Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 FracTracker Award recipent Ray Kemble ON TRIAL Dec 11th hearing in Montrose

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Here's an update about Ray Kemble of Dimock PA.
and the "Fracking Trial of the Century".

14 min. video by me:


3 min video by Hope Forpeace:




1: Court Hearing:
Ray's first hearing in Cabot Oil & Gas's $5M SLAPP suit is

WHEN: Monday, Dec 11th, at 9:30 AM
WHERE: Susquehanna County Court,

      105 Maple St, Montrose, PA 18801

PLEASE COME!!! This is the Fracking Trial of the Century.
​The court is hearing Ray's motion for immunity under PA's new Anti-SLAPP law,
and a motion to unseal Ray's actual settlement agreement with Cabot.=
Law nerds may appreciate reading the Case Record here:
Cabot v. Kemble 2017-936-CP
which available at the bit.ly/BHDCSDimockArchive




2: FracTracker Award

Ray was recently honored to be a recipient of the
FracTracker 2017 Community Sentinel Award for
Environmental Stewardship


Event Video:
https://www.facebook.com/AmericansAgainstFracking/videos/1177959119004273/

You have probably heard Ray is being sued by Cabot Oil and Gas
for $5 Million Dollars (SLAPP suit).
(Info about the Dec 11th hearing is below...) 

There is some EXCITING NEWS about this case coming out this week...
Sorry to be a tease... stay tuned!!!




3. Brief History of Ray's case...



Ray Kemble of Dimock PA signed a lease with Cabot Oil and Gas in 2006.
At the time, Cabot's "Land Man" said there would be no problems, just a little
"Christmas Tree" over the wellhead.  Ray was completely unprepared
for the industrial onslaught which ensued.

Ray's private water well was first contaminated by gas drilling in 2009.

In the final of a series of Consent Orders and Settlement Agreements (COSAs)
dated Dec 15, 2010, between Cabot and PA DEP, Cabot was banned from Drilling and
Fracking inside the "Dimock Impacted Area" (9 square miles) until
the problems were fixed
The ban is still in place today.
However, PA DEP did allow Cabot to frack 7 "stranded" wells inside the "Dimock Impacted Area" after Cabot argued they had met the terms of the COSA. (For some reason, Cabot only seems to have fracked 6 of the 7).

Mr. Kemble and several other families experienced NEW water quality changes, even worse
than before:
The colored circles represent the 2,500'ft Act 13 "Presumed Liability" distance. But this number was not based in science. Recall the horizontal laterals are often 5,000'ft or more. So 2,500'ft was a political compromise. We know of several incidents where fracking has contaminated water wells over 4,000'ft away. (Franklin Forks, Paradise Road, etc)




4. LEARN MORE about the HISTORY OF DIMOCK


To understand the importance of this case,
you have to understand the history of what has
happened in Dimock.

Check out these two excellent videos
by Hope Forpeace for background info.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G380KmheXtA


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SofiZg5yVhQ




If you are more of a reader:




5. Current Media and Press


Official Current Press Release:
TinyURL.com/KembleDec11HearingPressRelease

Press Contact:

Hope Forpeace / AK Productions

Alternate Press Contact:




6. Ray Needs funds....


Ray Kemble is 1/2 way to raising funds necessary to SAVE HIS HOME.
Please contribute here: TinyURL.com/LastManStandingInDimock
so that Ray can keep fighting.

Listen to Actor Jamie Cromwell and Craig Stevens say why this is
important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJJRKfYV9TM



6. Court Hearing:


Ray's first hearing in Cabot Oil & Gas's
$5M SLAPP suit against him is:


WHEN: Monday, Dec 11th, at 9:30 AM
WHERE: Susquehanna County Court,

      105 Maple St, Montrose, PA 18801

PLEASE COME!!! This is the Fracking Trial of the Century.
​The court is hearing Ray's motion for immunity under PA's new Anti-SLAPP law.


