End fossil fuel subsidies

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This is another installment of news you might have missed. The first one really hits home.

Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado

A general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early 2000s when he happened to attend a local public hearing on oil and gas development. A woman who came to testify began sobbing as she talked about the gas rigs that were making the air around her home impossible to breath ….

… “We are ground zero for natural gas and fracking in this country,” he says …

… When [Tara] Meixsell talks about how bad gas development has been to the health of people in Colorado, she does not mince words. “We’re guinea pigs,” she says.

But this experiment of exposing people to toxics released by natural gas development would not occur without billions in subsidies from the federal and state governments. In a recent report, Oil Change International has found that federal subsidies for production and exploration for fossil fuel subsidies have grown by 45 percent, from $12.7 billion to a current total of $18.5 billion. Much of the increase comes from intensified production.

“At a time when scientists are telling us that oil and gas production is unsafe for our communities and also our climate as a whole, it’s simply irrational to continue pumping billions of taxpayer dollars to this industry via increased subsidies,” says David Turnbull, Campaigns Director of Oil Change International. “Despite dire warnings from academics and communities sounding the alarm, these subsidies somehow continue today” …

End Polluter Subsidies!

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No worries people. Fracking is like making ice cream.

A new look at what’s in ‘fracking’ fluids raises red flags

… Team leader of the study William Stringfellow, PhD says: “The industrial side was saying, ‘We’re just using food additives, basically making ice cream here.’ On the other side, there’s talk about the injection of thousands of toxic chemicals. As scientists, we looked at the debate and asked, ‘What’s the real story?’” …

… Fracking fluids do contain many nontoxic and food-grade materials, as the industry asserts. But if something is edible or biodegradable, it doesn’t automatically mean it can be easily disposed of, Stringfellow notes.

“You can’t take a truckload of ice cream and dump it down the storm drain,” he says, building on the industry’s analogy. “Even ice cream manufacturers have to treat dairy wastes, which are natural and biodegradable. They must break them down rather than releasing them directly into the environment” …

If I could name a flavor of ice cream after fracking I would call it NCS — nasty chemical shi–soup.

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Yup. It’s pretty much what we thought. These bozos have no fracking clue what they’re doing to the environment — and they don’t seem to care.

‘Fracking’ in the Dark: Biological Fallout of Shale-Gas Production Still Largely Unknown

Two key findings from the research:

“Determining the environmental impact of chemical contamination from spills, well-casing failure and other accidents associated with shale gas production must become a top priority. Shale-drilling operations for oil and natural gas have increased by more than 700 percent in the United States since 2007 and Western Canada is undergoing a similar shale gas production boom. But the industry’s effects on nature and wildlife are not well understood. Accurate data on the release of fracturing chemicals into the environment needs to be gathered before understanding can improve.”

“The lack of accessible and reliable information on spills, wastewater disposal and fracturing fluids is greatly impeding improved understanding. This study identifies that only five of 24 American states with active shale gas reservoirs maintain public records of spills and accidents.”

The study: Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps

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Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows

Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists …

Okay everybody, altogether now in unison: WE TOLD YOU SO!!!

But then there’s always this caveat –

… Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of water-supply contamination, their work is certain to roil the public health debate over the risks of the controversial oil and gas production process …

Only because the EPA and other governmental entities refuse to acknowledge contamination of drinking water supplies from drilling and fracking operations even when it’s staring them in the face.  What’s going on in Pavillion is the same thing going on up Divide Creek. They just ignore the evidence and call it naturally occurring methane.

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Even though Initiative #75 was wrestled to the ground last month, Lafayette citizens are undaunted and moved forward with their lawsuit this week.

Lafayette group files motion to block oil and gas industry’s lawsuit, enforce local fracking ban
COGA: Plantiffs ‘extremist’ and ‘aren’t tethered to reality’

The sub-heading refers to this:  “Responding to this week’s injunction, COGA spokesman Doug Flanders said the motion proves those fighting against the state’s oil and gas industry ‘aren’t tethered to reality’.”

As opposed to an industry that compares fracking to making ice cream which is totally based in reality …

Colorado Community Rights Network

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4 Comments on “End fossil fuel subsidies”

  1. maryinline Says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I have a copy of “A High Country News Special Report: Coalbed Methane Boom”, published in 2003, the year I moved to Saratoga, Wyoming. The word was just getting around, and the impacts already being felt. It features Arnold Mackley of Rifle, Janey Hines of GVCA, Charles Micale of My Way Ranch, in Collbran, Marianne Reid of Las Animas County, Mary and Buck Brannaman of Sheridan, Wyoming, and more.

    Eleven years later these ranchers, farmers, horse whisperers, and families are living in hell.

    Richard Votterro and I watched, “Wrenched”, a documentary by ML Lincoln, about Edward Abbey. It also features Tim DeChristopher and his act of civil disobedience which stopped an illegal oil and gas lease sale just on the edge of Canyonlands and Arches.

    We need to join together to find a solution to turning this tide back.

  2. Fiona Lloyd Says:

    From today’s GWPI – Note the careful avoidance of mentioning Oil and Gas Development directly………

    http://www.postindependent.com/news/12705699-113/deer-mule-habitat-velarde

    “Part of the problem is that cause of the population decline isn’t immediately apparent. It could be disease, predators, habitat fragmentation, roadkill or recreation. Most likely, it’s a combination of several factors.”

    Ya think new roads, machinery, noise and pollution might be making a difference????

    Oil and Gas development is destroying people’s livelihoods with its toxic practices. End Fracking Now!

  3. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Certainly gives credence to a conversation I overheard at the pool last year between 2 oil and gas men — one from the front range and one from this area. The guy from this area said they slaughter all the deer around the rural gas pads to keep away mountain lions and coyotes. So it’s safe for the workers. The front range guy was incredulous and said, “how can that be? What about the dept of wildlife?” The guy from here shrugged and said, “they just look the other way.”

  4. maryinline Says:

    I’m speechless, but not surprised. I wonder if there’s a way to ensure more oversight into these operations. It’s too overwhelming for the seventeen Colorado inspectors. There have to be options, and the best way to come up with them is to talk together. We need to turn this area into a less desirable place for the industry to run it’s dirty business.

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