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This doesn’t just break my heart. This terrifies me. This affects all of us. Our next war will be over water. It baffles me how people can truly believe money is the bottom line. Can they afford a new Earth and a clean conscience?

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Learn more from The New York Times exposé Drilling Down.


Hydraulic Fracturing FAQs

How does hydraulic fracturing work?

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well.

What is horizontal hydraulic fracturing?

Horizontal hydrofracking is a means of tapping shale deposits containing natural gas that were previously inaccessible by conventional drilling. Vertical hydrofracking is used to extend the life of an existing well once its productivity starts to run out, sort of a last resort. Horizontal fracking differs in that it uses a mixture of 596 chemicals, many of them proprietary, and millions of gallons of water per frack. This water then becomes contaminated and must be cleaned and disposed of.

What is the Halliburton Loophole?

In 2005, the Bush/ Cheney Energy Bill exempted natural gas drilling from the Safe Drinking Water Act. It exempts companies from disclosing the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. Essentially, the provision took the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) off the job. It is now commonly referred to as the Halliburton Loophole.

What is the Safe Drinking Water Act?

In 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed by Congress to ensure clean drinking water free from both natural and man-made contaminates.

What is the FRAC Act?

The FRAC Act (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness to Chemical Act) is a House bill intended to repeal the Halliburton Loophole and to require the natural gas industry to disclose the chemicals they use.

How deep do natural gas wells go?

The average well is up to 8,000 feet deep. The depth of drinking water aquifers is about 1,000 feet. The problems typically stem from poor cement well casings that leak natural gas as well as fracking fluid into water wells.

How much water is used during the fracking process?

Generally 1-8 million gallons of water may be used to frack a well. A well may be fracked up to 18 times.

What fluids are used in the fracking process?

For each frack, 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used. Presently, the natural gas industry does not have to disclose the chemicals used, but scientists have identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.

In what form does the natural gas come out of the well?

The gas comes up wet in produced water and has to be separated from the wastewater on the surface. Only 30-50% of the water is typically recovered from a well. This wastewater can be highly toxic.

What is done with the wastewater?

Evaporators evaporate off VOCs and condensate tanks steam off VOCs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The wastewater is then trucked to water treatment facilities.

What is a well’s potential to cause air pollution?

As the VOCs are evaporated and come into contact with diesel exhaust from trucks and generators at the well site, ground level ozone is produced. Ozone plumes can travel up to 250 miles.



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A Love Letter For You

Stephen Powers & Joey Garfield host a series of collaborative Valentines.

A LOVE LETTER FOR YOU seamlessly mixes documentary and narrative, love and loss, community and solidarity, art and crime, to paint a compelling portrait of two artists and their impact on the neighborhood they grew up in. It was filmed in concert with a series of 50 murals, painted around the city of Philadelphia in the summer of 2009 when ESPO returned to his hometown and wrote a love letter across the rooftops that can be viewed from the ride on the cities elevated trains.

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Life in a Day

On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube to take part in Life in a Day, a historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth.

Since then, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald and a team of editors have whittled down over 80,000 clips (and more than 4500 hours of footage) into a 90-minute film that gives an honest and inspiring glimpse of our world.

“Life in a Day” will be officially released later this year, but you have a very special opportunity to see the world premiere live from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, January 27 at 8pm EST. The premiere will be followed by a live Q&A with Kevin Macdonald and key contributors to the film.


Don’t miss it!

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Environmental Film Festival


What are you doing this month?

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Call + Response


Modern day slavery affects the entire world. There are more slaves today than at any other point in human history. Hear the call. Respond.

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In a place where children fight wars, fight each other, fight for their lives, we find hope in the power of music, dance, and laughter. Go to the War/Dance website and find out how you can help.

Uganda Fast Facts:

  • 236,040 square kilometres, slightly smaller than the UK
  • 28 million people, with an average life expectancy of 52 years
  • Official languages are English and Swahili, but Luganda is the most widely spoken
  • 4.1% of the adult population is HIV-positive
  • 35% of the population lives below the local poverty line
  • 1.7% are internet users, and 5.4% own a mobile phone
  • 70,746km of roads, 23% of them paved

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Save our oceans, save our planet, save our future.

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