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Study finds frack drilling site noise can be hazardous

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SOUND BARRIER — Some oil and natural gas drillers establish barriers in…Continue

Fracking announced for Belcoo..imminent.

Started by Anam. Last reply by Anam Aug 8, 2014. 3 Replies

It seems Tamboran in Australia have announced they plan to drill in the heavily fenced Acheson and Glover former quarry on the outskirts of the border town of Belcoo imminently.It is time now to get…Continue

‘Gasland’ film blows the fracking top off US natural gas industry

Started by Jen Dec 4, 2013. 0 Replies

Posted by Graham_Land Gasland is a documentary film written and directed by Josh Fox which explores the practice of …Continue

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Comment by Anam on October 30, 2014 at 8:26

Comment by mossnferns on October 10, 2014 at 0:04

Winona LaDuke: Fracking bans needed across Indian Country-

Comment by mossnferns on August 23, 2014 at 0:39
Comment by Anam on May 9, 2014 at 8:01

An Irish doctor in Australia gives her personal account of the health affects she is finding from Fracking.

. Many families moved there from the cities to find a safe and idyllic spot to raise their children and to them Wieambilla seemed like Utopia. These families, who built their homes in clearings, are now completely surrounded by gas fields. The children are sick. The parents are sick. There is a recurring narrative of constant headaches, nose bleeds, sore red eyes, nausea, fatigue, chest pains, cough, sinus problems, rashes, tingling and numbness of limbs, collapse, fits, twitchy babies, children becoming clumsy and unsteady on their feet…. 
There is a back ground level of illness which is way above anything you would expect. In addition, there are severe exacerbations where many people are very ill at the same time. These are usually associated with odour events, changes in wind direction and temperature inversions.

There was a public outcry about evaporation ponds, so the legislation was changed to outlaw evaporation ponds; the industry just renamed them ‘holding ponds’. The government also changed the legislation so that instead of requiring the companies to promptly treat the immense 
volumes of toxic waste water, they were allowed to just leave it sitting (evaporating) in the holding ponds. So what typically happens? The waste sits in the holding ponds until the next rainy season and is allowed to reach the point of overflow. Then with just a phone call (since it is an emergency), the company is given permission to pump it out into the rivers before it actually overflows.

Well worth a read.

Comment by Anam on November 17, 2013 at 15:54

Inside Fracking ''camps''...

Extracts .... 

The rapid industrialization of North America’s countryside has brought a litany of big city problems to rural America. While critics accuse frackers of fouling air, drinking water, and farmland with swamp gas and carcinogens; prostitution, methamphetamine, and sexual crime have stalked drilling operations.

Critics of fracking have compared it to raping the Earth, but where drilling has spread literal rape has followed. Violence against woman in fracking boomtowns in North Dakota and Montana has increased so sharply that the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced in June that it plans to spend half a million dollars investigating the correlation. In soliciting grants from researchers the DoJ speculated that “oil industry camps may be impacting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the direct and surrounding communities in which they reside.”

“We've found that fracking brought a host of social costs to communities where drilling has begun,” said FWW's Program Director Emily Wurth. “These are the real costs of fracking that are never discussed.”

Along with sexually transmitted diseases the study documents a spike in automobile crashes—up by 7.2 percent in Pennsylvania counties where fracking is widespread, while decreasing by 12.4 percent in non-fracked regions. The state is hardly unique.

“Most of the guys drive company trucks over 100 MPH to and from work,” said the John Doe oil worker, describing his North Dakota commute, “passing crude oil tankers each way.”

The use of meth is also on the rise in fracking boom areas. In rural Colorado, where well pads have risen like pustules upon the jagged landscape, crimes tied to the narcotic have skyrocketed todouble the national average.

Meanwhile fracking operations continue to expand, doing underground what the BP spill did underwater. According to Environment America's numbers, in the last eight years fracking has generated 280 billion gallons of waste water, damaged 360,000 acres of land, released 450,000 tons of air pollution a year, and added about 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.

Fissures left by oil and gas drillers within the Earth have not only unleashed vice, violence, and environmental ruination, but now a growing body of evidence suggests that they are also triggering earthquakes. Perhaps the tremors—along with the global uptick in floods, draughts, and famine attributed to climate change—are a message that we best leave the liquefied remains of dinosaurs buried.

Comment by Cae Os on August 15, 2013 at 15:27

Hi All, I have been following many "Frack Off,Anti Frack and Frack free" groups across UK, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and wider, and have a link to a facebook page, which has linked, by liking 140 groupsincluding Tir Na Saor and is a group member to 12 organisations. Have a browse, and check out the info from the many groups, campaigns, activities,and links. Wouldn't want to fill Tir Na Saor site with all this stuff, so link and like if you want and cross post anything of interest.

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