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Carbon-based Energy Not Worth It

A lump of coal for our energy policy. (photo: USGS via Wikimedia Commons)

It’s the nature of the beast.

Companies that are in the business of wresting ex-plant and dinosaur-based energy-producing stuff out of the ground don’t give a crap about the earth and they don’t give a crap about the people who are doing the dirty, dangerous, health-destroying work that produces their profits.

It makes no difference if it is Massey Energy and coal, BP (et al.) and petroleum or Cabot (or any of the other not-very-clever companies involved in fracking) and the Marcellus Shale.

Our local rag covers Cabot because they are the local villain in the Marcellus Shale (we’re still fighting it out in New York – just over the border in Pennsylvania, it’s one continuing train wreck). Just this week, we’ve got the following:

From, “No, we don’t know what the heck we’re doing”: Pennsylvania environmental officials say natural gas and drilling fluids are pouring from an out-of-control well in rural Clearfield County. Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dan Spadoni said Thursday that no one has been reported injured and the polluted water hasn’t reached a waterway.

Ya think?: “American Rivers says the Upper Delaware is threatened by plans to drill for natural gas. Energy companies have leased thousands of acres of land in the Delaware watershed in hopes of tapping vast stores of gas in the Marcellus shale rock formation.”

Not immediately recent but the most recent of the incidents at Cabot’s wells: “Gregory Walker, 41, a worker with Caliber Casing Oil Field Service, was taken to a hospital in Montrose after getting hit on the head with a pipe Monday morning while working at a site in the natural gas field about 20 miles south of Binghamton. He was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, where he died Monday afternoon.”

For all the news that fits on NY/PA Marcellus Shale, go here: Marcellus Shale News

Sun and wind, anyone?

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