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Entries in fracking (3)

Tuesday
Apr012014

Invasive Species Top List of Tourism Concerns in Michigan

Invasives species, including Asian carp, rank at the top of concerns by Michigan tourism professionals.

Tourism industry professionals in Michigan were asked to “identify key issues facing and threats to the integrity of Michigan’s tourism resources.” Since Michigan is a Great Lakes state, the results are not surprising: Invasive species rank as the top threat.

The tourism folks know what they’re talking about, not only for Michigan, but for much of the rest of the country as well.

As a matter of fact, I think that they correctly have identified the top four for many of the states, and they have appropriately placed climate change and increasing the number of wind farms where they belong--- at or near the bottom.

Sadly, a good number of them have bought into the environmental left’s hatred of fracking, when no evidence supports the notion that it poses a threat to our lands and waters. In fact the former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, said unequivocally that her agency has found no evidence of contamination.

  • Spread of invasive species (aquatic & terrestrial) – 65.2 percent
  • Lack of/limited funding for resource protection/maintenance – 59.5 percent
  • Declining water quality of our lakes, rivers and streams – 42.7 percent
  • Declining water levels of our lakes, rivers and streams – 41.3 percent
  • Diversion of water from the Great Lakes – 39.3 percent
  • Reduction in historic preservation tax credits – 28.9 percent
  • Closure of Department of History, Arts and Libraries – 25.1 percent
  • Fracking – 24.5 percent
  • Need for better/faster adoption of technology at tourism sites – 20.8 percent
  • Under-appreciation of Native American history and culture – 20.0 percent
  • Climate change – 16.8 percent
  • Spread of infectious diseases – 8.5 percent
  • Increasing number of wind farms – 7.7 percent
Monday
Feb132012

Rules Proposed to Protect Water During 'Fracking'

Water must be better protected during fracking.

We need gas and oil, and we especially need to obtain them from our own resources, instead of importing.

The problem with "fracking," also known as hydraulic fracturing, has been too little regulation, resulting in damage to both surface and groundwater. But now the Bureau of Land Management has proposed rules for public disclosure of fluids used in the process, as well as for the handling of wastewater and the integrity of well casings.

“Sportsmen are pleased that our federal decision makers recognize the need to increase transparency during all phases of energy planning and development,” said Tom Franklin of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, which is a member of the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition.

“We will continue to work closely with the administration, Congress, industry, and our conservation partners to assure that public lands energy projects employ a science-based approach that sustains our nation’s fish and wildlife resources and outdoors opportunities.”

Read more here.

Thursday
Oct062011

Defending Sacred Headwaters

No question exists that we need to produce more of our own energy, or at least obtain it in North America, instead of the Middle East.

We know that we have an abundance of natural gas, and we know that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is the means to obtain it.

The main problem is that the process has been under-regulated and our waterways and fisheries have suffered as a result. But oversight is improving in most places and we should continue to obtain natural gas this way.

But . . . no matter how safe the process becomes, some places simply are too valuable to risk. Some folks in Canada believe that British Columbia’s Sacred Headwaters is one of those places.

Here is what the website says: “In a vast alpine basin that is the shared birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers. Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill more than 1,000 coalbed methane gas wells in the Sacred Headwaters, threatening communities, wildlife and wild salmon. Concerned citizens from around the world are calling for steps to safeguard the Sacred Headwaters from Shell's gas drilling.”

Find out more here, and, if you agree, get involved.