05.19.2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmEco-Industrial Park Tour
05.20.2013 6:00 pm - 05.20.2013 8:00 pm¡¡¡Pub Run!!!
05.25.2013 3:30 pm - 05.25.2013 8:30 pm[ccp] White Pines Nature Preserve Photography Workshop with David Blevins
05.25.2013 4:00 pm - 05.25.2013 8:30 pmfull moon forage and feast with kim calhoun
05.26.2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmEco-Industrial Park Tour
Main Slide Show, Chatham Images
River Basins Of North Carolins
Haw River Watershed in Chatham
Significant Natural Resources in Deep River Triassic Basin.jpg
Annual Haw River Flow Is Decreasing!
Section of North Carolina
S T Wooten Site Off Mount Gilead has contaminated the ground water
Sediment in Jordan Lake, photo by E.Chiosso 4-22-07
South Central Chatham
Rocky River, Southern Chatham
Haw River, Chatham County
Runoff from Amberly in Jordan Lake
Jordan Lake, Eastern Chatham
Chatham-Cary Joint Land Use Plan
General Location Of 120 Acre Solar Farm In Chatham Park.jpg
Rocky River, Southern Chatham
Windjam, Northern Chatham
Briar Chapel, Pakeberry Wetland Sedimentation, Northern Chatham
Westfall, Lystra Road, Northern Chatham
Briar Chapel, Northern Chatham
Westfall, Northern Chatham
Chatham Downs, Northern Chatham
Sedimentation From Westfall, Northern Chatham
Briar Chapel Sedimentation in Wetland, Northern Chatham
Impaired Waters In Chatham
Sediment in Jordan Lake, Eastern Chatham
Jordan Lake, Eastern Chatham
The Obama administration just released its first
major fracking policy--the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed rules for
fracking on 600 million acres of public land. And it’s even worse than we
feared. In a major concession to the fracking industry and its lobbying efforts,
the proposed rules are even weaker than previous drafts of the rules. And they
do nothing to close Dick Cheney’s infamous “Halliburton loophole,” which exempts
fracking from key parts of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.
The BLM is accepting public comments on its
proposed fracking rules for 30 days. We need to let the administration know that
these rules are totally inadequate. The administration needs to ban fracking on
public lands – not cave to the industry and endanger our health and safety.
Submit a public comment telling the Bureau of Land Management: Ban fracking on
federal lands. Click here to submit a comment:
Duke Energy Progress shut down the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in Wake County on Wednesday after the company discovered that the reactor vessel – which holds the plant’s nuclear fuel and contains the nuclear reaction – showed early indications of corrosion and cracking.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported Thursday morning that plant officials made the discovery earlier this week during a review of ultrasonic data that had been recorded in spring 2012.
The year-old data showed a one-quarter-inch flaw in the reactor vessel head, the term for the lid that is bolted on top of the vessel to maintain superheated water under high pressure.
It’s not clear why it took Progress a year to discover the corrosion, a question the NRC will attempt to answer in its review of the incident. General concerns about vessel head corrosion increased in the wake of the discovery in 2002 of a grapefruit-size cavity in the reactor vessel of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio, which is owned by FirstEnergy Corp.
By IAN AUSTEN Published: May 17, 2013
WINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other side of the Detroit River.
Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.
And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it.Read article here
The company is controlled by Charles and David Koch, wealthy industrialists who back a number of conservative and libertarian causes including activist groups that challenge the science behind climate change. The company sells the high-sulfur, high-carbon waste, usually overseas, where it is burned as fuel.
Impacts in Arkansas; Question assumptions about fracking
The same team that found high methane levels in water from well close to fracking operations in PA are now reporting that water wells close to fracked gas well in Arkansas don't show elevated methane. The authors emphasize, however, that the local geology could be very important for the risk of groundwater contamination, and note the need for a lot more research, particularly in NC. The apparent lack of impacts on groundwater above the Fayetteville shale in Arkansas contrasts sharply with severe toxic air pollution observed around fracking operation, and significant earthquake activity from deep injection of frack wastewater. Every region's unique geology and likely specific state fracking regulations as well, play key roles in what kinds of impacts occur, but impacts on communities wherever fracking occurs lead activists to refer to them as "sacrifice zones".
The Richmond County Daily Journal editorial below (reprinted from the W-S Journal) says that if fracking comes to NC it could boost the state’s economy, but the industry should not be allowed to set the rules. We certainly agree that industry shouldn’t make the rules, but have to question who in NC would benefit from gas development. Once a gas reservoir is exploited, industry moves on, leaving communities to deal with the economic bust and captive markets that follow. Volatile revenue leads to poor local planning and lack of accountability, demands on government services rise, expectation of wealth from the resource reduces long term economic diversity, housing and labor costs rise, and many jobs available to community members are only temporary (such as driving trucks). Further, Ohio is named as having a “well regulated” fracking industry, a conclusion that many in impacted communities would strenuously oppose http://www.dontfrackoh.org/category/news/.
