Fracked Nation

Fracked NationLos Angeles has long been famous for its film premieres. The City of Angels has also, like many parts of the country, long been famous for being blanketed in toxic chemicals in the air, water, soil and food. Put the two together and what you have is The Toxies: Exposed, a seven part webisode series satirizing some of the worst chemicals plaguing the Southland and the nation.

The August 15 premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater attracted hundreds of environmentalists, activists and the just plain curious. The red carpet ‘step and repeat’ came alive with flashes as the stars of the short films arrived, none so more than Fracking Chemical Cocktail and her security tough, Mr. Drill.

Frackie, the nickname she told me I could call her last year at the Third Annual Toxies Awards, came bearing little more than a tray of what appeared to be very delicious cocktails. The skull and crossbones on the tray betrayed the mysterious toxic nature of the drinks.

“My eyes are up here, Mr. Enviro Distorter,” Frackie taunted. “Maybe this time around you could actually report just how important Los Angeles is for my drilling. Fracking is going to change the face of Southern California. So calm down and have a cocktail.”

Fracking Chemical Cocktail’s luscious image works well in Los Angeles. Far from being an apologist for the environmental catastrophes that fracking causes, she delights in divulging her true aims: fracking everyone she can get her drills into including, according to recent revelations, secret fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel that has caused an outrage.

Frackie fobbed off those questions and delighted in discussing all the benefits of fracking including accelerated global warming. “We can have sweater weather in the winter,” Frackie chirped. “And all that fresh pure glacier water!”

That is not going to be good news for Southern California which has been found to be the Saudi Arabia of shale oil and gas now recoverable using new, and environmentally disastrous, fracking techniques. EnviroReporter.com has found that a little known new threat posed by fracking is slowly becoming known in addition to the already established menaces of groundwater contamination, huge water usage, methane gas releases and fracking induced earthquakes.

Fracking also threatens the very value and marketability of real estate, so much so that major insurance companies are not renewing homeowner insurance policies on properties that have been fracked or are near fracking. Lenders will not loan money on property that has potential for hazardous activity and contamination issues meaning that the land owner is truly fracked. The land becomes uninsurable and unsellable making it worthless.

The amount of frackable oil and gas in northern, central and southern California is so huge that the fracking industry is moving in ready to drop and drill, eminent domain or not. The value of land here, and in 33 other states could very well turn to nothing. Once that happens, these same oil and gas companies, as well as the insurers and lenders, will be able to scoop up huge swaths of land for pennies on the dollar.

Valuable land and groundwater will be destroyed, precious water wasted while inflating the price out of farmers’ range and to add insult to injury, land values will plummet because the insurance companies know the toxic score. Frackie knows the score too and doesn’t hide her agenda to frack anyone anywhere anytime.

“I want to frack your land, I want to frack your land,” Frackie sang to the tune of the Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The other Toxies had told this reporter that Frackie wanted to challenge Yoko Ono to a “Frackdown” rewriting the lyrics to Beatles songs. Frackie was confident her versions would win. “Fracking fields forever,” the velvet-voiced vixen sweetly crooned before segueing into “She fracks you yeah yeah yeah, she fracks you yeah yeah yeah, and with a frack like that you know you should be glad!”

The inevitable environmental consequences of extensive fracking throughout the region didn’t seem to faze Fracking Chemical Cocktail. There is so much money under Los Angeles that she knows what she has to offer is irresistible or “fracktastic” as she puts it.

“Water is for fracking,” Frackie admonished while posing with guests for photo ops. “Don’t be a water hog.”

One of the toxic temptress’ weirdest mind fracks was how she addressed ground water contamination. “You shouldn’t be drinking groundwater anyway because it’s dirty,” she said crinkling her nose. When pressed on why, she could only deviously muster, “It’s in the dirt.”

Frackie’s face lit up when questioned about the gag order that doctors in many states are forced to sign to get information about the actual chemicals possibly harming their patients. This prohibits the physician from being able to tell a patient just exactly what could be making them ill from exposure to fracking chemicals.

“Let me tell you something, I gagged a doctor once,” she giggles. “And I didn’t hear any complaints!”

Southlanders may not be aware that Frackie has set her sights on the Monterey Shale formation that stretches from northern California down the Central Valley into Los Angeles. In fact, according to Occidental Petroleum, there is more oil and gas per square foot here than at any oil and gas producing region on Earth. There could be as much as 15.5 billion barrels of recoverable Monterey Shale oil through fracking of old and new wells using advanced technology .

