivers.  In addition to leased and unleased owners, those owners who have a “working interest” need to be considered.
 
Attorney John Humphrey gave four unitization scenarios that could involved leased/unleased owners:
    (a) Dueling operators in same area; MEC must settle the dispute
    (b) Unleased landowners who must be protected
    (c) Leased landowners with an operator who does not control enough land for a viable unit
    (d) Leased landowners who want “in” the unit, but are outside the boundary
 
3. Risk Penalty for all hold-outs?  Attorney Ted Feitshans discussed subdivisions located in the fracking area and how these small landowners would be assessed a risk penalty [a pro-rated share of the production costs after well is productive and before royalties are paid].  Holbrook said most land owners bear no up-front costs for drilling; the operator pays all costs.  However, since NC shale beds will be exploratory, there should be a higher risk penalty assigned (200% or more?) because operators won’t know richness of the hydrocarbon, or the amount of water and combustibles in the gas until post-drilling laboratory analysis.  Covington wants to give MEC leeway in setting the risk penalty, but get best deal possible for landowners.
 
4. Subgroup assigned task.  To tackle procedural issues and identify “best practices,” Covington assigned a subgroup as follows: DENR staff Layla Cummings, Trina Ozer, Walt Haven; attorneys Lynn Weaver, John Humphrey and Ted Feitshans; Grady McCallie (NC Conservation Network) and James Robinson (RAFI).  Covington said he needs a list of main recommendations for Compulsory Pooling by the MEC’s June 7 meeting; however the entire Study Group would come together late summer to finalize a report. 
 
5. Indemnification and Immunity.  Attorney Feitshans said the “land owner” in a unified estate is the “lessor” in these pooling agreements, but in severed (split) estates the “mineral rights owner” is the lessor.  S820 (Session Law 2012-143) only indemnifies the “surface owner,” but not subsurface mineral owners on severed estates.  Nor does the law contain the words “duty to defend” in the indemnification wording; this will be in the first law suit when damages occur.  Even with indemnification protection, the unleased (pooled) surface owner would have to PAY their own legal costs in a suit for damages.  Another possibility is to grant immunity to the pooled surface owner, so that a suit for damages can proceed and lawyers are NOT paid until after the court case; but he cautioned that courts take a skeptical view of immunity.  It is preferable to stick with indemnification protections. Recommendations:
(a) Unleased owners should have NO liability and have the “right” to indemnification for their own injuries and damaged economic interests. 
(b) Leased owners should be indemnified through the terms of their joint operating agreement OR original lease, whichever indemnification is greater. Mindful of US Constitution’s 5th Amendment (takings clause, due process) and 14th Amendments (due process) if change core provisions of the contract.
(c) If unleased owner chooses a “working interest,” then offer indemnification (same as “leased owner”) in the options approach.
(d) Any pooling order from MEC should include language to “require” the operator to pay to defend the unleased land owner if sued for damages by a third party.
 
Lynn Weaver said to not overlook compensation for surface owners themselves, and need to specify that landowners should be compensated for harm, not just action by a third party.
 
6. Notice.  Attorney John Humphrey had recommendations on providing “notice” to surface estate owners above “compelled” mineral rights.  S820 requires the operator to provide a written notice 14-days prior to coming onto a property; however NO notice is required before that operator accesses the subsurface...that could affect timing of baseline water samples.  (There are notification problems with inherited land that is non-probated and has no addresses for heirs.)  However, recommends that Operators provide notice to “compelled” owners of surface estates and “compelled” owners of mineral rights 30 days to 6 months prior to initiating drilling in the production unit.
 
7. Reporting. Attorney John Humphrey had recommendations regarding what production information might be provided so people know they are getting their fair share of royalties, and a way to verify the information. Components for the report could include ID of well, lease number, owner ID, total production volume sold, price per unit, month/year of sale, owner’s % interest.
 
8.  Compulsory pooling of special lands?  Trina Ozer said CANNOT force federal lands (Lake Jordan, Ft. Bragg) into a compulsory pool, but could pool state and local government-owned lands, since no law against it.  Question about USDA conservation easements...those would be considered federal lands and therefore cannot be pooled.   However, private conservation easements and soil and water conservation easements are different; each would have to be considered separately.  Did the conservation easement have language covering mineral rights and/or subsurface activity, or deed restrictions imposed?  Could the State condemn an easement for road access, which restricts the use of property owned by a Land Trust?  Local government-owned lands should be considered as well as State-owned lands.  Covington wondered if this Study Group should take a position (yes or no) about whether state or local government property can be compelled into a pool.  Trina said she would seek advice from the Secretary of DENR.   Question about whether a local government would need to get public input before they “pooled” any of their holdings.  Trina will check with School of Government on disposal of property.   
 
