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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Director "We Have Everything To Lose"

A sobering look at gas drilling

With natural gas drilling knocking on Nockamixon's door, an environmental group spoke about its consequences.

We have everything to lose, said Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

As gas drilling looms in Nockamixon's future, Carluccio laid out sobering reports of how natural gas drilling companies continue to ravage natural resources and wreak havoc in communities across the country at a presentation Wednesday night at the Lower Delaware River Wild and Scenic Management Committee's quarterly meeting.

Poisoned water wells, crumbling roads, toxic streams and rivers, 24 hour construction, miles of gas pipelines, polluted air and higher cancer rates are just some of what residents might expect if drillers take over in Upper Bucks, said Carluccio.

Carluccio and wild and scenic members are pushing legislators to buckle down on regulation in a time when most federal and state lawmakers are easing restrictions and hailing the natural gas boom as a ticket out of recession and foreign oil dependence.

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21 comments :

Anonymous said...

We’re sick of buying foreign oil and we don’t want to pay the price for drilling in our own back yards. Aren’t we a bunch of spoiled brats!!!

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that people do not see what the oil companies must do to please DEP, people, and govenment offices. Any problem that is created by drilling/oil production is closely monitored and MUST be fixed by the oil companies.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to pay the price if the price is polluted water wells, toxic streams, and bad air.

Now I'm personally convinced that would be the price as there are a lot of nat gas wells in the Hammersley area and that is some of my favorite "wild area" (good trout streams to boot)

Perhaps it's this new method of frac drilling that is causing the concern.

Anonymous said...

look, this is what it really boils down to.



the big three, GM, Ford and Chrysler, should've learned from the oil embargo of the 70's. because they chose to ignore the warnings, Toyota, Subaru and Honda
started to make an impact with their fuel efficient vehicles.
the big three suffered, but did nothing.

every Presidential candidate, since Jimmy Carter, vowed to make the United States less dependent on foreign oil and other resources.
nothing has happened.

we, the voters and taxpayers, chose to buy bigger and bigger SUV'S. we bought bigger and bigger trucks. extended cabs, crew cabs, super crew cabs. we just kept buying. we financed them longer and longer. we had to have them.
then gasoline prices rose and rose.
so we complained. we complained that the big 3 didn't make fuel efficient vehicles. we worried about making the car payment, because we could no longer afford putting gas in them.
we simply complained.

credit cards.
enough said.

we, as consumers, thought prosperity meant Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, Applebee's and malls.
we lost sight. we started to notice many of our jobs were going overseas. you bet we noticed, but as long as it didn't effect me, we ignored it.

we're all in this together.
Because we ignored it.

so now what?

earl

Anonymous said...

Every bunny hugger and tree lover with a cause thinks the rest of the world should answer to them.Quit playing in the road,you may get run over!

Anonymous said...

I would not call fracing a well a "new" technology. It is used all over the United States. It is about time people quit listening to this rhetoric and wake up.

Anonymous said...

whoops.....meant to say "not that I am convinced". hell of a typo as it changes totally what i was trying to say.

amen, earl!!!

Anonymous said...

Coal is still polluting the streams and water after all these years! Get the gas and do the best we can to protect the water supply. Fossil fuels-global warming-can't breathe! Maybe the wind mills will save us! :( Were in trouble , no matter what we do! Brad

Anonymous said...

Who cares if the water is polluted- there is money to be made.
Who cares if the land is distroyed- there is money to be made.
Who cares about anything -if there is money to be made.

Money is king- bow down and worship it. Maybe you will find a way to take it with you after your dead.

Anonymous said...

There must be a middle ground found or else all that will be left is trees and wildlife. Build windmills --not in my backyard, mine coal--- not in my backyard, build a power plant---not in my back yard, solar power--- to much reflection ruins the view, drill for gas and oil---no you mihgt ruin a stream or kill a frog. I ask you what are to use as fuel if no one wants any advancement.

Anonymous said...

There is middle ground.The enviroment is looked after by the agency formed and trained to do just that.It is called D.E.P.We pay them to do a job and they do it well.They are well trained and understand just what the exploration companys do and how they do it.The people of this area need to tell everyone else with an agenda to butt out before they kill another chance at industry in this area!Especially our local officials!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Especially when the new head of DEP just last week said that the natural gas is more important than the risk of ruining our water supply and relieved the local agents involved with regulating the water in the local areas. Bush-Cheney were well trained and had the best intelligence in the country when they struck back at Iraq for 911.

Rep. Chick said...

"Bush-Cheney were well trained and had the best intelligence in the country when they struck back at Iraq for 911."...

The best intelligence failed our president! When you act on the information given to you from a paid advisor and then later find that the information given was not true or accurate, who is to blame?

The CIA, FBI, or military intelligence or the president that used the information provided to him?

It is a never ending argument...but history seems to keep repeating itself and not in a good manner! The 911 commission seems to have done just what the Warren Commission did years ago...showed us what they wanted us to know, not the whole truth!

Anonymous said...

The possible risk to a few wells or a stream verses the energy to run the entire country for 2 decades?Sounds right to me!

Anonymous said...

Be honest,the septic systems in this area pose more of a risk to our water than drilling ever will,but I don't see anyone forming task group after task group to stop that.No money!

Anonymous said...

As a tree hugger, I gotta admit that the 8:35 and 8:46 posts do cause me to pause and think. Points taken.

Gotta be able to drill in a responsible way to have the best of both worlds. Ability to use the resource and ability to maintain and enjoy our relatively pristine area up here.

But I would hope everyone can agree that that the drilling companies will need someone looking over their shoulder. Look, I'm not saying they are a big evil corporation purposely setting out to destroy everything. But we know that when money is involved corners sometimes get cut. Human nature I suppose. I am concerned that the DEP doesn't have the ability to be that watchman.

Anonymous said...

Could it be then that D.E.P. should be eliminated and save the tax payers untold millions,and instead let our local elected officials and their task boards oversee this sort of thing?
I think we have to show a little faith in the people who are qualified.

Anonymous said...

I agree that we have to have faith in people that are qualified, but the DEP is way too understaffed.

They have not been able to timely monitor the few wells that have been drilled reently. How are they going to do it when this thing really gets going.

I've been working with the DEP for the last 3 yrs on a project. They have been fair, reasonable, and professional. However, they simply to not have enough guns.

Anonymous said...

Local agencies were not eliminated from monitoring the water as posted earlier. The DEP did take over the review process for permitting wells because the local agencies were not equipped to take on the additinal responsibilities. They are however still responsible to review their counties erosion and sediment control plans. And correct me if I am wrong but I think Bush has been out of office since January 20th. I think this happened under the watchful eye of Obama. Maybe he was too busy tyring to find a Democrat that actually pays taxes or figure out what bonus was paid from the money from his bailout plan. Sorry, republicans can't be blamed for this one. Besides, isn't Rendell a Democrat?

Anonymous said...

"Besides, isn't Rendell a Democrat?"

You bet ya!

Anonymous said...

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Especially when the new head of DEP just last week said that the natural gas is more important than the risk of ruining our water supply and relieved the local agents involved with regulating the water in the local areas. Bush-Cheney were well trained and had the best intelligence in the country when they struck back at Iraq for 911.

Struck back at Iraq for 911??? What planet are you living on. What the hell did Iraq have to do with 9/11. My god, you people really do live in the sticks, don't you. Read a newspaper, or "gasp" a book once in a while