What the frack is going on? Alternative energy.

What is the “fracking” mess in Pennsylvania now. Please watch this video and question why we have not gotten an alternate source of energy other than fossil fuels,  a new sustainable source that is healthy and good for the planet. It is true, five companies control our energy today.

I would like to think of us as an intelligent society, one is that is not being let by a profit based mass media, corporations led by greedy men, and administrations locked and held hostage to special interests.   I know we can solve this problem but we must do it collectively. “Thrive ” the movie, is an eye opener for many.

“I must admit that I am skeptical to some of the information provided by this film but I totally agree with the fact that we’re being enslaved by the big corporations and banks, I mean we obviously are consuming really fast our natural resources, physical and especially mental health are worse than ever. We are still dealing with hunger and poverty and yet there’s enough resources for everyone. The world has not changed much, it might have even gotten worse.”

Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective

Residents of Western Pennsylvania and friends of Lawrence County farmer Maggie Henry locked themselves to a giant paper-mache pig today in the entrance to a Shell natural gas well site in order to protest the company’s threat to local agriculture and food safety. The newly-constructed gas well is located at 1545 PA Route 108, Bessemer, PA , 16102, less than 4,000 feet from Henry’s organic pig farm.
The farm has been in the Henry family for generations and has been maintained as a small business despite pressure from industry consolidation. The Henry’s made a switch from dairy to organic pork and poultry production several years ago as part of their commitment to keeping the operation safe and sustainable for generations to come. Joining Maggie Henry at the well site are residents from other Pennsylvania counties affected by natural gas drilling and Pittsburgh-area residents of all ages who support Henry’s fight. Many are customers who buy her food at farmers’ markets and grocery stores who do not want to see the integrity of their food source compromised.

The Henry farm is especially vulnerable to the risks associated with fracking because it is located in an area riddled with hundreds of abandoned oil wells from the turn of the 20th century. According to hydro-geologist Daniel Fisher who has studied the area, “Each of these abandoned wells is a potentially direct pathway or conduit to the surface should any gas or fluids migrate upward from the wells during or after fracking.”

Methane leaks from gas wells have been responsible for numerous explosions in or near residences in Pennsylvania in recent years. Migrating gas and fluids also threaten groundwater supplies, on which Henry and her animals depend for their drinking water. Last summer a major gas leak in Tioga County, PA caused by Shell’s own drilling operations, produced a 30 foot geyser of methane and water, which spewed from an unplugged well and forced several families to evacuate.
The nine foot tall pig is stationed in the driveway of the site with four protestors chained to its’ legs, obstructing traffic to and from the site. The protestors are wearing signs that read, “Fracking Threatens Food” and “Protect Farms for Our Future.” A couple dozen supporters are also on the scene.
Nick Lubecki, one of the protestors locked to the pig, recently started a farm of his own in Allegheny County. He worries about the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania, which is the state’s number one industry. “It is extremely disturbing as a young farmer to have to worry about the safety of the water supply in a chaotically changing climate while these out of state drillers have the red carpet rolled out for them. In a few years the drillers will all be gone when this boom turns to bust like these things always do. I don’t want to be stuck with their mess to clean up.”

Prior to this action, Henry exhausted all avenues to prevent or shut down the well through the legal system. Supporters of her farm have also held previous protests at the site. Despite the heightened risks posed by the abandoned wells in the area, Shell is moving forward with their operations, and Maggie’s supporters have turned to nonviolent civil disobedience.
The action comes on the heels of escalating nonviolent civil disobedience across the continent to stop extreme energy projects, like fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining and tar sands oil mining, which destroy communities and fuel the climate crisis. Last week a coalition of Appalachian and Navajo communities impacted by strip mining, blockaded Peabody Coal’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO. Earlier this month protestors in eastern Texas erected a tree sit blockade to halt construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, slated to transport crude oil from the devastating tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas.
Visit EcoWatch’s FRACKING page for more related news on this topic.

3 Comments

  • Bety Carlisle says:

    Until the many issues environmental, health, infrastructure and Who Cleans Up the Mess when the boom or damage is done Fracking has to be placed on moratorium and stopped until all these issues are cleared up.
    thank you

  • Jane Davidson says:

    Fracking must be abolished altogether. It will destroy our planet if we continue to use it, and our waters will all be contaminated. Life depends primarily on water. Without it all of life cannot survive.

  • Anita Schmitz says:

    You are absolutely right – WHO is going to clean up this Mess??? What kinds of problems are we leaving our children and grandchildren??? People only, are responsible for starting the cleanup of our planet to preserve it. future generations will have a very scary future if things go on as planned, just to satisfy the greed of the few.

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