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October 21st, 2011

Mapping a Milestone Against Fracking

You know whose voice is getting louder? Yours! We’ve gained much momentum since we first launched our campaign against fracking. As consumers have become more informed about the fracking process and the threat it poses to public health and the environment, more and more communities are taking action by contacting their elected officials on the local and state level to ask them to ban the process. In fact, we’ve reached a milestone that’s worth sharing. On May 16, we published Mapping the Movement, an interactive web tool that allows us to keep track of local measures passed against hydraulic fracturing throughout the country. Only five months later, we have reached 100 actions against fracking! Congratulations!

It’s good to know that people are making a stand when it comes to protecting our drinking water. As the movement continues to grow, we will be able to accomplish even more. If you’re looking for a way to take action, CLICK HERE and join the movement to ban fracking now.

 

Anti-Fracking Activism around the country

3 Comments on Mapping a Milestone Against Fracking

  1. violet de vitt says:

    most of my state of michigan is covered. that’s awful!

  2. Jim Egged says:

    On October 13th and 14th, I had a very interesting experience at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business involving a speaker’s panel I was asked to be on about hydraulic fracturing. On this panel were 4 people representing different aspects of this issue. There was a man from DTE Energy, a geologist from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, a natural gas contractor who works with companies that do this drilling and of course me. The Net Impact Organization, who is a group of mostly graduate students at business schools across the country, put this panel together. Their purpose is to create a business climate where sustainability and profit work cooperatively to protect the environment. The contractor was from Oklahoma and was “Skyped” in, the rest of us showed up at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We got together for a pre-discussion conference call on October 13th to set up the parameters of the discussion the next day. We only had a little over an hour so we had to keep the discussion restricted to the drilling itself and not about any of the ancillary environmental impacts of this industry. When I e-mailed my presentation to the industry contractor, he contacted the organizer said he didn’t want to participate if he was going to put on the spot so to speak. I had to call him smooth his ruffled feathers and keep my presentation to the areas of major concern. Then he said he would participate. He was first, I went third, he touted the all the environmental precautions and the companies he represented were just the most upstanding of corporate citizens. I then brought up the concerns and finally the DTE Energy guy spoke and supported the environmental concerns, as did the geologists, although in Michigan some of this process is limited because state laws do not allow certain methods, like the use of a retention pond. In any case when the students had their chance to question us they really hammered on the environmental impact what is being done to insure the safety and health of the neighbors and habitats. The industry guy did not stay long, he answered one or two questions and had to leave for some other obligation. The three of us stayed answered the rest of the questions and for the most part got the information across to these very interested young people that this is not the way to go.

  3. Ernest Rille says:

    As an Earth Science teacher, I see this as the reverse of the term “infiltration”, where liquids, such as water, permeate the soil by gravity and filter down to the water table. In fracking, liquid are pumped into the soil, and permeate not only downwards by gravity, but also upwards into the pore spaces available in the soil as pressure is increased and the liquids pumped have reached the water table and have no where to go but upwards. Of course, accounts have already been written where natural gas, etc. has done this. This makes people’s property unlivable and worthless after fracking has taken place. It literally destroys peoples lives.

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