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Schlumberger Shutdown Joins Summer of Solidarity

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By Nell Gagnon – Originally posted at http://www.dontfrackwithus.org/

At about 11:00 AM Saturday morning, over one hundred and fifty people arrived at the gates of the Schlumberger industrial facility in Horseheads, NY. Most were from New York’s Southern Tier, some from as nearby as the town where the facility is located, and some from as far away as Pennsylvania. Among their numbers were children, grandparents, college students, and working people of all kinds. Some hailed from villages and countryside across the Southern Tier, others small Upstate cities and towns. That day, they all had a common purpose: to defend their communities, land, and water from hydro-fracking. And they did so in a way New York State has not yet seen – direct action, at the gates of the gas industry. Continue reading

Blowout in Wyoming, 70 Evacuated

Chesapeake Energy Well Blowout in Wyoming Causes Evacuation, Methane “Roared” for Days

Brendan DeMelle
Desmogblog / News Report
Published: Saturday 28 April 2012
The Wyoming incident occurred following completion of horizontal drilling, a precursor to the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of the well, which would’ve occurred in the coming weeks, according to local press accounts.
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A potentially dangerous oil well blowout at a Chesapeake Energy site in Wyoming caused at least 60 and perhaps 70 residents to evacuate within 5 miles of the disaster for several days until it was contained earlier today. Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) was drilling the well in the Niobrara Shale region underlying parts of Wyoming, Colorada, and Nebraska. “Potentially explosive methane gas roared from the ground at the site five miles northeast of the town of Douglas,” the AP reported.Residents reported hearing the roar of escaping gas six miles awayContinue reading

FBI Questions Drilling Activists in Texas

Photos and story by ANDREW MCLEMORE

Kessler: “I thought they were going to invade my house.”

North Texas environmental activists frequently feel as though local officials ignore their protests against gas drilling, but it turns out it’s easy enough to get the federal government’s attention — if the FBI thinks you might be planning eco-terrorism. Continue reading

News Coverage from Sanford Rally

Opponents, proponents of fracking speak at Sanford meeting

By Steve DeVane
Staff writer

SANFORD – People in Lee and surrounding counties told state officials Monday night they had numerous concerns about a controversial method of drilling for natural gas called fracking.

About 310 people attended a meeting about the state’s plan to study the environmental and economic impact of natural gas exploration in the Sandhills.

Large deposits of natural gas are believed to be buried in prehistoric rock formations beneath the region.

Most of the 35 speakers at the meeting either opposed fracking, which is known as hydraulic fracturing, or urged state officials to proceed cautiously.

Six members of Croatan Earth First, an environmental group based in the Triangle, protested before the meeting.

They carried signs that said, “Don’t frack with my water,” and “Water is life! Don’t frack it.”

About 10 feet away, four ladies who called themselves the “Raging Grannies” sang songs with anti-fracking lyrics.

“We are very, very concerned about the quality of air, water and soil,” said Ruth Zalph, one of the members of the group.

The ladies sang one of the songs during the public comment portion of the meeting.

“No fracking, no way,” they sang. “We say keep those frackers away.”

Officials from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources talked about the study and asked for feedback.

Several people said more money and time is needed to look into the issue. The General Assembly allocated $100,000 for the study, which is scheduled to be completed by May.

Sanford resident George Birchard said he didn’t think the state’s plan showed an ability to regulate the gas industry.

“You do not realize how big a tiger you have by the tail,” he said.

Jeff Sheer said he and his wife own property near Deep River, where shale believed to contain natural gas is near the surface. Sheer said he’s seen a lot of commercials promoting natural gas exploration.

“When you see that many television commercials telling you how safe it is, you can only imagine how much lobbying is going on up in Raleigh to get people to vote for this,” he said.

Sheer said lawmakers can’t cut the department’s budget and expect it to monitor the natural gas industry.

Robin Smith, the department’s assistant secretary for the environment, said the organization would try to answer as many questions as it could.

“We’re going to do the best job we can with the resources and time we have,” she said.

Rep. Mike Stone, a Republican from Sanford, and Rep. Mitch Gillespie, a Republican from Marion, co-sponsored the law calling for the issue to be studied. Both were at the meeting.

Stone said he appreciated people raising questions.

“I want to assure you, I want the answers to those questions,” he said.

Gillespie said several more steps might be needed after the study is complete.

“I assure you whatever happens, you’ll be satisfied with the outcome,” he said.

Before the meeting, Gillespie said he wants a comprehensive study.

“My experience in government is most of the time public hearings don’t matter,” he said. “I can tell you, this one matters.”

The department is accepting written comments by mail or email through Oct. 18. The department’s address is 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1601. The email address is on the department’s website at ncdenr.gov.