Their May 4 letter warns that the development of the Marcellus Shale is moving ahead without adequate, objective scientific information to inform this policy.
The Council of Scientific Society Presidents is an umbrella group representing 1.4 million of the nation’s scientists in 150 different disciplines. Howarth was co-chair of the CSSP Committee on Energy & Environment at their spring 2010 meeting.The CSSP letter came from that meeting after in-depth discussion among a large group of scientists, all presidents of national science organizations, from a diverse set of disciplines
Download the full text of the letter here.
hydrofracking explained (from empirewire.com)
Submitted by don
on Mon, 05/03/2010 original posting HERE
Once upon a time, there was a noble institution known as, The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. It was conceived by a group of honorable Fort Worth women in 1939. Since 1941, they have been helping children in north Texas learn how science affects their lives. So far so good.
Then one day in 2003 a very bad man became mayor of Fort Worth. He had a secret plan that would make him and his oil and gas drilling friends very, very rich. They would drill for natural gas in Fort Worth neighborhoods!
But they had a problem. They knew gas drilling was dirty and dangerous and that some people might not like their plan. They had to figure out a way to make people believe that gas drilling was not only safe, but FUN!
About this time, the FWMoS&H decided they needed a new building. Not just any building would do. It had to be a big fancy building. But they had a problem. They didn’t have enough money for a big, fancy building.
Then one day, some guy on the museum Board of Directors said, “Hey, why don’t we ask those rich gas drillers to give us some cash-ola. They are giving money to the FW Opera, The United Way, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the FW Library and, (wink-wink) lots of elected officials.”
So they did. But before the gas drillers would hand over the cash-ola one of them said, “Hey, before we write a big fat check to the FWMoS&H for a big fancy building, we want you to promise that you will make people believe that gas drilling is not only safe, but FUN!”
And so it was. The FWMoS&H got the cash-ola and the very bad mayor and his rich gas drilling friends solved their problem. Together they built a big fancy building that opened in 2009.
Now, a whole new generation of children are learning how Barnett Shale gas drilling is not only safe. It’s fun!
The FWMoS&H has a NEW problem: A steady flow of news and science reports describing negative health effects and environmental damage caused by gas drilling is undermining their credibility. Now that they are intimately partnered with Big Gas, their joint propaganda machine must constantly find creative ways to counter these reports and the ever-increasing public skepticism of gas drilling.
This Wednesday, May 5, the museum is hosting a special event featuring author and energy journalist, Robert Bryce, who is hawking his new book, Power Hungry: The Myths of Green Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future. As you might expect, he’s a cheerleader for natural gas.
Read press release here:
Mr. Bryce will also be the featured guest on the KERA radio talk show, Think, this Thursday, May 6 at 1 pm.
(This is a far cry from what the museum founders envisioned in 1941. They have gone beyond their mission of “… interpreting science and the stories of Texas…” to propagandizing for a corrupt and dirty industry.)
from the Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2010
Hundreds of people living near a natural-gas drilling site in northwest Louisiana have been forced to evacuate their homes after gas seeped into their drinking water.
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From KSLA, April 19, 2010
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) – Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says the contamination of underground water systems from a recently drilled natural gas well has not spread, but residents already evacuated from their homes will have to stay away from the area for a little while longer.
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ALBANY – Representatives of the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) voiced local concerns about the issue of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale, as they met with staff from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Governor’s Office, and New York State Senate last week in Albany. Attending the meetings were Caroline Town Supervisor and TCCOG chair Don Barber; Tompkins County Legislators Martha Roberson and Pam Mackesey; and Ken Zeserson, Chair of the Ulysses Town Planning Board.
Meeting with Bradley Field, director of the DEC’s Division of Mineral Resources (DMR), Kathleen Sanford, assistant director, DMR, and Liz Gordon, special counsel with the DEC, the officials delivered hard copies of the transcript and hand-written comments from last months Ithaca hearing on gas drilling sponsored by TCCOG, as well as the resolutions passed by the County, TCCOG, and the County’s Strategic Tourism Planning Board.
TCCOG representatives highlighted the points made in the resolutions and urged that any permitting be postponed until the federal Environmental Protection Agency study on the risks of hydrofracking is completed; until the DEC has investigated 270 documented incidents related to conventional drilling in the state and cleaned up any sites that need it; and has reviewed and improved existing drilling regulations. The officials also urged that, before issuing permits, the DEC analyze life-cycle emissions of natural gas, which they suggest may not truly be a “cleaner” fuel than coal when emissions related to extraction are considered.
The TCCOG delegation also met with Peter Iwanowicz, acting secretary for the environment in Governor Paterson’s office, who requested additional information regarding potential effects of the horizontal drilling on greenhouse gas emissions, and with staff from Senator Eric Schneidermans office and the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. The Senate staff also had questions about the carbon footprint of gas versus coal; projected increases in truck traffic from gas drilling; and lack of local control and input into the siting and conditions of drilling operations.
“We appreciate the opportunity these officials gave us to meet with them about this important issue and thank them to listening to the concerns we raised, on behalf of citizens throughout this area,” says Legislator Robertson. “Our group also has been working with Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, who is in the process of setting up meetings in January with chairs of several Assembly committees to discuss the gas drilling issue.”
Editors note: More officials support sensible precaution of waiting for completion of EPA study of hydrofracking before permitting drilling: “TCCOG representatives highlighted the points made in the resolutions and urged that any permitting be postponed until the federal Environmental Protection Agency study on the risks of hydrofracking is completed”