7. Ray is LEGENDARY! A true FOLK HERO!



Ray has become so well known for his advocacy for clean water,
that some top artists have honored Ray:

Here is acclaimed graphic artist Charlotta Janssen's portrait of
Ray, painted in 2012, which she prophetically titled, "Last Man"
Wow! Check out this song by The Mammals (Mike + Ruthy).
"Drill on the Horizon / Ray's Song"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo9fV2X4gyM

And here's a song by Marc Black called Sing for the Silenced,
which is about people like Ray who are silenced by Gag Orders.
(this is a major topic of Ray's SLAPP suit)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQu3Re5AEN0
Ray's goal is to challenge the legality (and stupidity) of allowing gag orders
when public health and safety is at risk.


"No one should be forced to trade
    Free Speech for Clean Water"

             -- Ray Kemble

Please help however you are able.
  1. Donate if you are able.
  2. Come to court on Dec 11th in Montrose at 9:30 AM.
  3. SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON ALL CHANNELS!
    (Email lists, social media, blogs)
THANK YOU!
BH

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

#BombTrucks NG Advantage in the news (puff piece)

http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/spotlight-on-business-nov/article_7e874fb5-a31e-5ed0-92a9-84601cb2bf6e.html

Food donation

TICONDEROGA — NG Advantage recently donated a full pallet of nonperishable food items to the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. The contribution will help the pantry serve families and residents of Ticonderoga and Putnam by providing ingredients for warm meals.

"NG Advantage is committed to supporting the communities we and our clients serve," NG Advantage CEO Rico Biasetti said in a media release. "We are thankful for the opportunity to make an immediate, positive impact on our neighbors in need, especially during the holiday season, and hope other companies will join the effort as well."

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry has already handed out dozens of Thanksgiving dinners to local families.

"These kinds of generous donations help to ensure that we are prepared to serve the community that relies on us for resources throughout the year," said Margaret Beurelein, the pantry's director.

NG Advantage customer International Paper recommended the pantry as an important community organization that could use donations.

NG Advantage provides the economic and environmental benefits of clean-burning natural gas to boiler and kiln operators located beyond the reach of pipelines via one of the largest virtual pipeline trailer fleets in the U.S.

The company's current customers include large regional hospitals, paper mills, asphalt plants, food processors, industrial dry cleaners, manufacturing facilities and local distribution companies. The company, which is majority owned by Clean Energy Fuels, is expanding nationwide from its base in the Northeast.

(NOTE: Clean Energy Fuels was founded by billionare T. Boone Pickens, who created the Pickens Plan, a plan to convert over vehicle fleets and commercial buildings to natural gas. http://investors.cleanenergyfuels.com/directors.cfm )


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

VIDEO: XNG "Virtual Pipeline" exec defends 3 rollover crashes in 9 months

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VIDEO: XNG "Virtual Pipeline" exec defends 3 rollover crashes in 9 months

(Please forgive duplication)

Xpress Natural Gas "XNG" is in damage-control mode after 3 trucks were involved in rollover crashes in the first 9 months of operation.

https://youtu.be/26cYZB3u-bM

My commentary is below.
Language warning.

=================================

Holy cow people. I am really stunned and speechless. I am SHOCKED by how many times Matt Smith of XNG Xpress Natural Gas lied tonight.
  • "The trucks cannot explode". BULLSHIT.

    We know the Potential Impact Radius from explosion is at least 1,200 ft, from the Indianapolis CNG trash truck explosion.



    MORE:
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpmWPEhIaiU
    2. fox11online.com/archive/truck-explosion-in-howard
  • "One driver was injured". BULLSHIT.

    All 3 drivers involved in rollover crashes we're hospitalized, two had life-threatening injuries.

  • "The trucks are not overweight." BULLSHIT.

    We have proof, a leaked weight ticket showing an XNG combo weighing nearly 81,000 lbs.




  • "We deliver 40 trips per day." BULLSHIT!
    We have counted 4-5 trucks PER HOUR. This means 96-120 trucks/day.