That technology includes using four to seven million gallons of water per frack, water that then becomes contaminated. That goo is then pumped back into the ground which has caused earthquakes in areas of the country that rarely see them.

The July 2013 Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth Volume 118, Issue 7 contains a study called “Induced seismicity associated with fluid injection into a deep well in Youngstown, Ohio” in which researchers found 109 earthquakes linked to fracking in a year. Six of the temblors were strong enough to be felt. The largest shaker was a magnitude 3.9, significant even by Southern California standards. The report found that the earthquakes were the result of pumping fracking goo from neighboring Pennsylvania into the ground. The Perry Nuclear Generating Station is less than 70 miles from Youngstown.

Heightened earthquake risks from fracking in the Southland are not going to be popular. That didn’t seem to be an issue of concern at a two day December 2012 oil and gas industry conference in Long Beach called “Californian Oil: Unlocking the Golden State’s Oil Shale Resources.”

Unfortunately California’s bonanza lies deeper underground than older shale-bearing formations that have a “pay zone” at from 60 to 80 feet below ground. L.A.’s pay zone can be more than 1,000 feet up to 2,000 feet below surface. That means expensive horizontal fracking wells where the fracking companies have to get “pass-through rights” from landowners who don’t stand to make a dime out of the gas and oil extraction but may end up having worthless land at the end of it all.

Insurance companies and bank lenders have caught on pretty quickly to what a major risk fracking is to property owners regarding property insurance. In short, insurers don’t want to be taken to the cleaners over fracking destruction.

“While many drillers and insurance industry executives suggest that the environmental claims are overblown and that there is presently little evidence of substantial well water pollution from fracking, lawsuits are being filed by plaintiffs in numerous jurisdictions alleging pollution damage (such as groundwater contamination) requiring remediation and attempting to prevent future fracking activities because of potential health and environmental concerns,” according to a March 25, 2012 InsuranceJournal.com article. “Another potentially significant area is property insurance claims by homeowners affected by fracking activities. In addition to potential groundwater contamination leading to bodily injury claims, some homeowners may suffer various forms of subsidence or well water contamination.”

“Most homeowner insurance policies provide coverage for the policyholder’s home and property structures for direct physical loss or damage to the property during the policy period,” the article continued. “However, many of these policies exclude events such as contamination of land or water serving residents, as well as settling, cracking, shrinking or other types of harm that may be alleged by homeowners near fracking sites.”

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company became the first insurance giant to stop issuing commercial and personal property coverage because of fracking in the summer of 2012. The company made the decision after an internal memo was leaked to the Internet.

“After months of research and discussion, we have determined that the exposures presented by hydraulic fracturing are too great to ignore” the memo read. “Risks involved with hydraulic fracturing are now prohibited for General Liability, Commercial Auto, Motor Truck Cargo, Auto Physical Damage and Public Auto (insurance) coverage.”

The memo also said “prohibitive risks” apply to the people who lease their land for shale oil and gas drilling including contractors involved in the fracking. This includes water haulers, lumber and pipe haulers and operators of vehicles used at the site including dump trucks, bulldozers and other trucks

Even before the new Nationwide exclusion provisions, people started paying the price for fracking even if it wasn’t on their land. A recent Grist.org article describes how a couple went to apply for a new mortgage for their $230,000 west Pennsylvania home in Washington County. Quicken Loans approved the new loan then reversed itself when it became aware that a frack was occurring on their next door neighbor’s property.

This month, another homeowner in Lebanon New York had his renewal on his homeowner’s policy also declined even though his fracked land had no problems. Ironically, and cruelly, this homeowner’s property is now worthless since it can’t be insured or sold even though the gas royalties go to the previous owner.

The Federal Housing Administration’s lending guidelines forbid financing for homes within 100 yards of a property with “an active or planned drilling site.” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also do not allow property owners to sign a gas fracking lease.

While hard to believe that fracking could undermine the very foundation of American society – property rights with the ability to build land wealth and pass it on to future family generations, it might appear more probable when considering the lengths fracking industry will go to get its gas, willing property owner or not.

One particularly onerous example of this is in Marion County Kentucky where a group of singing anti-fracking nuns is fighting fracking interests from ruining their land. The nuns are part of a campaign against the proposed 1,100-mile Bluegrass Pipeline connecting Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky to an existing pipeline all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The Sisters of Loretto are making a stand which has garnered international attention.

“This isn’t about fighting big corporations,” said one of the nuns on the video. “This is about saving our heritage. We see it as a trust.”

Trust doesn’t run the fracking companies. The sisters were told that if they didn’t comply they would face eminent domain.

