Saturday, February 12, 2011

Speak out...and risk being named a terrorist.

Last time I checked, I was an American citizen living *in* America.  And then I see something like this:

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Don't inhale.

So what exactly is floating about in the air that we breathe....if we happen to live near gas drilling operations?  A news channel out in Pittsburgh investigated.  Wait till you see the video; the company who owns the compressor station shown in the video says they are "in full compliance" with all regulations.  Click HERE to see the clip and read the accompanying story transcript.  

Even more disturbing....the DEP admits they have no idea what the emissions are but that said, their findings of a 5 month study "did not indicate a potential for major air-related health issues associated with the Marcellus Shale natural gas activities."  Huh?  I particularly enjoyed the part of the clip where the guy from Range Resources states, "what we need is a more comprehensive policy that encourages natural gas use."  WHAT?  If I didn't know any better, I'd think they take us all for idiots.

To read the full text of the DEP's report, click HERE.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Allentown explosion kills 5, levels 8 homes.

The explosion happened late Wednesday night.  Included among the casualties was a 4 month old infant, a 16 year old girl and a 70 year old couple.  And while 8 homes were leveled, 48 homes and 10 businesses were damaged.   Utility workers had inspected the lines just the day before but hadn't detected any leaks.  The lines in question were installed back in 1928.