Drink water? See GASLAND

What a way to start the day with a new Tuesday Morning Buzzer at KKFI–welcome to Diana Linn Ennis–and a sobering shot of Democracy Now! Ever have a day when you wish you did not learn something new.  Today was one such day for me. Fracking was my new learned thing today. After BP’s  water killing spilling I was hoping for some relief for water in general. But no such thing. If I had HBO I probably would already know about flammable tap water. But I don’t have HBO or cable and Elsa the lioness is gracing my un-upgraded fat screen television antique. Hence, I learned via Democracy Now! on KKFI–radio like you’re probably not hearing unless you’re tuning in at 90.1 fm or www.kkfi.org.  Is there any place on the globe free of Halliburton?  Apparently not.  

Can you light your tap water on fire? If so, then you probably know all about the contents of Josh Fox’s film GASLAND. If you don’t know about GASLAND  and you drink water–then you need to see this film because this is not a self-contained issue. This is coming to a water supply near you–or maybe it already has.  The first video contains a map of the USA with locations of Fracking for natural gas.  Now, is there something wrong with  my logic or–if one disaster caused by deep drilling into the Earth shows the dangers of such drilling–then doesn’t it follow that more such drilling may not be very wise for the planet and all the living creatures upon it? No, I don’t see any rich corporate executives doing double time as Superman trying to save the Earth.  Wake up, America, Ironman is not a real person–nor is he based on a human prototype hiding in New York City. There’s just US–that’s right, each and every one of ‘us’ on Earth needs to take part in saving this Earth because there is no spaceship to a colony on Mars as much as we may wish it so.  As for political leadership–Reality Check–$$$$$ Talks. The White House wouldn’t even accept FREE solar panels from 350.org even though solar panels would save a lot of money at the White House. It’s not what is ‘said’ but what is ‘done’ that is so revealing. Yeah, new nice suits, nice new carpets, nice newly painted walls, but the same environmental callousness as the previous occupants.  

Well, if you are like I was at 8:30 am knowing nothing of Fracking, here’s some video and links for expanding your universe. Please accept my sincere apologies if you’re now not so calm about taking a soothing bath by candlelight.  

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/14/as_regulators_weigh_drilling_in_marcellus  

   

http://gaslandthemovie.com/  

   

Dave, the Lazy Photographer's Watchman in Toronto

 

No, this dude is not going to solve our environmental problems for us.

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8 Comments

  1. Meg said,

    September 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    This is a big issue in our area right now. The people are so broke and there is so little money that they are saying that this is a boon to the local economy. Nothing like selling your soul to the devil. Thanks for posting this!!

    • September 15, 2010 at 12:35 am

      Nothing like the Devil knowing just what it’s doing and all the weak spots to exploit. I currently have no respect for any corporation operating to exploit natural resources and desperate people. It may look like a boon to the local economy but apparently it destroys the local water systems–and water is essential to living creatures. It’s rather crazy when there are other options. This really unnerved me this morning–and seeing the water lighting up via the videos–well that is just plain WRONG on so many levels! Had to post about it for others like me who were in the dark.

  2. slpmartin said,

    September 15, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I had heard about the film but had no idea what it was about…oh I shalln’t sleep so well tonight.

    • September 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Hi slpmartin. Sorry to share the crazy bad news–but–this looks like an issue that is spreading so people need to know what’s going on with water systems in so many places. Fore-warned is fore-armed.

  3. bigsurkate said,

    September 15, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Oh, heavens. I just can’t watch. I *KNOW* my water supply is safe, as I have my own spring, high upon the mountain, with no polluters above me – in fact, no one above me. My biggest concern is the critters, and making sure they stay out of my collecting portion. I leave a whole bunch of overflow for the other critters. Before closing everything off – my land – I found humans who would defecate near my spring. Many humans pollute anything and everything they see and touch and try to make money off of. I count myself as very, very lucky that I have my very own unpolluted water supply. For the rest of you? Please pay attention to what Eva is offering. Then take your blood pressure medication!

    • September 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm

      Bigsurkate, you are so lucky to have your own water supply. Wow! As for the polluting/defecating humans–I do not comprehend such behavior. Maybe our species is just ‘doomed’ in this respect?
      I’m just offering a heads up via the information that I learned from listening to independent news media on KKFI Community Radio–in this case, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report.
      If anyone knows more about the issue and/or film, please don’t hesitate to share via comments or links. Thanks.

  4. artistatexit0 said,

    September 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Eva…you’ve touched another nerve again! Arrgh!! Water is life and when are people going to learn this? We’ve spent billions exploring the cosmos looking for signs of water elsewhere and yet we are polluting the one water planet we know about! In Kentucky, we are already familiar with natural gas percolating through the water. The heinous practice of mountain top removal in the pursuit of coal has created all kinds of water issues. Naturally, the people most hurt by mining are among the poorest people in the nation.

    • September 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      Greetings artistatexitO. Hey, what’s a blog for if not to touch some nerves one way or another? There is definitely a correlation–or at least a pretty darn clear pattern– of the poorest people being preyed upon by the predators of natural resource development. What I truly do not comprehend is why ‘they’ seem to always choose to do the WORST possible things instead of conducting ‘business’ in a manner that benefits everyone?


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