NOTE: NEXT MEETING of Compulsory Pooling Study Group is Friday, May 31, 1:00-5:00 pm, Green Square, 217 W. Jones St., Raleigh.    
 
Diana Hales, retired

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

NC people Rising up for Your Rights !

There are So Many stories out there...
Standing up for our rights in this state is getting harder again.
Watching the government trying to strip the rights it has taken so long a fight to get is so insane.
It gives my heart hope when I see the young people of this generations out there with the ones that have been fighting for generations now !


Ray Donheiser called her first arrest "an honor," saying that she came to Monday's protest to oppose fracking. 
"What is it going to take for lawmakers to listen and respond in a way that you would want them to respond?" she said. "It's a great question. I hope somebody knows the answer. I'm willing to try whatever it takes."
  I recognized 2 fractivist faces in this video below from Lee County too. Way to go Cecilia Jimenez and Reginald Victor Marsh Jr for getting out there ! These 2 have been doing a lot to fight fracking too  ! They have a local group called "Workers For Clean Water, Trabajadores Por Agua Limpia "

get the full story here .
North Carolina NAACP protests reach highest arrest count yet.
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news%2Fpolitics&id=9108744


 Workers and Veterans Arrested at NC General Assembly
 

this is from last week

"Movement" is the word . "Be there for Moral Monday" says Rev .Vernon Tyson !  
 83 Year Old Spectator Arrested at NC General Assembly | Vernon Tyson

 


What will it take to bring our NC Government understand we want our rights and "How long" ? Now last but not least ,one of my favorite groups fighting for NC rights , the "Raging Grannies"

"I started in 1954 at the Youth March for Integrated Schools in New York," said Vicki Ryder of Raging Grannies. "I've been doing this for a long time."
She and her fellow protestors directed their anger at the GOP-controlled legislature, which has refused to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to more poor people, has cut unemployment benefits, has ended the earned income tax credit and has passed new voting restrictions. Republicans have controlled the Legislature since 2011.



Are you ready to Rise Up ?

Monday, May 20, 2013

frack news

Big news today in NC ... Proposed bill to prohibit local governments from setting restrictions that exceed state or federal regulations passed the Senate Commerce Committee this morning, and will apply to the Mining and Energy Commission if passed into law. http://nctriassicwatergas.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/bending-protocol-passing-bills-without-the-votes/


Fracking: another contaminant surfaces
Brine, however, cannot be boiled out of our drinking water, because it is so high in salt.
Brine, brought up by fracking, could potentially pollute our water supply if not deposited correctly. Penn State Extension Water Resource Specialist Bryan Swistock, one of the writers of a Penn State study titled, “The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies,” said to think of brine “as old ocean water.”
http://voicesweb.org/fracking-another-contaminant-surfaces-9444

DOE Approves Second Fracked Gas LNG Export Terminal – EcoWatch: Cutting Edge Environmen​tal News Service
 

The Obama administration just released its first major fracking policy--the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed rules for fracking on 600 million acres of public land. And it’s even worse than we feared.1
In a major concession to the fracking industry and its lobbying efforts, the proposed rules are even weaker than previous drafts of the rules.2 3 And they do nothing to close Dick Cheney’s infamous “Halliburton loophole,” which exempts fracking from key parts of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.4
http://act.credoaction.com/letter/blm_fracking_ban/?akid=7948.6259556.cYoWZa&rd=1&t=2
more articles
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/05/17/fracking-might-be-worse-for-the-environment-than-we-think

http://www.nationofchange.org/fracking-suburbs-explosive-combination-1368804124

more NC updates http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=97adb760aa5114f25fbb07c68&id=37a21e081a&e=6f52190649
more around the world
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/13eb3a9f0956f897

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/gas-drilling-complaints-map-1.1490926

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Jordan Dam & S H Nuke plant cracking,add fracking?


"The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself." St. Augustine

I found this quote that inspired me to write today about the Faults in NC and the effects fracking could have on S H Nuke Plant !

 I have learned, finding the truth is a challenge ! One truth I can not stress enough !
 "North Carolina's natural gas reserves are "much closer" to groundwater than in other states, and the rock in between is Not watertight and could permit dangerous fracking... chemicals to work their way upward and contaminate the aquifers."

