Dead Babies and Utah’s Carbon Bomb

A drilling rig operated by Nabers Co. drilling on land leased by the Bill Barrett Corporation from the federal government near Vernal, Utah, March 21, 2012. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)

A drilling rig operated by Nabers Co. drilling on land leased by the Bill Barrett Corporation from the federal government near Vernal, Utah, March 21, 2012. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)

A sudden and extreme spike in neonatal mortality in Utah’s rural Uinta Basin is most probably related to the toxic air pollution related to the fossil fuel drilling/fracking frenzy in Eastern Utah. And the local poobahs want to kill the messenger.

Donna Young is a midwife in Vernal, Utah, with 20 years experience managing home births in Idaho and Utah. She lives in the Uinta Basin, the heart of the fossil fuel drilling/fracking frenzy in Eastern Utah. On May 8, 2013, she had her first stillbirth. At the funeral service a few days later, she noted what seemed like an extraordinary number of infant graves with recent dates at the cemetery. She decided to investigate.

She didn’t get any help from local authorities, but eventually information gleaned from obituaries and mortuaries revealed 12 cases of neonatal mortality (most of them stillborn, or death shortly after birth), in 2013. Looking back to 2010 revealed a modest upward trend, but then a huge spike in 2013. This is sparsely populated rural Utah. Vernal is a town of fewer than 10,000 people. But per capita, this is a neonatal mortality six times the national average. It is actually worse than it appears. National infant mortality rates have been dropping slowly and steadily for almost 50 years, including about a 10 to 15 percent drop in the last decade. Furthermore, most of Utah is about 50 percent Mormon, so the rate of drinking and smoking is less than the national average throughout the state. The minority population in rural Utah, like Vernal, is very low, and the percentage of Mormons is even higher, both of which should lower the infant mortality rates, all other things being equal

What is going on in Utah’s Uinta Basin to explain newborn babies dying? An abrupt surge in teenage mothers, drug, alcohol use? No evidence of that. Is there a genetic explanation? Genes don’t change that quickly. Is there a sudden onset of medical incompetence by the area’s health-care providers? No reason to think so. That leaves one other possibility. Is there something happening in the environment? As a matter of fact, yes.

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Russell Brand Wants to Know About Fracking Finances

Specifically in regard to why the Sun Newspaper should actually be promoting this dangerous and highly controversial practice. Of course he alludes to the money involved but just where does it fit in and how?

In response to various tweets he received he tweed this link:

But this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface and so a few of us from various Facebook Anti-Fracking pages have sent him a few more helpful links.

Firstly I sent him the link to this blog page which has now had over 6000 views, over 2000 Facebook shares and is still to top viewed post on the blog every day.

Still Wondering Why The UK Government Is Willing To Frack The Hell Out Of Us Despite Overwhelming Evidence Of The Horrendous Dangers?

Still Wondering Why The UK Government Is Willing To Frack The Hell Out Of Us Despite Overwhelming Evidence Of The Horrendous Dangers?

The next one for me was a really interesting on as I hadn’t seen it before:

I also invited Russell to Join our Facebook Page:

Others are still tweeting Russel @rustyrockets and I will of course get back to you with any updates.

As always I would also welcome your comments and any shares or re-blogs to help spread the message about the horrendous dangers of fracking far and wide.

We CAN stop it in the UK if we rise up and stand together.


Frackings First Political Prisoner

Kate McCann - Frackings First Political Prisoner

Kate McCann – Frackings First Political Prisoner



“Unbelievable! Anyone would think he’d committed murder to be treated like this!”

Barton Moss protector, Kate McCannn, was remanded in custody for six months by a judge at Manchester Crown Court yesterday until his trial begins on October 9th.

Kate McCann was one of the most prominent and passionate protectors active at the Barton Moss Community Camp in Salford, participating in lock-ons, slow lorry walks and educating people to the dangers of fracking.

Originally charged, like many others, with `aggravated trespass’ on Barton Moss Road which led to the IGas exploratory drilling site, Kate, like many others, was also bailed not to go back to the site by Greater Manchester Police. Most people who had these conditions attached to their arrest charges broke the bail conditions the next morning, in order to get their cases taken to court and get the conditions lifted.

