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Fracking Gasholes

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Fracking Gasholes /stele ely c12 [Sponsor this song]

5 million gallons injected per well
aquifers wasted, tastes like hell
for all the life that loves to live
demand a law, kill the drill

fracking gasholes
we know you know
a million reasons
fah fah freako

80 tons of co2 per well
ice caps melting, climate hell
for all the kids that love to live
shout, march, or souls we sell

fracking gasholes
we know you know
for hundreds of years
they really blow (brutal/ sucky)

2 thousand big truck trips per well
dusty growling beasts of hell
for all the critters that love to live
block the roads, or bid farewell

friggen frackholes
everyone knows
for a thousand species
sii sii sicko (yu yu yucko vicious)

14 tons of poisons per well
toxic soil and air, smells like hell
for all the life that loves to live
conserve, reduce, to save ourselves

fracking gasholes
we know you know
for a million reasons
we must say no no no
no no no no no


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Sponsor Fracking Gasholes with $3 – or more – so we can fine tune and record it so it will sound really nice. Then we’ll get it out there even more so it can help the people and the critters. Own part of the copyright and get your name on the by line. More info below.
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radioactivity, heavy metals, brine hydrogen

lungs get a coffin and a hacking
courtesy of smoggy fracking

poison water poison air
freakin fracking does not care

1,200 tanker truck trips per frack (transporting clean water, fracking fluids, etc.).
Biocides, surfactants and scale inhibitors
Microseismic post-fracturing mapping developed

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http://longmontroar.org/oilgas-development-fracking/about-fracking/

Longmont is on the edge of the Wattenberg Field the most productive oil and gas field in the DJ Basin. Because of that, underneath our city are deposits of natural gas & oil. Someone other than the surface owner can own the mineral rights underneath a property. In order to drill on a property, the mineral rights owner must either own the surface rights of the property, or lease those surface rights from the owner of the surface rights.

There is growing evidence that earthquakes are caused by fracking. The potential consequences of such earthquakes vary, but if fracking causes earthquakes, it would seem to belie industry claims that it is not possible for fracked wells to contaminate aquifers thousands of feet away. In addition, the cumulative effects of many wells in one area is affecting the air quality. “Drilling of new wells, routine maintenance and gas-field equipment release substances that contribute to ozone pollution, including volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides.”

As additional evidence, publicly owned oil & gas companies must have the following or similar statement in their notice to their own shareholders outlining the risks of the industry:

“Our operations are subject to inherent hazards and risks, such as fire, explosions, blowouts, formations with abnormal pressures, uncontrollable flows of underground gas, oil and formation water and environmental hazards such as gas leaks and oil spills. Any of these events could cause a loss of hydrocarbons, pollution or other environmental damage, clean-up responsibilities, regulatory investigations and penalties, suspension of operations, personal injury claims, loss of life, damage to our properties, or damage to the property of others.” (XTO Energy Inc, 2002 Form 10-K)

A single fracturing operation involves the injection of a ton of sand, mixed with materials that include benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene. Diesel fuel, commonly used in fracturing
operations, contains MTBE. Very small quantities of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene are capable of contaminating underground sources of drinking water. For example, only 28 teaspoons of MTBE could contaminate millions of gallons of water.

There are currently 10 field inspectors charged with over 40,000 active wells to inspect. This past year they field inspected 10,917 wells. At that rate, each well would be inspected only once every 4 years, not accounting for growth. (Source: COGCC Oil and Gas Staff report)

Operators can be held accountable for destruction after the fact, but this is not protection. It is remediation, and the history in our state shows that it is ineffective. Furthermore, subjects the CURRENT and PAST landholders to liability, and for this reason, banks and mortgage companies are beginning to deny mortgages for purchases of properties where fracking has occurred (see below for more about this).

Natural gas is clean in burning but not clean in its total life cycle. Methane, a greenhouse gas more destructive than carbon dioxide (by a factor of 72-25, depending on how many years its effect is considered), is the major component of natural gas, and it is released in significant quantities during extraction.

When its full life cycle (including the methane released during extraction and the carbon footprint of delivery) is considered, it might very well be worse than coal or oil, as found by a Cornell University study. (

Our group of concerned citizens come from all over Longmont, and from its neighboring rural areas. We share the hope that the City of Longmont will assert its right to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of our urban community. We want to prevent the wasteful destruction of our environment, preserve our economic vitality and our home values, and conserve Longmont’s water, minerals, parks, wildlife, lakes, trails, streams, open space, and recreational areas for future generations.