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/07/2806359/one-man-tilts-at-frackings-risks.html#storylink=cpy


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/07/2806359/one-man-tilts-at-frackings-risks.html#storylink=cpy
 

I've been away from the computer a few days and trying to catch up with emails and news coming in about fracking & Shearon Harris Nuke Plant.

The Nuke Plant ,It had a Shut down Again because it Cracked !
Yes again ! Thurs AM , I went to Greensboro to help my mom ... I had heard nothing on the radio about the plant shutting down? As soon as I arrived ,Mom knowing I lived near SH asked me what I'd heard?  I said nothing !
 So I borrowed her computer (turtle slow) to do research... the first thing I did was search Wiki for info on the plant itself...
It opened my eyes quick ! It told details on the Many other shutdowns since it opened !
I saw lots but I was not able to save the info at the time !
NOW it seems since Friday someone has went in and edited the Wiki and there is now No details on the other shutdowns ??? (so I will have to dig for the Truth)
All the info they had today is this below ?

On May 16 2013, Shearon Harris Unit 1 initiated an unplanned shutdown when reviews of ultrasonic data from a maintenance shutdown in spring 2012 determined a 1/4" crack was inside the Reactor Pressure Vessel Head. [16] The crack is attributed to water stress corrosion cracking. Due to high radiation levels, the repairs will require complete robotic repair. Outside specialists will likely be used to perform this work.

My home is about 12 miles from the plant but I have 2 sons ,grandchildren , their families , friends and around 100,000 other PEOPLE that live less than 10 miles to this thing, I am concerned about too!

this is the info I got from Wiki today ...
Surrounding population
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.[4]
The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of Shearon Harris was 96,401, an increase of 62.6 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 2,562,573, an increase of 26.0 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Raleigh (21 miles to city center), Durham (24 miles to city center), Fayetteville (39 miles to city center).[5]

Well I decided I would do a search using these words  " Shearon Harris  fracking earthquake" to see what came up in the news ? I found a Lot !
 1st I found this .
For most of his life Charlie Ritter worked as an aerospace design engineer and did all he could to ensure that planes didn’t fall from the sky.
Now 67 and retired in western Cary, he is dedicated to a new safety mission: protecting North Carolina from the hazards of fracking.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/07/2806359/one-man-tilts-at-frackings-risks.html#storylink=cpy
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/07/2806359/one-man-tilts-at-frackings-risks.html#disqus_thread
 


My blood got boiling this morning as I sipped my coffee and read a comment from Lee Co commissioner and MEC Chair Jim Womack /James Womadison / want to be ruler ...
in response to this letter to the Editor in The Sanford Herald
LETTER: Those at risk need to start talking
What would likely happen should we have a large earthquake due to the injection wells? You all know that Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant and Jordan Lake are located on or near the fault line. If we have a large quake, will the nuclear power plant survive? Probably, since it was built by engineers who were aware of the fault line. Jordan Lake will be in a more dangerous position because it contains 14,000 acres of water and it has a earth dam. If this dam breaks, Sanford will be half underwater; Lillington will be wiped out completely ... This could be huge, even if the nuclear plant survives. If the nuclear power plant is damaged badly, it will affect 2.5 million people living in a 50-mile radius.
Those of you who are at risk need to start talking to whomever is in charge.
Bob Holder
Swann Station


I wrote a comment there too and hope many other Concerned Citizens will too.
 
Well I need to get off here and get out in the garden to burn off the anger but it is raining...
So I guess I will just have to wait and look for more truth ....





 for more articles http://www.energydigger.com/nuclear/reactors/shearon-harris-nuclear-power-plant

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/07/2806359/one-man-tilts-at-frackings-risks.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What about the Abandoned Gas Wells?

I hate thinking about NC being fracked . It is sad to think of our little hometown of Sanford turning into a Boom Town . Not like it is now, a simple place.


 
What about the Abandoned Gas Wells?
Even sadder is the fact that folks don't even know what is getting ready to happen to them here ? The government is not Really telling people what is going to happen ... and they definitely are not telling what could happen Later !
Like exploding abandoned wells!  
MEC Jim Womack caressing the well, dreaming of fracking up Lee County for more pics of this well
http://flic.kr/p/dn3BoA 
 
Until recently, Barr had no inkling that abandoned wells could be dangerous. She decorated one of the pipes in her backyard with a bird feeder. Then Barr heard about a how a house in Bradford, McKean County, blew up.   State regulators centered their investigation of the 2011 incident on gas from an abandoned well, drilled in 1881, located about 300 feet from the home.
“I thought, whoa, what the f—?” Barr recalls. “Can you imagine stepping out to shovel snow, and your whole house goes poof?”
Perilous Pathways: How Drilling Near An Abandoned Well Produced a Methane Geyser
This graphic shows how methane gas can make its way from deep underground into a basement, water well or the ground.
 