The Salford Star understands that Kate went back to the site on the final week of the Camp to help clear up and was also arrested for breeching bail conditions – but was remanded in custody, firstly for two and a half weeks, and, yesterday, for over five months, making a total of over six months until his trial on October 9th.

The judge’s decision provoked outrage and shock, as the original offence apparently wouldn’t have carried anything like a six month custodial sentence, even if proved guilty.

Justice For Kate facebook site has been set up (see here), while supporters have taken to numerous social networking sites to voice their anger…

“Unbelievable! Anyone would think he’d committed murder to be treated like this!”

“Clifford convicted guilty by jury on multiple child grooming offences gets bailed pending sentencing. We have an innocent protector inside for trumped up charges…..With no perceived risk of breaching bail again as there is no fucking activities at the location…feel so angry…”

“Cruel, wicked, wrong…”

The Barton Moss Camp stated “An incredible travesty of justice! This is a political prisoner, incarcerated for protecting your land and your water. Please share this, please carry on making your voices heard. Let them know they cannot get away with this. Let them know we are outraged and disgusted by this deeply unjustified treatment of our peaceful protector. FREE KATE NOW! JUSTICE FOR THE PROTECTORS!”

Simon Pook, of Robert Lizar Solicitors which are handling the case, added: “I’m concerned that this does seem extremely harsh and I’m fully committed to looking at the law and how we can bring about a positive resolution for him.”

Bez is due to visit Kate in prison, while supporters are urging people to write their letters of support to Kate…

K McCann
Wing A311
HM Prison
Winson Green Rd
West Midlands
B18 4AS

* Please be aware that all letters are read by prison officers before being passed to Kate.

People can also donate towards the Free Kate fund via the facebook site Justice for Kate – Barton Moss Fracktivist

UPDATE 11pm – the Habeus Corpus application to free Kate tomorrow has been postponed due to developments in the case.


A word from me …

Kate you are an inspiration … a beautiful human being … you have been so wronged but the least we can do from this traversty is to raise even more awareness to the corruption, lies and horrendous greed that is Fracking … Always With Love … Denise ❤ xxx

Ex Mobil Oil Exec Confirms Fracking Technology is Dangerous and Untested.

 Former Oil Exec Says Fracking is Not Safe,  Retired Mobil VP confirms technology is dangerous and untested.

Former Oil Exec Says Fracking is Not Safe, Retired Mobil VP confirms technology is dangerous and untested.

In a message “straight from the horse’s mouth,” a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying, ‘it is not safe.’

“Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed,” Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York.

Up until his retirement in 2000, Allstadt spent 31 years at Mobil, running its marketing and refining division in Japan and managing Mobil’s worldwide supply, trading and transportation operations. After retiring to Cooperstown, NY, Allstadt said he began studying fracking after friends asked him if he thought it would be safe to have gas wells drilled by nearby Lake Otsego, where Allstadt has a home. Since that time, he’s become a vocal opponent of the shale oil and gas drilling technique.

“Now the industry will tell you that fracking has been around a long time. While that is true, the magnitude of the modern technique is very new,” Allstadt said, adding that a fracked well can require 50 to 100 times the water and chemicals compared to non-fracked wells.

He also noted that methane, up to 30 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, is found to be leaking from fracked wells “at far greater rates than were previously estimated.”

In response to Allstadt’s statement, the environmental group Food & Water Watch tweeted:

Elected Officials to Protect New York held the news conference to promote local initiatives to ban the practice in the state and to call on officials to push for more renewable energy sources. Protesters in New York have been pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo not to lift the state moratorium on fracking, a move he said he would consider by Election Day 2014.


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Still Wondering Why The UK Government Is Determined To Frack

Still Wondering Why The UK Government Is Willing To Frack The Hell Out Of Us Despite Overwhelming Evidence Of The Horrendous Dangers?

Still Wondering Why The UK Government Is Willing To Frack The Hell Out Of Us Despite Overwhelming Evidence Of The Horrendous Dangers?

