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FRACKERS REBRANDING FRACKING

September 25, 2014

This post was originally published by Dory Hippauf at No Fracking Way.

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When a product or corporation takes a hit in public opinion, one of the steps that will be taken is to change their name or roll out a rebranding campaign. Led by their front group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), frackers are rebranding fracking. Or to put it another way, they are putting a pretty red bow on a pile of poop.

How much are they spending on this fracking rebranding campaign? They won’t say. It’s proprietary, hush hush, in the same fashion as the super-double secret ingredients in the chemicals used in fracking.

With the blessings of the Heritage Foundation, a right wing think tank, the fracking ad campaign feature actors , including a little girl, saying “ Fracking’s a good word”, “Fracking Rocks” and “Fracking: Rock Solid for PA” .

The astroturf industry group, United Shale Advocates has the ad up on their youtube channel titled Rock Solid Facts. Not surprising, the ad is a rerun of the same pile of talking point poop the industry has been promoting all along.

A few years ago, the industry shied away from the word “Fracking”.  They thought it was obscene.

People agreed, fracking is obscene.

Today they are embracing the obscene word as much as they have embraced the obscene practice of drilling, fracking and extraction of fossil fuels, while neglecting to mention the consequences this has on real people.

FRACKING ROCKS?
So, fracking is a good word and it rocks?

Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of Dish, Texas who was forced to leave his town to protect the health of his family after fracking and associated industrial activities created an unlivable situation and doesn’t think Fracking is a good word when it rocked his family.

Deborah Rogers of Fort Worth, Texas, who experienced nausea and severe headaches and nosebleeds, as well as asphyxiation of goats and chickens, after toxic fracking chemicals were found on her property and doesn’t think Fracking is a good word when it rocked her life.

The Ruggiero family of Wise County, Texas, who suffered debilitating health problems and significant losses in property value due to air and water contamination from a spill left unreported by a nearby fracking operation and doesn’t think Fracking is a good word when it rocked his family.

And there are at least 243 families in Pennsylvania whose lives have been rocked by fracking and don’t think fracking is a good word. The List of the Harmed highlights 6,154 families from all over the country who have been rocked by fracking and fossil fuel industrialization.

In February 2014, a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Bobtown, PA. The ensuing fire burned for 5 days and killed one worker. chevronpizza

Nearby residents were evacuated.

Chevron rocked the community with a coupon for a free large SUPREME pizza and a 2-liter bottle of soda.

Areas in Youngstown OH, Azel TX, Oklahoma City OK, Conway AR have been rocked with earthquakes associated with frack liquid injection wells and fracking. It’s unknown if residents of these communities received a free pizza.

As another industry front group, America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) says “Think About It”.

Many who have had their world rocked by fracking have thought about it, and don’t think Fracking’s a good word, no matter how many pretty red bows are put on it.

©2014 by Dory Hippauf

SHALEFIELD STORIES

February 1, 2014

This post was originally published by Dory Hippauf at No Fracking Way.

Shalefield storiesEnvironment America Research & Policy Center joined residents living on the frontlines of fracking who recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations in a new book called Shalefield Stories.

“Behind the alarming numbers the outline fracking’s environmental impacts, there are real people whose lives have been gravely impacted by these polluting practices,” said John Rumpler, Senior Attorney for Environment America Research & Policy Center. “These are their stories, and we would be wise to heed their words of warning on fracking.”

Shalefield Stories was compiled by individual residents in Pennsylvania, who arranged for Environment America Research & Policy Center to release it across the country today.   These are the stories of those who are “living the drill” and how their lives have been sacrificed.

Carol French, a Dairy Farmer was told by Chesapeake Energy she could not talk about “white water”.  Chesapeake told me I am not allowed to talk about this white water. I’ve never seen my water gel, and when I told the guy from Chesapeake that he paused, and he says, “How far down in the jar does it gel?”

Judy Armstrong Stiles has lost her home, her health and her husband.  In February 2011, Carl developed intestinal cancer and had his intestines removed. Her daughter, five months pregnant, suffering from seizures, had lead poisoning. Since Chesapeake Energy does not have to reveal the chemicals that they use, our doctors could not treat us for fear of causing a reaction with other unknown chemicals or minerals.

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Jamie Frederick: “Our little house, in the middle of the woods, will soon be in the middle of a toxic wasteland, as Bocor prepares to cut down the remaining trees to put in the pipelines and compressor stations that will eventually connect the wells. We have already had a blowout of at least one well, a chemical spill, and a tear in a waste pit liner. Forty- seven wells, including injection wells, already cover the 12 square miles that is Coitsville, even surrounding the wildlife preserve.”