Frackie says that here in California, there’s no heritage to protect so people shouldn’t be so stubborn about getting fracked. It’s going to happen, Frackie says, should folks even try to fight it.

“Let me let you in on a little secret,” Frackie confides in me leaning so close I can smell the chemicals in her cocktails. “If we wreck the housing rebound, so what? Once these NYMBYs finally go bankrupt from having no homeowners insurance and no buyers for their land, we’ll step in and snap up all this property and boot these slackers off. Won’t that be fracktastic?”

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  1. vital1 says:

    @Michael,

    I agree.

    Clean Aquifers are a precious resource that belong to the community and future generations. To contaminate them for short term profit is criminal!

  2. @vital 1: This is horrifying. Combined with the extreme over-pumping of California’s aquifers, which take tens of thousands of years to replenish, this “error” will help bankrupt the state of its most valuable resource even sooner than we thought. Terrorists couldn’t do a more effective job destroying the land millions of Americans live on.

  3. vital1 says:

    17th November 2014 – 3 Billion Gallons Of Fracking Wastewater Pumped Into Clean California Aquifiers: “Errors Were Made” State Admits

    Extracts:

    California state officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump up to 3 billion gallons (call it 70 million barrels) of oil fracking-contaminated waste water into formerly clean aquifiers, aquifiers which at least on paper are supposed to be off-limits to that kind of activity, and are protected by the government’s EPA – an agency which, it appears, was richly compensated by the same oil and gas companies to look elsewhere.

    And nobody said a word about it until someone finally did a little research and found that people, especially those in power, lie.

    And lie they did because the severity of the pollution is only now becoming clear:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-17/3-billion-gallons-fracking-wastewater-pumped-clean-california-aquifiers-errors-were-

  4. From City of Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin:

    Dear Friends,

    Tomorrow could be the day that Los Angeles makes its stand against fracking.

    Thanks to the support of thousands of people like you, we are on the verge of passing the Los Angeles Fracking Moratorium I proudly introduced with my colleague Paul Koretz. The City Council’s Planning Committee approved the proposal Tuesday, and the full council will consider the proposal tomorrow morning.

    This moratorium will be be a tremendous step in protecting the health and safety of our neighborhoods. It can also be the first step in a statewide movement to protect us from fracking. State Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno have proposed a statewide moratorium and our actions can send a strong message to Sacramento that Los Angeles and the rest of California want to say NO to “energy production by Dr. Strangelove.”

    This is where you come in. We need your help to get over the finish line and pass the Los Angeles Fracking Moratorium. If you haven’t yet, please share the petition with your friends and social media networks and encourage them to sign as well, so Councilmember Koretz and I can personally deliver a large message of support to our colleagues.

    Thank you for your partnership and support!

    Regards,
    MIKE

  5. Violet says:

    Frackie is going to love this: “Scientist sees fracking as the way to dispose of nuclear waste”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/scientist-sees-fracking-way-dispose-nuclear-waste-2D11732363

    NBC News without an incredulous reaction. Beyond dumb and scary.

  6. vital1 says:

    6 Dec 2013 – Native Canadians revolt against Fracking, they do this to protect their land and water resources for future generations.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWoRw_fYEGo

  7. Fracking Chemical Cocktail is having the time of her life in North Dakota. These fracking gas flares show just how hot Frackie is in the Roughrider State in this 2012 NASA photo:

    North Dakota fracking flares-2012 NASA

  8. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2013
    Contact: Brian Segee, Environmental Defense Center, 805-963-1622

    NEW ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER REPORT
    PROVIDES NEW DETAILS AND FIRST COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT FRACKING OFF CALIFORNIA’S COAST

    EDC CALLS FOR OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO INSTITUTE MORATORIUM, PROTECT MARINE ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE,
    ENSURE PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY

    SANTA BARBARA, CA—The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) today announced the release of DIRTY WATER: FRACKING OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA, a report providing the first comprehensive analysis of hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) conducted from oil platforms located in federal waters off California’s shores, and outlining a series of policy recommendations that the Obama administration should take in order to guard against an offshore drilling disaster involving fracking. California’s offshore platforms are largely concentrated within the Santa Barbara Channel, renowned globally for its beauty, richness of wildlife, and overall health of the environment.

    “The revelation that fracking is occurring off California’s shores is an alarming surprise to everyone who cherishes our state’s unparalleled and irreplaceable shoreline, particularly since federal regulators appear to have been largely unaware of the use of this dangerous technology from offshore oil platforms,” stated Brian Segee, co-author of the report and EDC Staff Attorney. “If we are to avoid yet another offshore disaster like the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, it is imperative that the Obama administration implement an immediate moratorium on offshore fracking.”

