Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

  by Walter Brasch Royal Dutch Shell, which owns or leases about 900,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale, had a great idea. It wanted to frack the Ukraine. But, there was opposition. So, Royal Dutch Shell decided to create a junket for some of the Ukrainians opposed to fracking to … Continue reading

Climate Change – is it the Indigenous Peoples who have the answers?

Peoples who have lived in the same place for countless generations – the Amazon, perhaps, or the Arctic, or in la Sierra Nevada in Colombia – possess invaluable knowledge about living with climate change, and it is evolving all the time: SAO PAULO, 23 July – Climate change often seems … Continue reading

‘Putting People over Profits’: The Fight Against Fracking

By Walter Brasch   Pennsylvanians want to put a moratorium on fracking. And it’s not just a few thousand, but a majority of the state’s residents. Pennsylvania lies in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, possibly the most productive shale for gas in the country. A joint University of Michigan/Muhlenberg … Continue reading

Fracking America’s Food Supply

Fracking—the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food. The cocktail soup required for each well requires … Continue reading

Circumventing Transparency: Pennsylvania’s Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy

by WALTER BRASCH   David  M. Jacobson wanted a transcript of a public hearing conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), May 2. The public meeting was to allow persons to discuss a proposal by National Gypsum and En-Tire Logistics to build a tire burner plant in Union … Continue reading

Standing Tall for Landowner Rights

by Walter Brasch   Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek. TransCanada is … Continue reading

Senator Boxer’s Statement on 43rd Earth Day

Today is the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day as Walter Brasch noted below. Senator Barbara Boxer released the following statement on Earth Day: “As we celebrate Earth Day, it is important to remember the significant progress we have made since the first Earth Day in 1970 and prepare for the serious … Continue reading

Pennsylvania: You Are Fracked

  by Walter Brasch    AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a special Earth Day edition of my weekly social issues column, Wanderings. The information is from my latest book, Fracking Pennsylvania, an overall look at the nature and consequences of high-pressure horizontal hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Even if you are … Continue reading

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. “The chemicals, the smell was so … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Trump Health and the Environment

    by WALTER BRASCH   Politics continues to threaten the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. The latest is how the Republican-dominated legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the wealthiest and more high-tech/industrial areas of the state from the rural areas. Less than a week before the 2011–2012 … Continue reading