    This is confirmed by a slide presented by Iroquois Pipeline Company, showing they are receiving 50,000 dth/d by truck, and the capacity of the trucks are 350 dth/load*. This requires 50000/350= 143 trucks per day. 

    (The capacity of a Hexagon Titan is really 364 dth/load, and the Quantum VP Lite is ~473 dth/load. Each trailer type seems to make up about 1/2 the fleet. The average between the two types is ~418 dth/load. This still requires 50000/418= 120 trucks per day, or 5 per hour. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE PERSONALLY OBSERVED.




  • "We care about human lives". BULLSHIT.

    If you cared about anything other than profits, your trucks would stay on the Interstate highways.

  • "Our drivers are experienced, well trained, the best". BULLSHIT.

    XNG has extraordinary turnover. We know from former drivers there is no 3-day driver qualification, or specialised training about the particular combo (Tractor+Trailer) they'd be driving. Many drivers have no prior HAZMAT. The drivers often aren't given equipment manuals or safety manuals, no instruction on what to do in a crash, etc.

  • "There were just three motor vehicle incidents". BULLSHIT.
    (At least 4 that we know of. The one Matt wants to conveniently forget was 5/27/2017, where a trailer spontaneously vented and blew its entire load. First Responders closed 3/4 lanes of traffic on I81 and BOTH lanes of the Front Street exit.)


  • "There was never any release of gas". BULLSHIT.

    (There was a release of gas in every case! I will have a video coming out about this soon-- with PROOF!)
  • "Methane is good for air quality, good for ozone." BULLSHIT!

    (According to the IPCC: Methane is at least 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2 in the short term, and >100 times more powerful during the time the gasses persist in the atmosphere. SOURCE: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2013)
  • "The new (gas-fired) compressor at Manheim is for redundancy." BULLSHIT.

    It has a completely different function! It was part of the major Flow Reversal Project built in Jan 2017, which XNG installed in near SECRECY. No mention to the PSC, the DEC, or FERC.
  • "We have all needed permits." BULLSHIT.

    (No FERC certificate for any NY or PA facility, no permit for ANY compressor: 5 or 6? in NY and 2 in PA, XNG LIED to the NYS PSC and LIED to the local planning board when asking for a building permit)... That's just for starters.
I have been working to expose the toxic contamination incidents of the oil and gas industry for almost a decade. And how they use Public Relations professionals and Crisis Communication experts to spread disinformation.

During that time, I've seen some notorious, shady operators. Incompetent, and/or Malicious, Liars and Thieves: Inflection Energy. Williams Partners, Cabot Oil and Gas, WPX, Crestwood, Spectra Energy. Chesapeake Energy....

But these Rogues at XNG are exceptional, standing out with distinction in an industry of bandits.

Ya know, I'm not a big fan of prisons. But if there are to be them, then they should be for violent, pathological lying psychopaths, without a moral conscience, who endanger many lives in their search for profit.

Matt Smith and Seth Berry, co founders of XNG Natural Gas are *DAMN LIARS*.

IMO-- They should be in restraints to protect public safety. Their business practices are inherently unsafe and PLAIN STUPID. These operations should be seized and shut down by law enforcement.

BH

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VIDEO: XNG "Virtual Pipeline" exec defends 3 rollover crashes in 9 months


Xpress Natural Gas "XNG" is in damage-control mode after 3 trucks were involved in rollover crashes in the first 9 months of operation.

https://youtu.be/26cYZB3u-bM



My commentary is below.
Language warning.


=================================

Holy cow people. I am really stunned and speechless. I am SHOCKED by how many times Matt Smith of XNG Xpress Natural Gas lied tonight.
  • "The trucks cannot explode". BULLSHIT.

    We know the Potential Impact Radius from explosion is at least 1,200 ft, from the Indianapolis CNG trash truck explosion.



    MORE:
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpmWPEhIaiU
    2. fox11online.com/archive/truck-explosion-in-howard
  • "One driver was injured". BULLSHIT.

    All 3 drivers involved in rollover crashes we're hospitalized, two had life-threatening injuries.

  • "The trucks are not overweight." BULLSHIT.

