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Why Safe Regulation of Fracking is a Fiction

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A New York State commissioned Health Review is central to the debate over whether fracking can be done safely in New York. The long awaited release of the Review findings, commissioned in September by the state Department of Health (DOH) at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s behest, will inform the Governor’s impending decision about whether or not to go forward with proposed fracking guidelines, the prelude to permits to frack New York State.

Listen to Fracking: NY Reprieve for Health with Larysa Dyrszka MD and Roger Downs of the Sierra Club on Connect the Dots on the Progressive Radio Network.

The the perennial promises of safer regulations fail to account for fracking as the next in an ever-growing and ever more toxic series of health-damaging industrial outputs that people inhale, eat, or absorb into their skin, guts, and brains. When industry has blocked the EPA from studying or regulating 70,000 chemicals, (from BPA and flame retardants to potent neurotoxins), since 1975, why would regulating fracking be possible? Read More→

Don’t Frack With Mark Ruffalo, Josh Fox (or the Delaware)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Josh Fox and Mark Ruffalo have a message– the people don’t want fracking. According to a recent Forbes magazine article, Aubrey McClendon, the CEO of Chesapeake Gas, and the chief proponent for fracking, consumes $20,000 bottles of wine. Like many CEO’s, he travels by corporate jet. Yet in an employee memo, McClendon felt himself bested by the citizens calling for water and health protection. He warned his employees that “Our opponents are extremely well-funded.”

But on Monday when hundreds of people from all parts of the Mid-Atlantic region converged on Trenton, N.J. for a rally to protect the Delaware River from fracking, McClendon’s “well-funded” opponents traveled by bus, carrying their signs and their bag lunches with them. And yet in a time of economic crisis, this dedicated citizenry is making itself heard over the better funded corporate P.R. and advertising campaigns.

With a surprise setback to fracking occurring late last week, the rally on the steps of the War Memorial, and the walk to the State legislature was one part cautious victory celebration, one part rededication rally. Read More→

Hurricanes, Floods, and Climate Change: How Can Farms Survive?

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Even without grokking the science of climate change, it’s obvious that novel weather events have increased around the country and the world. Thanks to Hurricanes Irene and Lee, at summer’s end, torrential rains swept the Northeast region, flooding the areas where New York’s food comes from. In these upstate regions in Ulster, Sullivan, and Delaware counties, there’s a new breed of organic and sustainable farming. But will those farmers, their farms, and their food survive changing weather patterns to continue to grow and supply the foods health and environmentally conscious people prefer to eat? Read More→

New York’s Governor Cuomo issued his plan to fracking New York. Politicans cutting deals with powerful multinational companies wishfully believe that you can tell contaminated water to stay put in one place. They believe that if they prohibit fracking in the area surrounding the upstate NYC water reservoir, NYC’s water will be safe. Too bad water and air currents don’t stay within the electoral districts that politicians are accustomed to compromising about. Join the Sierra Club and take action here.

Radiation Risk? Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

In this special blog, I’ll share with you what my 30-year survey of the most powerful, little known and guaranteed health interventions has revealed.

There is no pill you can swallow, food you can buy, nor gizmo that confers complete protection from pervasive toxicity, skewed societal consensus or invisible radiation. There’s no place you can go, nowhere you can hide and no authority — scientific, medical or spiritual — who can help you to escape what we’ve all created (or allowed to happen) here on planet Earth. Whether you are rich, poor, young, old, sick, healthy, right or left, no health manna, rural organic garden, island dwelling, nor spiritual belief can give you, me or us an out if we keep on screwing up. Read More→

In a letter to President Obama, Congress, and all citizens, Josh Fox details recommendations on how to proceed safely with the myriad concerns about hydro-fracking. Still, the Obama Administration has up until now ignored the public health threat posed by hydraulic fracturing. In a letter to a Catskills Citizen, the Energy Department dismisses the risk of drinking-water contamination and compares the thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals used to frack a gas well to “household consumer products”! Read More→

Following a time-honored tradition of democracy, two ordinary citizens head to Washington, D.C. today with a message for the President and Congress. Their message is simple: “Please keep our drinking water safe.”

The two citizens, the actor Mark Ruffalo, nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Kids Are All Right, and the documentary film-maker, Josh Fox, nominated for an Oscar for his film, Gasland, are holding a press conference, meeting with Congressional representatives, and screening the film, in an effort to safeguard the people’s right to the life essential, safe drinking water. As detailed in Gasland, hundreds of news stories, state and federal government reports, and expert scientific analysis, this right can no longer be taken for granted, thanks to widespread water contamination by hundreds of proprietary chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, (or fracking), a novel form of an old gas drilling practice. Fox and Ruffalo are calling for an immediate federal moratorium on drilling, permitting, and fracking until appropriate safety measures are in place. Read More→

Here is Josh Fox’s letter to the President and Congress in its entirety:

Dear Members of Congress, President Obama, Members of the Press, and Citizens of the United States,

In writing this statement, I wish to address the severe Environmental, Public Health and Human and Civil Rights abuses that the deregulated Natural Gas Industry has wrought on the citizens of the United States as a result of the massive gas drilling campaign that has been ravaging the country over the past decade. As documented in the film GASLAND, in hundreds of news stories, personal accounts, independent and State and Federal Government reports, I have seen a dire crisis taking shape across America as a result of gas drilling. I hope that legislation introduced in Congress this year will address these issues, and we hope for a bi-partisan acknowledgement of the dangers of Fracking similar to the Moratorium recently placed in New York State. Read More→

Why Gasland Should Win the Oscar

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Filmmaker Josh Fox is a David for our time. Davids stand up and speak truth to Goliaths when few others dare to. After winning the John Lennon Peace Prize, the Environmental Media Award, and countless others, his film, Gasland, which shows the high price we pay for so-called “natural” gas, has now been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary category. Gasland shows that in terms of CO2 levels, water contamination, health risks, loss of agriculture, tourism, and jobs, this is one of the dirtiest fuels around. Not surprisingly, the gas and oil industry doesn’t like to truth to be told. And so they are attacking the film, and critiquing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts for showing it. Learn more.
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Keith Olbermann on Fracking the Night Before his Suspension

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

On his Countdown program, the night before his suspension, in a segment on the gas drilling practice, called “fracking,” Keith Olbermann commented, “Now they’re bringing off-shore drilling– on shore.” Read More→