New York Times, April 26, 2012
By Clifford Krauss
There is a growing chorus of criticism about the risk-taking management style and compensation of Aubrey K. McClendon, Chesapeake Energy’s audacious chairman and chief executive. On Thursday Chesapeake announced that it was phasing out his contentious compensation plan that allowed him to borrow heavily, with loans currently of $846 million, to finance his participation in an unusual compensation plan that allowed him to invest alongside Chesapeake in every well that it drilled, sharing in both the profits and the expenses. READ MORE….
Catskill Mountainkeeper is proud to be a Supporting Partner of the new campaign “Don’t Frack with AnyBody of Water”. I AM PICTURES in association with I HEART produced a video and photo portrait campaign of 30 + notable New Yorkers including Leighton Meester, Norman Reedus, Zoe Kravitz, Sandra Bernhard and Adrian Grenier, this PSA raises awareness about the dangers of unregulated fossil fuel extraction. Through personable, direct appeals, “ANYBODY of WATER” demands that we take action to protect New York’s water and put an end to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) today. Watch the video and then share it with your friends.
#DONTFRACK with aNYbody of water @_IHEARTH2O
As the list of known severe short term and irreversible health and environmental hazards caused by the chemicals used to frack grows, energy corporations like Chesapeake and Chevron Hess continue to pollute American drinking water with thousands of toxic chemicals when they mine into our shale bedrock and extract natural gases. What began as an attempt to replace US dependence on coal and foreign oil with domestic natural gas has turned into an unregulated assault on the bodies of land, water and people of today and for generations to come.
If the gas industry prevails, drilling will begin on the first of what could become tens of thousands of wells in the Catskill/Delaware Watershed. This fracking runs the risk of poisoning the drinking water of millions of New Yorkers—once these chemicals (think carcinogens) leak into our water supply, they are nearly impossible to filter out. Now is the time to stop fracking so these chemicals don’t contaminate our water system indefinitely. Because this is ANYBODY of water, this is our only body of water, and if we don’t stand up for it, no one will.
To learn more about fracking and the “ANYBODY of WATER” movement, please read the “Fracking Facts” document, and visit:
“ANYBODY of WATER” is an I AM PICTURES production in association with I HEART H2O Written & Directed by Chloe Domont, Created by Raye Levine, Produced by Zoe Potkin, Co-Produced by Raye Levine, Associate Producer: Emma Levine, Portraits by Alexey Yurenev, Music by Grizzly Bear
In Partnership with: Citizens for Water, Damascus Citizens, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Bone/Levine Architects, NYH2O
For more information contact Catskill Mountainkeeper at 845 482 5400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Times – April 18, 2012
WASHINGTON — Oil and gas companies will have to capture toxic and climate-altering gases from wells, storage sites and pipelines under new air quality standards issued on Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The rule is the first federal effort to address serious air pollution associated with the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which releases toxic and cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and hexane, as well as methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
The standards were proposed last summer in response to complaints from citizens and environmental groups that gases escaping from the 13,000 wells drilled each year by fracking were causing health problems and widespread air pollution….