Actor Mark Ruffalo Takes On Fossil Fuel Industry and Calls Out California Governor Jerry Brown

Actor Mark Ruffalo Takes On Fossil Fuel Industry and Calls Out California Governor Jerry Brown

30th March 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“The intense means of extraction, known as fracking, is believed to induce earthquakes, compound global warming, pollute the environment, and to have wasted water during California’s most recent drought, the worst in 1,200 years.” ~ Vanity Fair

For years, Mark Ruffalo has been an outspoken opponent to fracking — otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, an extreme oil and gas extraction method. The Oscar-nominated actor has firsthand experience with the problems posed by the practice — from his rural home in the Catskills that sits upon one of the largest natural gas fields in the world to urban drilling in California, where a single oil field in L.A. puts over a million people at risk.

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Leaving a Legacy of Destruction: Fracking Industry Threatens U.S. National Parks

Leaving a Legacy of Destruction: Fracking Industry Threatens U.S. National Parks

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

As if it wasn’t bad enough to have fracking operations in our backyards — destroying local ecosystems, human health and property values — the oil and gas industry has expanded into public lands, with many national parks now under threat. Not only does fracking for petroleum and natural gas promote ecological and climatic changes, but it also destroys the water we drink and the air we breathe. Not to mention the practice has been linked to an increase of earthquakes. Moreover, waste generated by the industry is exceptionally toxic and difficult to dispose of safely — to the point where municipalities are resorting to spraying it on roadways, and other acts of insanity. Keep in mind fracking fluid contains a slew of hazardous chemicals and is oftentimes radioactive.

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Fracking Wastewater is Cancer-Causing, New Study Confirms

Fracking Wastewater is Cancer-Causing, New Study Confirms

By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The fracking industry likes to call its product “natural gas,” but the natural consequence of its activity is the production of billions of gallons of cancer-causing wastewater.

A new study published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology titled, “Malignant human cell transformation of Marcellus Shale gas drilling flow back water,” is the first study of its kind to confirm widely held suspicions concerning the carcinogenicity of fracking pollution.

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The Fracking Industry’s Answer to Toxic Wastewater: Spray It On Public Roadways

The Fracking Industry’s Answer to Toxic Wastewater: Spray It On Public Roadways

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Just when we thought it couldn’t get much worse on the fracking front — polluted groundwater, poisoned environment, destroyed ecosystems — a dangerous new practice for ‘disposing’ of fracking wastewater has been put into action: spread it onto roadways for ice and dust management. Not only does the the flowback water from fracking contain a range of toxic compounds — including ammonium, iodide, heavy metals and bromide — it can also contain radioactive material.

For those unfamiliar with the process of fracking — known as hydraulic fracturing — a bit of history about the technique is helpful. Halliburton developed the process in 1949 and utilized the technology for decades with oil and gas wells to increase production, as they began to run dry. In conventional fracking, the well is stimulated by pumping-in water at high pressure. But hydraulic fracturing used for shale rock is a relatively new process and the one we hear most about today.

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Fracking Creates Massive Radioactive Waste Problem

Fracking Creates Massive Radioactive Waste Problem

By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) openly acknowledges that fracking fluid contains “thousands of chemicals”, but nowhere is there mention of radioactivity in its risk assessments. Now, a new study reveals the “natural gas” industry may be hiding a secret as dark and deadly as the one the nuclear industry has been trying to conceal for decades. 

Following recent news that California’s fracking industry will be “repurposing” its toxic wastewater to meet the needs of an agricultural industry driven desperate by the drought, a timely new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives reveals that fracking wastewater is not just a source of dangerous petrochemicals but also a highly toxic form of radioactive waste.

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Drought Stricken California Turns to Oil Industry Wastewater for Crop Irrigation

Drought Stricken California Turns to Oil Industry Wastewater for Crop Irrigation

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

As drought persists in California, oil behemoth Chevron has found an new way to dispose of its fracking wastewater: sell it to U.S. farmers in California. About 21 million gallons of wastewater is used on 45,000 acres of crops, which equates to roughly 10% of Kern County’s farmland in the Central Valley.

The program has been in effect for twenty years, due to persistent water shortages in the region. But with the current historic drought now into its fourth year, concerns over the practice of recycling this industrial wastewater are bubbling to the surface, notably because the fresh water that has historically been used to dilute the fracking wastewater is now in short supply — which may in turn increase the amount of petrochemical contaminants found in the water being used for agriculture.

Researchers are worried these toxic chemicals are then making their way into the food supply.

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Fracking: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Fracking: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

It was so bad sometimes that my daughter would be in the shower in the morning, and she’d have to get out of the shower and lay on the floor” due to the chemicals in the water, remembers Craig Sautner. “My son had sores up and down his legs from the water.” Craig and Julie also experienced frequent headaches and dizziness.

The Saunter family lives in Dimock, a Pennsylvanian city in the U.S. now famous for it’s fracking activity — a technique used by the oil industry to facilitate the flow of petroleum or natural gas by injecting large amounts of toxic liquids deep into the earth.

In March 2008, the Saunter’s were approached by land men from Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas about leasing the mineral rights to their 3.5 acres of land. They were told neighbors had already signed off on the leases and that their property wouldn’t be impacted whatsoever by the drilling. The Saunter’s signed and received a single payout of $2,500 per acre plus royalties on each producing well. In August 2008 the fracking began.

