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There's No Way To Use Fracking Re-Capture Technology On Lakes And Rivers
by Tomas DiFiore
Tuesday Dec 25th, 2012 12:19 AM
If anyone thinks Governor Jerry Brown is on top of the situation with the Holiday Frack Package of 'new rules' well have a drink of Pennsylvania water, or North Dakota or Texas water, or a drink from a well in Arkansas, Colorado water is Fracked. Why are States like Maryland proposing fracking bans in the first 2013 Legislative session?
Spend just 3 hours this holiday season online (YOUTUBE) and you'll understand probably more than our Governor Jerry Brown. Sign a petition please, and enjoy the movies!


1) "My Water's On Fire Tonight: The Fracking Song" 2m 33s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=timfvNgr_Q4&feature=player_embedded

An informative and great animated rap song, a hit nationwide, so much so that the oil and gas industry created one.


2) NEW film “The Promised Land” Trailer 2m 29s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQt1NAkhIo

“Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.”
http://www.youtube.com/user/Promisedlandmovie


3) "Fracking Hell: The Untold Story" 18 min
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEB_Wwe-uBM

“An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?”


4) "The Sky Is Pink" 18 min
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AOidAeZmOw&feature=youtu.be

Newest film by Josh Fox, June 22, 2012 and visit the Gasland Blog
http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/blog/

This film effort, "The Sky Is Pink". by Josh Fox is so educational and fast paced. It has an amazing amount of 'insider' substantiating evidence (in-house documents by the industry), film footage, and interviews with top scientists, ex-industry leaders, common rural Americans, and big city mayors, State Governors, citizens.


5) "Fracking: Things Always Find A Way To Happen" 2 min
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L0xgsCmmeQ

Very cute animated short, by Earth Justice dot org.

6) "Gasland" by Josh Fox 1 hr 42min
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCMhTJYx6eQ

The original Gasland film by Josh Fox, well... with Russian subtitles. A minor inconvenience for the educational content of the film. A film documentary benchmark released June 2010.


Now, after all that well documented information and artful presentations, and considering the urgency of many State's and municipalities reversal and legal revisiting of the boom authorization at the local level including outright bans, the current acquisition of lease sales on Public Land in California, and Nevada, the overwhelming volumes of documentation by science, ecology, and doctors, of associated health hazards beyond anything this country has ever imagined; and you want a good laugh at a real bad joke, view this pro frack video.

7) "The Truth About Fracking" June 2011 5m 34s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW_xJqPjE_I

The first thing to notice is that the Reason TV scientist doesn't mention chemicals in the injection fluid. Then when asked, he mentions two. Ah right.....

Sign the National 'Ban Fracking' Petition at the
Fracking Action Center: Food and Water Watch
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/fracking-action-center/

Food & Water Watch is tracking the latest local measures against hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) and statewide efforts to stop or prevent the practice. Communities across the nation are lobbying their local and state elected officials because they believe fracking poses an unacceptable risk to their drinking water, their health and the future of their communities. Refer to the map below to see where the oil and gas shale plays are and where communities are lobbying their governments to ban fracking. Over 300 measures across the nation.
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/fracking-action-center/map/


If anyone thinks Governor Jerry Brown is on top of the situation with the Holiday Frack Package of 'new rules' well have a drink of Pennsylvania water, or North Dakota or Texas water, or a drink from a well in Arkansas, Colorado water is Fracked. Why are States like Maryland proposing fracking bans in the first 2013 Legislative session?

“The 'new rules' as draft regulations, would require oil producers to test the integrity of wells they intend to use for hydraulic fracturing before drilling, to provide advance notice to the state and to monitor sites where hydraulic fracturing is employed. The regulations would also require drillers to disclose the chemical makeup of the fluid they use in hydraulic fracturing, though it would provide an exemption in cases in which an operator claims the fluid makeup is a trade secret. The Environmental Working Group and Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute in San Francisco both criticized the proposed trade secret exemption.”

“Jason Marshall, chief deputy director of the Department of Conservation, said the proposed regulations constitute a "discussion draft." The administration's formal rule-making process could take a year.” Olympia, Washington
http://www.theolympian.com/2012/12/19/2358496/calif-gov-jerry-brown-releases.html

“Under the proposed rules, companies would have to disclose chemicals 60 days after completing fracking.” LA Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/18/local/la-me-fracking-20121219

There is no safe Natural Gas Fracking. And how do we know if the chemicals injected would be considered as hazardous waste in another scenario and therefore care completely illegal to dispose of under any condition, anywhere. Essentially the injection of unknown toxic chemicals into the earth is no different than the Mafia Toxins dumped illegally off the coast of Italy for 30 years.

An entire EIS and Health Impact Statement for the entire life cycle of Fracking wells must be discussed in full detail including source and destinations for freshwater, wastewater, sand and chemical constituents in fracking fluids, lubricants, radioactive boring constituents, etc, etc, etc.

And what kind of emergency response is being considered. What routes will trucks carrying which toxic loads be traveled? One accident with one truckload of watsewater brine would kill a waterway, a river. What's the plan here? Pond liners leak....

Please educate yourself and write a letter to your representatives and one to the Governor.
Ban Fracking in California NOW!

Back in March 2012, Governor Brown said "I'll be on top of it."
“While California has yet to draw up any rules on the extraction method, wherein operators inject chemical-laced water and sand into the ground to break apart rock and release oil and natural gas, Brown said oil companies have an incentive to be good environmental stewards... "because we have trial lawyers in California and a very vigorous tort system. So I think there’s a certain self-discipline that they can operate with the management of fracking issues."
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/03/gov-jerry-brown-says-hes-studying-fracking-in-california.html


In 2011, France became the first nation to ban the hydraulic fracturing.
http://savethewater.org/tag/fracking-oil/

Petition To Ban Fracking in California:
1) Food and Water Watch
Fracking an oil or gas well means injecting millions of gallons of fluid typically a mix of water, sand and chemicals at a pressure high enough to fracture underground rocks and release oil or gas. The practice is leaving a legacy of air and water pollution in communities across the country, and contributing to global climate change.

Now, the oil and gas industry is targeting natural gas fields in the Sacramento Basin and oil fields in the San Joaquin, Santa Maria, Ventura and Los Angeles Basins. If industry succeeds, generations of Californians would pay the environmental and public health costs.

https://secure3.convio.net/fww/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=193

Petition To Stop The Export Of Fracked Gas!
2) The oil and gas industry wants to export fracked natural gas overseas through liquified natural gas terminals planned across the country. The industry is already in the process of building the expensive infrastructure to transport the gas to these facilities.

https://secure3.convio.net/fww/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=233



Don't Frack Our Farmland
Don't Frack Our Forests
Don't Frack America

Tomas DiFiore