Here’s The New Study The Fracking Industry Doesn’t Want You To See
Though fracking industry proponents scoff at any intimation their so-called vital industry poses even scant risks to the public, a new study published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology just proved those critics right — fracking wastewater causes cancer.
Using human bronchial epithelial cells, which are commonly used to measure the carcinogenesis of toxicants, researchers confirmed fracking flowback water from the Marcellus Shale caused the formation of malignancies.
After conducting further tests on live mammalian subjects, researchers found five of six mice “injected with cells transformed from well water treatments developed tumors as early as 3 months after injection,” including a tumor in one mouse that grew to over 1 cm in size in just five months. A control group did not develop any tumors for the six months of the study period.
According to the study, performed by scientists from the Department of Environmental Medicine, as well as Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmaceutical at New York University, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers, and esteemed partners from universities in China — results indicate fracking flowback water causes cancer.
Implications of the report’s findings would be difficult to overstate considering how fracking wastewater is generated, stored, and treated, and how often spills, leaks — and even the wastewater injection process, itself — can lead to contamination of the potable supply. A concise but thorough explanation of the fracking process can be found in the introduction to the report, “Malignant human cell transformation of Marcellus Shale gas drilling flow back water,” which states:
Natural gas is believed to possibly be a bridge to transitioning from coal dependence. Currently natural gas fuels nearly 40% of the U.S. electricity generation, and the Marcellus Shale formation in the Appalachian Basin is on the forefront of gas-shale drilling for natural gas production in the United States. Mining natural gas is not new, but the volume has soared in recent years because the new technique of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHHF). The concern surrounding the environmental, public health, and social impacts of this method has increased accordingly. HVHHF is an advanced technology that injects water, sand, and other ingredients at very high pressure vertically into a well about 6000 to 10,000 feet deep. The high pressure creates fractures in the rock that extend out as far as 1000 ft away from the well. The pressure is reduced after the fractures are created, which allows water from the well to return to the surface, also known as flow back water [or flowback]. The flow back water contains complex proprietary chemical mixtures, but also naturally occurring toxins such as metals, volatile organics, and radioactive compounds that are destabilized during gas extraction. On average, 5.5 million gallons of water is used … to hydraulically fracture each shale gas well, and 30% to 70% of the volume returns as flow back water.
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by Harry Palmer
Ignoring a decade of Hunter Valley farmers in their plight to halt coal mining and gas fracking of prime agricultural land, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull now is at the coal face himself.
His family farm lies under clouds of dust driven by prevailing winds 5 kilometres from Nathan Tinkler’s open cut venture at the underground Dartbrook coal mine, which is of great concern to the township of Aberdeen, next door to the mine.
Malcolm advocates the mining of prime food bowl agricultural lands, but those driving the opposition are wealthy horse stud breeders also backed by our ever arrogant Prime Minister.
We will be following this battle front with interest comparing the plight of neighbouring Liverpool Plains farmers under siege from coal mining operations protected by government legislation. Many of those farmers have been prosecuted for trying to protect their properties.
Election now looms through a contrived fog of media polls, drowning out that distinct stench of political corruption and previously tolerated arrogance, now being challenged.
‘King Malcolm’ now sits upon a throne of thorns. Will he legislate or will he capitulate?
Death and disaster has befallen farmers as a result of government support of invasive coal and gas mining.
Independent internet outlets are now dwarfing establishment media, and have presented the Vaucluse farming PM with a political cross roads.
What do you think he will do?
A NATIONAL DISGRACE: FIONA NASH SHOWS US EXACTLY HOW MUCH THE NATIONS POLITICIANS RESPECT OUR FARMERS
In this video clip below you can clearly see the Rural Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash laughing and talking with total disrespect while Senator Glen Lazarus makes his heartbreaking statement of condolences about George Bender in Federal Parliament.
So we would like to ask Senator Nash a couple of hard questions.
Why were you laughing and chatting, socialising and generally sucking your teeth at a solemn moment like this, Senator Nash? You obviously didn’t care a damn for George Bender, or anything he stood for – or anything he had suffered in his dreadful death.””
Secondly, we would like to ask you why you deliberately and carefully voted against Glen Lazarus’s Motion to have a Royal Commission into CSG?
Apart from behaving like a total disgrace, you are the Rural Health Minister, for God’s sake. Don’t you have a shred of compassion or care for the people you are supposed to represent?
