Mankind has Interrupted the Holocene on the Geological Time Scale

October 11, 2017

Humans Have Messed With Earth So Much, Formal ‘Anthropocene’ Classification Now Needed From an Article by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, October 2, 2017 From climate change to invasive species to changes in the planets fundamental chemical cycles, the markers indicating profound change make clear that the Holocene is over. A group of scientists says that [...]

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Shell’s Cracker Plant Will Pollute Upper Ohio Valley

October 10, 2017

Shell Ethane Cracker Plant Creates Controversy From an Article by Remy Samuels, The Pitt News, October 5, 2015 Despite the promise of creating 600 permanent jobs, the ethane cracker plant being built about 40 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh by car continues to face scrutiny from environmental groups. Shell Chemical Appalachia decided in 2012 that Beaver [...]

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Federal Court Reinstates Methane Emissions Rule, in Spite of Detractors

October 9, 2017

Federal judge reinstates Obama-era rule on methane emissions From an Article by Matthew Daly (AP), Washington Post, October 4, 2017 WASHINGTON — Rebuffing the Trump administration, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. The order [...]

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Truck Accidents Often Fatal on the Region’s Roadways

October 8, 2017

“It was so loud,” eyewitness describes crash that killed four (4) From an Article by Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews (WV), January 12, 2017 SALEM, W.Va. — A driver who heard the collision between two trucks on U.S. Route 50 in Harrison County Wednesday evening knew it was bad. “It was so loud, even though the windows [...]

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“Your Toxic Neighbor” Includes Ethane Cracker & Coal Coking Plant(s)

October 7, 2017

Enviro group names names in new anti-pollution campaign From an Article by Reid Frazier, NPR StateImpact Penna., October 3, 2017 A Pennsylvania environmental group is launching an ad campaign against two large industrial facilities near Pittsburgh. PennFuture is kicking off its “Your Toxic Neighbor” campaign, which will include bus shelter posters throughout Allegheny County, targeting [...]

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Most Farmers and Land Owners Abhor Drilling & Fracking & Pipelines

October 6, 2017

. Reasons why farmers and land owners hate fracking Essay by S. Tom Bond, Resident Farmer, Lewis County, WV Placement of wells, access roads and pipelines destroys the surface value of the land. Well pads and roads are rocked to a depth that will support heavy trucks in any weather, often 18 inches. Drainage is [...]

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State Police Discuss Pipeline Protests at Shale Conference

October 5, 2017

Police say they don’t want to clash with pipeline protesters From Megan Harris, WESA, NPR StateImpact Pennsylvania, September 27, 2017 Oil and gas industry executives are gathered at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh for the annual Shale Insight conference.Oil and gas industry executives gathered Wednesday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center [...]

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Sugar Maple Research to Save the Trees & Syrup Industry

October 4, 2017

Maple Watch has its focus on the color of the maple tree sap From a Bulletin of Forest Watch, Univ.of New Hampshire Can the sap of sugar maple trees serve as a window on forest health? A research collaboration aimed at answering that question was inspired by New Hampshire maple syrup producer Martha Carlson’s curiosity [...]

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WVU Studies Impacts of Climate Change on Appalachian Forests

October 3, 2017

WVU Biology Students Investigate the Impact of Climate Change on Appalachian Forests From an Article of WVU Newswire, September 20, 2017 MORGANTOWN, W. Va.—Biology students at West Virginia University are studying the impact of climate change on the forests of the Appalachian Mountains. Justin Mathias and Nanette Raczka, Ph.D. students in the Department of Biology, [...]

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Planning for Tree Clearing for ACP & MVP Natural Gas Pipelines

October 2, 2017

Pipeline companies anxious to begin tree clearing From an Article by Duncan Adams, Roanoke (VA) Times, September 28, 2017 The two joint ventures planning to route 42-inch diameter natural gas pipelines through forests and fields long to hear the whining roar and chatter of chainsaws felling trees. Both the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic [...]

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