Oil and Gas Drilling doesn’t belong near our schools, homes, parks and businesses.
Imminent dangers to our quality of life:

Air pollution (carcinogens in the air and ground level smog) from drilling activities and from fugitive/vented emissions (raw gas) and flashing emissions from condensate tanks during the lifetime of the well. The EPA states that these types of pollution are known to cause coughing, throat irritation, pain, burning, or discomfort in the chest, chest tightness, wheezing, or shortness of breath, asthma, cancer and death. More >
Noise and light impacts during the drilling and fracking phase (thousands of diesel trucks, noisy engines running 24/7 for several months to years)
Damage to roads and land from the heavy machinery and equipment hauling
Property value decline due to the closeness of wells to homes, school, and subdivisions (current regulations require only 350 foot setbacks).
Water and land impacts from spills and even normal storage and disposal of carcinogenic drilling and fracking chemicals.
Water use impacts to the city water supply as millions of gallons of water are permanently taken out of the water supply.
Wildlife habitat impacts due to road building, the proliferation of drill pads, and intensive use of heavy trucks.
Visual pollution of having hundreds of wells (as many as 800) in and around Longmont

Slickwater or slick water fracturing is a method or system of hydro-fracturing which involves adding chemicals to water to increase the fluid flow. Fluid can be pumped down the well-bore as fast as 100 bbl/min. to fracture the shale. Without using slickwater the top speed of pumping is around 60 bbl/min.

The process reportedly involves injecting friction reducers, usually a a polyacrylamide. Biocides, surfactants and scale inhibitors can also be in the fluid. Friction reducers speed the mixture. Biocides such as bromine prevent organisms from clogging the fissures and sliming things up downhole. Surfactants keep the sand suspended. Methanol and naphthalene can be used for biocides. Hydrochloric acid and ethylene glycol may be utilized as scale inhibitors. Butanol and ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (2-BE) are used in surfactants. Slickwater typically uses more water than earlier fracturing methods–between one and five million gallons per fracing operation.

Other chemical compounds sometimes used include benzene, chromium and a host of others. Many of these are known to be toxic and have raised widespread concern about potential water contamination. This is especially true when the wells recieving slickwater hydro-fracturing are located near aquifers that are being tapped into for local drinking water. However, reports of actual drinking water contamination appear either very scarce or else non-existent. Hydro-fracturing activity is heavily regulated by state agencies.

Summary: Horizontal hydrofracking is a form of fossil fuel extraction that turns the earth inside out. It buries a surface resource that is vital to life (fresh water) and brings to the surface subterranean substances–hydrocarbons, radioactivity, heavy metals, brine–that were once locked away in deep geological strata and which now require permanent containment. Before it is sent down the borehole, the fresh water used to fracture bedrock is mixed with inherently toxic materials. These include known and suspected carcinogens, neurological toxicants, and chemicals linked to pregnancy loss.

At least one thousand truck trips are required to frack a single well. These trucks–along with earth-moving equipment, compressors, and condensers–release or create soot, volatile organic compounds, and ozone. Exposures to this kind of air pollution has demonstrable links to asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancers, and preterm birth. As the shale gas boom sweeps eastward into densely populated areas already struggling with air pollution and whose rivers provide drinking water for millions, public health inquiry is desperately needed to explicate the cumulative health impacts of fracking and to quantify their economic costs. This talk explored the human rights dimensions of fracking and the role of public health research within that context. Of particular interest were the ethical questions of conducting such research in communities whose residents may be serving, in effect, as involuntary subjects in an ongoing, uncontrolled experiment.

How does our moral obligation to prevent harm square with attempts to monitor the evidence for harm? What is relationship between mitigation and prevention? When does research serve to sanction and legitimize polluting activities and when does it challenge them? (SOURCE: Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy Conference Lectures)

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COLONY COLLAPSE

{chorus}
All that you can see
beneath the sun
what is made by human
now must be undone

landscape of confusion
leaving one and all
vying against one other
welcome to our fall

{bridge}
ojo dadi menungso gak duwe ati (don’t be a heartless human)
bendino iso gak iso turu (with no good sleep each day)
mangkane ayo kabeh podo tangi (therefore, open your eyes)
wes gak usum dadi wong keliru (this is not the age of wrongness anymore)

{rap}
capos of financial scams
discount offer, flat rate plan
stuck again in traffic jams
with double meaning i say damn…

damn lapindo, damn the oil
damn the gas that burned the soil
water, air and land are damned
now behold the works of man