    As detailed in DIRTY WATER: FRACKING OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA, government records obtained by EDC through the Freedom of Information Act demonstrate that at least 15 fracs have been conducted from offshore oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, the majority of which have been conducted from Platforms Gilda and Gail located off the Ventura County coastline. The frequency and extent of offshore fracking in the Channel is likely significantly more widespread than has been revealed thus far, however, as federal regulators with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) have admitted that a full accounting could take years as many files are not digitized or easily searchable. Despite this fact, and the fact that the agency was unaware of the practice at all until recently, DOI recently approved four new frac proposals under “categorical exemptions” from environmental analysis and public transparency requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    In DIRTY WATER: FRACKING OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA, EDC also provides a detailed examination of past offshore drilling disasters, including the 1969 Santa Barbara and 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spills. Prior to both of these disasters, federal regulators had granted the oil industry waivers or shortcuts from environmental safety requirements. In the wake of Deepwater Horizon, the Obama administration claimed to launch the largest reform of offshore oil oversight in the nation’s history. More than three years later, however, critical elements of that reform remain unfulfilled, particularly in relation to DOI’s environmental review of offshore drilling proposals under NEPA. DOI’s lack of oversight of offshore fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel illustrates this lack of reform, and also raises serious questions of compliance with other federal laws including the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act.

    EDC provides several policy recommendations in DIRTY WATER: FRACKING OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA:

    •Place a moratorium on offshore fracking and other forms of well stimulation unless and until such technologies are proven safe through a public and transparent comprehensive scientific review
    •Prohibit the use of categorical exclusions to authorize offshore fracking and other forms of well stimulation
    •Formally evaluate offshore fracking and other forms of well stimulation through a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
    • Initiate consistency reviews with the California Coastal Commission for all exploration plans, development plans, drilling or modification proposals involving fracking
    •Ensure that all fracking proposals comply with the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act
    •Review and revise the Clean Water Act permit governing offshore oil platforms to directly address chemicals in frac flowback and other wastewater, either establishing effluent limitations for those chemicals or denying discharge altogether
    For more information, or to download a copy of DIRTY WATER: FRACKING OFFSHORE CALIFORNIA, please visit EDC’s website at: http://www.EnvironmentalDefenseCenter.org.

  9. vital1 says:

    3rd October 2013 – Alarming presence of radioactivity found by Pennsylvania in fracking waste water study

    http://rt.com/usa/fracking-radioactivity-contaminants-study-661/

  10. Edgar Ozols says:

    Hi Michael! Thanks so very much for the insights you shared on Jeff Rense’s show—you have been used to awaken both me and my Fiancee, and we are very grateful to you for your work. Perhaps you’ve already reported on Depleted Uranium’s use in the drilling of fracking, but here is the article I saw on rt.com’s op-ed page by Christopher Busby—my mouth dropped open when I read it! I am wondering if perhaps Amarillo Texas’ constantly elevated Beta readings are not caused in part because Amarillo is in the heart of Texas fracking lands, and the DU is getting into the waste water that is used in fracking and getting dumped… Here is the article down below; I haven’t seen it on Jeff’s site yet. Much Love and Gratitude from Edgar and Mary in Seattle! <3 http://rt.com/op-edge/fracking-radioactive-uranium-danger-ecology-057

  11. The greenwashing and fracking continues as “Society of Environmental Journalism’s Faustian Fracking Deal” by Sharon Wilson shows. In this masterful article, SEJ manages to vacuum up fracking industry money while eliminating any discussion at the group’s 23rd annual concert on the positives and negatives of fracking. It makes a mockery of “journalism” which, in SEJ’s case, should be called “cashinism.”

    That the fracking industry tries to woo environmental reporters is not surprising, but that they go for it (and the money, ad revenue, etc.) is however reprehensible. Here’s another example of an SEJ board member, former Los Angeles Times reporter Gary Polakovic, whose not-so-secret plan to help Boeing greenwash radiological and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory included hosting a “hospitality reception” for Boeing at this upcoming SEJ annual conference that Wilson expertly exposes! Even now after Greenwashing Rocketdyne came out last December, Polakovic still maintains that “He helped establish and lead the Society of Enviromental Journalists.” The frackers who pulled off this cash cow coup can commiserate on the fruits of greenwashing and astroturfing with the master of Boeing’s Meltdown Makeover.