This video show it all Senator – you are a disgrace
Clearly, you are another ambitious political flake without a shred of human decency. Nobody – and we repeat, nobody – has the right to behave with such disrespect when so many people right across rural Australia are grieving for a giant of a man who died of a broken heart, tortured to his own death by the cruel brutality of coal seam gas companies.
We hereby call for the immediate resignation of Senator Fiona Nash
by Dr David Pascoe BVSc PhD
Published by www.sosnews.org
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Australia, the most over-governed and excessively regulated country on earth may be the most expensive place to live but there are ways to keep your finances in order.
Here politicians from all three levels of government, pride themselves on how much legislation they can introduce in one parliamentary sitting.
Tourists and international business entrepreneurs are starting to steer clear Australia because of the excessive bureaucracy generated by Federal, State and Local Governments.
For example applications to start a mining venture can take more than three years just to get an approval. Try building houses, motels or accommodation units in a city or region and the bureaucracy will add 10 to 20 per cent to the project budget.
Environmental studies and native title take the cake, often adding years and hundreds of expensive, unnecessary and ridiculous conditions to a development application before, or if it is ever granted.
Native title is probably the greatest scam ever perpetuated on planning and land title issue approvals. Miners are not able to start exploration until a misnomer labeled an Indigenous Land Use Agreement is granted by supposed native title holders to the mining company. This can take between three to five years, but in some cases much longer.
Economically depressed and often disadvantaged ‘indigenous’ groups view an ILUA with a mining company as manna from heaven. The negotiations are stretched to the limit. Demands for a large cut of mining revenue or royalties, cultural heritage surveys, employment and housing are but a few of the normal requirements before land access is given.
Noble sentiments one would say, and so a (foreign) mining company should pay but in these days of the commodities depression, an ILUA can often make or break a project.
Employment agreements between indigenous communities and the mining industry usually stipulate that the workforce should comprise a minimum 30 per cent indigenous employees.
But onshore and offshore mining companies have been burnt by employment arrangements many times in the past. Mines always agree to hire a significant proportion of Aborigines, but every day experience shows work contracts, with only a few notable exceptions, fail before they start.
Most Aborigines want a job in a mine and eagerly participate in training programs, but when it comes to work on a daily or weekly roster, experience dictates a significant number of indigenous employees just do not turn up for work.
For those who have mining industry experience they well know when an employee fails to notify management of impending absenteeism, crew capabilities can be adversely affected, resulting in lower production, lower morale and safety issues.
This indigenous cultural malady extends across the nation. For decades indigenous people have received government payments to attend funerals or cultural events in their communities. For most people attending a funeral, one day’s absence is all that is necessary. For some Aborigines it is usually a week, or in some cases they simply don’t return to work at all.
A recent experience with a large road construction project on Cape York Peninsula saw local indigenous employees down tools late one afternoon purportedly to attend a funeral the next day.
Insufficient notice was given to the construction manager to keep other contractors working. Coincidentally the indigenous cultural heritage observers departed on a Thursday afternoon, to give themselves a four day weekend, because the following Monday happened to be a public holiday.
As a consequence the $230 million project stalled because the cultural heritage management agreement forbade any machinery work without a $500 a day indigenous cultural heritage observer being present.
Never mind that in the previous 15 years of roadwork on Cape York Peninsula no cultural heritage observers have ever been required or present.
The lure of the largest road budget in recent history on Cape York, exposed the ‘gimmee gimmee’ cultural cringe of local governing bodies.
Governments of all hues have brought this dilemma upon themselves by pandering to militant indigenous organisations such as land councils and Prescribed Body Corporations.
Sydney and Melbourne rising out of reach
Yes, it’s true and not surprising: according to an annual world consumer price index1 Australia is the most expensive country to live in. These days it’s 12% more expensive than the United States, while India is the cheapest of the 19 countries examined.
A roof over your head is no longer a given in Australia, especially in Sydney, the 5th most expensive city in the world.
House prices at historic highsand almost five times the average household income of residents—are forcing some Sydney families to consider moving elsewhere2.
Melbourne residents live in the 8th most expensive major city with a burgeoning population pushing demand higher. While annually Sydney’s population has been increasing by 80,000 people, 95,000 are settling in Melbourne prompting demographers to predict Melbourne’s population will overtake Sydney’s by 20303.
