Shane Smith visits the Gulf Coast of Louisiana where residents report that they’re still suffering from the effects of oil and dispersants four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill. This is his debrief from Season 2 Episode 9 of VICE on HBO. Find VICE on HBO on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VICEonHBO
Anyone who has witnessed the bitter divide of the environmentalists and the economic development, “jobs creation” political stances should be scratching their heads by now. Why are NC environmental groups turning a blind eye on the fact that seismic blasts threaten to injure or kill thousands of Atlantic marine mammals? As the Left/Right paradigm illusion fizzles, this agenda will be enacted despite what the environmental risks are or what the residents of a particular region protest.
The agenda is more dangerous than many realize and has been outlined by Deborah Tavares. The following video is cued at a point that will discuss methane deposits and the seismic weaponry (Blast Wave Accelerator), that will be used in the name of oil and gas exploration off the East Coast of North America. Deborah Tavares and Trevor Coppola discuss NASA FUTURE WARFARE DOCUMENT
Related: U.S. Navy Hawaii-Southern California Pacific Warfare Training and Testing EIS/OEIS Public Comment Deadline-MARCH 11, 2013 Sonar-Bomb Blasts-Toxic Chemicals Over the years, the Navy has been forced to acknowledge what science has clearly demonstrated: noise generated by sonar and underwater detonations can kill marine mammals, like whales and porpoises, and disturb their normal feeding, breeding and migration. In preparing for its upcoming exercises, the Navy has asked the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval to “take” a number of marine mammals — “take” being the broad term for everything from killing these creatures to disturbing their habits. It is up to the National Marine Fisheries Service to send the Navy back to the drawing board. The damage it intends to do is simply unacceptable.
Quakes, methane production linked Starting in August 2001, there have been 16 magnitude 3.8 or stronger earthquakes – including one magnitude 5.0 and another magnitude 5.3. That compares to the one earthquake during the previous three decades, a magnitude 4.0.
Blast Wave Accelerators: Space Launch System Explosive or blast-wave accelerators are a member of the class of chemical catapult (artillery gun type) launch systems. In explosive accelerators, a projectile is accelerated either by a high explosive or by hydrogen gas that is compressed by an explosive (Wenzel and Gehring, 1965; Wenzel, 1987).
Seismic Surveys Seismic surveys utilize arrays of airguns to produce powerful sound waves. Sudden releases of pressurized air bubbles create the sound source, with up to 20 guns fired at the same time, while “streamers” of hydrophones listen for echoes. Using sophisticated acoustic processing, these echoes can provide information about geological structures up to 40 kilometers below the sea floor. Seismic surveys are used by the oil and gas industry in its search for new hydrocarbon deposits and the monitoring of reservoirs as they are emptied. The “source level” of most airgun arrays can be 200dB or higher. For comparison, a loud rock concert is about 115dB and a jet engine at 100 feet is about 140dB. A typical seismic air gun array pulled by a ship might fire its compressed air bubbles into the ocean five or six times a minute — more than 7,000 shots in 24 hours.
Water and natural landscapes are the epicenter of North Carolina’s booming tourism and recreation economy. In 2013, domestic tourists spent a record $20.2 billion in the state, up from $19.4 billion in 2012.
If North Carolina’s proposed regulations are implemented, some of the state’s most visited areas will be industrialized and public health may be compromised. According to Carolina Public Press, companies may start conducting tests for fracking in Western North Carolina as soon as September.
After ten years of slickwater, horizontal, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Pennsylvania, where tourism is also a major economy, a lot of lessons have been learned at a price the public and elected leaders are just now beginning to understand.
Triple Divide recently finished a five-screening tour through North Carolina as part of a national tour to states where frackingis being proposed thanks to Investigative News Network and Knight Foundation (no newspapers published press releases sent to them about the screenings either).
The proposed Carolina regulations also allow for state preemption of local laws that attempt to limit or outright prohibit fracking within a community. A similar law was passed in Pennsylvania, but was declared “unconstitutional” in the state Supreme Court. Already, counties and towns in North Carolina are passing local laws banning fracking anyway, in defiance of the state and in honor of a community’s right to self-govern. Carolina’s proposed regulations outline an undemocratic approach to land management, opting for “big government” control over communities’ interests. In North Carolina, legislators have the opportunity to investigate the data on water contamination and other impacts to land, property, and life in Pennsylvania. Article Continues…
Fracking Disclosures Erased From Website, Group Says “Companies that inject diesel without permits should be fined for ignoring the law,” Mary Greene, the group’s managing attorney who wrote the report, said in a statement. “The public deserves more disclosure and transparency about the toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.”
Hormone-disrupting activity of fracking chemicals worse than initially found “Among the chemicals that the fracking industry has reported using most often, all 24 that we have tested block the activity of one or more important hormone receptors,” said the study’s presenting author, Christopher Kassotis, a PhD student at the University of Missouri, Columbia. “The high levels of hormone disruption by endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that we measured, have been associated with many poor health outcomes, such as infertility, cancer and birth defects.”
Will the Tea Party Impeach Governor Pat McCrory Surprisingly, the Tea Party and legislative Republicans don’t seem in the slightest fazed by the Governor’s assertion of executive muscle—there’s not a single searchable peep expressing concern over McCrory’s announcement that he would act even if his legislature did not.