    The PBS Newshour is sucking on the fracking teat too as it takes big money airing its “FracFocus” commercials. FracFocus is funded by the gas and oil industry and portrays fracking as harmless to the environment. That fracking can destroy home values, as reported in Fracked Nation, won’t likely air on the Newshour and definitely won’t be discussed at a conference of supposed environmental reporters.

    Greewashing and fracking are very much alike – you are going to get screwed either way. I first became aware of Sharon Wilson in a riveting September 2013 More magazine feature called “A Texas Rebel’s Fight for Her Land.” This superb article being in More- “for women of style and substance” – is actually not a surprise as the magazine’s “How Fracking Affects You” and “Do You Own What’s Under Your Home?” show the publication to have rock solid investigative journalists on the fracking beat. Though the piece isn’t “slugged” (highlighted) on More‘s cover, it is a reminder that some glossy magazines can have great journalism. Another example is Los Angeles magazine’s bold cover story “Hot Zone” in 1998 which began EnviroReporter.com‘s coverage of Rocketdyne.

    Now 15 years later, the circle completes itself in a web of deceit, greenwashing, astroturfing and fracking.

  12. Joan Bien says:

    Fracktastic article. Personally, I needn’t worry about my property value. It is and has been in the toilet since the word “fracking” was a polite way of saying f—ing.
    I stick to my principle that our country would be a far better place if there were NO insurance companies. NONE. Middlemen like insurance companies provide nothing of unique value to society except to siphon off massive profits and then hike the prices. Why don’t the insurance companies take their large share from the companies doing the fracking instead of the innocent homeowners?

  13. Nicky Stevens says:

    @Michael: I went to the press conference this morning and it was so cool (though it is hot outside). This is the press release from the event:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 4, 2013

    CONTACT
    David Graham-Caso, Office of CM Bonin, 858.945.2203
    Paul Michael Neuman, Office of CM Koretz, 213.473.7005
    Brenna Norton, Food & Water Watch, 323.843.8446
    Angela Johnson Meszaros, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 323.229.1145
    Paul Ferrazzi, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, 310.558.1970

    BONIN AND KORETZ CALL FOR FRACKING MORATORIUM IN LA

    (LOS ANGELES) – City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin today proposed changing Los Angeles’ zoning code to prohibit hazardous oil and gas “well stimulation” activities, commonly known as fracking, acidizing or gravel packing in Los Angeles.

    The Councilmembers joined representatives from Food and Water Watch, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Sierra Club, Citizens for a Safe Community and other consumer and environmental groups at a morning press conference to discuss why they were seeking to end the dangerous drilling practice in Los Angeles.

    “[These] practices threaten to contaminate drinking water supplies, cost taxpayers in Los Angeles hundreds of millions of dollars, release potent and dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and cause earthquakes,” the Councilmembers wrote in their motion, which was submitted at Wednesday’s Council meeting and can be read in full at http://www.11thdistrict.com/bonin_and_koretz_call_for_fracking_moratorium_in_los_angeles.

    “The quality of our water and the safety of our neighborhoods comes first,” said Bonin. “The threat fracking poses to families in L.A. is serious and I am proud to join Councilmember Koretz in proposing a moratorium on fracking in the City of Los Angeles and along our water supply route.”

    As the City celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles aqueduct, the Sierra snow-pack is at historic lows and the need for L.A. to bolster and protect its local water supply is greater than ever. Currently, the single most ominous threat to L.A.’s water supply is fracking – hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and gravel packing and the hazardous activities related to them (including drilling and wastewater disposal). The Councilmembers and allies also called on Governor Brown to listen to the majority of Californians who disapprove of the inherently dangerous process of fracking and impose an immediate statewide moratorium on fracking.

    “On one hand, we’re all concerned that a strong earthquake could destroy the Bay Delta levees and contaminate one of LA’s major water supplies with salt water. On the other, fracking is happening all over the state, and the United States Geological Survey says fracking related activity has definitively caused earthquakes in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas,” said Councilmember Koretz. “As a state, we have to decide which it is – are we protecting our water supply, or not? Already, 16 of our neighborhood councils have called for a ban on fracking. Like with coal power and plastic bags, if the federal or state governments are unwilling or unable to act to protect Angelenos, we will do our part to lead by example here at the local level.”

    Fracking is a highly polluting form of oil and gas extraction that involves blasting huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals into the earth to break up rock formations. The controversial technique is currently unregulated and unmonitored by California officials. Fracking has been tied to air and water pollution; it also threatens the climate by emitting large amounts of methane. Oil companies are gearing up to frack unconventional shale oil in the Monterey Shale, a formation beneath some of the state’s most productive farmland, critical water sources, and dozens of towns and cities from the Salinas Valley to the Los Angeles Basin.

