Marcellus Outreach Butler Press Releases:
October 6_OCTOBER OUTRAGE Emphasis Will be on Health, Milk, and Rights.pdf
September 28_MOB Details Reasons for Upcoming Protest at Dairy.pdf
September 23_MOB to Protest Fracking at Dairy Farm.pdf
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MarcellusProtest.org is an information clearing house about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and activism and related issues. Although this website's primary geographic focus is Western Pennsylvania, MarcellusProtest.org also includes content pertaining to the fives states in which the Marcellus Shale is located - as well as other Shale gas formations across the U.S.A. new social movement is in the making, and it's going national.
Un•earthed: Setting the track record straight - A video exposing a flawed claim often abused in the sales pitch for promoting shale gas development across the world:
"With a history of 60 years, after nearly a million wells drilled, there are no documented cases that hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') has lead to the contamination of groundwater."
Brought to you by the team behind the upcoming South African feature documentary, Un•earthed, that is investigating natural gas development and the controversial method of extraction known as "fracking" from a global perspective.
James Northrup 30 Year Veteran from the gas industry speaks out.
GASLAND When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.
Fracking Hell: The Untold Story is an 18 minute investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit.
Fracking in America
With the US looking to ease its reliance on foreign oil, Aljazeera's Fault Lines investigates the impact of natural gas extraction. 11-2012
Former Pittsburgh Councilman Doug Shields spoke at the June 4th meeting of M.O.B. on the rights of municipalities to determine their own destiny. Butler, PA.
Here are two video excerpts from his talk.
Dr. Conrad Volz speaks on:
Mt. Watershed information on Marcellus Drilling: http://www.mtwatershed.com/marcellus.html and a list of certified labs for water testing in southwestern Pa: http://www.mtwatershed.com/resources/marcellus/100525labs.pdf
Can't Afford to Have Your Water Tested?
Here's a group that might be able to help you.
ShaleTest.org is a non-profit organization that will collect environmental data, and provide environmental testing to lower income families and neighborhoods that are effected by natural gas exploration.
TAKE CARE of YOURSELF
Dealing With or Preventing Burnout in Activist Work is from the Activist Trauma Support website.
MAPS & DATABASES
Natural Gas: Conventional Drilling Areas And Shale Basins
Pennsylvania Energy Impact Assessment Interactive Map:
Zoom in on Butler County and look for the red circles. Red circles mean that wells are drilled. Yellow circles mean that wells have been permitted.
Search all Marcellus Shale violations via Pittsburgh Business Times:
Search the database of Marcellus Shale waste from Jan-June 2011 via Pittsburgh Business Times:
This site has detailed information on drilling sites and violations.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pipeline:
Use the drop down menu in the upper right corner to search by county.
FracTracker is a combination of a web-based "DataTool" for tracking & mapping data related to gas extraction & a blog for synthesizing that data. http://www.fractracker.org/ Center for Healthy Environments & Communities (CHEC) of University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has been funded to assess the potential environmental & public health impacts of gas extraction activities in the Marcellus Shale formation, shows sites of gas drilling.
PA DEP eNOTICE
Here's where to go to sign up for regular e-mail notification of new permit activity for oil and gas wells. It's a little clunky, and to locate new sites on a map you need to use Internet Explorer (the locate-on-a-map feature doesn't work in other browsers)
Butler County Recorder of Deeds Public Web Site:
You can do a simple search based on property owners and see if they have leased their land to oil & gas companies.
'Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing' - Congressional Report
This Report was issued on April 30, 2011. It notes that reporting by the industry remains voluntary and may be incomplete or misleading.
1987 EPA Report Reveals Fracking Causes Water Contamination
This is a 1987 report to Congress by the Environmental Protection Agency that deals with waste from the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and geothermal energy. Read the report - especially Chapter IV pages 21 -22
PEHSU Information on Natural Gas Extraction and Hydraulic Fracturing Information for Parents and Community Members. pdf
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) Network encourage families, pediatricians, and communities to work together to ensure that children are protected from exposure to environmental hazards.
Oil & Gas Accountability Reports. pdf
A timely report on potential oil and gas development in the Marcellus Shale formation in northeastern Pennsylvania and southeastern New York.
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.pdf
The following summary is based on an analysis of the potential health effects of products and chemicals used during natural gas operations. The names and possible health effects of the products and chemicals summarized.
Old and New Hydraulic Fracturing: What's the Difference?
Many gas industry representatives are saying that hydraulic fracturing (also called hydrofracking or simply “fracking”) is old, and has been used for years. People concerned about drilling in the Marcellus shale are saying this is a new process. Who is correct? They both are.
A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas
The specific ways in which fracking threatens to compromise human rights.
Published: December 12, 2011
By: Environment and Human Rights Advisory
Pipelines Presentation from the March 15, M.O.B. meeting. (pdf)
Geologist Robert Hinds Presents: The Realities of Unconventional Marcellus & Utica Gas Drilling (pdf) Robert Hinds taught geology and oceanography at Slippery Rock University for 32 years. Since retiring in 2002, he has taught geology classes for the Institute for Learning in Retirement in Slippery Rock. His presentation includes a partial listing of the “promises” the gas industry have made to the people of Pennsylvania. These include energy independence for the United States, financial wealth for property owners, clean environmental practices, and no gas related health problems for the local residents. He will compare the “promises” to the facts that have been documented and incidents that have already occurred in many localities.