Toward Healthy Energy Solutions.

Posted February 17, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Science is the search for truth – it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.”

– Linus Pauling (1901-1994)

smoky mt-1In the United States shale gas was 2% of the total natural gas produced in 2000. In the year 2014 that percentage has risen to 40% of the total natural gas. Gas from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has become a phenomenon in America, and remains a controversial subject due to limited knowledge of the process by the people.

For those men and women who have concerns or wish to learn more about fracking, an organization “Physicians, Scientists, And Engineers for Healthy Energy” was formed to allow people to study transparent non-biased information on important energy topics. Their information comes from a multi-disciplinary framework with contributions from educated men and women in various fields on all aspects of energy production on Earth.

The group focuses on producing highly vetted knowledge on one of the most important subjects in the world: energy, its sources, the hazards and promise of the various energy production options, as well as societal concerns from those optional forms. Energy is essential for every human being in the world, so this organization, one of the first, if not the first of its kind, offers the public, government officials, and business an excellent source of accurate study on the consequences, negative or positive, of different energies available.

People in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and New York, where the giant Marcellus shale deposits are located will be especially interested in visiting this organization’s website psehealthyenergy.org, because the future in this region may include fracking wells numbering in the hundreds of thousands. People in states considering fracking would make the right decision by spending some time on the groups website, as the knowledge offered there is important and highly relevant.

Given the global dimension of fracking, people around the world would do well to learn at psehealthyenergy.org as many nations have either begun drilling, are considering it, or are experiencing regrets about deciding to frack.  PSE for Healthy Energy offers a unique and important source of top-notch scientific research and study.

Some facts about fracking:

Wells get drilled to depths from 5,000 to 10,000 feet

3-5 millions gallons of fluid are required per well

2-3% of the fluids consists of chemicals needed for the process

Companies are not required to report all of those chemicals

To a large extent, fracking companies cannot be sued for damages due to the “Cheney Rule”

Methane from fracking is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2

Comprehensive environmental impacts have not been conducted and determined

In the state of Pennsylvania 7,000 wells have gone up, of which approximately one-half have been fracked. The state has seen a significant number of complaints about the effects of fracking, mostly about drinking water contamination. Pennsylvania projects for the future that 100,000 wells will become drilled, and since the relatively small number of wells that have been fracked has resulted in a large number of citizen complaints, the urgency of intense research and study only increases.

This is where absolute relevance of an organization like Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy becomes recognized, because education on fracking and alternatives is essential for citizen’s awareness of the issues, and offers the best chance for good decision-making going forward. In America there are very few, if any, news organizations educating the public on hydraulic fracturing – the positives and negatives. On the one hand there are economic positives, and then there are negative consequences – most importantly drinking water contamination from fracking chemicals.

The work done by PSE for Healthy Energy is critically important because the best minds on the issues of energy production are making sincere efforts to get the science right in the one or two decades most scientists feel are left to reverse adverse environmental effects from fossil fuels.

The greatest danger facing humanity is higher temperatures which accelerate an already melting permafrost in the Arctic regions, threatening the Earth with massive methane releases of catastrophic dimensions. Given the great increase in fracking around the world it is important that science is relied upon for good knowledge of its consequences.

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Mr. Jake Hays of PSE for Healthy Energy gives a short talk from January 2014 in the following video. If you have concerns about future decisions regarding energy production options for the men, women, and children of the world, please visit psehealthyenergy.org.

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(Thank you We Are Change CT @ YouTube)

‘Queen Of Canada’ Silent On Hydraulic Fracturing.

English: Elsipogtog (Big Cove) Health Centre, ...
English: Elsipogtog (Big Cove) Health Centre, Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted December 31, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Queen Elizabeth has been mum on what is occurring in her nation of Canada surrounding fracking. Perhaps someone can help me out here. Are reports true that the queen and the “royal” family own Canada? I realize it is a whopper of a question, and perhaps totally naïve, but I would be interested to know if it was possible that a family in 2014 can own an entire nation.

Having written a few articles on hydraulic fracturing I decided to find out what has gone on in Canada recently. The following 25-minute video report was produced by Al Jazeera English, and evidently the mini-documentary was blocked/censored for viewing by Americans. It is an excellent work of investigative journalism. Canada, like many nations around the world, has begun to accelerate fracking operations. There have been many controversies over the practice, including the so-called “Cheney” law, which protects fracking companies from being sued for certain environmental damages their operations produce.

The essential argument against fracking is about contamination of drinking water supplies. In the fracking debate of Canada during the past few weeks First Nation people have protested vigorously to stop fracking, so there is a battle of life philosophies at the heart of the conflict. On one side are corporations who stand to profit from fracking, and on the other are Native people and others who believe that water is essential to life.

What complicates things in Canada is the question of whether or not the Canadian government has properly consulted with Canada’s indigenous people before moving forward. According to the indigenous people, treaties signed hundreds of years ago contain language that requires a cooperative effort when it comes to actions which will possibly ruin land or water – language they claim still applies today in 2014.

Because there is a feeling that the provincial government in Canada where fracking may begin did not fulfill treaty language, that the government did not contact and consult with indigenous leaders, the response has been protest, blockage of highways, and skirmishes. The situation has gained international attention, especially by people in nations where similar controversies over fracking exist. In Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, Canada it is yet unknown whether fracking will occur or not.

In New Brunswick, Canada and nations around the world democracy is on trial when it comes to hydraulic fracturing. At stake is the power of citizens to organize their land and world in ways that they want, without a handful of powerful and wealthy people vetoing that people power.

