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Philip Terman: The Frackin’ Poem

Scarlet tanagers, thrushes, warblers, hawks, spotted salamanders, skunk and possum, all the invisible insects— . the native shrubs, the wild flowers, all the trees cut down, the altered light patterns, … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Tribute to Fallen Environmental Warrior George Jucha

Here’s a video produced by environmental activist and University of Pittsburgh professor George Jucha (1964-2015) and posted on December 14, 2014, showing an illegal flaring of a fracking well in Washington … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Fighting the Frackers

On Nov 4, 2014, the town of Denton, TX, with 123,000 residents, situated in the middle of the Barnett Shale formation and one of the most heavily fracked areas of … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: We Seek Justice

Welcoming remarks to the Great Climate March in Butler, PA October 11, 2014, and Pittsburgh, PA October 14, 2014. We are gathered here to welcome the marchers to Pittsburgh, which … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Cole Stangler: Why Won’t Our ‘Environmental President’ Stop Fracking on Public Land?

It has become increasingly fashionable in liberal circles to credit President Barack Obama for doing all he possibly can to combat climate change. Praise reached especially dizzying levels in the … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

How Fracking is Blowing up the Balance Sheets of Oil and Gas Companies

Fracking has caused an uproar in local communities and split some in two. It has brought environmentalists to a boil. It allegedly caused tap water to go up in flames. … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Oreskes: Fracking’s Effect on Air Quality

Fracking has been shown to pollute streams, rivers, and groundwater — perhaps irreversibly — but what about its effect on air pollution and climate change? The answers may surprise you … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

NRDC: Fracking Endangers Health and Water Supplies

The rapid expansion of natural gas drilling across the nation endangers human health and the environment. The oil and gas industry is seeking to expand natural gas production across the … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Health Professionals Report Major Problems with Fracking

Of the 700-plus chemicals that can be used in drilling and fracking operations, more than 100 are known or suspected endocrine disruptors. Unique among toxic agents, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with hormonal … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

40% of PA Fracking Wells Expected to Leak

A recent study by Cornell University has found that newer and unconventional natural gas wells leak methane at a greater rate than older and traditional ones. The study was based … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earthquakes in Southwest May Be Caused by Fracking

The US Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma on July 12 and 13. There has been an increase in earthquakes across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas that … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Conversation with John Detwiler

Vox: John, unlike most environmental activists you have a strong background in industry and business. You received a PhD in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and you worked in the … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Commentary on NY Court of Appeals Fracking Decision

For the future of fossil fuel extraction in America, here is an important and possibly game-changing development (although I was just informed that French actress Audrey Tautau’s upcoming 38th birthday … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Watershed Moment’ for Fracking Foes?

Opponents of fracking are feeling emboldened by a ruling in New York’s highest court that found towns can outlaw the controversial drilling practice. Environmentalists are cheering the decision against hydraulic … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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