Tuesday, July 12, 2011

An Arkansas blog on the evils of hydro-fracking to produce natural gas in the KARST state of Arkansas

Fracking blog
Thanks to Sky Blaylock for supplying this link on Facebook.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Drilling Through Caves and Aquifers

All of northwest Arkansas is karst. The National Cave Association website describes karst as a geological term for an area characterized by the presence of caves, sinkholes, aquifers, and disappearing streams. According to tour guides at War Eagle Cavern there are over 2000 documented caves in north Arkansas alone with over 10,000 documented caves throughout all of Arkansas.

There is a river in Missouri that disappears and then reappears in Arkansas at Mammoth Springs. Determining where water flows underground in northwest Arkansas requires dumping dye into the water at one location then searching for springs and searching for that dye by educated guess work. The dye can be found surprising numbers of miles away.

For a better understanding of aquifers look at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) under Water Science for Schools.

Consider watersheds in general. How can puncturing the ground a mile deep in multiple places not make bedrock permeable?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Important broadcasts and publications on FRACKIN!

 Joyce Hale reports:
I just received this alert from a PA friend.

"NPR's This American Life is doing a show this weekend called "Gamechanger," and it's all about Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale. We know it will be in part about Washington County, PA, and in part about dueling academic institutions. Sarah Koenig - a producer on the show who lives in State College - came to PA Clean Water Action Director, Myron Arnowitt, first to talk about how the show should cover the story. He helped her brainstorm, find sources and understand what's at stake.    

Myron also spent a lot of time helping The New York Times Magazine put together a story that we think will come out this weekend. Lastly (we had nothing to do with this), 60 Minutes is rebroadcasting Shaleionaires, as well. While they give Chesapeake's CEO a lot of air time, the story does a decent job of also showing what has people so scared. So if you missed it the first time, look for Leslie Stahl's story this weekend. 

We haven't heard it, of course, but the promo sounds good! Check it out here:http://tal.fm/440

I'm excited about both of the new pieces reaching people across the country, because they both take the issue nationally and may hit people on a more emotional level. TheyNYT's "Drilling Down" series has been important, but I hope these new journalists who have entered the fray will really help the country feel this issue. Like you and I do."        
Check your local NPR station for time.  I know KUAF in Fayetteville airs This American Life two times:  6:00 am Saturday and 10:00 am Sunday.  It is good to see so much being written and broadcast on drilling now.
Joyce Hale


Game Changer

Originally aired 07.08.2011
A professor in Pennsylvania makes a calculation, and the result blows his mind. The numbers say that his state is sitting atop a massive reserve of natural gas—enough to lead a revolution in how America gets its energy. But another professor in Pennsylvania does a different calculation and reaches a troubling conclusion: that getting natural gas out of the ground poses a risk to public health. The story of two men, two calculations, and two very different consequences.
Photo: Copyright (c), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2011, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.