Fracking Hush Money: Drillers Paying for Silence

Published on Jun 6, 2013
June 6 (Bloomberg) -- The energy industry claims there's no proof fracking hurts the environment, but it turns out they've made sure there's no proof, by paying complainers in exchange for their silence. Bloomberg's Megan Hughes reports.
Published on May 30, 2013
Outside the Illinois Governor's Office, Springfield , Illinois. Acclaimed scientist and author, Sandra Steingraber, protests SB1715 - a bill which would open up Illinois to fracking.

"The regulatory bill now before the Assembly was drafted, under the guidance of Illinois Attorney General, behind closed doors with no public hearings, no public comment period, no input from scientists or physicians or public health officials, without environmental studies or a health impact assessment. These rules are arbitrary compromises based on negotiations with industry. They guarantee neither public health nor environmental integrity."


"From The Frontlines"   

Wyalusing Silica Sand Transfer Station

Published on Dec 30, 2012
Welcome to the gasfields of PA. Silica sand is used as a proppent in the hydraulic fracturing process. The Wyalusing Silica Sand Transfer Station is located within a mile of 3 public schools and right next to a large daycare center. Silica dust caused silicosis, which is a fatal disease. 
Environmental scientist Dr. Yuri Gorby and retired UAW Health and Safety Officer Joe Shervinski are featured in the video.   4 minutes


Fracking vs. Health

“I’m a canary in a coal mine, that’s what people tell me,” said Joe Giovannini, from Washington County, Pennsylvania. Giovannini, along with Rick “Mac” Sawyer of Claysburg, PA a former gas field worker, Robert Lee Maslin a master driller responsible for drill pad operations,  Larysa Dyrska a medical doctor, and Lauren Williams an attorney working on drilling-related issues, spoke to gatherings in Bath, Spencer, and Elmira over the weekend in three public forums.

Recorded April 27, 2013 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Elmira, NY.


Fracking the Teddick Site -  Brooklyn, PA  Susquehanna County and

Pipelines and Compressor Station - Turnpike Road, Brooklyn, PA

April 25, 2013   Vera Scroggins,   "Following the sand trucks…"                                          

Horrible conditions for those living on the road where this constant traffic is going on for months during various stages of drilling and pipeline and compressor station construction.        22 minutes                                                                                         _________________________________________________________________________

Fleased Forum on Gas Lease Termination with 

Ellen Harrison and Joe HeathUnited Church of Christ,  Norwich, NY   March 14, 2013                                             Introduction by Mina Takahashi                                                     1 hour 50 minutes                                                                           _________________________________________________________

The Intersection Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Climate Change 

Published on Apr 9, 2013

Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, and has taught structural mechanics, finite element methods, and fracture mechanics at Cornell for 37 years. Dr. Ingraffea's research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.
An interview with Vera Scroggins (PA resident and activist)
The Environment TV, Pennsylvania Fracking Tour   6 minutes
Published on Jan 27, 2013
From The Frontlines interview w/ Sullivan Co. PA resident and professional musician, John Trallo. John's experiences with the landman are stuff you see in movies. Threats, arson and a general viciousness directed at him by the supporters of hydrofracking. If your in the trackers path, better 
watch your back.     10 minutes
Published on Jan 13, 2013
FROM THE FRONTLINES welcomes David Bohlander, Accountant and Business Consultant. Dave's home has been occupied by the gas industry known as "hydrofracking".

Living in Wyalusing PA, in the heart of fracking in Bradford County, the water wells on his wife's 7th generation family farm were contaminated after the Slick Water Hydraulic Fracturing began.


1,000+  Protest Hydrofracking Outside Cuomo’s State of the State

Posted by  • January 9, 2013 • 6:09 pm
Lawmakers and lobbyists walking from the state Capitol to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address were met with an intimidating sight: At least 1,000 opponents of hydrofracking wielding signs and chanting as they lined the concourse.
You can get a taste of it in the video below, which depicts a walkthrough of the quarter-mile stretch the protesters took up.    7 minutes
Published on Jan 3, 2013
"FROM THE FRONTLINES", featuring Bradford County PA Dairy Farmer Carol French. Carol has dealt first hand with the gas industry. Her story begins in 2006, when the landman came knocking on her door. 
Now, it's 2013 and Carols farm has contaminated water.      10 minutes
Published on Dec 21, 2012
A video by Scott Cannon                                                                                                                             People living by the Chapin Dehydration Station in Monroe Township, Pennsylvania are going through hell. From loud gas releases in the middle of the night, to constant vibrations shaking their homes, its one problem after   another.                                                                                                          15 minutes 


Interview with David Bean of Williamsport, PA. - Former Gas Worker 
Published on Dec 19, 2012                                                                                                                 Former gas industry worker David Bean explains what life on the job used to be like before he got fired for asking too many questions.   7 minutes


Frack Waste Fears

After years of an exhaustive permitting process, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has granted a permit for Bear Lake Properties LLC to begin trucking in fracking fluids to a transfer station at the corner of Weeks Road and State Line Road.Warren County, PA.The fluids, once off loaded, will then be pumped through an underground pipeline a few feet below the surface, traveling approximately one mile to two no longer producing gas wells.The waste will then be infused back down the wells and into the rock about a mile below the surface for its ultimate disposal.One of the wells is about 100 yards from the NY/Pennsylvania state line.                     8 minutes


Carol French and Carolyn Knapp (2 Pennsylvania dairy farmers)

Excerpt taken from the forum:  

“Economic Impacts of Heavy Industrial Activities” Town of Ulysses, NY. 