Allahuakbar terlagu (the singing of Allahuakbar)
dari segala penjuru (from every direction)
so i get on my knees and pray
or the sons of God might go away

lek wani ngomong jujur (if we want to be honest)
bumi wes kate ajur (the earth is coming to an end) ["kate ajur" = "almost broken" in javanese]
wong gak kenek diatur (no one can control human)
sego wes dadi bubur (the rice is now becoming porridge) [it is Javanese parable for 'it is now too late']

rapping politics uncool
but just a sec it’s almost through
it’s downer than the older school
cheap boombox more broke than rules

gamelan and on and on
while complaining about what’s wrong
time was passing now it’s gone
and about time to end this song

youtube.com/watch?v=YJo4biadkpU
kickstarter.com/projects/filastine/2-new-filastine-music-videos-colony-collapse-and-g?
soundcloud.com/post-world-industries/sets/colony-collapse/s-EX2YO

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The blockade depicted in this video is the latest in a series of escalating actions against hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale. Last May, residents of Butler County occupied the office of State Representative Brian Ellis, demanding accountability for widespread contamination caused by horizontal drilling.

In June 2012, seven families, along with dozens of supporters, blocked the entrance to the Riverdale Mobile Home Community to prevent their imminent eviction at the hands of Aqua America PVR. On June 17, 1,000 Ohioans stormed the statehouse in Columbus and passed a “people’s resolution” banning hydrofracking.

Most recently, a 31-year-old landowner from Athens County, Ohio chained herself to concrete barrels and shut down operations at one of Ohio’s 170 injection wells, which contain about 95% of the toxic and radioactive fracking waste generated from Pennsylvania drilling.

19 comments to Fracking Gasholes

  • Gas Drilling Oddity : The Sidoarjo mud flow or Lapindo mud, also informally abbreviated as Lusi, a contraction of Lumpur Sidoarjo (lumpur is the Indonesian word for mud), is a mud volcano[1] in the subdistrict of Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia that has been in eruption since May 2006. This biggest mud volcano in the world was created by the blowout of a natural gas well drilled by PT Lapindo Brantas, although company officials contend that it was caused by a distant earthquake.

    Check out this totally amazing sad and beautiful video with the Mud Volcano in it : http://youtu.be/YJo4biadkpU

  • Cally Carswell talks with Lustgarten about new research into the relationship between fracking and water contamination, the difficulty of drawing causal connections between the two, and whether the oil and gas industry can be trusted http://www.hcn.org/issues/43.11/hydrofracked-one-

  • Excerpt from Sierra Club page: http://content.sierraclub.org/naturalgas
    Natural Gas Reform: Protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the communities we live in.
    The natural gas industry is dirty, dangerous, and running amok. Government loopholes exempt natural gas drillers from the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act — and at the same time, don't require them to disclose the frequently toxic chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the violent process they employ to dislodge gas deposits from shalerock formations. The closer we look at natural gas, the dirtier it appears; and the less of it we burn, the better off we will be.

  • And from Robin Mann, Sierra Club President:
    … Pennsylvania Chapter launched a new tool in the fight against the State’s latest effort to cozy up with the natural gas industry – A factsheet designed to fight back against the new, pro-fracking state law Act 13 of 2012 or more appropriately: the Mad Rush to Frack Act (PDF). This mythbuster factsheet gives us the facts we need to reveal the ugly side of this new law. http://www.sierraclub.org/pressroom/downloads/Fra

  • What the Frack is In Your Water? Did you know the natural gas industry does not have to disclose which chemicals are used in fracking? In 2005, then-Vice President Dick Cheney and the CEO of Halliburton successfully lobbied to keep the natural gas industry exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act. This means that chemicals used in fracking — including sulfuric acid, lead, benzene, and hydrochloric acid — are can be kept secret from the public, regulators and the EPA.
    Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to require full disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. Plus, the specific local geological toxins that each well is releasing due to the fracking in every geological area ahould be reported. Toxin sources from the drillers and the geological strata should be scrutinized for every well. Contact Lisa Jacksn via the Sierra Club fracking campaign. Peace out, Stele

  • Ohio fracking is latest target for anti-Keystone activists http://grist.org/natural-gas/ohio-fracking-is-lat
    Bill McKibben, his 350.org folks, Gasland director Josh Fox, and some of Ohio's environmental activists and groups are assembling the largest demonstration against natural-gas fracking in U.S. history. The action will happen in Columbus June 14–17, 2012. Culminating on the last day with a takeover of the state house for “a people’s assembly”.

  • Don't Frack Ohio! a project of 350.org Action Fund http://www.dontfrackoh.org/ Excerpt:
    Fracking is a great mistake for many local reasons. By now we’ve seen its effects on local water supplies: the dead creeks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the wells poisoned to the point where residents can’t drink from their faucets. We’ve watched fracking cause the worst air pollution in the U.S., even in Wyoming counties so remote and unpopulated that they lack stoplights. We’ve seen enough to know that communities are as easy to fracture as rocks–that neighbors have been turned against neighbors, and towns blighted as they turn into industrial zones crisscrossed by endless tanker trucks.
    Gov. Kasich wants to bring all this to Ohio–and why not, since the industry donated $213,000 to his last campaign? His legislation would put only the slightest and most token reins on the industry. Foreign countries (France, say) have banned fracking, and several states including New Jersey and Vermont are poised to prevent the practice; in New York there’s been a de facto four-year moratorium.