The people within the pages of Shalefield Stories are only a few of the many individuals and families directly impacted by fracking operations. In some cases, residents affected by fracking are no longer able to talk about their experiences because of gag orders contained in their legal settlements with the drilling operator. One tally called List of the Harmed shows more than 4,800 individuals adversely affected by oil and gas incidents.

All proceeds from the sales of the Shalefield Stories go directly towards helping those in harm’s way.

Visit the Shalefield Stories on Facebook and keep up to date.  Find out what the fossil fuel industry doesn’t want you to know.  When you see an advertisement from the fossil fuel industry that asks you to “think about it”, please do so, and after reading Shalefield Stories you will need to think about it again.

To obtain printed copies of Shalefield Stories, please contact
Steel Valley Printers
107 East 8th Ave.,
Homestead, PA 15120,
(412) 461-5650.

All proceeds from the sales of go directly towards helping those who have been adversely impacted from living in the Shalefields.

NATURAL GAS DOES THAT

August 26, 2013

This post was originally published by Dory Hippauf at No Fracking Way | No Fracking Way.

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The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), an industry supported group, put out a press release in June 2013 announcing their latest PR campaign called “Natural Gas Does That” .    The cartoon driven video, complete with frack-in-th-box musak, takes the viewer though things that natural gas does.

 After watching the video and reading more about the MSC PR campaign, a collaborative effort by Gloria from Marcellus Protest , Hillary, a self described PA mother and the Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB) emerged.  They took a closer look at it and found there is a lot more that natural gas does.  

They decided to correct the oversight of things that were left out in the MSC campaign. 

 CLICK HERE FOR MOB: NATURAL GAS DOES THAT! 

The series of photos show how natural gas illuminates the night sky, reinvents water sources, makes tap water entertaining and more. 

I have been told, they are looking for more suggestions about what natural gas does (or doesn’t do). 

MOB is also on FACEBOOK.  Check’em out, give them a “Like”.

THINK ABOUT IT 

Whether it’s not to be outdone, or created as a companion PR campaign, America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), another industry backed group has launched their “Think About It” (TAI) website.   I’ve heard ads on our local public radio station for it. 

No surprises, TAI is new packaging for the same tired talking points we’ve been hearing repeated by every industry spokesperson, industry backed organization, more than a few government agencies and politicians.   

So go ahead and “Think About IT”, then THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN, and think about all that natural gas does that the industry doesn’t want you to think about. 

(c) 2013 by Dory Hippauf

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KATHRYN “JOBS JOBS JOBS” KLABER DEPARTS

July 27, 2013

This post was originally published by Dory Hippauf at No Fracking Way | No Fracking Way.

klaberIf you are involved in fighting the frack, you are probably aware of who the woman pictured on the left.  If not – it’s Kathryn Klaber, Executive Director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC).

Or should I say the soon to be former Executive Director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Soon to be former? YEP, MSC announced this week that Kathryn “JOBS JOBS JOBS” Klaber will be leaving “some time within the next few months”.

However, before you start singing Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead, just because one Executive Director is gone doesn’t mean the entire natural gas industry funded front group is gone.  It’s just going to be a name change on the Executive Director’s office door.

What will be the new name on the office door?  We don’t know, MSC is planning on conduction a nationwide search.  This says to me, there is no one currently with MSC who is “qualified” or interested in the position.

My guess is the new MSC Executive Director will be plucked from lobbying industry, and given the industry’s tendency to be enamored by appearances; it may be a former beauty queen.

A couple of possibilities may be Regina Hooper and Brooke Alexander.hopper

America’s Natural Gas Association (ANGA) is another industry front group co-founded by the former Chesapeake Energy CEO, Aubrey McClendon.

A few day prior to the Chesapeake announcing Aubrey McClendon’s “cvoluntary early retirement”, Regina Hopper resigned as ANGA CEO.  Hopper was a Miss Arkansas in 1983 (In  2009, Hopper returned as emcee of the show).  She later joined the Miss America Board of Directors.

brooke1Another former beauty queen for ANGA is Brooke Alexander.  You probably know her best from ANGA TV Commercials.

In 1980 she was Miss Hawaii World, later crowned Miss World America, giving her the right to compete in the 1980 Miss World pageant where she placed as 6th runner-up.

She is best known for her role as con-artist Samantha Markham in As the World Turns (1994–1996), and seems to have put that acting experience to work as the ANGA spokeswoman.

Either women would be able to handle the MSC Executive Director position.

Based on assessing Klaber’s past performances, all that is needed is to smile and say “JOBS JOBS JOBS” as many times as possible when talking about fracking the Marcellus Shale.