    “As Governor Brown has failed to act, cities like Los Angeles are stepping up to protect residents,” said Brenna Norton, Southern California Organizer for Food & Water Watch. “Nationwide the evidence is clear: No amount of regulation can make this fundamentally destructive and toxic drilling safe. Food & Water Watch congratulates the courageous leadership of Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, willing to stand up for Angelenos and all Californians.”

    Advocates for the moratorium additionally discussed public health concerns with fracking at Wednesday’s press conference.

    “The health impacts of the chemicals used in fracking, acidization and gravel packing are clear,” said Angela Johnson Meszaros, general counsel for Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. “Introducing these chemicals into a densely populated city like Los Angeles exposes people to unnecessary threats in both the short term and over the long term. Fracking is all the more reckless because we’re creating all these exposure routes just to extract oil to burn which has its own massive negative health consequences.”

    Oil and gas companies have already begun fracking in the Los Angeles region, most notably in the Inglewood Oil Field, the largest urban oil field in the country, located between the Baldwin Hills and Culver City. Residents living near confirmed fracking activity in the L.A. area have already experienced severe property damage, a noxious oil field blowout in 2006 and a spike in serious health concerns.

    “The Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community fully supports the Councilmembers’ motion calling for a moratorium on fracking and other forms of risked-filled exploitation of the remaining fossil fuel reserves under the City of Los Angeles,” said Paul Ferrazzi of CCSC. “With many old, idle and abandoned oil wells under existing infrastructure in the city, this is the prudent action for Los Angeles City Councilmembers to support before a disaster similar to the 1985 Fairfax District Ross Dress for Less explosion is allowed occur again. We must act now on the city and county levels to prevent the destruction of our urban and rural communities given Governor Jerry Brown’s refusal to impose a statewide moratorium to allow independent study of the environmental and health risks already realized in other parts of the country.”

    Actor and environmental champion Ed Begley, Jr. also joined the press conference.

    “It is very important that we realize the potential risks that others around the country have already been dealing with and make sure that we do not expose Californians to those risks,” said Begley. “There are just too many unknowns and our citizens cannot afford foolish experimentation with our water, air, health, earthquakes and climate.”

  14. @Nicky & ALL: Thank you for the kind words. Do not expect the shells that are left of so-called “media” in this town to get this story anytime soon. Frackie’s work is done for her by this incompetence and laziness on the part of people and organizations we thought we’re more on the ball. This battle has just begun. Tomorrow will be a press conference on Los Angeles City Hall steps for a Fracking Moratorium in Los Angeles. Here’s the press release:

    Only You Can Put Out Faucet Fires

    This Wednesday join us as LA City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin Call For a Fracking Moratorium in Los Angeles. Please stand with these courageous LA City Councilmembers to protect LA residents and all Californians from the hazardous practice of hydraulic fracturing!

    Oil companies have already begun fracking in the Los Angeles region, and residents near confirmed activity have experienced severe property damage and a spike in serious health concerns. Oil companies have targeted the LA region for expanded fracking – a major threat to L.A.’s water supply, air quality, and private property.

    Councilmembers Koretz and Bonin will discuss a proposed moratorium on fracking within the City of Los Angeles and along the City’s water supply route. The Councilmembers will also call on Governor Brown to listen to the majority of Californians who oppose the inherently dangerous process of fracking and impose an immediate statewide moratorium on fracking.

    WHAT: Press Conference to discuss proposed moratorium on fracking in L.A. And a call to action for Governor Brown to impose an immediate statewide moratorium.

    WHEN: Wednesday, September 4th, 2013, 9:30am PDT

    WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, Spring Street Steps

    WHO: Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, alongside consumer advocacy groups Food & Water Watch, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, and other consumer and environmental organizations

    CONTACT:
    Paul Michael Neuman, Office of CM Koretz, 213.473.7005
    David Graham-Caso, Office of CM Bonin, 858.945.2203
    Brenna Norton, Food & Water Watch, 323-843-8446
    Angela Johnson Meszaros, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 323-229-1145

  15. Nicky Stevens says:

    I can’t thank you enough for this article. You would think that some of the mainstream media would pick up on this but nothing, nada, zilch. Thank you Enviroreporter for exposing Fracking Chemical Cocktail for what fracking really is: greed by the few for the few and screw the rest of us.