More than rising property prices
Australians are feeling the pressure from more than just property prices. When it comes to basic goods and services the annual world consumer price index found the cost of living in Australia is more expensive than most other places.
Booking a room
Sydney is the most expensive when it comes to short-term accommodation. A five-star hotel room in Sydney is 232% of the cost of its New York counterpart whereas you’d pay just 72% in Melbourne.
Buying a drink
Two-litres of soft drink in Sydney will cost 51% moreand just 18% more in Melbournethan in the Big Apple. When it comes to beer, Sydney and Melbourne both offer better deals than New York. And as you might expect, Germany—at about half the price—is the place to raise your glass.
Shopping for clothes
You guessed it. Australians pay more than Americans whether it’s buying Adidas runners or a pair of Levi’s jeans. But we pay less than most Europeans for the same items.
Paying your fare
Getting from A to B is no laughing matter in Sydney. Public transport fares are higher than any other city in the world, with taxi fares 15% more expensive than New York’s.
One thing cheaper in Sydney and Melbourne is gym membership. It’s about half the price of New York’s.
While Aussies’ living costs continue to rise it doesn’t mean building wealth is impossible. But it’s vital to get a handle on your finances by planning ahead and taking the pressure off.
Take the pressure off
If it’s all too much and you’re considering moving away from the big smoke, visit the Numbeo website where a cost of living calculator generates comparisons for everything from a café latte to a three-bedroom apartment.
1 Deutsche Bank, Mapping the World’s Prices 2015, http://pull.db-gmresearch.com/cgi-bin/pull/DocPull/17411-76F9/99524599/DB_RandomWalk_2015-04-14_0900b8c0898020b1.pdf
We Made It – Nannas Come Marching Home after 1,005.5 Kilometer Walk to the Tip of Cape York The 12 Knitting Nannas Against Gas/Greed who left Cairns on 17 June 2015 to walk 1000 kilometers between Cairns and the tip of Cape York (Pajinka) on the Nanna Dreaming Project, exceeded their target by 5.5 kilometers, despite five Nannas returning home early, support vehicle trouble at Moreton and Laura, heat, dust and exhaustion.
Nine of the Nannas from Gloucester and Lismore in New South Wales, and Brisbane, Cairns and Daintree in Queensland, will reunite this morning at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Trinity Wharf at 9.30 – 10.00 am to celebrate the successful conclusion of the walk.
SpokesNanna for the group, Nanna Purl Stockingstitch (aka MaryBeth Gundrum) said that the support from Cape York residents and tourists was consistently good.
Nanna Purl said “The support along the way was absolutely amazing – the Nannas were assisted by two bush mechanics to fix ‘Canhardly’ an older four wheel drive that limped into Lakeland on Saturday after major mechanical problems at Moreton and Laura on Cape York, and people who gave donations of food and fuel to help the Nannas reach the top of Australia.” “We thought we might meet some people who would not like our mission, but even CSG mine workers talked to the Nannas about the negative impacts on communities caused by unconventional coal seam gas mining”.
Highlights of the trip were meeting the weaving women of Cape York and First Nation people from all over Cape York at the Laura Dance Festival, a smoking ceremony by Traditional Owners, being walked off country by several groups of traditional owners and a Dingo Gorgeous (Coyote Ugly) performance dancing on tables at Coen which has gone viral on FaceBook.
“Some of the Nannas in their sixties and seventies have been pulling 20 to 25 kilometers a day, without a single day off since we left Laura – they are incredible and should be lauded as national heroes.” Nanna Purl said.
The Nannas were joined by two documentary makers, Dan Hodgson from Cooktown and ‘Celestial Serpent’ (Mathew Marsh) from Byron Bay on the journey and are now trying to raise funds through crowd sourcing to complete the documentary which will be free to air as soon as they have raised enough funds to complete the Nanna Dreaming Project documentary.
People can support the project at – www.planetfunder.org/projects/Nanna-Dreamin
Door to Hell
The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971. The fire is fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur pervades the area for some distance.
People visiting “The Door to Hell”, a huge burning gas crater in the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert on May 3. The fiery pit was the result of a simple miscalculation by Soviet scientists in 1971 after their boring equipment suddenly drilled through into an underground cavern and a deep sinkhole formed.
