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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - Art for Conservation
    The exhibit is designed to showcase local artists and benefit land conservation and environmental education Fifty percent of profits from sold works will support land conservation efforts in Nockamixon Township This year s exhibit will again include prize winning works selected from Future Artists of the Gallows Run a competition for art students at Palisades High School Following the barn show the exhibit will move upriver to Nurture Nature Center located at 518 Northampton Street in Easton PA from October 5 November 1 A celebratory reception at Nature Nurture will be held on Thursday October 10 6 9 pm As the last stop on the tour the exhibit will then move to Palisades High School on November 13 through January 8 2014 The Artists of the Gallows Run 2013 are Alana Balogh Bill Brokaw Ron Brown John Mark Courtney Joe Danciger Russell Drisch Robert Hansen Linda Jenny Pat McCutcheon Paul McGinn Sharon Mendelson Robert Noonan R Woolston Rapp Karl Schwartz Reinhold Schwenk Steve Sears and Todd Stone Pat Martin noted abstract painter and teacher is the Guest Artist for 2013 About Gallows Run Watershed Association The Gallows Run Watershed Association GRWA is an independent 501 c 3 non profit dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of the natural resources of the Gallows Run Watershed We advocate on behalf of sound environmental stewardship sustainable land management and preservation of the rural character of the Watershed Our tools include educational outreach scientific research active participation in the legal processes that effect local land use and a strategic partnership with other organizations that share our objective To learn more visit www grwabucks org About Heritage Conservancy Heritage Conservancy has been preserving our natural and historic heritage since 1958 The Conservancy has been instrumental in conserving eight properties totaling 710 acres of land

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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - Art for Conservation 2015
    the Sun Save The World Grow an Oak The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009 University of Portland May 3 2009 Excerpt from The Red Man in Bucks County Aquaponics An Innovative Opportunity Newsletter Archive Covered Topics Education Resources Recycling Native Plants About GRWA Join Us Volunteer Donate Contact Us Email Password Remember me Forgot password Our sponsor booklet is now available for download Please support

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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - Calendar of Events
    Litigation Update Waiting is the Hardest Part Sand y Blasted A Personal Story Understanding Changes in Our Weather Patterns How does Global Climate Weirdness effect Us How to Assist the Revitalization of the Water Table Near Your Property Introducing a Landmark Paper on the Feasibility of Using Wind Water and the Sun Save The World Grow an Oak The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009 University

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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - Fracking
    this introduces a new opportunity for harm from the accumulating concentrations of heavy medals and radioactive elements leeched from the Shale How radioactive is recycled frack water that is used for a third or tenth time How is it disposed What happens if there are spills How much is dumped in our rivers According to Propublica org 0 states require that the volume of fluid left underground after fracturing be recorded Toxic chemicals in frack water at 1 of frack water is about 50 000 gallons per well Chemical disclosure proprietary parts verified by independent agency Acquired radiation and heavy metals from leeched shale Truck transport of frack water 24 hours As many as 4 800 to 21 600 large fresh water tanker trucks hauling fresh water 2 to 9 loads per day for 2 520 days of fracking Source Groundwater contamination some documented short and long term risks not adequately studied Surface water and soil contamination accidents and spills many violations already reported Air quality from drilling rigs trucking compressor stations Waste holding transport and disposal inadequately regulated virtually not regulated Importantly waste water acquires radioactive elements and heavy metals leeched from the Shale Much of this has been dumped into our rivers or inadequately processed in recycling plants before being dumped into rivers Piping of gas product under high pressure leaks and explosions documented Health effects and worries including from radioactive elements leeched from shale deposits Land use access roads well pads pipelines compressor stations fragmenting woodlands and habitat Social Noise pitting neighbors who benefit from leases against residents who suffer only the side effects Economic Jobs How many For local persons real estate values Where are the studies to show the net effects long and short term Source of Elements of Hydraulic Fracturing Hydraulic Fracturing 101 A snip on water use alone In 2010 the U S Environmental Protection Agency estimated that 70 to 140 billion gallons of water are used to fracture 35 000 wells in the United States each year The