Perilous Pathways: How Abandoned Wells Can Contribute To Methane Migration Problems
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2012/10/09/perilous-pathways-how-abandoned-wells-can-contribute-to-methane-migration-problems/
One month later, Chesapeake Energy was hit with a $900,000 fine — the largest environmental fine in Pennsylvania history – for failing to fix faulty well casing that caused methane gas to seep through the ground and into 16 Bradford County families’ water supplies.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2012/10/12/perilous-pathways-abandoned-wells-dont-factor-into-pennsylvanias-permitting-process/
The old well – known as the “Butters well” because it was drilled on property owned by Mr. W.J. Butters – is one of an estimated 200,000 abandoned oil and gas wells dotting Pennsylvania. While nobody knows where the vast majority of those wells are, the Butters well was not one of the hidden holes: Shell knew the well was there. A spokeswoman says the company thought the operation had been properly plugged. Clearly, it wasn’t.



How many abandoned wells are in NC ?
Lee County has 2 that we Know of ?
One called "the Butler well" .
What about the other counties?


Don't forget there will be Lots of these wells here too in NC if we don't stop them  NOW!

Just made
 
Fracking in North Carolina- Butler #3 Shale Gas Test Well from Douglas A. Harned on Vimeo.

Friday, May 10, 2013

fracking Top Articles

Preview of fracking Top Articles
BLM regs will stymie gas production, officials believe
New hydraulic fracturing rules being developed by the Obama administration will drive oil and gas development away from federal lands, a group of industry and state officials told a congressional panel Wednesday.

The rules will create hundreds of thousands of dollars in new costs for each well drilled, add an estimated 100 days to the federal permitting process and force companies to comply with many rules twice due to stringent state regulations already in place, according to prepared testimony for a House Natural Resources Committee hearing.
Obama Hints at Increasing LNG Exports as Environmen​talists Push Back | StateImpac​t Pennsylvan​ia
 
 On a scale from 1-10, how interested are you in the chemical makeup of the mixture gas/oil rigs inject into the ground here in North Carolina in order to “frack” natural gas?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

American NAT GAS Independence?

Since I started learning about fracking , I had heard the Pro Hype of fracking up the USA is "independence of foreign oils" . It is a matter of National Security !No need for imports , we have 100 years (oops down to 20 ) worth for domestic use  ,No more wars for oil !!!

What I found over and over while reading this BS Hype, is articles like this one today straight out of the O&G business reports !

Quicksilver withdraws Barnett MLP IPO due to weak NGL prices
The MLP held proved reserves of 430.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent in the Barnett Shale in Texas.
Quicksilver said it was withdrawing the IPO due to the weak prices of natural gas liquids and as it had sold 25 percent of its Barnett Shale holdings to Tokyo Gas Co (9531.T) . you can click this link for tokyo profile
TOKYO GAS CO., LTD. is a Japan-based gas company
If you read Tokyo's profile you will find it is investing in every way for Exporting US Liquefied Natural Gas .
Hello America wake up , this is not about Independence this is about $$$ for the Greedy !


Next headline that caught my eye ...Senate panel to scrutinize natural gas exports again , this link gives several links to stories about Exporting US nat gas .
Here is one of the newest http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/03/senate-panel-to-scrutinize-natural-gas-exports-again/
here you read ...
A handful of manufacturers, led by Dow Chemical Co., say unfettered exports could destroy U.S. firms’ current competitive advantage in accessing inexpensive natural gas both to power plants and as a feedstock. Advocates of greater exports counter that current domestic demand and natural gas prices are too low to sustain the natural gas drilling boom.
Other supporters stress that the U.S. can strengthen global allies — while blunting the control of other natural gas-rich nations — by exporting the fossil fuel to Japan and other countries.
I say slow down the dang booms !

Read ongoing FuelFix coverage of the debate over exporting U.S. fuel:


this was a year ago ....
Project sponsors are seeking Federal approval to export domestic natural gas

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=5970



As I said ,"There Are a Lot of reason to believe Americans are getting Conned about Independence !"

