From the desk of T. Boone Pickens

Army:

What a couple of weeks it’s been and I have lots to report and something very important to ask.

There’s a new Natural Gas Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives which is headed by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK). The more than 40 bi-partisan members of the caucus held a major hearing on Capitol Hill. The Natural Gas Caucus talked about how the development of America’s natural gas resources will help set America on a path to energy independence and create millions of new jobs. It was a great event and an important message to get out there.

But here’s the really important part.

We’ve got just under 100 cosponsors of the NAT GAS Act (H.R. 1835) in the House—and that’s great—but I think we can educate more Members of Congress, build on that support and do a lot more.

Click here to email your Member of Congress and ask them to become a cosponsor of the NAT GAS Act.

I think we can get at least another 20+ cosponsors in the coming weeks so I’m calling on every member of the Army to reach out to their Member of Congress right now so that we can get to at least 120 sponsors by November 20th. I’m calling it 120 by 11-20.

I’m going to be working the phones and I need you to as well. Army, we can get this done and show Congress that it’s time to end our dependence on foreign oil.

Click here to email your Member of Congress and ask them to become a cosponsor of the NAT GAS Act.

Stay tuned because we’re going to post regular updates about our progress and highlight those members who are working to get us off foreign oil.

Let’s keep the pressure on!

– Boone

P.S. We recently ran an ad in the news publications which cover Capitol Hill. Click here to view the short video we did about this really unique ad. It’s getting people’s attention.

Oh, T Boone-Doggle:
Ruined lives and ruined land
What do you not understand?

To T Boone-Doggle’s “Army”: Y’know, the thing about an army is that it’s composed of foot soldiers who do what they’re told; they’re generally not told the real reason for what they’re doing, and they’re expendable.   Do you know what it is he’s not telling you?  What he really has you fighting for?  We do:  through that legislation he’s shilling, T Boone-Doggle wants to force the US taxpayer to foot the massive bill for a nationwide natural gas delivery infrastructure (think natural gas filling stations on every corner) and the demand for the resource that will result.  If you keep listening to his schtick,  and he succeeds,  and he doesn’t die first of decrepitude, your labors will make him rich, AGAIN – at your expense, mine, and this country’s, in every way.

That’s why he’s called T Boone-Doggle.   Don’t fall for it anymore.

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Some informed viewpoints:

“Thinking like a lawyer, my first thought was that Chesapeake’s lawyers said, “avoid drilling in the NYC watershed” because NYC has the legal resources to litigate when any accident happens in the watershed.  Additionally lawsuits usually center on the amount of damages, so an accident in the NYC watershed could generate an awful lot of monetary damages to a corporation.  That will not be the case outside the NYC watershed.  First individual landowners and small communities do not have the legal resources like the NYC law department.  Second, even if successful, the upstate plaintiff would not get the massive damages that NYC would get and so Chesapeake’s bottom line would not be threatened.”  – Mary Jo Long, Esq

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“There’s a method to their madness. This is designed to make people in NYC complacent, which will help industry in both the short-term and long-term. Short-term effect: On November 10, there’s a hearing in NYC on the dSGEIS.  If NYC is no longer worried, the turnout will be low.  Long-term effect:  Upstate NY needs NYC to bring its political clout to bear in order to achieve a statewide ban.  If citizens in NYC start to relax, it will cost the statewide movement a good deal of energy.  And of course, there’s nothing binding about this – they can change their mind anytime.  How do you know when a gas corporation rep is lying?  When you see his lips moving.”

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“This is mainly a PR stunt on the part of Chesapeake.  They are trying to dissipate opposition by making public statements, but the facts point to a very different scenario:
1. There are at least 16 other companies ready to acquire leases and drill in the Catskill / Delaware watersheds, which provide water to NYC.  Most of these companies currently have leases in Otsego County and will cross the border as soon as there is a green light from the DEC
2. Public statements on the part of Chesapeake do not cancel leases, or the ability to acquire future leases.  As the people from Colorado and Wyoming say about the gas drillers, ‘If they are moving their lips, they are lying.’
3. Only the NYS DEC, and the NYS legislature and governor, can create a ban on gas drilling within the Catskill / Delaware watersheds.  Once they do that, they will be sued.
Aubrey K. McClendon, the CEO, is just telling you what you want to hear so that you will lower your opposition during this critical period of public review.”

