FrackMountain.com

March 15, 2010

Much of Pennsylvania sits atop an ocean of “natural”  gas trapped within a humongous layer of shale.  It is called the Marcellus formation and lies more than a mile below the surface.  To extract such entombed “resources”, big oil will fracture and pulverize the  shale beneath us to free the gas.  This is not popping a bubble, this is boring and exploding tunnels beneath you.

I live in an area called the Back Mountain.  It is upland northwest of a large and populated valley.  The Back Mountain comprises  over 100 square miles and is home to approximately 27,000 humans.  It is a verdant and pastoral quilt of  relatively thriving communities and two small university campuses.  Everything that happens here drains to the Susquehanna River then into the Chesapeake Bay.

Recently, EnCana Corporation was given permission to drill three “exploratory” natural gas wells  here.

There are many disadvantages and dangers associated with this activity.  There is one advantage.  Money.  Gas companies are offering thousands of dollars per acre for landowners to lease their rights over to the drillers.  Then, if there are operating wells on your property you also get a royalty.  In these hard times, it seems a godsend to over taxed and forgotten farmers and  land owners.  I heard of one man who signed a lease because he needed a new roof on his house.  Most do so in ignorance of the real consequences and potential risks.

Here is a partial list of  our concerns: endocrine disruptors,  carcinogens, radioactive mud, hydrocarbons, massive truck traffic, lower property values, higher crime rates,  spills, violations, fish kills, pipelines, spoiled wells, ill neighbors, and on and on it seems to go.

In early February I became involved in a movement to stop (or at least contain) this usery.  We are organizing.   One initiative was to establish a web presence with links to information.  Therefore, I started the blog FrackMountain.com.

This is the reason I am rarely here at qazse.

Thanks, Herb

Dying for Christmas

December 14, 2009

evergreen-in-night-snow.jpg

The tree we cut
and carried
into our home

the one
we shackled
then
trimmed

sang to
then
toasted

now lays
in the gutter

her
hooks
and tinsel
riffling on the wind

2007

photo by: Matthew Drumright


with nature

December 11, 2009

the more
i am
with nature –
the less
of me
i must kill

2008

if bees no more

April 5, 2009

Apricots
Apples
Alfalfa
Almonds
Blueberries and
Buckwheat

Cantaloupe and
Canola
Clover
Cucumber
Cranberries

Peaches Pears
and Plums
Raspberries
Strawberries
Pumpkin

Watermelon
Sunflowers
Squash and Zucchini

never more.

soon

February 23, 2009

soon
no amount
of insecticide
will help

pro life breakfast

February 5, 2009

Like reptiles
we eat the embryos
of others.
But mess not!
with ours.

with nature

December 29, 2008

the more i am
with nature –
the less of me
i must kill

December 11, 2008

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photo by qazse

dying for Chrtistmas

December 2, 2008

evergreen-in-night-snow.jpg

The tree we cut
and carried
into our home

the one
we shackled
then
trimmed

sang to
then
toasted

now lays
in the gutter

her
hooks
and tinsel
riffling on the wind


photo by: Matthew Drumright

against the dark sky

November 10, 2008

Bare Trees in Winter,Yosemite National Park, California, USA

just one leaf holds on
brown and brittle it struggles
loosing some pieces


image source: AllPosters.com