Carol and Carolyn present information they have gathered via their own experiences and those of others in their community from dealing with the gas industry. 60 minutes

Al Appleton

speaks about why regulating shale gas fracking and the gas industry in NY state is not possible.
In the early 1990's Al Appleton served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Director of the New York City Water and Sewer system, where he developed and implemented groundbreaking innovations that saved New York City billions of dollars.
Frackonomics, an event at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, spring of 2012

Sandra Steingraber 
Renowned Author Ecologist Sandra Steingraber responds to Governor Cuomo's announced plan for a health impact study on fracking, comments on the collusion between the DEC and the gas industry, and discusses the health impacts of Inergy Midstream's natural gas and natural gas liquids storage and distribution hub on Seneca Lake. The interview took place after a press conference rally to support Susan Walker who refused to leave the area during a protest at Inergy Midstream's facility on Seneca Lake September 6, 2012.
Chemung County Jail, Elmira, NY. September 21, 2012.

Link to the post:
My Name is Allegany County 

We are a grassroots group of landowners dedicated to protecting our land from fracking. 
Join us!  Add your land to our list.


“Just as there’s no safe cigarette, there’s no safe drilling—and they know it.”

That’s one of the conclusions in Josh Fox’s explosive new short film, “The Sky is Pink.” Josh obtained secret memos and the industry’s own studies proving drillers know full well that fracking contaminates groundwater at stunning rates—and they have no clue how to fix the problem.

But rather than admitting to fundamental safety failures proven by their own research, Big Oil and Gas took a page straight from the Big Tobacco playbook. They hired the exact same PR firm that spent the last 60 years trying to convince us smoking doesn’t cause cancer, and launched a massive disinformation campaign to convince the public that concerns about fracking are unfounded. These shills-for-hire would tell us that the sky is pink if they could make a buck doing it.

But the facts are the facts. Smoking causes cancer, and fracking contaminates water.
________________________________________________________                                Gas Rush stories is a series of short documentaries on gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The videos examine the effects of gas drilling on people's lives and environment from different perspectives. Only by putting ourselves in the other person's situation can we begin to see the bigger picture of this complex issue.
1) In the first chapter of Gas Rush Stories the citizens of Allegheny county express their view on Marcellus shale gas drilling. 2) A Farmer is a story of Terry Greenwood, a small-scale cattle farmer from southwestern Pennsylvania. Based on his own experiences with gas drilling Greenwood is concerned about the food safety when agricultural lands are turned into drilling fields. 3) A Public Health Advocate Dan Conrad Volz presents his view shortly before he left the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jim Dillon from Leitrim, Ireland Speaks About Fracking 

This video was filmed by Gearoid Lynch who is involved in the grassroots campaign group 
No Fracking Ireland.  The speaker was born--and still farms--within a half mile of the thatched house where this interview was filmed  He takes the long view.  Interesting to me that his first concern is noise and light pollution and their possible effects on the local ecosystem.  Also discusses employment, insurance, water, and all the usual things.  6 minutes
Fracking - The Rest of the story
Bill Belitskus, Board President of the Allegheny Defense Project gave this presentation in Canastota, NY on April 17, 2012. The host organization was the wildlife advocacy group: Beavers Wetlands and Wildlife.For the past 15 years, Belitskus has been monitoring forest fragmentation, water degradation, air pollution, and the loss of recreational opportunities in the Allegheny National Forest caused by oil and gas drilling. He spoke from the unique perspective of a Pennsylvanian "whose state has jumped into shale gas drilling and fracking, feet first with eyes closed."Bill has been sounding the alarm about the riparian rights of landowners to protect waterways and the dangers of consumptive water withdrawal from rivers, streams and groundwater by the oil and gas industry. In this presentation he address the Pennsylvania Legislature's recent passing of Act 13, called the most anti-democratic, anti-environmental law in the nation, because it elevates the rights of gas companies above the civil rights of people and communities. This legislation gives gas companies the right to drill anywhere, overturn local zoning law, seize private property and muzzle physicians from disclosing specific health impacts upon patients from drilling contamination. 1 hr  22 minutes ____________________________________________________________________________________

Ex-oil worker blasts shale gas industry / Ex-oil worker's concerns

Maxime Daigle worked on oil and gas rigs for seven years before quitting to devote his life to protesting what he believes are the perils of shale gas drilling.  Daigle spent his career in the oil and gas sector working in operations located in Alberta, British Columbia and across the United States.
He started as a roughneck and worked his way up to drilling foreman.  5 minutes 