    We have proof, a leaked weight ticket showing an XNG combo weighing nearly 81,000 lbs.




  • "We deliver 40 trips per day." BULLSHIT!
    We have counted 4-5 trucks PER HOUR. This means 96-120 trucks/day.

    This is confirmed by a slide presented by Iroquois Pipeline Company, showing they are receiving 50,000 dth/d by truck, and the capacity of the trucks are 350 dth/load*. This requires 50000/350= 143 trucks per day. 

    (The capacity of a Hexagon Titan is really 364 dth/load, and the Quantum VP Lite is ~473 dth/load. Each trailer type seems to make up about 1/2 the fleet. The average between the two types is ~418 dth/load. This still requires 50000/418= 120 trucks per day, or 5 per hour. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE PERSONALLY OBSERVED.




  • "We care about human lives". BULLSHIT.

    If you cared about anything other than profits, your trucks would stay on the Interstate highways.

  • "Our drivers are experienced, well trained, the best". BULLSHIT.

    XNG has extraordinary turnover. We know from former drivers there is no 3-day driver qualification, or specialised training about the particular combo (Tractor+Trailer) they'd be driving. Many drivers have no prior HAZMAT. The drivers often aren't given equipment manuals or safety manuals, no instruction on what to do in a crash, etc.

  • "There were just three motor vehicle incidents". BULLSHIT.
    (At least 4 that we know of. The one Matt wants to conveniently forget was 5/27/2017, where a trailer spontaneously vented and blew its entire load. First Responders closed 3/4 lanes of traffic on I81 and BOTH lanes of the Front Street exit.)


  • "There was never any release of gas". BULLSHIT.

    (There was a release of gas in every case! I will have a video coming out about this soon-- with PROOF!)
  • "Methane is good for air quality, good for ozone." BULLSHIT!

    (According to the IPCC: Methane is at least 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2 in the short term, and >100 times more powerful during the time the gasses persist in the atmosphere. SOURCE: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2013)
  • "The new (gas-fired) compressor at Manheim is for redundancy." BULLSHIT.

    It has a completely different function! It was part of the major Flow Reversal Project built in Jan 2017, which XNG installed in near SECRECY. No mention to the PSC, the DEC, or FERC.
  • "We have all needed permits." BULLSHIT.

    (No FERC certificate for any NY or PA facility, no permit for ANY compressor: 5 or 6? in NY and 2 in PA, XNG LIED to the NYS PSC and LIED to the local planning board when asking for a building permit)... That's just for starters.
I have been working to expose the toxic contamination incidents of the oil and gas industry for almost a decade. And how they use Public Relations professionals and Crisis Communication experts to spread disinformation.
During that time, I've seen some notorious, shady operators. Incompetent, and/or Malicious, Liars and Thieves: Inflection Energy. Williams Partners, Cabot Oil and Gas, WPX, Crestwood, Spectra Energy. Chesapeake Energy....
But these Rogues at XNG are exceptional, standing out with distinction in an industry of bandits.
Ya know, I'm not a big fan of prisons. But if there are to be them, then they should be for violent, pathological lying psychopaths, without a moral conscience, who endanger many lives in their search for profit.
Matt Smith and Seth Berry, co founders of XNG Natural Gas are *DAMN LIARS*. They should be in restraints to protect public safety. Their business practices are inherently unsafe and PLAIN STUPID. These operations should be seized and shut down by law enforcement.
BH

Thursday, November 16, 2017

First Report on XNG's Dog/Pony show in Otsego County tonight

A great first report on the XNG Informational Meeting tonight, by Nicole Dillingham, President of Otsego 2000.  -- BH

From: Nicole Dillingham
Date: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:48 PM
Subject: Fwd: XNG Informational Meeting
Date: November 16, 2017 at 10:49:02 PM EST
Subject: XNG Informational Meeting

The meeting started with a drab powerpoint presentation from Matt Smith, the XNG representative. It was followed by serial presentations by NYSDOT, the State Troopers, and Art Klingler, the Otsego County Emergency services Coordinator. It should come as no surprise that each of these presenters alternated between three points: 1)  telling us what a great job they are all doing keep us all safe; 2) telling us all of the many laws involved  that are being strictly complied with; and 3) telling us that we can call 911 or write to them if we notice any law violations or have any concerns whatsoever. A very cozy picture of wrap-around protection from our efficient police and first responder forces. NONE of them expressed any concern whatsoever for the reality of the situation.

