The Day the Lights Went Out by RetroReport In 2003, a blackout crippled areas of the U.S. and Canada, leaving some 50 million people in the dark. Ten years later, we are still grappling with concerns over the […]
A documentary on hydraulic fracturing drew a packed house Thursday night in downtown Mansfield. “Triple Divide,” an 18-month investigation by Public Herald, an investigative news nonprofit co-founded by two journalists, was shown at Relax It’s Just Coffee on North Main Street. Journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman created the film to show how state regulations and industry in Pennsylvania have been handling the effects of the process known as fracking. Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. The film revealed how the industry and state appear to cover up water contamination. Pribanic and Troutman talked to several Pennsylvania farmers and landowners who were affected by the drilling, which resulted in health issues and significant disruptions to their land and lives.
Op-Ed by Jennifer Chesnut On Thursday an editorial appeared in the Erie-Times “Can Erie’s economy gain from fracking?” but failed to mention the impact fracking is having on the health of workers who fuel the economy. I'm a Canadian on holiday in Erie, and I attended a local showing of the investigative documentary Triple Divide — a film that documents Pennsylvanian experiences with fracking. Farmers, from places like Potter and Bradford Counties, shared stories of dangers they faced when exposed to waste or wastewater from fracking: such as fevers, rashes, and enlarged spleens. I don’t know much about Pennsylvanians, but you seem like a friendly bunch that extends kindness to strangers easily. After hearing the stories of your local people in Triple Divide, I have much worry for your farmers and the communities they serve. Some farmers expressed concern about the safety of their milk, when their cows got sick and drinking water wells showed high rates of carcinogens like methane, barium, strontium, and radon.
Iowa is ground zero for undercover investigations of livestock facilities by animal rights activists. It is also the first of four states to try to ban them. One former investigator goes public for the first time to offer a rare glimpse at how these videos are made, and what's at stake for farmers, animals and consumers.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a press release in May regarding an “air quality study near Marcellus Shale natural gas operations in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties.” Eight sites were sampled over three five-day periods to determine if specific pollutants were a threat to anyones air quality in acute amounts.
While state regulators and the drilling industry say the rules should help resolve concerns about the safety of drilling, critics and some toxicologists say the requirements fall short of what’s needed to fully understand the risks to public health and the environment. The regulations allow companies to keep proprietary chemicals secret from the public and, in some states, from regulators. Though most of the states require companies to report the volume and concentration of different drilling products, no state asks for the amounts of all the ingredients...