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In PA, 140 cows were exposed to fracking fluids; 70 died, and most of the rest became sterile

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In northern Pennsylvania, 140 cows were exposed to #fracking fluids; 70 died, and most of the rest became sterile http://bit.ly/YaCJ07
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http://www.thenation.com/article/171504/fracking-our-food-supply#

In a Brooklyn winery on a sultry July evening, an elegant crowd sips rosé and nibbles trout plucked from the gin-clear streams of upstate New York. The diners are here, with their checkbooks, to support a group called Chefs for the Marcellus, which works to protect the foodshed upon which hundreds of regional farm-to-fork restaurants depend. The foodshed is coincident with the Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that arcs northeast from West Virginia through Pennsylvania and into New York State. As everyone invited here knows, the region is both agriculturally and energy rich, with vast quantities of natural gas sequestered deep below its fertile fields and forests.

In Pennsylvania, the oil and gas industry is already on a tear—drilling thousands of feet into ancient seabeds, then repeatedly fracturing (or “fracking”) these wells with millions of gallons of highly pressurized, chemically laced water, which shatters the surrounding shale and releases fossil fuels. New York, meanwhile, is on its own natural-resource tear, with hundreds of newly opened breweries, wineries, organic dairies and pastured livestock operations—all of them capitalizing on the metropolitan area’s hunger to localize its diet.

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Tonight’s guests have heard about residential drinking wells tainted by fracking fluids in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Colorado. They’ve read about lingering rashes, nosebleeds and respiratory trauma in oil-patch communities, which are mostly rural, undeveloped, and lacking in political influence and economic prospects. The trout nibblers in the winery sympathize with the suffering of those communities. But their main concern tonight is a more insidious matter: the potential for drilling and fracking operations to contaminate our food. The early evidence from heavily fracked regions, especially from ranchers, is not reassuring.

Jacki Schilke and her sixty cattle live in the top left corner of North Dakota, a windswept, golden-hued landscape in the heart of the Bakken Shale. Schilke’s neighbors love her black Angus beef, but she’s no longer sharing or eating it—not since fracking began on thirty-two oil and gas wells within three miles of her 160-acre ranch and five of her cows dropped dead. Schilke herself is in poor health. A handsome 53-year-old with a faded blond ponytail and direct blue eyes, she often feels lightheaded when she ventures outside. She limps and has chronic pain in her lungs, as well as rashes that have lingered for a year. Once, a visit to the barn ended with respiratory distress and a trip to the emergency room. Schilke also has back pain linked with overworked kidneys, and on some mornings she urinates a stream of blood.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:42 PM

1. Sean Parnell, governor of Alaska, just asked for legislation to give water rights to corporations

 

Sean Parnell, governor of Alaska, just asked for legislation to give water rights to corporations for fracking over the rights of Alaskans.

Sean Parnell, worked for Exxon against the people of Alaska, worked as a lobbyist for Conoco Phillips....is not giving all of our resources to corporations on the cheap, giving Alaskan's water and land rights to corporations, giving most of the oil tax money back in 'tax credits'. and turns out, just like the federal government, the state incoming/outgoing is not being audited.

The frackers have arrived and we are so screwed!

Everyone who thinks that Dems won this election just because Obama won the presidency, take a look at your state government.

ALEC and the Koch brothers were focused on state government, and they won, BIG TIME!

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Response to Fight2Win (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:45 PM

2. Corporations are bringing this country to a 3d world country. They have or will soon

 

suck everything out of here until there is nothing else left. Then they will move on to another country and do the same. What a shame. These governors know what they are doing but don't care. You know what we should do after the corporations ruin our lands prosecute the governors for knowning how they are ruining our country.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:33 PM

7. Surprisingly, some 3rd Wlrld Countries have said "Fuck NO" to these corporations.

Our neighbors in Latin America have accomplished near bloodless revolutions.
They HAVE taken their governments back from the Predators.
They have given us a blueprint for real "CHANGE".


Evo Morales’ Historic Speech At The Isla Del Sol
" The world is experiencing a crisis of political systems because they no longer represent the peoples, they are elitist, exclusive, governed by oligarchical leaderships with the vision of filling the pockets of a few and not serving the people.

The so-called democracies are the pretext for handing over the natural resources to transnational capital. In those false democracies, politics has been converted into an instrument for profit and not a vocation of service. Anachronistic forms of governments still survive that no longer respond to the demands of the world’s peoples.

We must refound democracy. We do not want a colonial democracy in which the politicians are an aristocratic class and not militants in the cause of the poor and of service to the poor.

Democracy is not viable if it does not empower the poor, the marginalized, and does not respond first and foremost to the urgent needs of the neediest. A democracy in which a few become rich and the majority become poor is not a democracy."

http://www.zcommunications.org/evo-morales-historic-speech-at-the-isla-del-sol-by-evo-morales


Spread the WORD.
Viva Democracy!
I pray we get some here soon!

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:56 PM

8. Until the rednecks in the south aren't satisfied any longer with sitting around

 

with their old pickup trucks drink RC cola and eating their moon pies and working at some little ole job nothing is going to happen in the south. It will be region against region. The only happy people will be the corporations. However, as soon as these rednecks come out and really see what is happening watch out because then the whole country will fight back to get our country. But right now the south only see corporations as their saviours.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:22 PM

11. I think you need to go to the link and read the article.

Anyone, ANYONE who can walk away from THAT,
and come here and focus on the Southern Rednecks as the major problem holding this nation back
missed the point.
They aren't the source of the problem.
They are its worst victims.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:05 PM

3. Jesus Christ.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:18 PM

4. But a YAhoo story the other day stated that Pennsylvanians are making billions off of fracking?

Hummmmmmmmmmm

which one to believe??????

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Response to benld74 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:23 PM

5. Individual, connected cretins, are making fortunes. The state - not so much at all. nt

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:25 PM

6. Would you like your steak rare, medium or sterile? nt

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:00 PM

9. I love the Nation. This was an excellent article!

Especially interested since NC just passed a fracking bill.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:09 PM

10. "an elegant crowd sips rosé and nibbles trout"

Probably all invested in Wall St. So they are donating to protect the lands around them and generate that donation pushing for destruction of lands everywhere.
Oh well, maybe one of them will pick up an accidental conscience for their actions in this lifetime learning something from the speakers.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:55 PM

12. Proud Nation subscriber!


K&R!

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