    This just came in over the wires from Aura Walker of Ban Fracking in California Campaign:

    This email alert is only for LA City and County residents.

    LA City Council is meeting for the 2nd time on 9/3/13 to consider passing a resolution for fracking for Los Angeles. I just found this out today 9/2/13!

    The mining company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold formerly known as PXP Oil and Gas, have already started fracking the Inglewood oil fields in West LA, on a 7. magnitude earthquake fault line.

    Please put in your zip code in Google to find out who your LA county rep is, and their phone number at LA City Hall. Please call right away if possible by 9/3/13 before 9am. If you get this email after the date, call anyway. Let your rep know how you feel about fracking in an arid earthquake prone state. Fracking uses our clean drinking water and irreversibly pollutes it. Ask them to please pass Councilmember Paul Koretz’s strong original moratorium resolution.

    I will be at LA City Council on 9/3/13, for the second time to testify, since last Friday August 30th. I went down to ask Council President Herb Wesson and Tom LaBonge (The only two councilmembers present) to consider the city’s position should be nothing less than a moratorium on fracking, in a densely populated city, and to please pass Councilmember Paul Koretz’s strong original moratorium resolution instead of Bernard Park’s Fracking resolution, which supports the weaker Pavley regulation bill. President Wesson and Tom LaBonge did not heed my testimony, nor that of my informed activist colleagues. There is a lot of money and payola involved in Fracking. Wesson’s number is (213) 473-7010 LaBonge;http://www.tomlabonge.com/contact/

    No amount of regulation will make fracking safe. No one can regulate the prevention of earthquakes or cancer from; fracking related deep earth explosions, or toxic chemical exposure.

    If you are not an LA resident you can start a similar Ban Fracking campaign in your local California County. Please do not email me back as there are almost 40,000 people on this list. Fracking effects everyone’s health.

    Please click on this link below to see who your LA City/County rep is. Then Google them to find their phone number. Ask your rep to please pass Councilmember Paul Koretz’s strong original moratorium resolution. This is imperative. Let us prevent “The big one” from hitting LA.

    Thank You!

    ****Nicky again: The city council approved this paving the way for fracking in Los Angeles!!! WE ARE GOING TO BE FRACKED IF WE DON’T WAKE UP AND SMELL THE GAS!!!

    http://council.lacity.org/Directory/index.htm

  16. Paul Hanover says:

    I live in Pennsylvania and “Frackie” has already fracked us here good – meaning bad. Look at this article at http://concernedhealthny.org/statement-on-preliminary-findings-from-the-southwest-pennsylvania-environmental-health-project-study/ where it says:

    “The early results from the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project study implicate air contamination as the likely cause of three-quarters of the associated illnesses so documented. In some cases, starkly elevated levels of fracking-related air pollutants were found in the air inside of people’s homes. This is an unacceptable problem: breathing is mandatory and, while a drinking water source might be replaced, air cannot.”

    As fun and sexy Frackie is with all her hollow promises and fistful of illusive cash, please let her know that there are many of us in Pennsylvania who wish she would “frack off” as soon as possible. The sad reality is, like the article’s title says, we are a fracked nation being destroyed by greedy and ruthless destroyers of the American environment. Frackie and her pals have to be stopped!

  17. @ALL: Check out the excellent August 27 coverage by Sacramento-based Edith Allen in the Examiner of Fracked Nation at http://www.examiner.com/article/california-fracking-property-owners-who-cannot-get-insurance-or-loans:

    California fracking: Property owners who cannot get insurance or loans (Video)

    A not-so-new fracking nightmare has been exposed. A new curse has arrived to torment home and property owners who allow fracking on their properties. The curse even extends to those who live near fracking operations. Insurance companies refuse insurance and lenders turn down property loans when fracking is involved with a property. According to an Aug. 26 Enviro Reporter article, major insurance companies are refusing to renew insurance on properties that have had fracking operations on them. The curse applies even when a non-fracking property lies near fracking operations. Because of the potential for disastrous problems “The land becomes uninsurable and unsellable, making it worthless.”
    (read rest of article there)

  18. Paul Felix Schott says:

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Laboratory Operator Sentenced to 40 Months for Fabricating Industrial Wastewater Results
    Tennie White, the owner and operator of an environmental laboratory located in Jackson, Miss., was sentenced in federal court late yesterday to 40 months in prison in connection with her conviction for faking laboratory testing results and lying to federal investigators, announced Gregory K. Davis, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, and Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    White also was sentenced to three years of supervised release to follow her prison sentence and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. White was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate at the federal courthouse in Jackson, where he also presided over the May 2013 trial of the case.

