Archive for the 'Environment' Category

SUSAN HOUGH RESPONDS…

August 19th, 2014

Earlier today I commented on an Associated Press story written by Seth Borenstein titled: No great shakes: Quakes triggered by drilling waste seem weaker than natural ones, study says. I emailed the author of the original report, Dr. Susan Hough, requesting a link to her findings. She graciously sent me the work which I am […]

TROUBLE RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY MARIETTA…

August 9th, 2014

I called this back on 21 June. Want to know how Marietta and Washington County are going to spend all of that cash rolling in from fracking? How about a bigger jail, more police and sheriffs to handle rising crime and increased social services loads. A gun-shot wound treatment refresher course for local hospitals will […]

NON-TECTONIC EVENTS AND FRACKING…?

July 26th, 2014

2008 and (mouse over) 2014 USGS maps of peak ground acceleration for 2-percent probability of exceedance in 50 years and VS30 site condition of 760 meters per second. This morning I’m looking at the United States Geological Service’s report: Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps and the first […]

DO NOT DOUBT THAT LAKE ERIE IS IN DANGER…

July 25th, 2014

Reader Fred O’Neill alerted me to this Mother Jones story: On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking […]

COMING TO A DORMANT FAULT NEAR YOU…

July 19th, 2014

States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S FOULED POLITICS…

July 9th, 2014

Cleveland’s Muny Light facility on the city’s east side and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating company Chairman (and Field Marshall Rommel aficionado) Ralph Besse. (inset upper left) Cleveland in 2014 loves to proclaim its love of private-public partnerships. The reason: the private sector wants to suck resources from the public sector – sin taxes, tax abatements, […]

KICK THESE FECKS OUT OF THE GENE POOL…

July 8th, 2014

These worthless feckin’ waste of human genome are not just driving poorly tuned diesel trucks, they’re intentionally spewing toxic wastes as they drive. At a minimum, they should lose their driving licenses for life. Conservatives who detest President Barack Obama and EPA clean air regulations are modifying their vehicles to purposefully spew black smoke into […]

HOW DOES $0.00 PER MEGAWATT HOUR SOUND…?

July 7th, 2014

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and around zero. Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely because of the influence of one […]

ANTI-FRACKING VICTORY IN NEW YORK…

July 1st, 2014

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing celebrated a major victory over the oil and gas industry on Monday after the highest court in New York state agreed that cities and towns can prohibit drilling within their boundaries. In a 5-2 ruling, the New York state court of appeals affirmed previous court decisions that two towns in upstate […]

CALIFORNIA, NO. 1; TEXAS, NO 2 AND OHIO, NO 3…?

June 30th, 2014

Ohio ranks third nationwide in the number of serious spills involving hazardous materials on roads, rail lines, waterways and in the air since 2005, the Dayton Daily News reported June 29. The state’s 256 serious incidents involving hazardous material releases rank behind only California and Texas. Those incidents in Ohio include one death from exposure […]

I THINK I FEEL A THRUMING COMING ON…

June 22nd, 2014

I think I’ve told you that Ruth, my mother-in-law, was a weaver. She must have had three looms going at once and extras for friends who wanted to learn. Thrifty and thoughtful, she kept every scrap of fabric and every piece of yarn. The cut ends from her warps and weavings, called thrums (there’s a […]

I HAVE NO DOUBT…

June 22nd, 2014

WHO’D A THUNK IT…

June 21st, 2014

So, how will gambling, bar fights, prostitution and armed robbery boost the local economy?

WHAT IS A BUCKEYE…?

June 3rd, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee is ready to debate a bill intended to limit the state impact of a newly announced federal plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the rule Monday, part of President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing […]

WHY 2014…? WHY 2005…?

June 2nd, 2014

The Obama administration will propose sweeping new environmental rules on Monday, cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan. The new power plant rules – which will be formally announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday morning – represent the most […]

PREPING FOR A SECOND SILENT SPRING…

May 27th, 2014

Via Pharyngula…

PROMOTING VICTORIAN VALUES…?

May 27th, 2014

Jobs are available in and around Marietta, Ohio—well-paying blue-collar jobs—thanks to the oil and gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations that run deep beneath the bucolic hills of Washington County. The local economy is not as robust as during its manufacturing heyday, when chemical, metals, and plastics plants dominated the Ohio River […]

UNDERSTANDING THAT INTANGIBLE CYCLE

May 13th, 2014

Rachel Carson wrote: But it occurred to me this afternoon, remembering, that it had been a happy spectacle, that we had felt no sadness when we spoke of the fact that there would be no return. And rightly—for when any living thing has come to the end of its life cycle we accept that end […]

10 CITY HACKS FOR CLEVELAND’S NEXT MAYOR…

September 17th, 2013

Personally, I like nos. 4, 6 and 8 best. Marc Lefkowitz writes: 1. Implement the Cleveland Climate Action Plan — The plan provides a detailed inventory of where and how much carbon is being emitted from both city operations and the community. The next step will be to create an action agenda with priorities on […]

THIS MADE ME INCREDIBLY SAD THIS MORNING…

September 6th, 2013

Yes, this is an amazingly bizarre revelation for me…

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