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Time for our county government to start working for us

timeRecently a local waste hauler, United Sanitation Network, inc. along with other partners including Waveco Energy Services, delivered plans for a DEP permit and made requests for a Luzerne County variance to build a industrial waste (frack) fluid disposal and recycling site in Lake Township. Never mind that the application was deficient and misleading in so many ways. Discrepancies from starting up with 30, 20,000 gallon tanks on site to 60 tanks, hours of operation going from 13 hours per day to round the clock 24/7 operations and amateurish methods of collecting toxic spills with buckets, left a lot to be desired.

Kudos to our Luzerne county council for pointing out and expressing strong opposition to the county zoning board, their concerns about the local environment, traffic safety, potential for serious accidents, and how this would negatively affect the quality-of-life for Luzerne county residents.

We elected a county council to make it harder to continue past corrupt county decision-making practices, and they took an oath to protect our health, safety and welfare. Councilman Bobeck was in disagreement with expressing the council reservations to the zoning board, and although he gave his reasons( with which I disagree), he at least presented his rationale for his decision. Mr. Brominski on the other hand, would not agree with counsel to send the letter voicing opposition to the hazardous waste site and gave no valid reason for his stance against this resolution that would help improve the quality of life for Luzerne County residents.

Let’s be honest, drilling, fracking, extraction, transportation and processing of the Marcellus Shale gas with its ancillary industrial facilities such as compressor and dehydration stations, pipelines and toxic waste discharge problems, is a dirty practice with negative environmental and health consequences.  Just ask the people living near the Chapin dehydration station, what negative effects they have experienced both in quality-of-life issues and property value decreases. The chemicals involved in fracking and the waste disposal products are known human carcinogens and have the potential for serious negative health consequences. These industrial facilities should not be allowed near any residential homes, near streams, rivers or wetlands feeding our water supplies nor should they be allowed to spout fumes that degrade our air-quality over the Wyoming Valley. The huge toxic water trucks hauling radioactive, hazardous waste should not be traveling our quaint narrow rural roads alongside our school buses and degrading our roads and bridges. We all pay the price for increased incidence of leukemias and other cancers, neurological problems, and increased asthma and breathing issues with a poorer quality-of-life and higher health costs.

Let’s give thanks to the overwhelming majority of county council members who spoke up to keep these industrial facilities out of Luzerne county and agreed to help safeguard our health and properties. The people of Luzerne county came out to speak at these meetings and the council listened. Let’s put the DEP and the county zoning board on notice that we live in a democracy and the people will decide what we want for our county.

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FRACK WATER PLANT-Luzerne County Council Meeting

frack recycleFor those unable to attend the Luzerne County Council meeting on Tuesday February 18, 2014.  About  15 people submitted public comment about the Frack Water treatment plant.

CLICK HERE to watch a video recording of the meeting 
Public Comments start at the 1:27:00 mark

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We all need to take a moment and decide what is really important in our lives. Are we going to allow our children’s and grandchildren’s water supplies and environment to be damaged?

Are we going to let others control their futures?

Is it time we took on this task ourselves?

Yes, it is time to take action!

Luzerne County is about to be hit AGAIN by the negative effects of the natural gas industry.

An application for a permit for a Frack Water Treatment Plant has been submitted to the County for Meeker Outlet Road (the old Harveys Lake Gun Club property), in Lake Township. As a result, three or important and irreplaceable water sources will be at risk.

Frack water is known to contain toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, and the application specifies that there will be 30 or more 20,000 gallon storage tanks installed at the site, as well as radioactive contaminant testing areas. In addition, anticipate a future with non-stop frack water trucks traveling 24/7, back and forth over our back roads.

Harveys Lake, Harveys Creek and other important tributaries run near this location. Recent news headlines reflect recent explosions and toxic spills that render affected areas uninhabitable and the water unusable. (West Virginia is still reeling from a recent spill that rendered their water useless!)

Is this what we want for Pennsylvania?

Is this what we want for our homes and the future homes of our children and grandchildren?

