April 16, 2014

Don’t Use Our Water for Fracking

Drilling operations could reduce the value of a home that is dependent on well water by up to 22.4 percent of its market value
By Elisabeth N. Radow, timesunion.com, April 2, 2014

A home typically represents a family’s most valuable asset and, historically, is a place people can exercise control … Continue reading

Create Your Own “Clean Water” Bumper Sticker

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability has created the following “Clean Water” bumper sticker:

Create a similar bumper sticker for your own organization by downloading our template file and editing it with your own logo and url. Do not remove the fine print on the lower left. This protects your organization from … Continue reading

NY State Consultant Slams Fracking

Says fracking involves “substantial concerns and major uncertainties”
By Scott Waldman, Politico Magazine, March 7, 2014

A consultant hired by the state Health Department to assist in a review of the health effects of fracking recently published a study that concluded “substantial concerns and major uncertainties” should be resolved before … Continue reading

This Artist Creates Tiny Anti-Fracking Scenes with Vintage Figurines and Postcards

See the Work of Brandi Merolla on Grist

New York state-based photographer (and DCS’s own) Brandi Merolla was trying to figure out her next project when she looked around her house. Victorian prints, tiny charms, paintings, vintage postcards, and figurines she collected throughout the years suddenly stood out in … Continue reading

A Real Plan to Reduce US Carbon Emissions

CTC Tells Senate Finance Committee: Carbon Tax Beats Clean-Energy Subsidies, Hands Down
By Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center, 1/31/14

The Carbon Tax Center told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today that an economy-wide tax on the carbon content of coal, oil and gas will cut U.S. CO2 emissions more than … Continue reading

Low Levels of Fracking Wastewater Highly Toxic to Mayflies

Scientists find mayflies, whose presence indicates good water quality, are significantly affected by low levels of produced water
By Diane Huskinson, Stroud Water Research Center, December 2013

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An explosion of natural gas drilling in recent years is primarily the result of advances in horizontal drilling technology … Continue reading

Researchers Find Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

University of Missouri finds endocrine-disrupting activity linked to birth defects and infertility

University of Missouri researchers have found greater hormone-disrupting properties in water located near hydraulic fracturing drilling sites than in areas without drilling. The researchers also found that 11 chemicals commonly used in the controversial “fracking” method of drilling … Continue reading

Harvard Study Blows Apart Obama’s Case for Natural Gas

Finds that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction and processing are likely a factor of 2 or greater than cited in existing studies
By Daniel Kessler, The Huffington Post, December 10, 2013

EDGAR is the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research

Democrats like to label the GOP the “anti-science … Continue reading

Next Up For Pope Francis: Anti-Fracking Activist?

Reportedly, Papal encyclical to address issues of nature, humans and environmental pollution
By Kiley Kroh, ClimateProgress, November 14, 2013

Pope Francis created quite a stir this week after he posed for photographs holding up anti-fracking t-shirts following a meeting with a group of Argentinian environmental activists to discuss water and … Continue reading

Key Impacts of Dirty Drilling

Report: Fracking by the Numbers
By Environment America, October 3, 2013

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Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the

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