This continued until the attendees became a bit exasperated. Someone living near Canadarago Lake stood up and asked "Why aren't you addressing the REAL question which is why are these trucks not on the interstate???" This created a breach in the dyke and the audience started launching questions from the floor. Matt Smith kept repeating the company line that there was no reason for concern, which did not make sense. The proceedings were recorded and those interested should view the video but here is a brief summary of what we learned:

XNG was founded in 2012 but did not start  transporting  gas for insertion INTO the pipeline at Manheim until 2017, so this is quite a new process.

XNG claims it was given a permit by Manheim to both insert gas and extract gas from the pipeline. (We do not believe this is true.)They stated they did not notify Towns along the route of the SEQRA proceedings because at the time they did not know what the routes would be. (This appears to be a violation of SEQRA.)

Currently XNG hauls approximately 40 loaded trucks to Manheim everyday. The same amount return unloaded. They would not disclose how many trucks they plan to eventually put on the roads. They also refused to disclose what number of trucks are used to deliver gas to end users. (It was  suggested that this was in the range of only 1%.)

XNG admitted that even is more pipelines are built they will continue to grow their "off pipeline" business and do  not see their business model as competing with pipelines.

We were told that the  canisters that hold the gas are like "scuba tanks" and could be safely  emptied and re-filled up  to a thousand times. They are to be re-tested very 5 years.

Also we were old that in the event of an emergency the gas would be released into the air and would do no harm to the environment and no risk of explosion or fire. (This seemed at odds with the need for trained emergency responders and evacuation of the community around any accident and prior accidents in which CNG fires occurred. These inconsistencies were never explained.)

The Company operates on a "drop and swap" model where trucks are emptied and then taken away to be refilled and brought back up.
The drivers are expected to do 2 round trips per day with 14 hour per shift limited to 11 hours of drive time.

The company chooses its routes strictly based on efficiency and safety. Efficiency is calculated based on directness of the  route, low traffic, and low tolls. Safety is ostensibly assured by compliance with applicable  regulations that apply to all trucks.  They carry 5 million in liability insurance. They claim to have an excellent safety record although 3 accidents have occurred this year alone. Each of the accidents is attributed to driver error although evidence exists that the drivers lost control due to lack of adequate shoulders.

When questions became bit  too challenging, the audience was asked to remain "respectful of our guests". The irony that XNG was not operating respectfully of the community was never considered.

Nicole Dillingham
.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wow! Nicole Dillingham on WKTV re: #BombTrucks

This is a really great interview!

If you are fighting XNG's #BombTrucks
in Forest Lake PA, Vestal NY, Otsego Co, or Herkimer Co.
or are fighting NG Advantage in Fenton....

I ask that you PLEASE pay some attention to what is happening
in Otsego County now. There action there which will
impact ALL OF US!

Please consider attending the
XNG Dog & Pony Show
WHEN: Thu Nov 16 2017, 6-8pm
WHERE: Milford Central School Auditorium

Friday, October 27, 2017

LNG #BombTrucks! XNG air permit for Susq Co LNG facility!

LNG "Virtual Pipeline" via trucks coming to NY from PA.

Heads up.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: aludra:

A syththetic minor source of air pollution is really a major source that would fall into federal regulations more stringent than state regs. Synthetic minors use technology like BURNING (permanent flare) to lower chemicals emitted into the air ON PAPER  to meet the state levels. These flares are used commonly at compressor stations and are called THERMAL OXIDIZERS...