extraction of so much water for fracking has raised concerns about the ecological impacts to aquatic resources as well as dewatering of drinking water aquifers Myths and Misleading Statements About Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines By Lois Epstein P E Senior Engineer Oil and Gas Industry Specialist http pstrust org library myths htm Fracking Contamination Will Get Worse Alberta Expert Tighter regulations to protect groundwater needed says U of Alberta geochemist http bit ly J5Ozyb They ll frack each well up to 20 times Each time the pressure will shudder and bang the pipes in the wellbore The cement is hard and the steel is soft If you do it all the time you are going to break bonds and cause leaks It s a real major issue Industry spokesmen typically argue that if the drilling hole is properly cased with steel and cemented the risk of any interaction between drinking water and fracturing fluid is significantly diminished But Muehlenbachs replies with another question Yes but what happens if the job is not done right and how frequent are problems encountered More Background Articles CHAPTER 33 LOCAL ORDINANCES RELATING TO OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS 3302 Oil and gas operations regulated pursuant to Chapter 32 Except with respect to local ordinances adopted pursuant to the MPC and the act of October 4 1978 P L 851 No 166 known as the Flood Plain Management Act all local ordinances purporting to regulate oil and gas operations regulated by Chapter 32 relating to development are hereby superseded No local ordinance adopted pursuant to the MPC or the Flood Plain Management Act shall contain provisions which impose conditions requirements or limitations on the same features of oil and gas operations regulated by Chapter 32 or that accomplish the same purposes as set forth in Chapter 32 The Commonwealth by this section preempts and supersedes the regulation of oil and gas operations as provided in this chapter ACT 13 the text of the bill Proponents and Authors Bill Sponsor Hon Brian L Ellis 6 Chesapeake Street Suite 200 Lyndora PA 16045 724 283 5852 Fax 724 284 8253 Your governor Corbett 717 787 2500 Local Representatives supporting it virtually all Full list is pending Hon Paul I Clymer 311 North 7th Street Perkasie PA 18944 215 257 0279 Fax 215 257 6350 Sen Bob Mensch Senate Box 203024 Harrisburg PA 17120 3024 Room 459 Capitol Building 717 787 3110 FAX 717 787 8004 Questions for your representatives What are the environmental health and social impacts of Fracking in the near and long term Unanswered Questions and Concerns What are the environmental health and social impacts of Fracking in the near and long term Fracking News and Evidence Based Reports Independent tools to monitor shale gas wells fractracker http www fractracker org data fact pages stateimpact npr org Interactive map showing drilling locations and violations Presently in our State there are 2 200 active wells with 1 927 violations Find a Well registry of wells hydraulicfracturingdisclosure org Interactive map chemicals used volume of water Expert perspectives on Fracturing videos Government and Commission Reports Susquehanna River Basin Commission Gas Well Drilling and Development Marcellus Shale The fracturing process uses an average of 2 to 9 million gallons of fresh water per well Governor s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report 7 22 2011 http files dep state pa us Final Report pdf Copying GROUNDWATER AND SURFACE WATER PROTECTION HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND WELL CONSTRUCTION Hydraulic fracturing consists of a large volume of water mixed with sand and some chemical additives pumped at significant pressure through the well casing to stimulate gas flow EPA Investigation of Ground Water Contamination near Pavillion http 1 usa gov HersP5 Large PDF file Alternative explanations were carefully considered to explain individual sets of data However when considered together with other lines of evidence the data indicates likely impact to ground water that can be explained by hydraulic fracturing EPA Groundwater Investigation Pavillion Wyoming http www epa gov region8 superfund wy pavillion EPA report on Dimock http www epa gov aboutepa states dimock atsdr pdf SNIP Elevated concentrations of methane can produce explosive environments Additional combustible gases including butanes propane ethane and ethene were also identified in many of the well sample results Of the approximately 18 private wells in this data set ten had maximum dissolved methane levels higher than 28 000 ug L Methane venting systems were offered to the 18 properties that are part of the Cabot PADEP order ATSDR and EPA do not have precise information at this time about which of the approximately 18 private wells for which sampling data are available have functioning methane venting systems at this time New Government Report Detailing Hydraulic Fracturing Products democrats energycommerce house gov Science based Reports Reports based on use of scientific methods and published in peer reviewed journals I ndustry assurances of the safety of fracking seem to be based entirely on unproven theory Can you cite an industry study using scientific methods that proves the fracking process is safe Please contact us if you can New Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment