Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Friday 12th April; the pristine Kimberley coast is saved from the development of the worlds 2nd largest LNG processing precinct. After Woodside and JVPs announce the development of the Premirers prefered site is too expensive. The battle is far from over as the Premiere tries to push ahead but nothing will dampen the spirit of the Goolarabooloo family and the Broome community


  1. Fracking for uranium, first accidentally, and now on purpose

    What has 92 protons, deforms growing children, sickens adults, and is being squeezed out of its underground lair by frackers operating in Pennsylvania?

    U[hh], uranium!

    The toxic and radioactive heavy metal is naturally trapped in the Marcellus shale, the fossil-fuel-laden rock formation popular with frackers that stretches from upstate New York through Pennsylvania to West Virginia and Ohio. We know the uranium is in there, and we know fracking sets it free, because scientists have been saying as much for years.

    Pennsylvania is finally launching a systematic study to measure uranium contamination caused by fracking. From Shale Reporter:

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection this month will begin testing for radioactivity in waste products from natural gas well drilling.

    In addition to analyzing wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, the study also will analyze radioactivity in drill cuttings, drilling mud, drilling equipment, treatment solids and sediments at well pads, wastewater treatment and disposal facilities and landfill leachate, among others.

    The study also will test radiation levels for the equipment involved in the transportation, storage and disposal of drilling wastes.

    The U.S. Geological Survey found in 2011 that fracking wastewater wells in the northeastern U.S. were contaminated with uranium at levels 300 times greater than the national limit for nuclear plant discharges. Yet Pennsylvania has insisted that there is no problem. The state was reluctant even to test for uranium in fracking wastewater. Now the state has agreed to study the issue, but officials insist that the studies will not reveal anything of any concern to anybody. From a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection:

    Based on current data, regulations and industry practices, there is no indication that the public or workers in the oil and gas industry face health risks from exposure to radiation from [fracking waste and equipment].

    Meanwhile, the realization that fracking dislodges uranium particles has lit up nuclear-powered lightbulbs over the metaphorical heads of some energy executives. From a February report in Forbes:

    [Uranium Energy Corp. CEO Amir] Adnani insists that he can close [America's] yellowcake gap through a technology that is similar to the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has created the South Texas energy boom. Fracking for uranium isn’t vastly different from fracking for natural gas. UEC bores under ranchland into layers of highly porous rock that not only contain uranium ore but also hold precious groundwater. Then it injects oxygenated water down into the sand to dissolve out the uranium. The resulting solution is slurped out with pumps, then processed and dried at the company’s Hobson plant.

    Fracking for uranium. Energy companies are already doing it accidentally as they frack for natural gas, so what could possibly go wrong once it’s done deliberately ?

  2. Drovers Cattle network.

    Farmers join group against fracking in New York

    Farmers, health and environmental organizations and other New Yorkers concerned about food safety are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in the state.

    North County Public Radio reports farmers and foodies say hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” threatens the state’s agricultural community. Food and Water Watch has organized “Food not Fracking” events across the state.

    The group’s website claims the process produces air pollution and groundwater contamination which poses a threat to New York’s agricultural products.

    According to North County Public Radio, Food and Water Watch’s Rita Yelda says dairy farmers are already seeing the negative impacts due to fracking.

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  4. Updating Lennon: Ono Imagines No Fracking

    She has not yet come up with a slogan as catchy as “Give Peace a Chance” or even “War Is Over! (If You Want It),” for her campaign to stop hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But in the latest salvo in her public quest to persuade Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York to find alternative approaches to extracting natural gas, Yoko Ono is modifying another of John Lennon’s song lyrics. On Monday evening she unveiled “Imagine No Fracking,” a poster art installation in the windows of ABC Carpet and Home, at Broadway and 19th Street in Manhattan.

    The project involves seven, six-foot-high posters, each with an aphoristic antifracking message, in stencil lettering, signed Y.O.

    “I immediately said ‘Yes’ when ABC asked me to take over their window displays to help spread the message to stop fracking our beautiful state,” Ms. Ono said in a statement. “I was surprised by the courage of ABC to use all of their windows to express a message so important for people’s health. We need more brave people to speak up and join in the fight to save our land and water.”

    In addition to “Imagine No Fracking,” the messages on the posters are: “Don’t Frack New York,” “Fracking Kills,” “Fracking Makes All Water Dirty,” “Don’t Frack Me,” ”Don’t Frack Our Future” and “Pretty Soon There Will Be No More Water To Drink.”