If anyone reading this runs into Queen Elizabeth – the ‘Queen of Canada’ – please ask her to offer her wisdom to resolve this fracking debate in Canada in a way which will guarantee the greatest health and well-being of all the people of Canada. Surely she must possess the wisdom to suggest the highest, noblest solution to this difference of opinion. Only persons who possess the greatest wisdom in the land rise to become “royalty”.

Right?…

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(Thanks to Courtney Harrop @ YouTube)

Triple Divide: Powerful Fracking Documentary.

Triple Divide Santino Poster
Triple Divide Santino Poster (Photo credit: Public Herald)

Posted September 26, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“Triple Divide” is a powerful documentary on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, which has become a worldwide phenomenon and source of contention. The negative consequences of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it is commonly called, have become more well-known recently. The most negative aspect of fracking is the contamination of groundwater aquifers and the environment with chemicals and poisons which cause people, animals and plants to become sick.

There are other negative consequences as well, including the reduction in value of homes surrounding hydraulic fracturing well sites and families losing their ability to sustain a living, or remain where they live because of health concerns caused by fracking in their areas.

There are those who hold the view that fracking operations are a good thing because they increase economic activity and jobs in regions where times are tough. Others hold that the price that is paid for allowing fracking is too high with destruction of the environment-mainly drinking water upon which all life depends.

Documentary film critics have called Triple Divide the most powerful film to date on the hydraulic fracturing phenomenon. As the fracking debate has grown into a worldwide debate, the film has become more widely known by the people of the Earth. The producers and directors of Triple Debate edited the film in a way which simply conveys the facts, without pushing the viewer in any pre-conceived direction, or leading him or her to the filmmakers’ views on fracking.

Go to tripledividefilm.org for more information on this important, timely documentary.

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Pittsburgh was the first city to ban fracking as a result of the city council taking democracy into their own hands. Because of the legal environment surrounding fracking, where local communities have found themselves somewhat helpless to stop drilling in their areas, a powerful democracy movement, where the people realize that their state and federal governments will not address their concerns, has grown. Small, medium and large cities, as well as counties, have come to draft a “Community Bill of Rights” to practice true and real democracy.

On the issue of fracking people around the world are now taking matters into their own hands, to protect their own and their neighbors’ health and welfare from corporate harm. This resort to true democracy was inevitable because people have come to the point where they must save their own lives. Their elected leaders and corporations involved with fracking will not come to the aid of people who have legitimate concerns and proven health problems.

An organization that leads the way on this true democracy movement is the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). If you or anyone you know faces the prospect of hydraulic fracturing with its negative health and welfare consequences, go to celdf.org for information on how communities around the world are stopping the drilling.

Hydraulic Fracturing. A Very Important Issue For Humanity.

English: Renewable Energies: Biogas (fermenter...
English: Renewable Energies: Biogas (fermenter), wind power and photovoltaics on a farm in Horstedt (Schleswig-Holstein/ Germany) Deutsch: Erneuerbare Energie: Biogas (Fermenter), Windkraftanlage und Photovoltaik-Paneele (Solarzellen) auf einem landwirtschaftlichen Betrieb in Horstedt (Schleswig-Holstein/Deutschland) Français : Energies renouvelables: Biogaz (fermentation), éolienne, et panneaux photo-voltaïques dans une ferme à Horstedt (Schleswig-Holstein, Allemagne) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted August 20, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The Earth is not his brother, but his enemy-and when he has conquered it, he moves on.”

Chief Seattle

This quote by Chief Seattle is relevant to the issue of hydraulic fracturing, because he accurately describes what occurred in his time and continues to this day. That men will harm the land without regard to the health and well-being of people, animals and plant life is a fact which history shows without a doubt.

With a small amount of time looking into fracking we have learned a few things, most notably from the truth-out.org interview of former Mobil executive Louis W. Allstadt. His mention of the removal of EPA findings from New York State Guidelines, which showed possible negative consequences from fracking was a revelation. This moved him to become involved in the state of New York.

Mr. Allstadt’s speaking of the waste of years where renewable energies was not brought online in the United States shows a lack of focus from the United States government and business community. While European countries, notably Germany, have been bringing renewable energies to their citizens, the United States has stuck with things as they are, falling behind in the manufacturing of energy technologies of the future.

China has become a world leader in solar technology manufacturing. Louis Allstadt pointed out that oil and gas executives call natural gas from fracking a bridge to the renewable future, but that nobody is building the bridge-the solar, wind, biofuel etc, facilities to manufacture the equipment people can install on their homes and commercial buildings.

It is time to get to the truth on the issue of hydraulic fracturing. Bring in the top academicians, scientists and experts in the world on this technology and get the thing resolved. You can do it over Skype, for God’s sake. Governments around the world can arrange such a high-level discussion on this issue, in every country where citizens have expressed genuine concerns.

Given the potential consequences for this generation and future generations, especially when all living things need water to survive, it is irresponsible for world leaders to not tackle this issue in a spiritually mature way which looks out for the welfare of all people on this Earth.

Or does Laura Cunningham in the following video, who decided to write a play about fracking titled “Frack Off” to quell the out-of-kilter emotions displayed in the discussions about this important issue, represent the highest level of discussion we will see?

God bless Ms. Cunningham for trying to help bring about rational discussions. 

It is time for world leaders, for humanity, to step up its game on hydraulic fracturing.

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