Meanwhile, where will Klaber end up?  Probably in Washington DC as a lobbyist, because as you see, the Natural Gas does create jobs, just not the ones we would expect.

© 2013 by Dory Hippauf

 

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KATHLEEN MCGINTY NEEDS GAS-X

June 22, 2013

This post was originally published by Dory Hippauf at No Fracking Way | No Fracking Way.

GAS-XFormer Governor Rendell recently criticized the PA Democratic Party for their adoption of the resolution of a fracking moratorium.

Rendell, who has indirect ties to the gas industry, told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that the party’s call to put the brakes on fracking puts it at odds with 2 of his past environmental protection secretaries – John Hanger and Kathleen McGinty – both Democrats now running for governor.

“It’s very ill-advised,” Rendell said. “The two biggest environmentalists in the state, who are both running for governor, both approved of fracking, permitted it and moved to put in place changes that have dramatically reformed the fracking process.”

Earlier this year, Rendell intervened with the EPA on behalf of Range Resources.  Rendell says gas driller Range Resources never authorized him to speak on their behalf to the EPA about a Texas contamination case.

Related:  Rendell the Lobbyist – Home on the Range

The top three aspiring Democratic Candidates looking to occupy the Pennsylvania Governor’s office are the former DEP secretary John Hanger, another former DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty, and US Representative Allyson Swartz (D-Montgomery County).

All three pretty much ignores the damages, hazards and impact the gas industry is having on Pennsylvania, and wave around the industry talking point of “Jobs jobs jobs”.  All three are also spouting sound bite variations of “responsible drilling”.

All three have their “gas connections”, so let’s start with McGinty.

MCGINTY LEAVES HER “DAY JOB”

In April of 2013, McGinty stated “I’m definitely in. I’ve gone ahead and I’ve secured significant financial commitments to my campaign, the better part of $1 million, and I quit my day job.”   How much in significant financial commitments and from who is unknown at this time, we’ll have to wait for the campaign to file its disclosures.

Let us look at her “day jobs”.

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From 1989 to 1993, she was a legislative aide to the then Senator Al Gore.   McGinty became head of White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under former President Bill Clinton from 1993 through 1998.

In 2003, she left CEQ to become the Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP) under the then Governor Ed Rendell.

McGinty argued that she approached environmental regulation from a pro-economic growth perspective. “My approach to environmental challenges, from my first days in working in the environmental area, has been to see in them economic opportunities in disguise — to see that an environmental problem is really some business’s invitation to invent a new technology, to enhance productivity, to improve efficiency, and to grow their bottom line,” she said in an interview with Grist in 2005.

She left her post as DEP secretary in July of 2008.  By 2009 she became an operating partner with Element Partners.  Former Governor Rendell became an operating partner at Element in 2011.

 “ELEMENT”ARY GAS CONNECTIONS

In January 2011 Element Partners announced the formation of Agility Fuel Systems, Inc. (“Agility,” or “the Company”) through the merger of FAB Industries and Enviromech Industries, two leading providers of alternative fuel systems for commercial trucks, buses and specialty vehicles. Agility engineers, manufactures, installs, and services on-vehicle fueling systems, with a focus on compressed and liquid natural gas fuels.

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Element Partners characterizes their investments in the gas industry as being “environmental friendly drilling”.     In April 2012, Element Partners invested in a company called Environmental Drilling Solutions, Inc. (EDS).    EDS states it is the leading provider of closed-loop drilling solids control services to North American oil & gas industry.

According to David Lincoln, one of Element’s managing partners “The solids that go through EDS’ systems can be used to build roads and the company is working with some asphalt and paving businesses to have them used that way. “

Just what we want – to be able to drive on fracking contaminated roads.

MCGINTY THEN AND NOW

As DEP Secretary, McGinty appointed Kathryn Klaber to the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC).

Yes, the same Kathryn Klaber who is now the Executive Director for the Marcellus Shale Coalition.  Klaber was reconfirmed by McGinty’s successor, John Hanger, and as of Feb 2013, Klaber is still listed as an AQTAC member.

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McGinty is on the Board of Directors for Iberdrola Renewables, which is Spain’s largest power company and leads the Spanish industry in the construction of combined cycle gas plants.  Iberdrola Renewables, LLC operates more than 621 MW of gas-fired generation and more than 129 BCF of owned and contracted U.S. natural gas storage.

Per the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) : The combination of renewable energy and natural gas holds great promise for a more diverse power supply, grid reliability and the potential to reduce the environmental impact of energy use. Natural gas addresses intermittency and variability and renewables address price volatility. Along with key partners in the renewable energy, natural gas and utility sectors, ACORE is convening a series of high-level meetings to explore the potential for renewable energy and natural gas interoperability.  McGinty is an Advisory Board member of ACORE.