Is this not conclusive evidence that the Government in the UK has agreed to Hydraulic Fracking, (when so many other countries have rejected it) strictly for their own gains.  Not only the government, look at the banks, coporations and other bodies involved in this mass ecocide/genocide toxic soup.



The fracking interests at the heart of UK government:

* Lord Browne – Chairman of Cuadrilla Resources – installed by David Cameron’s Government as “lead non-executive director” at the Cabinet Office

* Ben Moxham – ex-Riverstone Vice President (who own a large chunk of Cuadrilla) – Cameron’s Energy Advisor from 2011-2013

* Tara Singh – former Centrica lobbyist (who invested in Cuadrilla a month after her appointment) – replaced Moxham in May 2013

* Baroness Hogg – non-executive at BG Group (who own substantial fracking interests in the US) – non-executive director at the Treasury

See the fully referenced research piece at Paul Mobbs’ website:

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$3 Million Settlement in 1st Fracking Case To Ever Go To Court

Aruba Settles $3 Million Dollars in First Ever Fracking Case To Go To Trial.

Aruba Settles $3 Million Dollars in First Ever Fracking Case To Go To Trial.

When you present the evidence to six people who know nothing about fracking, they find fracking guilty.

TXsharon wrote a diary on Daily Kos when Lisa Parr’s doctor found drilling chemicals in her blood and lungs. That was back in 2010 when she still had hope that fracking could be done right. We’ve all learned since then that it can’t.

Today, a jury of their peers awarded Bob and Lisa Parr $3 million dollars in their fracking lawsuit against Aruba Petroleum. The Parr’s attorneys said this was the first fracking case to ever go to trial.

They were surrounded by gas wells.

Lisa’s suffered from
Breathing difficulties
Rashes that left her scarred with pock-marks.
She had biopsies of the oozing welts on her scalp and the 4 ping-pong-ball-sized lumps on her neck.
Testing showed drilling chemicals in Lisa’s blood and lungs that match chemicals detected by the state in air testing outside her home.
She had a whole host of other ailments.

Bob and Emma also suffered various health impacts.

Tonight Lisa told me they won’t have to end up in the Cycle of Fracking Denial so they can speak openly about what happened to them. She said, “This was never about the money. This was about our land.”

The author has blogged extensively about the sins of Aruba Petroleum. From her view, they are one of the most irresponsible and reckless companies in a plethora of reckless and irresponsible companies.

Aruba intends to appeal the jury’s decision. That means it will go to the Texas courts where judges are soaked in oil and gas money.


UPDATE: Here is a blog post by one of their attorneys.

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Further Coverage Here

And Here

Fracking and the Un-Hoodwinking of America

This is a must watch video … sorry but I can’t seem to embed the video for some reason.

Published on 11 Apr 2014

Fracking and the Un-Hoodwinking of America By Sandra Steingraber, PhD

My task today is to speak to you about the collective state of mind in the United States in regards to fracking. The word I think of first is an old English verb: “hoodwink.” To hoodwink means to trick, cheat, or deceive, but the original meaning of the word, in William Shakespeare’s time, was to blind someone by placing a hood over their eyes …. [abridged here] With these emerging data, the real costs of fracking are coming into focus, and the un-hoodwinking of America is underway. But I would like to close with an apology, rather than a note of triumph. The environmental community in the United States, of which I am a member, took a conciliatory stance on fracking many years ago with the excuse that natural gas was somehow less bad than coal for health and the climate. It’s not. But by our silence, U.S. environmental groups enabled this harmful form of fossil fuel extraction to gather political power and speed. Fracking is my country’s worst export. You may not hear this from anyone else, but I am truly sorry, as an American, that fracking is now sowing misery across the Atlantic. It’s brutal, primitive technology that brings temporary riches to a few and permanent ruin to many. I pledge myself to your good efforts to halt fracking in the European Union and across the Mediterranean basin.

New Yorkers Against Fracking

Concerned Health Professionals of New York

Americans Against Fracking

A comprehensive citation database on the health effects of fracking has been compiled by Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy: