On Thursday, November 20, Nurture Nature Center held a program on 'Pipeline Science: Environmental Considerations for Communities'. Presentations by Dr. Dru Germanoski, Professor of Geology at Lafayette College, and Mark Gallagher, consultant with Princeton Hydro, outlined the risks presented by the geology in some of the areas on the route for the PennEast Pipeline and … [Read more...] about PennEast Pipeline – a threat to communities
In 1994, this poem by Sarah Mantz, then a sophomore at Salisbury High School, was selected as a winner in an Earth Day writing contest sponsored by the Lehigh County Office of Solid Waste Management. (Her winning poem was also published in Echoes Magazine.) Her poem seems to fit not only this month, but the ecosystem-threatening times in which we live: April I am the fourth … [Read more...] about ‘April’, by Sarah Mantz
The headline actually refers to Fracking, which is obscene in more ways than the other F-word. Here are a few updates on the quantities of radioactive materials being released into our environment, a look at the corruption created by fracking and what could be done instead, and what you can do to reduce your fracking [& carbon] footprint. Take a few minutes to look at … [Read more...] about FYI: F**cking Pennsylvania
…on the human effects of coal mining and other resource extraction industries: Progress In a ton of black gold boring through the fatness of the Blue Ridge on the Clinchﬁeld freight lines, three generations are trapped. The ﬁrst generation talks in short bursts of emphysemic speech, trying to stand straight, coughing quietly while the second generation gloriﬁes the … [Read more...] about ‘Progress’, a poem by Lisa J. Parker
The Neighbors of Easton blog has an article today titled 'Fracking in Western PA & Rendell’s New “Wuss” Book' which also discusses the importance of defending local self-government. A community rights ordinance is on the agenda for Easton City Council. Also see Noël's essay in the 2012 edition of our Sustainable Lehigh Valley directory. … [Read more...] about FYI – Noël Jones article on Fracking
I've been following coverage of the protest at GenOn's Portland Generating Station and the local officials who tried to deter it. The protest, which was held last Saturday, called attention to the harm this plant does to local residents and the thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] it spews into the air, thus increasing global warming. According to organizers, … [Read more...] about Protesting the Dirty Power Plant in Portland
Let’s see… in 2010, 29 miners died in the Upper Big Branch mine because Massey Energy didn’t want to comply with safety regulations. BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, killing 35 workers and contaminating the Gulf of Mexico with over 50 million gallons of crude oil that will affect the ecosystem for years, maybe decades. Natural gas companies foul our land and ground … [Read more...] about Drilling & mining – worse than organized crime!
Most experts now agree that 'Hubbert's Peak' — the point at which world oil production starts to decline—has either already passed or will occur within the next year or so. Some of the world's largest fields, in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Kuwait, have already peaked. (U.S. production peaked 30 years ago.) Even as oil and gas production are declining, consumption continues at … [Read more...] about What is ‘Peak Oil’?
Mountaintop Removal mining is a technique used to remove coal that is found in relatively thin layers. The technique is basically to blast the top of the mountain and push the rubble off into the valleys to expose the coal seam, which is then trucked away. Then another round of blasting takes them down to the next layer, and so on. The practice uses far fewer miners than … [Read more...] about MountainTop Removal mining (MTR)