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From Calvin Tillman, Mayor, DISH, Texas,  recent media reports on air quality:

Cancer-causing toxin found in air near gas facilities

State says more tests needed to assess cancer risk

Scientists call for more Dish air studies

Food for thought:

  • Is this what we want here?
  • On what basis doe the DEC’s draft Supplemental Generic Impact Statement base its claim that air quality isn’t going to be much of an issue in NYS?
  • Natural gas accounts for about 24% of electricity generation in the US. What’s our individual responsibility to people living with the effects of natural gas extraction and transmission, no matter where it’s happening?

It’s past time for a real change.

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On Saturday, October 17, 2009, the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club met in Syracuse and passed a resolution calling on the NYS legislature to enact a ban on unconventional gas drilling in NYS.

To sign an online petition calling for a ban on natural gas drilling across NYS, go to:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/NY-Statewide-Ban-On-Natural-Gas-Drilling

As of October 28, 2009, the following groups have issued statements in support a state-wide ban, and/or in support the following Sierra Club resolution:

Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club
Action Otsego
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy (CCSE)
CDOG (Chenango Delaware Otsego Gas Drilling Opposition Group)
Citizens Action Alliance
Concerned Citizens of Otego
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
Environmental Working Group of Central New York
Friends of Brook Park
Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederation)
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON)
New York Climate Action Group (NYCAG)
NYH2O
More Gardens!
Shaleshock Citizens Action Alliance
Sustainable Otsego
SWiM (Safe Water Movement)

The Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club resolution

“WHEREAS extensive environmental and health damages would be caused by horizontal drilling and high pressure hydrofracturing gas extraction techniques due to the contamination of water, soil and air by the toxic chemicals used in drilling and fracturing, and the naturally occurring toxic chemicals brought to the surface from deep in the ground,

“WHEREAS these environmental and human and animal health damages will have damaging economic consequences on residential property values, and on the state’s tourism, agriculture, forestry, winery, real estate development and educational businesses,

“WHEREAS the infrastructure costs of building and repairing roads, water treatment facilities, and other public services would far exceed any economic benefit to local communities, and

“WHEREAS it is yet to be proven that the green house effects of the production and use of natural gas produced by horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing are any less than those of the production and use of coal when the life cycle emissions of natural gas production and the higher impact of methane as a green house gas are taken into account.

“Be It Resolved that the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club calls on the New York State Legislature to enact a ban on permitting gas wells that use horizontal drilling and hydro-fracturing to release gas from tight sand and shale formations such as the Marcellus.”

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Public Hearing on the dSGEIS to be held in Oneonta,

Foothills Performing Arts Center, Atrium

Monday, November 9, 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Local hearing for public comment on DEC’s Draft of the SGEIS

October 30, 2009, Oneonta, NY. The City of Oneonta and Otsego County together are holding a public hearing for citizens to voice concerns about the proposed regulations governing gas drilling in New York State.  Through the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining (SGEIS), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) defines the safeguards drilling companies must take to preserve the quality of our groundwater, and how the DEC will monitor compliance.

DEC is holding hearings in other parts of the state, but officials in Oneonta and Otsego County feel it is important to hold a more locally accessible meeting.  This is an urgent need as many property owners throughout the county have signed leases and drilling has begun on two wells.  Recent drilling accidents in Pennsylvania have caused concern among local citizens.  The quality of the SGEIS will have a major impact on the quality and quantity of the water in our lakes, rivers, aquifers and wells.

Governor Paterson requested that the DEC develop a supplemental GEIS because the process of drilling that is coming to New York State is dramatically different from traditional gas drilling.  Hydrofracturing horizontally drilled wells involves highly toxic chemicals that even in very small quantities can poison our water.  This makes it vital that the laws governing the process be rigorous.  The comment period, ending November 30, is the final opportunity for input on the document.  It is imperative that we provide the most comprehensive feedback possible to make the regulations rigorous.

Experts, environmental organizations, and landowners have expressed concerns not only on many specific items in the draft, but also on the insufficient consideration of the cumulative impacts.  The DEC is required to consider all substantive comments before issuing the final SGEIS.  Comments at this meeting should be in one of the categories the DEC considers substantive.  This includes: definition of the project; definition of each issue & conclusions about its impact; methods of mitigation; implementation.  For example, substantive comments would include topics such as whether the DEC: looks only at individual well sites without assessing impact of a significant number of wells statewide; adequately addresses the impact of this scale of water withdrawals; proposes sufficient baseline water testing; requires the rate of drilling of new wells be done in phases.