If you object to this facility being built in Lake Township, and/or you want to learn more, plan to join members of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC) at the following events:

  • Luzerne County Council Session, in Council Meeting Room ,Luzerne County Courthouse, on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m.

  • GDAC Public Meeting, Dallas American Legion, on Wednesday, February 19th,  at 6:30 p.m.

  • Luzerne County Zoning Hearing, Tuesday, March 4th, Luzerne County Courthouse, 2nd floor, at 7:00 p.m.


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Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

By Diane Dreier, Guest Blogger

meatless mondayI was in Vancouver, Canada, recently and an article in the local newspaper caught my eye.  It was entitled:  “Meatless Monday Makes a Statement”.   The writer, Eleanor Boyle, talked about how the city of Vancouver had endorsed “Meatless Monday”.  The concept has its roots in a campaign to reserve food for fighting soldiers during World War I to aid the war effort.   In 2003, the concept re-emerged from a public health campaign by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health which focused on helping tackle the problems of cholesterol and heart disease – two factors associated with eating too much meat.  At the time, the Surgeon General had recommended reducing meat consumption by 15% in order to cut down on saturated fat intake.  Since 15% translates to about one day a week, it seemed a reasonable solution to eliminate meat on one day each week.

The concept of one meatless day a week has taken a while to catch on, but now, “Meatless Monday” is an international campaign.  Local governments, hospitals, schools and even fancy restaurants are on board.  Famous chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batalli, and John Fraser have pledged to go meat-free in their restaurants on Mondays.

Just to be clear – “Meatless Monday” is not about people becoming vegetarians.  In fact, the man responsible for the original advertising campaign states that eating meatless dishes on Monday is not meant to be a hardship, simply an alternative.  Because it is a sensible alternative, it has become both popular and attractive.

Even the most hard core carnivores among us would have to concede that there would indeed be health benefits to substituting other foods for meat 15% of the time.   Medical professionals tell us that going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.  Beyond health benefits to individuals who adopt this strategy, experts say that there would be enormous benefits to the planet on which we all reside.

One meatless day a week can help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.  As Ms. Boyle pointed out in her article, large scale, factory meat farms use large amounts of agricultural land and fresh water, involve massive deforestation, emit huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, and its output of excessive manure ends up contaminating water and even food itself.

An added dimension to the “Meatless Monday” campaign is to encourage consumers to buy locally and sustainably produced meat products.  The animals receive more humane treatment, are fed without antibiotics, and the process results in less stress on the environment.

Why “Meatless Monday” and not Meatless Tuesday?  The idea is that Monday is the beginning of the week and sets the tone for the rest of the week.  Even if you’ve made unhealthy food choices over the weekend, Monday is the day for a fresh start to make healthier decisions.

Meatless Monday is a meaningful change that everyone can make with very little effort.  It’s easy to remember.  And the most important part is that it’s good for your health and good for the planet.

©2013 by I Choose A Clean World

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Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition to Present Triple Divide

fb event td3Triple Divide is unlike any other film about the gas drilling industry that has come before.    In their co-creation of Triple Divide, Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic break new ground with a cradle to grave investigation of shale extraction.

The Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition of Luzerne County will be presenting Triple Divide on Thursday, May 9 at 7pm, Temple B’Nai B’rith, 408 Wyoming Ave  Kingston, PA.   A Q&A with the Joshua Pribanic will follow the film.   Free to the public.

The title of the film reflects one of Pennsylvania’s very special places; the triple continental divide in north-central Pennsylvania, close to the New York border. Rainwater from this area can flow to three sides of the North American continent; down the Susquehanna River to the Chesapeake Bay, down the Allegheny River to the Gulf of Mexico, and down the Genesee River to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada.

Co-narrated by Mark Ruffalo, Triple Divide features never before seen interviews with industry giants and advocates, uncovered state documents, and expert testimonies.  Triple Divide shows the desperate situation in Pennsylvania through personal stories of people who are living the drill.

If you breathe air and drink water, this is a wake-up call to the reality that we are all downstream and downwind.