Report 1 Marcellus Shale Natural Gas and Wind http www nature org media pa tnc energy analysis pdf A SNIP showing the SCALE of operations on our web University of Texas Energy Institute Fact Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development Charles G Groat Ph D Principal Investigator Thomas W Grimshaw Ph D Co Principal Investigator New The Journal Nature Should fracking stop POINT COUNTERPOINT PDF Duke University February 7 2011 Research and Policy Recommendations for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Extraction PDF full report EPA Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources Office of Research and Development U S This document is distributed solely for peer review under applicable information quality guidelines It has not been formally disseminated by EPA It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency determination or policy Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2011 May 17 Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas well drilling and hydraulic fracturing Stephen G Osborn a Avner Vengosh b Nathaniel R Warner b and Robert B Jacksonabc Ground Water 2012 National Ground Water Association Potential Contaminant Pathways from Hydraulically Fractured Shale to Aquifers http bit ly KCEnNF From the abstract Conductive faults or fracture zones as found throughout the Marcellus shale region could reduce the travel time further Injection of up to 15 000 000 L of fluid into the shale generates high pressure at the well which decreases with distance from the well and with time after injection as the fluid advects through the shale The advection displaces native fluids mostly brine and fractures the bulk media widening existing fractures Simulated pressure returns to pre injection levels in about 300 d The overall system requires from 3 to 6 years to reach a new equilibrium reflecting the significant changes caused by fracking the shale which c ould allow advective transport to aquifers in less than 10 years The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing requires that monitoring systems be employed to track the movement of contaminants and that gas wells have a reasonable offset from faults NRDC In Fracking s Wake New Rules are Needed to Protect Our Health and Environment from Contaminated Wastewater PDF full report Environmental Impacts and Risks How Many Tanker Trucks Does It Take To Supply Water To And Remove Waste From A Horizontally Drilled And Hydrofracked Wellsite Let s Do The Math un naturalgas org ProPublica org Is New York s Marcellus Shale Too Hot radioactive to Handle The DEC has yet to address any of these questions But New York s Health Department raised concerns about the amount of radioactive materials in the wastewater in a confidential letter to the DEC s oil and gas regulators in July Handling and disposal of this wastewater could be a public health concern DOH officials said in the letter which was obtained by ProPublica PBS Congressional Report Targets Fracking http video pbs org video 1801426857 PBS video on Fracking http www pbs org newshour bb science jan june11 fracking 06 15 html Media EPA Finds Compound Used in Fracking in Wyoming Aquifer propublica org NYTimes EPA to Study Chemicals Used to Tap Natural Gas nytimes com Uranium in Groundwater Fracking Mobilizes Uranium in Marcellus Shale Steven writes The important information is that uranium should be added to the list of compounds to be tested by a PA DEP certified lab in preparation before the gas drilling occurs This would apply to wells and to streams See my article in Upper Bucks Future 2009 issue pdf NY Times The Fracturing of Pennsylvania http nyti ms twa0PX Snip Popular concerns about natural gas drilling have centered on what chemicals companies are putting into the earth not least because this list is a proprietary secret Environmental Sciences Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas well drilling and hydraulic fracturing http 1 usa gov tqXDxy Science media Natural Gas from Shale Contributes to Global Warming Researchers Find Sciencedaily com Media Radiation in Fracking fluid is a New Concern Hopey and Malloy Pittsburgh Post Gazette Some Marcellus Shale drilling put on hold philly com Marcellus misstep House GOP seems to want to protect natural gas drillers not Pennsylvanians Monday November 14 2011 6 05 AM By Patriot News Editorial Board That s the only way to describe House Bill 1950 the House Republicans attempt at a Marcellus Shale package GOP leaders say they are for responsible drilling but they might as well let the drillers write their own laws http www pennlive com editorials index ssf 2011 11 marcellus welfare house gop ca html Citing ACT 13 3 If the vendor service provider or operator claims that the specific identity of a chemical or the concentration of a chemical or both are a trade secret or confidential proprietary information the operator of the well must indicate that on the chemical disclosure registry form and the vendor service provider or operator shall submit a signed written statement that the record contains a trade secret or confidential proprietary information If a chemical is a trade secret the operator shall include in the chemical registry disclosure form the chemical family or similar description associated with the chemical What allows the company to withhold information based on the