Hydrofracked: One man's quest for answers about natural gas drilling -- High Country News / ProPublica
In many ways, it's a sad story: The groundwater a Wyoming couple relies on to sustain their little farm suddenly turns foul. So landowner Louis Meeks embarks on a six-year crusade to discover how it happened, suspecting that nearby natural gas wells are somehow involved. He battles corporations and federal and local governments and alienates many of his neighbors, yet today his water is still contaminated. There's no justice in sight.
But Meeks has accomplished something important: He and other activists have drawn attention to the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." When a gas or oil well is fracked, chemicals and water are injected deep underground to fracture rock formations and release gas and oil. The industry insists that fracking is safe. But some of the chemicals used in the process are carcinogenic. And though fracking is used in many thousands of gas and oil wells from the Southwest to New York state, there's never been a comprehensive scientific study of its possible impacts on drinking water.
That is now changing, thanks to people like Meeks and determined staffers within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is finally launching the first real study of the risks posed by fracking. So the saga of Louis Meeks is not just sad; it also offers hope. Determined citizens can make a difference.
Read about Meeks' quest for justice in a High Country News collaboration with the nonprofit news organization ProPublica.
A $27,500 camera plus 240 hours of filming plus 27 drenched animals equals the code for dynamic water repellency.
... I'm an excellent hose holder!
Not only does the U.S. government regularly request users' private data from Google, it does so more often than any other government, the search engine reported Monday. Google announced these details as part of its Transparency Report, a bi-annual disclosure of what governments worldwide are asking for.
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SETI has set up a website -- SETIStars -- to help fund their dedicated telescopes that they had to shut down a couple months ago. SETI is looking to collect $200,000 in 40 days to get the ATA back up and running. This is far short of what they need per year, $2.5 million, but they are also looking for other funding. They are taking donations of $5 to $500.
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Source: This Wired article
I feel so much better that at least one of the divisions of the DOD is preparing to protect me from anything!
Army Gets How-To Guide for Zombie Invasion -- Danger Room / Wired
One day in the not-too-distant future, a mindless horde of cannibalistic killing machines will come shambling through the streets of America. And when that day comes, the U.S. Army will be on it faster than you can scream “BRAAIIIINNSS!”
Lucky for us, the Army Zombie Combat Command has put together a nifty manual on how to identify, fight, and kill those murderous mobs of the undead.
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Well summer is officially here. Happy longest day of the year, well, with relation to sunlight that is.
Cow and Boy by Mark Leiknes -- 21 June 2011
"You know" he says as he gazes across the landscape, "people say, 'Sam, why don't you just move into town?' Well, why would I want to move into town? I can walk out any door of my house, step off the porch and pee any damn place I want to. I couldn't do that in town."
Joel Pett -- 19 June 2011
I believe this is not just a GOP thought. IMHO, all the elected in D.C. really care about are those that fill their coffers, to hell with the rest of the American public.