McGinty serves on the Board of Directors for NRG Energy.   NRG Energy is a wholesale power generation company with ownership in 47 coal, oil and natural gas plants worldwide.

In 2010, McGinty joined Weston Solutions as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Strategic Growth – Green Development Team.

Weston Solutions is promoting natural gas a “clean energy”:

 “Clean energy offers a cost-effective way to meet our nation’s growing demand for electricity and natural gas while reducing emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, lowering consumers’ energy bills, and improving the reliability and security of our energy system.”

Weston Solutions is a subsidiary of Western Solutions Holdings.   Weston Solutions has also retained K&L Gates as a lobbyist, although according to OpenSecrets.com no payments have been reported by Weston to K&L.

Both Weston Solutions and K&L Gates are listed as members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.   Weston Solutions is also a member of the American Petroleum Institute (API).

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In 2012, Weston Solutions ran tests on split water samples for Chesapeake Energy.  The tests were on 14 water wells and 1 spring in Bradford County.  Weston stated in the executive summary that the testing found no contamination due to gas drilling.  Surprised?

On the board of Weston Solutions Holdings, Inc is Thomas W. Hoog of Hill & Knowlton, Inc.   Hill & Knowlton are probably best known for their public relations campaign on behalf of the tobacco industry which told America that tobacco had no verifiable links to cancer.

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) spent $80million in 2012 for their public relations campaign which included the services of Hill & Knowlton.   One of ANGA’s co-founders is Aubrey McClendon, the now former CEO of Chesapeake Energy.

US DOE NATURAL GAS SUBCOMMITTEE

McGinty in on the US Department of Energy (DOE) Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Safety of Shale Gas Development.

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 NEW YORK FRACKING

mcginty07Per Steve Horn of DeSmog Blog:  The ICF/New York Fracking Decision Connection

ICF Consulting is a thread tying the forthcoming fracking decision in New York by Democratic Party Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the Obama State Department decision on the Keystone XL.

Though ICF doesn’t list its clients on its website, its vice president Karl Hausker is the husband of Kathleen (“Katie”) McGinty, one of the members of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel.

McGinty formerly served as Vice President Al Gore’s top climate aide under the Clinton Administration, segueing from that position into one as chair of the Clinton Council on Environmental Quality from 1993-1998. From 2003-2008, she served as head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, helping usher in the state’s ongoing fracking boom.

Named as a member of the industry-stacked Obama DOE fracking subcommittee in May 2011, McGinty now works as an Operating Partner alongside Rendell at Element Partners, a Philadelphia, PA-based firm that has capital investments in several firms operating in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Marcellus Shale. McGinty also serves on the Board of Directors of NRG Energy, an electricity-generating utilities corporation that owns natural gas-fired power plants around the U.S.

Tying it all together, Ernest Moniz is leaving his position on ICF’s Board and his professorship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a major “frackademic,” to serve as head of the Obama DOE.

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PENNSYLVANIA SHOULD BE THE BLUE-COLLAR SILICON VALLEY

In September 2012, McGinty penned an op-ed entitled “Energy: Clear benefits of Obama’s forward-looking agenda”.  She hits all the Obama and Gas talking points about “secure” energy production, jobs, “clean domestic source”, jobs, 100 years of natural gas, and jobs.

Related:  The Message – What the Natural Gas Industry Is Not Saying

Over half of the op-ed is dedicated to hyping the benefits of natural gas.  Look for more of this in her campaign speeches and advertisements in addition to sound bites about “responsible and safe” drilling.

McGinty says Corbett had failed to take full advantage of the state’s life-sciences industry and massive shale oil reserves to create jobs. She said her experience in business and as an environmental regulator equipped her to bring disparate interests together.

She said the natural gas and world-class engineering programs at colleges and universities should be harnessed to revive manufacturing. “Pennsylvania should be the blue-collar Silicon Valley of the U.S.,” McGinty said.

Pennsylvania should be the blue-collar Silicon Valley?  Wait a minute, aren’t we suppose to be New Texas and the Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas?

Between the sound bites, ignoring the natural gas disaster happening in slow-motion – Pennsylvania won’t be a New Texas, it won’t be the Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas, and it won’t be a blue-collar Silicon Valley.  What it will be is a 45,310 square mile toxic waste dump, and Pennsylvanians will be paying for it with the tax dollars, their health and their lives.

With a Democratic candidate like this – who needs Republicans?

©2013 by Dory Hippauf

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