Fearing that the crater would emit poisonous gases, the scientists took the decision to set it alight, thinking that the gas would burn out quickly and this would cause the flames to go out. But the flames have not gone out in more than 40 years, in a potent symbol of the vast gas reserves of Turkmenistan, which are believed to be the fourth largest in the world.
Indonesia halts nickel exports with potential 200,000 jobs lost
Indonesia rocked the mining world on Sunday putting into effect an outright ban on nickel, bauxite and tin ore exports.
The Asian nation is the world’s premier thermal coal and tin exporter and is also a gold and copper powerhouse, but the ban on nickel and bauxite ore would have the most dramatic effect on markets.
Last week Indonesian energy and resource ministry official scrambled to ease provisions of the raw mineral export prohibition that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed into law on Saturday, which is the most controversial decision of his 10-year presidency.
Indonesia dominates the nickel export business, accounting for over a fifth of global supply at an estimated 400,000 tonnes of contained metal. Chinese nickel pig iron producers imported more than 30 million tonnes of nickel ore from Indonesia last year and China’s aluminium smelters rely on Indonesia for 20% of their feedstock.
According to the latest rules under the ban, base metals including copper, manganese, lead, zinc and tin will be allowed to be exported in concentrate until 2017.
This benefits producers like Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) who operates the world’s third largest copper mine at Grasberg in the West Papua province and which warned about a 60% drop in output should copper form part of the ban. Phoenix-based Freeport and Newmont Mining Corp. (NYSE:NEM) together account for 97% of Indonesia’s copper exports.
However against expectations of a last minute climbdown by authorities, the nickel and bauxite ore ban as well as the prohibition of unprocessed exports of tin, chromium, gold and silver went into effect Sunday.
the ban “is the biggest supply risk facing base metals in a long time. The market has been very complacent, thinking the Indonesians would backtrack.”
Dear Members & Supporters,
Bob Katter and the Party have this week campaigned very hard against the sale of Cubby Station to a Chinese owned company. Both the Labor Party and the Coalition support this sale which will see the largest farm in the Southern hemisphere and the largest owner of water rights on the Murray-Darling basin fall under foreign control.
Federal Leader’s Update
Federal Leader, Bob Katter, has strongly condemned the sale of Cubby Station to a Chinese owned company, which has been backed by the Labor and Liberal Parties and the LNP in Queensland. This is some of what Bob had to say:
Let it be clearly understood that weve already let 12 per cent of our farmland to be sold off to foreigners theres no other country on Earth except for some South American backwaters that would allow this to happen but we are kidding ourselves if we think our farmland will not continue to be sold off under a Coalition government.
The only difference between the ALP and the LNP on this issue is that the LNP will sell us out faster.
And its an extraordinary display of hypocrisy for any politician from the LNP to be protesting now because their personal political ambitions dictate it.
Why didnt they do something about it when they had 12 years of power?
In other news, Bob has paid tribute to Australia’s first Indigenous politician, Eric Deeral, promoted irrigation along the Flinders River, supported fair GST returns for Western Australia and backed croc culling to protect lives in North Queensland.
This Saturday Bob will attend the Brisbane Writer’s Festival to debate with Germaine Greer which is sure to be colourful and interesting.
Bob’s new website has also been launched. It has heaps of information about key issues and all his latest press releases.
The latest Katter Chatter video is also available – this time Bob attacks poisonous imports which are allowed to be sold without food health warnings in Australia.
Queensland MP’s Update
Rob Katter has continued to attack the LNP’s plans to build themselves a new $2 billion ‘palace’ by selling off prime government land in Brisbane only to rent it back from developers. Rob highlighted that this remains the only infrastructure plan of the new LNP government and ignores the need to build wealth-generating infrastructure for industry in the regions.
Rob has also condemned plans by the LNP to sack medical staff, including up to 130 front line health workers in Far North Queensland despite receiving written assurance from the Health Minister in July that all medical jobs would be safe. Additionally, Rob won support from the mining industry in Queensland for his call for a debate on uranium mining.
Last Saturday Rob attended the Hand Cane Cutting Championships at Home Hill and used the opportunity to promote the Katter’s Australian Party policy to support ethanol and fair prices for Australian farmers. Shane Knuth is currently consulting with the community to draft legislation that would enforce a 2km buffer zone between wind turbines and the boundaries of neighbouring properties. This has been driven by community concerns about the Mount Emerald Windfarm.
Shane also continued to champion local parents who are concerned about the transition of the Atherton High School to an Independent Public school.#