vendor or operator s claim that it s a trade secret QUESTIONS Isn t it the proprietary information that would be most useful for tracing who is responsible for contamination Why can t this information be disclosed to the DEP in help monitor for groundwater contamination Methane Found in Well Water Near Fracking Sites http www ncbi nlm nih gov pmc articles PMC3222989 Source Environ Health Perspect 2011 July 1 119 7 a289 David C Holzman writes on science medicine energy economics and cars from Lexington and Wellfleet MA His work has appeared in Smithsonian The Atlantic Monthly and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Just how likely are leaks Based on a non peer reviewed survey of the five states that systematically report incidents at wells where fracking occurs and where complaints have spurred inspections Ronald E Bishop a lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry at the State University of New York Oneonta estimates nearly 2 of such gas wells may end up contaminating groundwater with fracking fluids 3 Bishop says 50 of new natural gas wells recently inspected in Quebec leaked methane 4 NY DEC Takes on Fracking http www ncbi nlm nih gov pmc articles PMC3262000 Source Environ Health Perspect 2011 December 119 12 a513 Charles W Schmidt MS an award winning science writer from Portland ME has written for Discover Magazine Science and Nature Medicine New York is one of a handful of states others include New Jersey Maryland and North Carolina that have banned hydraulic fracturing or fracking pending further study and scientific review A key element of New York s review is the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement SGEIS a 1 537 page document drafted by the state s Department of Environmental Conservation DEC 1 DeSantis says fracking s public health impacts were fully considered in the draft SGEIS But a letter sent to New York governor Andrew Cuomo on October 5 and signed by more than 250 health and environmental professionals and groups claims otherwise 2 The SGEIS contains no human health assessment at all says Sandra Steingraber a distinguished scholar in environmental studies and sciences at Ithaca College In the letter signatories including Steingraber asked the DEC to conduct a supplemental analysis of baseline human health status in New York a systematic identification and review of direct and indirect health effects of fracking a cumulative health impacts analysis and potential measures to eliminate those impacts MINING EPA Tackles Fracking http www ncbi nlm nih gov pmc articles PMC2866701 Source Environ Health Perspect 2010 May 118 5 A199 Recent evidence suggests fracking may have contributed to groundwater contamination with methane in some instances and that proprietary chemicals used in the procedure could theoretically pose a public health threat However because groundwater supplies and natural gas deposits are often separated by thousands of feet of rock and earth and groundwater can be contaminated by many sources it is difficult to establish a definitive connection between contaminated drinking water and fracking New York State DEC Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program Albany NY New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 7 Sep 2011 Available http tinyurl com bqc3zo2 The revised analysis of high volume hydraulic fracturing operations in the revised dSGEIS concludes that the proposed high volume hydraulic fracturing activity is not consistent with the preservation of these watersheds as an unfiltered drinking water supply Even with all of the criteria and conditions identified in this dSGEIS a risk remains that significant high volume hydraulic fracturing activities in these areas could result in a degradation of drinking water supplies from accidents surface spills etc Moreover such large scale industrial activity in these areas even without spills could imperil EPA s Filtration Avoidance Determinations and result in the affected municipalities incurring substantial costs to filter their drinking water supply Accordingly this dSGEIS supports a finding that site disturbance relating to high volume hydraulic fracturing operations not be permitted in the Syracuse and New York City watersheds or in a protective 4 000 foot buffer area around those watersheds Video Cornell Professor discusses natural gas development and impacts txsharon blogspot com Hydraulic Fracturing 101 Not only does the injection of these fracturing chemicals pose a short term threat to 8 1 3 AIR QUALITY ISSUES Source Governor s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report Marcellus Shale development including drilling gas collection and processing pose challenges with respect to air emissions Generally pollutants of concern include nitrogen oxides NOx carbon monoxide CO particulate matter hazardous air pollutants HAP such as benzene and toluene other volatile organic compounds VOC and particulate matter Radionuclides such as radium thorium and radon from the wastewater treatment of fluids malodors and methane are additional sources of air pollution Methane the major component of natural gas and a green house gas pollutant is released into the atmosphere as fugitive emissions through leaks from processing equipment and pneumatic devices Fugitive emissions including dust from truck traffic and fugitive VOC emissions from leaking valves and pipes are also pollutants of concern Volatile Organic Compounds which are also hazardous air pollutants e g benzene toluene ethyl benzene and xylenes BTEX are emitted in low quantities Formaldehyde is emitted from the compressor engines burning natural gas Typically the engines are controlled by oxidizers to minimize organic emissions including formaldehyde A small quantity of ethylene glycol is also emitted from gas dehydration operations at compressor stations VOC and BTEX emissions may also be released from the condensate tanks which are typically controlled by vapor recovery units However very low concentrations of BTEX compounds have been detected during Marcellus Shale activities Generally