    “Independent laboratories play a critical role in assisting businesses to accurately monitor and report discharges of industrial pollutants that may adversely affect the environment,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Dreher. “Businesses cannot fulfill this important responsibility if these laboratories are not honest brokers and falsify test results and monitoring reports. This prosecution shows that fraudulent testing and reporting by laboratories will not be tolerated.”

    “There are many more that need to go to Jail that are Polluting OUR WATER. Paul Felix Schott “

  19. Paul Felix Schott says:

    Should not the title of this be Ed Rendell Backs His Own Pocket Book.

    WE THE PEOPLE need to send Ed Rendell and all local officials that have anything to do with Poisoning are ground and water a message stop worrying get to love Jail.

    SAFE DRINKING WATER RUNNING OUT FASTER THEN YOU THINK WORLD WIDE.

    Hydraulic Fracturing a Danger to us All.

    Why would anyone think we have water to waste.

    Some one forgot to tell all about all the poison chemicals that this ungodly Lisa Jackson gave a green light to put in are ground and water.
    And help the Industry, so to they will never have to disclose all the poison chemicals they have used. Thank GOD Texas overturned this unjust law.

    Only the wicked in mind Leaders in this Nation and around the world would let anyone Pipe Pollution into the ground to get gas in return from the Ground. Most all scientist have know this for many years that this will end safe drinking water for all that are in the area of where they are fracturing, in which Millions of Gallons of Dangerous Poison Chemically Treated Water are forced underground to break up rock and free gas.

    We need regulations from GODLY People that will stop 10,000+ wells a year drilled using hydraulic fracturing to free and make the Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground into gas. The primarily affect will be unsafe drinking water and many will become sick.

    THE HEALTH OF MANY WILL DETERIORATE because of A Few Wicked Greedy Leaders. Those who have made these decisions do not know Jesus Christ. Soon He will say i know you not. They belong in jail soon it will be hell for them. What sick in mind would let or want anyone to put Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground or into the ground anywhere.

    The wicked are trying to sell and tell all if it is not near your home or land it is safe. This is the biggest ling of horse manure. Do they think most of We The People are that dumb or that most Americans lack any intelligence at all. What ever is put on or in the ground makes it way to our underground Aquifers, Rivers, Lakes and the Oceans. Every Scientist on Earth knows this and most all that have made it to eighth grade in school.

    So why would any Leader with a good healthy mind ever say or want this?

    Vote any wicked that has anything to do with this out of office they work for WE THE PEOPLE. Then need to go to jail. Soon it will be not jail but Hell. Revelation 11:18

    United We Stand In GOD We Trust

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott
    P.S.
    Wicked Leaders telling their friends as long as you can cover it up and it will not get back to me it is ok with me. Are you sure we will not go to jail for making money by Polluting the ground and water. Of course not we make the laws to fit our needs not the health and welfare of others or as they used to say We The People. Its now the Wicked Leaders and rich Rule. Till our Lord GOD comes!

    Solar Energy the way to go.
    Many States Are and are Banning Fracking or Fracturing.

    Banned Hydraulic Fracturing

    Switzerland
    Spain
    Austria
    South Africa
    France
    Bulgaria
    Ireland
    Aotearoa (New Zealand)
    Nova Scotia
    Québec
    Mora County New Mexico enacted a ban, as well as a resolution to change the state constitution to put community rights above corporations.
    The State of Vermont

    The list is to long, to list all that have
    Banned Hydraulic Fracturing.

    Archimedes and Albert EinsteinThese two are at the top of the list of the World’s Greatest Scientists,Viewed by Scientist around the World.
    Sad that for the last 25 years or so of every teacher asked no matter what Grade k through 16. At least 80% of them did not know Archimedes.

    Even sadder 90%of them could not tell you what one of the most Brilliant Scientist to everlive on Earth.
    Won the Nobel Prize for.
    It was for the work Albert Einstein did to show the World it could get Free Energy, Electric from the SUN.
    (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).

    We still do not teach this to are YOUNG in SCHOOLS why?
    Church’s all over the Globe have Gone SOLAR why have not are SCHOOLS ?
    There is enough Energy from our SUN to power all are needs and more. Albert Einstein

  20. Frackie is fabulous! This event is a lot of fun, and pokes good fun at what really is a very serious issue for all of us who live in an increasingly polluted environment. If you haven’t attended, and gotten a chance to meet Frackie and the other “bad acting chemicals”, read the article and plan on attending next year!

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