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The Marcellus Shale and Fracking

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OVERVIEW

The Marcellus Shale is a huge shale formation  in PA. 
The shale has embedded in it large amounts of natural gas. 
 Fracking means drilling down deep, deep below the auifers,
 then turning and going across the shale.
 
Millions of gallons of water, drawn from our rivers and local water sources
are then mixed with chemicals and sand and forced down at extraordinarily high
 pressures to spit the shale apart (the sand holds it open) and the gas is then released.
  
     All the gas is supposed to reach the surface and be captured for use, but that is
not the case. In addition, other very undesirable gases, such as methane and radioactive elements, such as radium, are  also released. Concrete casings sometimes crack and allow gas  into aquifers  Larger and larger "cracks" are being attempted with new technology,
 too new to know the long term results and other potentially deadly and uncontrolable features, like the triggering of earthquakes should be causing enough alarm  for both legislators and the industry to back off and properly study & report on the
consequences of what they are doing before attempting anything further.

  The process affects the water supplies of locals, not just by the introduction of
dangerous chemicals, but also by changing our rivers  due to the drawing of millions
and millions of gallons  of water.  The possibility exists that we are fouling water
 supplies and the air of major populations now and for years to come, especially 
as old wells are not able to be fully sealed and as the casings degrade.
 
 The process cannot be done , and  is not being done, safely. 
The "risk benefit" analysis for those who directly benefit financially is quite different
 than it is for those losing livlihoods, health, their lives  or the right to the peaceful enjoyment of their property.

              To understand more fully, click the links below . Inform yourself  and then
please alert others .  The powerful corporate dollars that control our elections
and change our very legislation are at play here  in spades .  Oversight and
regulation of this industry is so grossly inadequate  for a process
with so many human and environmental consequences. 
 


Every voice is needed to halt this runaway train
and to turn towards clean renewables. 

            
        
 The Latest News, Information  and Links  
              Frequently asked questions ? Yes, it  IS a local issue .....
             The Main Points - Why Fracking is so bad   
            
What You Can Do
             Movies & Short Videos to Inform You & for House Parties
             It's Your Constitutional Right ......
             Why Not Just Tax The Fracking Companies?
             Other Laws That We Need
besides Fracking Regulation
             Groups Working for Proper Regulation
             Report an incident


 

 LOCAL NEWS
Sept 27, 2010  Phila City Council unanimously passes a resolution to oppose Act 13, which was denied recently but then immediately appealed by Governor Corbett.  Abington and all towns need to lift their voices  in order to tell the courts that we want to retain our rights to control oil and gas operations in our community and to zone as we determine  suits the health, safety and  welfare of our residents.

Sept  20, 2012  Around 2,000 demonstrated  against fracking  in front of the
Convention Center in Phila as the Frackers met . 


 Nov 2011 the Governor of Delaware had the final say as the Delawre River Basin Committee
voted and fracking was continued to be denied in the Delaware Watershed - Thank you Governor 
( FYI  Pennsylvania's Governor Corbett wanted to Frack )
 

5-11 Toxic Spills    In 2010, there was 1,155,265 gallons of toxic spills from oil and gas drilling In Pennsylvania. That does not include the 53 million gallons of Marcellus toxic fracking fluid waste in 2010 DEP reports that is still "unaccounted for" in PA.nor other damage
http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/cbs-evening-news-april-12-2011-oil-gas-industry-spills-happen-all-the-time/
 http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/17/us-rivers-idUSTRE74G75P20110517

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BROKEN LINKS ALERT  

Abington Township recently completely revamped their website at the end of 2015 . All links directed to the old site were broken. We will be reinstating links as we find them and if the data is still available.  
Please  let us know if you find a broken link . Send us the name of the link and the page it is on , and if we can reinstate it, we will.

 


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