"Natural Gas and Polluted Air"Polluted Air

Garfield County is at the heart of Colorado's natural gas gold rush. Residents there complain of air quality problems. by Erik Olsen, February 2011.  7 minutes  ______________________________________________________
This American Life (radio show)
"Game Changer"  audio podcast and written transcript,  Originally aired 07.08.2011
A professor in Pennsylvania makes a calculation, to discover that his state is sitting atop a massive reserve of natural gas—enough to revolutionize how America gets its energy. But another professor in Pennsylvania does a different calculation and reaches a troubling conclusion: that getting natural gas out of the ground poses a risk to public health. Two men, two calculations, and two very different consequences.  60 minutes
"Marcellus Shale Reality Tour"
A video by Scott Cannon   
On July, 2011, a group of Democrat and Republican community leaders boarded a bus and traveled north to see, hear, and feel the negative effects of gas drilling. 
The tour visits with several residents living in areas where gas drilling is active. 42 minutes

March 15, 2011  Penn Yan, NY
"Hydrofracking & Agriculture - The Promise and The Reality" 
Washington County, Pennsylvania farmers Terry Greenwood and Ron Gulla speak out about their experience with gas drilling on their property (excerpts from the forum). 29 minutes 


"Heavy Fraffic"
PA's scenic Pine Creek Valley is overrun with 24 hour heavy duty truck traffic due to hydraulic fracking. 

This is a segment from the documentary “Groundswell
. 3 minutes

Jaime Frederick, her speech at the Ohio Statehouse Rally  January 10, 2012.
People ARE getting sick! Following an alarming set of experiences with health problems that put this 30 year old woman on the threshold of death, she finally figured out what the core of her problem was -- contaminated well water.   11 minutes

Dr.Simona Perry, Summit on the Impacts of Fracking at the 27th Annual Meeting of Clean Water for NC. September 10, 2011. Now at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, presents “Fractured Communities, Fractured Lives”: Dealing with the social, community and environmental impacts of surging gas extraction. 37 minutes
"It's like we are losing our love", University of Pittsburgh November 18, 2011
Senator Greg Ball's Public Hearing on "Getting the Facts on Fracking"Tuesday, August 23,2011
Josh Fox(condensed testimony), Filmmaker/Director for the Oscar-Nominated 
"GasLand" documentary   10 minute

Deborah Rogers, a financial analyst turned entrepreneur, discusses the myths and realities of shale gas profitability with host Bill Podulka.   Is shale gas drilling a financial bubble? Why has it swelled so much? How much longer can this go on, who gets hurt and who profits from party?    Ms Rogers began her financial career in London working in corporate finance and later served as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.  Produced by Cris McConkey. January 20, 2012, 1st Unitarian Church of Ithaca, NY. 50 minutes       
This is Deborah Rogers’ full talk, given in Binghamton, Jan 19 2012, “Shale Promises, or Shale Spin? The Economics Behind Fracking”. 52 minutes
Jannette Barth, an economist with Pepacton Institute, an economic research and consulting firm. She has worked in the fields of economic analysis and econometric modeling and forecasting for over 35 years. Her presentation discussed what is missing and what is wrong in the economic analysis included in the socio-economic impact section of the revised draft SGEIS.  18 minutes

Dr. Stephen Cleghorn, a sociologist and an organic farmer from Jefferson County, PA, and was recorded at the Epic No Frack Event at Ithaca College, Saturday, June 25, 2011.   
28 minutes
Compulsory Integration, What are your rights? Video by Cris McConkey.
Part 1 of 7.- Sharon Anderson, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, NY. Dryden, NY. Nov. 14, 2011 forum "Gas Drilling and Compulsory Integration: What are Your Rights?"  7 minutes
Part 2 of 7. Compulsory Integration - What Is It? - An overview of compulsory integration , CI hearings and your rights - Kenneth P. Holden, Attorney with Hancock Estabrook, Syracuse, NY.     21 minutes
Part 3 of 7. Legislative History of Compulsory Integration - NY State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (125th District). 14 minutes
Part 4 of 7. Compulsory Integration and Your Land Rights and Values - Carol Chock, TC Legislator and member of the TC Council Gas Drilling Taskforce Committee on Land ValuesAssessment.         9 minutes
Part 5 of 7. Compulsory Integration and Your Ability to Obtain Mortgages and Home Equity Loans - Greg May, Vice-president for Residential Mortgage Lending at Tompkins Trust Company.                    17 minutes
Part 6 of 7. Compulsory Integration - What Can You Do? - Nancy Larraine Hoffmann, Farmer, Former NY State Senator and Spokesperson for Land Stewards of New York.
18 minutes
Part 7 of 7. Question/Answer  50 minutes
In this interview with Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, he discusses the threats of radiation  due to hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale and what happens once it comes out of the ground.
14 minutes
Kevin Heatley works in habitat restoration.  He is a senior scientist with  at Biohabitats, Inc. and tech consultant for Responsible Drilling Alliance in Wiliamspot, Pa. He seeks to educate about deep shale gas drilling and all of its ramifications.  He was a speaker at the public forum “Fracking the Fingerlakes: The Rest of the Story” held in Hammondsport, NY on September 15, 2011.  27 minutes