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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - Videos: Experts on Fracturing
    Articles President s Letter Act 13 Litigation Update Waiting is the Hardest Part Sand y Blasted A Personal Story Understanding Changes in Our Weather Patterns How does Global Climate Weirdness effect Us How to Assist the Revitalization of the Water Table Near Your Property Introducing a Landmark Paper on the Feasibility of Using Wind Water and the Sun Save The World Grow an Oak The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009 University of Portland May 3 2009 Excerpt from The Red Man in Bucks County Aquaponics An Innovative Opportunity Newsletter Archive Covered Topics Education Resources Recycling Native Plants About GRWA Join Us Volunteer Donate Contact Us Email Password Remember me Forgot password Expert Perspectives on Risks and Impacts of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Dr Tony Ingraffea on Cumulative Environmental Effects of Hydraulic Fracking Q A below Dr Tony Ingraffea on Cumulative Environmental Effects of Hydraulic Fracking AND Professor Engelder Q A Unearthed The Fracking Facade Experts address myths that horizontal high volume fracking is time tested and safe FAULTS WITH FRACKING 8 31 2010 James Northrup Hydrofracking Faults Aquifer Pollution James Chip Northrup former gas oil industry Cornell University professor Dr Anthony Ingraffea CV For science

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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - NEW: Videos from the Pipeline Forum
    Introducing a Landmark Paper on the Feasibility of Using Wind Water and the Sun Save The World Grow an Oak The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009 University of Portland May 3 2009 Excerpt from The Red Man in Bucks County Aquaponics An Innovative Opportunity Newsletter Archive Covered Topics Education Resources Recycling Native Plants About GRWA Join Us Volunteer Donate Contact Us Email Password Remember me

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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - NEW: Township Resolutions
    Paper on the Feasibility of Using Wind Water and the Sun Save The World Grow an Oak The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009 University of Portland May 3 2009 Excerpt from The Red Man in Bucks County Aquaponics An Innovative Opportunity Newsletter Archive Covered Topics Education Resources Recycling Native Plants About GRWA Join Us Volunteer Donate Contact Us Email Password Remember me Forgot password Township

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  • Gallows Run Watershed Association - NEW: Pipeline Presentation at Nature Nurture Center
    Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009 University of Portland May 3 2009 Excerpt from The Red Man in Bucks County Aquaponics An Innovative Opportunity Newsletter Archive Covered Topics Education Resources Recycling Native Plants About GRWA Join Us Volunteer Donate Contact Us Email Password Remember me Forgot password Mark Gallagher s Pipeline Presentation at Nature Nurture Center Download the Presentation Notes as a PDF At the science of pipeline meeting in Easton this week Mark Gallagher presented a lot of information regarding pipeline construction A couple of facts he presented FERC is set up to approve pipelines and one federal agency cannot break another federal agencies rules NEPA is set up to make sure federal rules are followed Mark said that most of the applications for pipelines have boiler plate text for the resource reports and present the very bare minimum for any kind of restoration Most applications do not correctly document the resources that are actually on the ground The application just follows FERC s checklists and on paper follows all rules and regulations Mark strongly suggested that communities up against a pipeline pay very close attention to the clean water act The section he mentioned are sections 401 water quality certificates section 404 wetlands section 303 water quality standards http www epa gov compliance monitoring programs cwa wetlands html In addition to the clean water act they have to abide by other federal acts endangered species wild and scenic river act national historic preservation act etc NEPA s role is that all federal regulations are satisfied by all agencies and companies Almost the entire pipeline is in the Delaware water shed and they have to abide by the anti steam degradation standards and be permitted Mark pointed out that the pipeline applications almost always miss

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