Monday, January 27, 2014

PRESS STATEMENT - Water Protection by WV Senate Committee Weakens In Face Of Water Crisis

On January 22, the West Virginia Senate Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously to weaken standards for the amount of aluminum permissible in streams.

Water is Life...Keep It Clean

The proposed revision would change the water quality standard for aluminum from a fixed standard to one that is indexed to the water’s hardness value.  This would result in a 13-fold increase in the acute standard and a 46-fold increase in the chronic standard.

Response to the water crisis is a prime topic facing the 2014 Legislature.

"This was the first test of the Legislature's commitment to safe water following the Freedom chemical disaster. They failed badly” said Jim Sconyers, Chair of the WV Sierra Club.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Adverse Fracking Impacts, and Blaming the Environmentalists?

Commentary by S. Tom Bond:
"Retired Chemistry Professor and Resident Farmer, Lewis County, WV”

Why "Environmentalists" are blamed for fracking complaints and Extent of surface damage by shale drilling

Establishment” articles do not do justice to the nature and extent of local complaints at the point of extraction of shale gas and oil.  Although they range from property devaluation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to health complaints by thousands, they are usually lumped together as complaints coming from “environmental activists.”  The typical well drilling platform takes up to five acres perhaps covered with 18 inches of crushed stone and requires access road(s) adequate for heavy trucks to pass, rocked for passage in all weather. Noise, dust, odors and light at night can be expected to continue for years, since it is the practice to drill one well and partially exhaust it before going on to the next of six or eight.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Free Webinar on Safety Practices for Testing Well Water Scheduled for January 28th

The National Ground Water Association will present the first of three webinars on keeping drinking water safe at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday January 28th. The first, "Testing your well water: Where do you begin?" will be presented by Michael Schnieders, a geologist, hydrologist and senior consultant for Water Systems Engineering in Ottawa, Kan. In the webinar, participants will learn "what every well owner should test for and how to determine what is locally occurring and worthy of testing," according to a news release.

The webinars, which will be available online after the presentation, will address concerns, such as: "How do I test my water? Do I need to treat my water? How do I get my well fixed? How do I protect my groundwater? What do I do if my well floods? What about testing my water near hydraulic fracturing? How do I approach getting a new well?" Additional webinars are scheduled for Feb. 4 and Feb. 26. Free online lessons are also available. For more information or to register click here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

West Virginia: We demand clean and safe water

I'm Stacy Gloss, a MoveOn member in Charleston, West Virginia, and I started a petition to the West Virginia American Water Company, which says:
It is West Virginia American Water's responsibility to ensure that its drinking water is safe for every one of its customers. We are boycotting drinking West Virginia American Water until levels of crude MCHM are reported at undetectable levels with the best testing practices available and results made public on the West Virginia American Water website. Until the water is safe for pregnant women and all other at-risk populations, we will not drink the water.

Monday, January 20, 2014

DODDRIDGE COUNTY WV Mark West Plant Applying to Increase Size and Water Threat THIS NEEDS TO BE STOPPED NOW


Doddridge County Residents

You are being Poisoned Polluted and generally disregarded by the Massive Oil and Gas Industry

Now there is a chance to STOP the Latest Growth and Incursion on our Water Supply

Potential for Flooding, Pollution and damage to your health

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Let the buyer beware" Especially if there's Fracking going on - Caveat emptor

Caveat emptor is Latin for "Let the buyer beware" Generally, caveat emptor is the contract law principle that controls the sale of real property after the date of closing,

Most people going house shopping start off their list with the usual; number of bedrooms, extra bath facilities, garage, total floor space and a few other items that helps them "price" their potential new home. Not enough people look into the environmental threats that can make or break a house's worthiness for the price.

The potential for disaster from flooding and pollution are often not even considered as they're not as immediately obvious. Current research sparked by new energy seeking procedures like fracking for oil and gas are now being shown to have an incredible impact on a properties value, rendering some worthless after an accident by oil and gas workers.

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