  • NRDC and partner groups submitted a comment letter, accompanied by an expert technical review conducted by independent consulting hydrologist Tom Myers. Among Dr. Myers's findings:
    Chemical contaminants found in Pavillion domestic water wells and EPA's monitoring wells have been linked to either the gas well production or hydraulic fracturing process.
    The EPA's investigation is scientifically sound and demonstrates in a scientifically reliable way that chemical contaminants from the gas production zone reached the geologic formations between the gas production wells and the domestic water wells in the area. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall/pavillion

  • Reports featured on NPR last month state that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed methane from improperly constructed gas wells has contaminated people’s drinking water in Northern Pennsylvania — and created a risk of fire or explosion in people’s homes and water wells.
    http://www.care2.com/causes/why-we-should-worry-a

  • awesome celtic protest song about fracking going on in the uk, indeed anywhere they can get away with it. http://www.youtube.com/embed/9ByJRTtbkb0

  • Special presentation for the League of Women voters and friends at the Fayetteville AR city library. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lR9dng7R0c

  • As anti-fracking momentum grows nationwide with word being spread the practice permanently destroys water sheds PA activists shutdown a planned operation. http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/08/06/momen

  • Watch more Earth Focus at http://www.linktv.org/earthfocus
    An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?

  • 60 Minutes reports on the rising health and environmental issues surrounding the unregulated industry of Hydraulic Fracturing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dl6oIiK-1U

  • http://croatanearthfirst.com/2012/10/22/croatan-e
    Seven members of Croatan Earth First! and participants from their Piedmont Direct Action Camp locked together today, barricading the front of North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) building in downtown Raleigh. Providing physical, active resistance against fracking in North Carolina, CEF! has chosen DENR for an action as they are responsible for helping legalize fracking in addition to having hired a corrupt Mining and Energy Commission board, which includes people with vested interests in hydraulic fracturing occurring.

  • Now comes word from The Nation, and a very thorough peer-reviewed report on the impacts of fracking on the food supply, that the impacts exceed what was initially feared. Reporter Elizabeth Royte outlines how the increased instance of fracking has been polluting the land and, in turn, leaving farm animals sick. Royte briefly profiles a rancher in North Dakota whose land has been greatly compromised by area fracking and the chemical residue left behind and “reminds us that farmers need clean water, clean air and clean soil to produce healthful food. But as the largest private landholders in shale areas across the nation, farmers are disproportionately being approached by energy companies eager to extract oil and gas from beneath their properties. Already, some are regretting it.” http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-our-food-frac

  • NRDC and a local partner, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, sued the Sanford town board (in NY), claiming that the ban on fracking discussions violates the First Amendment rights of the town’s residents, some of whom are NRDC members. In a complaint to the U.S. District Court, the organizations say the town violated the U.S. and New York State constitutions by restricting residents’ right to free speech during the public participation portion of town meetings, which remains open to all other topics — just not fracking. http://www.onearth.org/blog/town-board-to-residen

  • We need thousands of signatures from Loveland residents to place a ballot on the November election which asks for more time to learn about the costs of fracking on our community before we allow it to happen here. Please help us by signing the petitions. https://www.facebook.com/ProtectOurLoveland

  • This based on Michael Brune's Sierra Club letter: One of the worst consequences of President Obama's reckless "all of the above" energy policy is the blight of oil and gas rigs that has spread across our public lands — often right next to national parks and wilderness areas. But even the proposed new regulations manage to fail even to adequately address the risks of the fracking that is already occurring on leased public lands. Here are seven of the serious flaws in the current rules:
    1. Although the draft rules require partial disclosure of chemicals used after fracking occurs, they should require full public disclosure of all chemicals to be used before fracking starts.
    2. As has already begun to happen in states, we need to move away from the practice of storing toxic fracking waste in open-air pits.
    3. The draft fails to update currently outdated well-construction rules. For example, it allows the industry to test only a few wells, rather than confirm that every individual well meets construction standards.
    4. The draft doesn't require baseline water testing before fracking is approved.
    5. The draft completely fails to address the air pollution from oil and gas drilling including Methane emissions.
    6. The draft doesn't establish safe setbacks from homes, schools, and sensitive environmental features.
    7. The draft would continue to allow the use of diesel in fracking fluids. http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?e

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