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EPA Releases Report on Impacts of CSG Mining – You Should Be Fracking Concerned

EPA Releases Report on Impacts of CSG Mining – You Should Be Fracking Concerned

By Lee “General” Maddox

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released their assessment of coal-seam gas mining — or “Fracking” — and its impact on water resources. And it’s not pretty.

Massive controversy still surrounds the unconventional gas mining industry. The procedure for extracting natural gas (methane) from the Earth is called hydraulic fracturing otherwise known as Fracking. This entails drilling deep into the Earth, usually below ground water basins, and pumping a huge cocktail of chemicals mixed with sand to break apart sediment formations underground, thus releasing the gas for capture above. It sounds rather innocuous when you say it like that, but the reality is far from it.

The United States EPA recently released its five year long draft assessment entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing Drinking Water Assessment”. The report confirms what activists, whistleblowers, documentary film makers, and residents situated near drilling sites already knew — Fracking is bad news for our health and environement, and while it continues, there’s definite reason for concern.

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Beware – Our Water is Poisoned!

Beware – Our Water is Poisoned!

By Dr. Susan M. Walker

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Where we stand now in 2015, everyone is drinking or absorbing poisoned water. Not just the usual poisons so many health advocates have spoken of – such as fluoride, chlorine and certain heavy metals that contaminate our drinking water – no, I’m referring here to a poison far more insidious and far reaching in its implications, and unless the water you drink is home filtered by reverse osmosis, or distilled by steam, your water is likely poisoned (along with your food supply) with radioactive waste sources outside of what is considered “naturally occurring” radiation, such as radon (a TENORM).

What is alarming, is the accumulative amount of man-made radioactive waste such as tritium (a by-product of nuclear reactors, identified in municipal water reports as ‘tritiated water’ or HTO) (Biello, 2014, Scientific America). Tritium is linked to cancer, it’s radioactivity is partly water based and can in theory go anywhere in the body. What is even more alarming is that radioactive tritium is only a part of the radioactive poisons in the drinking water, but it is showing up in higher quantities, along with other radioactive isotopes.
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Don’t Kill the Messenger: Utah Midwife Raises Questions About Fracking and Surge in Stillborn Babies

Don’t Kill the Messenger: Utah Midwife Raises Questions About Fracking and Surge in Stillborn Babies

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

With over 20 years experience helping women manage safe and successful home births in Utah and Idaho, U.S., Donna Young was shocked to deliver her first stillborn baby on May 8, 2013. When she attended the baby’s funeral service several days later, she noticed an unusually high number of infant grave sites at the cemetery — all with recent dates. Instead of turning a blind eye and brushing her observation off as an unfortunate coincidence, she decided to investigate.

Young lives in Vernal, Utah — a veritable gold rush of fracking activity. When Young began connecting the dots between fracking and the spike in newborn deaths, those involved with the industry didn’t take kindly to her questions. Continue Reading – Don’t Kill the Messenger: Utah Midwife Raises Questions About Fracking and Surge in Stillborn Babies

Revealed: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

Revealed: Fracking Used to Inject Nuclear Waste Underground for Decades

Recently unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades, as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production.

Fracking is already a controversial practice on its face, so allowing industries to inject slurries of toxic, potentially carcinogenic compounds deep beneath the planet’s surface — as a means of “see no evil” waste disposal — already sounds ridiculous and dangerous without even going into further detail.

Alleged links between fracking and the contamination of the public water supply and critical aquifers, as well as ties to earthquake upticks near drilling locations that are otherwise not prone to seismic activity, have created uproar in the years since the “Cheney loophole” was implemented in 2005, which allowed the industry to circumvent the Safe Drinking Water Act by exempting fracking fluids, thus fast tracking shale fracking as a source of cheap natural gas.

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The False Politics and Faulty Science of Climate Change

The False Politics and Faulty Science of Climate Change

8th December 2014

By Ethan Indigo Smith and Andy Whiteley

Contributing Writer and Co-Founder of Wake Up World

The carbon emissions=climate changedebate is a redundant distraction to the broader actuality of humanity’s blatantly destructive environmental practicesThe question at the core of the climate discussion is not if the planet is warming, or whether carbon levels are to blame, the question is whether our current way of life on planet earth is sustainable. Yet this supposedly scientific debate has deteriorated to narrow political rhetoric that keeps us debating the details, not the central issue.

Is human activity negatively affecting our planet’s health, and risking humanity’s future? – Yes. Are our current practices sustainable? – No. Are carbon emissions the single cause that is altering our environment such that it is causing global temperatures to increase? – There is little scientific consensus, but it is secondary to the broader matter at hand.

Whatever the temperature may be, or how wild the storms, it is only a symptom of our collective disconnection from Mother Nature. Living a lifestyle that is incompatible with nature, we have allowed our atmosphere, water, soil and food supplies all to be ruined by ever-increasing environmental, industrial and agricultural poisons. And now, with unprecedented rates of disease affecting ‘developed’ nations, the irrefutable reality of our increasingly toxic lives — changing climate or not — is reason enough to end the narrow carbon debate and initiate the many systemic reforms we know are now essential to our survival.

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