- May 17, 9 AM, Sanford (2420 Tramway Rd): Compulsory Pooling study group meeting. Agenda will be posted here.
- May 20, 7 PM, Rocky Mount (Unitarian Univ. Fellowship Hall). The Rush to Frack: Why NC is Vulnerable and What You Can Do (presented by Hope Taylor). Medoc group (NC Sierra). Call Margaret at (252) 985-1804
- May 28, 7 PM, Hillsborough (3616 Schley Rd): Fracking Discussion w/Prof. Rob Jackson. See flyer for details
- May 30, 3-7:30 PM (Drop in session), Sanford (1403 N. Horner Blvd): Do You Own Your Mineral Rights? Workshop with the Cumnock Preservation Association. Contact Debbie Hall, (919)775-7506, or Therese Vick, (919)345-3673, for more information.
Groundwater Unaffected by Shale Gas Production in Arkansas
“A new study by scientists at Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas. "Our results show no discernible impairment of groundwater quality in areas associated with natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in this region," said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.” May 15, Science Daily Click here to review the Abstract.
All Around the Country, Regulators are getting Bullied Over Fracking.
More than four years after America's hydraulic fracturing boom kicked off, conflicts of interest between officials charged with regulating the controversial practice and the oil and gas industry remain widespread. May 16, Business Insider
Breaking: Interior Department Bows to Pressure from Oil and Gas Industry, Weakens Fracking Rules
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed an updated set of rules governing hydraulic fracturing, on public lands today. The controversial oil and gas development technique—in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth to force oil and gas from underground deposits—has been linked to air and water pollution and public health problems. May 16, EcoWatch
Natural gas industry has a 'fracking' wastewater problem, study says
“The current boom in U.S. natural gas production from glassy shale rock formations is poised to usher in an era of energy independence and could bridge the gap between today's fossil-fuel age and a clean-energy future. But that future may be swamped in a legacy of wastewater, a new study suggests.” May 16, NBC Science
Bill: Ban fracking pollutants for treatment or dumping in state
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk was joined Wednesday by opponents of the natural gas drilling technique known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing to announce she'll introduce a bill to ban ‘the treatment, discharge, disposal, transportation or storage’ of hydrofracking waste products in New York state.’” May 15, Times Union (Albany, NY)
Faulkner County: ExxonMobil's "Sacrifice Zone" for Tar Sands Pipelines, Fracking
There are few better examples of a "sacrifice zone" for ExxonMobil and the fossil fuel industry at-large than Faulkner County, Arkansas and the counties surrounding it. May 15, DeSmogBlog
Getting a handle on the economic effects of drilling in NC
“Like many public issues, drilling for energy resources in our country has both strong advocates and equally vocal critics. Supporters see domestic energy development as a route to national energy self-sufficiency and lower fuel prices. Detractors worry about possible costs to the environment and our health. North Carolina has joined this debate. Estimates show our state has the largest reservoirs of off-shore energy resources of any East Coast state. There are also thought to be significant supplies of natural gas underground in the central part of the state.” May 16 , News and Observer
Industry can’t set fracking rules (Rockingham, NC)
“We’re disturbed that a new rule set for approval by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission requiring some disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing was withdrawn at the request of industry giant Halliburton. Fracking could be economically beneficially here if done right, but the recent move does not fit that standard.” May 16, Richmond County Daily Journal
Yesterday, a state Senate committee approved legislation (Senate Bill 5151) that would violate the Clean Water Act and put the drinking water supply of almost half a million North Carolinians at risk.
If passed, S515 would repeal important protections for North Carolina’s Jordan Lake, which were enacted (after years of negotiation) in 2009 to clean up this vital drinking water source. Send a message to your state legislators and urge them to oppose S515 today:
This backwards bill would essentially wish away current pollution in Jordan Lake rather than controlling the pollution at the source, as required under the Clean Water Act. North Carolina shouldn’t be letting polluters off the hook while our water quality is at risk. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird summed up this logic best, “It’s a law of nature. What happens upstream, what you put in the water, ends up downstream."2
Sponsors of S515 have argued that we cannot be sure that the Jordan Lake rules will clean up the lake and meet water quality requirements. They’re wrong. These rules will greatly improve water quality in the lake, protect public health, and benefit the region’s economy. Jordan Lake is not just a critical source of drinking water in the Triangle region, it’s also an important recreational destination for the whole state.
Tell your state legislators to oppose S515 and protect the Jordan Lake rules because delaying the clean-up will only increase costs over time. http://action.ncconservationnetwork.org/JordanLakeRules