Read the parts of the 804 page document that are of most concern to you.  It is available on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58440.html , or you can see a printout at the Huntington Library.

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Published at http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/?p=4264

September 26, 2009

Dear Dr. Pierpont,

I would like to thank you for making time to read this. Also, for your excellent work on WTS. It is so similar to VAD Vibroacoustic Disease caused by low frequency noise. Initially identified in the aeronautical field, by military pilots and aircrew. I am sure you are aware of Vieques, Puerto Rico studies. The Navy bought the end of this small island for artillery practice. Poor people lived at the other end of the island. They have since suffered high cancer rates, heart problems, internal problems, and low birth weights.

I live in Texas, the state with the most gas wells (95,000+). The gas from the wells is piped to compressor stations. Our county has 130 or more compressor stations. The low frequency noise travels up to 5 miles radius, thereby overlapping.

Our director, Charles Morgan, has been diagnosed with VAD by a Dr. Wright in Indiana. Feel so bad for him. Sometimes he drives 150 miles just to sleep. His eardrums have burst twice. He has very bad headaches and burning in his veins.

We have tried all means to get to get Noise Law (1982) given to states re-enacted, to no avail. We have tried to get school districts to have a noise assessment. We have been to Austin to see Representatives and Senators. We are not trying to stop big oil & gas, just get them to give up some of those billions in profit and do the responsible thing by enclosing, or using noise abatement, on these compressor stations. Yes, even the rural ones. To protect us and the wildlife.

Could I be so bold to ask if you could do a paper or write something on this subject you know so much about? Please help us! I wear earphones and take [redacted] medicine, and can’t afford to move away.

Enclosed please find our brochure. Thank you again for your time.

Sincerely

Sharon Ward, Secretary
Fairfield, TX 75840

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What kind of system allows an industry to run amok and ruin peoples’ lives and health?

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http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20091031/NEWS01/91031008

Two teens killed in gas pipeline explosion

Two teenagers died in an early morning explosion at a gas pipeline in Carnes.

Wade White, 18, and Devon Byrd, 16, died at site of the explosion, which happened around 4 a.m. today near White’s home on Phillip White Road.

Byrd was a sophomore at Forrest County Agricultural High School and White had just graduated.

“They were two wonderful kids,” said Wanda White, Wade’s mother. “We just can’t understand what happened. My babies are gone.”

White said she and her husband were awakened by a noise early in the morning. After discovering the boys weren’t in the house, they discovered the fire just a stone’s throw from their home.

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Remember this?

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/19/world/asia/19mud.html?_r=1&ref=world

Well, never let it be said that the energy industries won’t find a way to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear:

At http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,501061211-1565620,00.html

It’s tough to put a positive spin on the massive eruption of mud that has displaced more than 12,000 people and buried a large swath of eastern Java in roiling, putrid sludge. But PT Lapindo Brantas, the Indonesian mining company widely blamed for releasing the reservoir of pressurized mud following a drilling accident last May, has come up with a novel form of damage control: sponsoring a sinetron, or Indonesian soap opera, on Surabaya TV station JTV. The 13-part series, Gali Lubang, Tutup Lubang (Digging a Hole, Filling a Hole), is a love story set among refugees left homeless by the mud volcano. “We wanted to show a real story about human interest,” says JTV executive producer Awi Setiawan, who adds that Lapindo paid about $3,300 per episode.It may cost Lapindo far more to dig itself out of this particular corporate hole, however. On Nov. 22 at least 11 people were killed by a gas pipeline explosion caused when a dike built to contain the mud flow collapsed—the latest in a string of public debacles for the company, which is part of a conglomerate controlled by the family of Aburizal Bakrie, the country’s influential Welfare Minister. In the past two months, Lapindo’s corporate parent, PT Energi Mega Persada, has unsuccessfully attempted to unload the beleaguered mining business twice: first, to another Bakrie Group subsidiary for the princely sum of $2; then to the British Virgin Islands-based investment firm Freehold Group. The latter deal collapsed last week after a public outcry, with many Indonesians fearing that the sale might prefigure an attempt by a new owner to declare Lapindo bankrupt, potentially leaving the government to pay for a disaster that one environmental group estimates has already caused $3.6 billion in damage.

Thus far, the soap opera hasn’t been enough to dispel that worry, or polish Lapindo’s befouled image. But with the mud still erupting at a rate of 120,000 cu m per day and all efforts to stanch the flow failing, there may be plenty of time for a sequel.

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