How can they regulate and keep us safe at this growing rate ??????

Sadest news I found
Obama on exports -- 'I've got to make a decision'
http://www.eenews.net/public/energywire/2013/05/07/1

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Frack Halliburton ,NC wants chemical list !

Wow for months we have wanted to see more coverage of fracking in NC's media . Add the name Halliburton to the equation and boom there is articles everywhere ... I counted over 30 articles about this!
So I have decided to grab some of the comments and such that caught my eye, out of about 1/2 of these articles I read ! (still reading more this Sat AM coming in!)
 The MEC group was already a pro-industry group and is working on very mild
recommendations,
 but now the recommendations and rules have to be approved - not by the people of NC,
but by Haliburton and the oil and gas industry.

Womack said he has been involved in private discussions with Halliburton officials,
 and is confident the commission can deal with the company’s concerns without compromising
 public safety.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/03/2868988/fracking-chemical-rule-sent-back.html#storylink=cpy

 “I’m just discouraged that information wasn’t brought forward while the committee was deliberating,” said commissioner Charlotte Mitchell, a Raleigh lawyer. “We spent hours deliberating.”
"Is this the way the commission is going to work?" asked Commission Charlotte Mitchell, a Raleigh lawyer. "There seem to be conversations happening offline and not in public about this rule that has already come out of committee."


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/03/2868988/fracking-chemical-rule-sent-back.html#storylink=cpy
Therese Vick, an organizer with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, chastised the commission for the sinister appearance of its dealings with Halliburton.

MEC Commissioner ,Vik Rao also former chief technology officer at Halliburton

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/03/2868988/fracking-chemical-rule-sent-back.html#storylink=cpy
said Friday. “The fact remains that these rules on chemical disclosure were debated, talked about and publicly commented on over months, and where was the industry then?”
 “Why did they not come to this podium and speak for three minutes or less?”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/03/2868988/fracking-chemical-rule-sent-back.html#storylink=cpy
 “In the end the public should judge us by the results, not by the method or by the appearance,” he said.


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/03/2868988/fracking-chemical-rule-sent-back.html#storylink=cpy
Fracking giant Halliburto​n nixes NC¹s chemical disclosure rule
 
there were 43 comments at this first story by 6:30 Friday
comments like...
Halliburton nixes fracking?
Halliburton is in charge?

Why do we pretend this is a democracy wherein decisions are made by citizens and elected representatives?

Have the representatives given their power to the lobbying interests?

We need legislators who can stand up to special interests, any vertebrates out there?   Let's get rid of these spineless folks that allow Halliburton and others to dictate what will happen in NC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Fracking giant Halliburton nixes NC's chemical disclosure rule
The standard spells out which chemicals fracking operators have to publicly disclose when drilling natural gas wells in North Carolina.
But commissioners learned Thursday the proposal they had approved in committee in March is on ice.
The problem: Fracking giant Halliburton has told North Carolina’s environmental regulators the rule goes too far. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is working to get the rule changed.
The developments raise questions about the independence and integrity of the Mining & Energy Commission, a panel created by the state legislature last year to create safety rules for shale gas exploration. In the latest challenge to the commission’s autonomy, its chairman, James Womack, stunned his fellow commissioners Thursday with the disclosure that they will not be voting on the proposed chemical disclosure rule Friday as originally planned.
“We’re anticipating some changes to the substance of the rule,” Womack said during a meeting of the commission’s Rules Committee. “We still have contention about the rule.
‘Transparency’ questioned
Other commissioners were quick to protest.
“Where is the contention?” Commissioner Charlotte Mitchell, a Raleigh lawyer, fired back. “Is this the way the commission is going to work?”
She added: “There seem to be conversations happening offline and not in public about this rule that has already come out of committee.”
Commissioner Amy Pickle, state policy program director at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, was also frustrated that the commission’s work is subject to veto by the energy industry.
“I’m very sensitive to surprising the public, the (lack of ) transparency, and wasting time,” Pickle said. “This rule does not have full support in conversations that are taking place outside this process.”
 
 

 
 

 



Fracking chemical disclosure rule under review - News 14
 
 
NC fracking rule pulled after Halliburton objects
 
Up to 600 chemicals are used in fracking fluid, including known carcinogens and toxins such as Benzene ,  lead, uranium, mercury, ethylene glycol, radium, methanol, hydrochloric acid, & formaldehyde. etc;