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big oil is in big trouble

Read this article: The Shale Industry Could Be Swallowed By Its Own Debt

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An well pump near Sweetwater, Texas. Photographer: LM Otero/AP Photo

Response to article courtesy of  Debbie Baron, Secretary of the Mendo Alcohol Fuel Group
“According to this article, the shale oil industry is in big debt and is having trouble paying off its interest on its loans. Evidently, fracking companies, whether fracking for oil shale or natural gas, keep going deeper into debt to keep themselves solvent. Remember the Greater Recession and how so many people lost their homes because they kept floating bigger and bigger home equity loans when the bubble burst? Why am I having the horrible sinking feeling that this is going to happen again, courtesy of Big Oil?

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ny, pa, oh: fracking waste allowed to be spread on roads as de-icer

Farmers! Did you know that New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania permits the use of brine from fracking operations to be applied to roads as a deicer? If not properly controlled, this waste can run off into adjoining property and ultimately could contaminate rivers, streams, and underground aquifers that feed local drinking water supplies. Government entities, as well as private companies, that wish to use production brine for road spreading must get permission from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to use the brine by applying for a Beneficial Use Determination (BUD).  Some local governments in New York have also prohibited the practice by passing ordinances banning fracking and waste disposal.

Click HERE to read more, start the path towards getting informed, and attending your local town governance meetings. 

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2013 fracktivist conference

2013 Fracktivist Conference
September 13-15, 2013, Knoxville, TN

The movement to end all forms of extreme energy extraction on this planet, wrest control from multinational corporations, and give the power back to the people is becoming something truly beautiful! It is an honor to be a part of it, as so MANY of us are.  We are rising! Please join us for another opportunity to combine struggles and strengthen our efforts. Continue reading

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huge win!

via Catskill Mountainkeeper

Two Year Fracking Moratorium Introduced in both NYS Senate and Assembly
Yesterday, I joined Senators Diane Savino and David Carlucci at a press conference with other environmental leaders at the Capitol Building in Albany to announce that the Senate’s five-member Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) had unveiled legislation that would stop the clock on the State’s long consideration of the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking.  A similar bill that calls for a two-year moratorium based on a comprehensive health impact assessment is expected to be approved by the Assembly as early as today

The Independent Democratic Conference, which shares control of the Senate with Republicans, said this independent health review, known as the Geisinger study, and two other reviews on drinking water must be completed before Gov. Andrew Cuomo settles the five-year-old debate.

“We have to put science first. We have to put the health of New Yorkers first,” said IDC member Sen. David Carlucci.

“We cannot afford to make a mistake,” said Sen. Diane Savino of Staten Island, another IDC member. Continue reading

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ny grass

Greenhorns has just signed on to this important new alliance, NY GRASS, (GrassRoots Alliance to Save our State) to fight for an ABSOLUTE BAN on fracking, and all its related activities.   Here is an announcement and information on how to sign on yourself: NY GRASS.  You can also contact Clare at clare at for more information or to join.


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fracking and organic food

They are related!

Fracking Could Ruin New York’s Organic Food Industry
by Rachel Cernansky, February 7, 2012 for Treehugger

Once Again Nut Butter produces organic products in upstate New York—it’s a pretty successful company as far as organic food goes, considering you can find it in just about any natural foods store around.

But Once Again is growing increasingly concerned not only for its own future as an organic company, but for the entire state’s organic industry, if plans to develop fracking in the state are allowed to continue. Continue reading

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colbert on fracking

Did you see The Colbert Report the other night? If you missed it, Stephen Colbert had on Tom Ridge, the former Homeland Security chief who is now getting paid as a lobbyist for the oil and gas industry to push their fracking plan in Pennsylvania. Stephen called out Tom Ridge and the oil industry for deceiving people about fracking — and for poisoning America’s drinking water. It’s really worth seeing. Click here to watch the video and share it with your friends.


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