Sent: Fri, Oct 27, 2017 4:47 pm
Subject: XPRESS Natural Gas applied for air permit for Susq Co Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing and distribution facility

. There is a public comment opportunity and possibility for a public hearing. Anyone wanting more information can contact  Matt Walker at Clean Air Council
Matt Walker
Advocacy Director
Clean Air Council
mwalker@cleanair.org
215-567-4004 ext. 121
Website: www.cleanair.org
Facebook: Clean Air Council 
Twitter: @cleanaircouncil, @cleanairmatt
AIR QUALITY
PLAN APPROVAL AND OPERATING PERMIT APPLICATIONS
PLAN APPROVALS
Plan Approval Applications Received under the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P.S. §§ 4001—4015) and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 127, Subchapter B that may have special public interest. These applications are in review and no decision on disposition has been reached.
58-00021A: Xpress Natural Gas, LLC, (160 State Street, Boston, MA 02109) for a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing and distribution facility located in Forest Lake Township, Susquehanna County.[KK1] 
In accordance with 25 Pa. Code §§ 127.44(a) and 127.45(a), that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has received a Plan Approval for Xpress Natural Gas, LLC, (160 State Street, Boston, MA 02109) for a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing and distribution facility located Forest Lake Township, Susquehanna County. This Plan Approval No. 58-00021A will be incorporated into a Synthetic Minor Permit through an administrative amendment at a later date.
Plan Approval No. 58-00021A is for the installation and operation of two (2) 1,680 BHP compressor engines and one (1) natural gas fired emergency engine. The main emissions for the new sources are NOx, and CO. The new sources shall meet all applicable requirements. The Plan Approval and Operating permit will contain additional recordkeeping and operating restrictions designed to keep the facility operating within all applicable air quality requirements.
Copies of the application, DEP's analysis and other documents used in the evaluation of the application are available for public review during normal business hours at Air Quality Program, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915.
Any person(s) wishing to provide DEP with additional information, which they believe should be considered prior to the issuance of this permit, may submit the information to the address shown in the preceding paragraph. Each written comment must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the comments, identification of the proposed permit No. 58-00021A and a concise statement regarding the relevancy of the information or objections to the issuance of the permit.
A public hearing may be held, if the Department of Environmental Protection, in its discretion, decides that such a hearing is warranted based on the comments received. All persons submitting comments or requesting a hearing will be notified of the decision to hold a hearing by publication in the newspaper or the Pennsylvania Bulletin or by telephone, where DEP determines such notification is sufficient. Written comments or requests for a public hearing should be directed to Ray Kempa, Chief, New Source Review Section, Air Quality Program, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915, Phone 570-826-2511 within 30 days after publication date.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Gas is worse than coal



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Pramilla Malick <stopmcs@gmail.com>
Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Subject: Gas is worse than coal
To:

Lynda asked me to explain my statement so here it goes.
All of the policies being enacted by FERC, Congress, and NGO's including the Clean Power Plan are based on the assertion that gas is cleaner than coal. This is not true at all. Gas is the worst possible source of power both for the climate and public health. While some say gas burns cleaner than coal (I don't think the evidence is clear on this), assuming this is correct, gas requires a vast infrastructure network that spans hundreds sometimes thousands of miles and it leaks at every stage of the process. Fugitive methane has 86 -100 times the GWP as CO2. While some can make the arguments that gas is still cleaner at a leakage rate of under 2% scientists say that gas leaks anywhere from a very conservative 3.6% to what has actually been measured in the atmosphere 10-12%.  This is simply catastrophic for climate change.  From a public health perspective gas emits ultra fine pm. While your body tries to expels larger particles by coughing them out. UFPM penetrates right into the bloodstream leaving the body completely defenseless. 
Moreover most gas now is fracked which means its filled with corrosive biocides, and other chemicals, heat producing radioactive particles etc.
So of the 3 choices coal nuclear and gas..it is the absolute worst.
The reason we have only these 3 choices is because we did not invest in renewables a decade ago when we should of. 
Hydropower is the only renewable power source that can provide reliable baseload power.
Today shutting down a coal or nuclear plant just to have it replaced by gas is utter insanity. Game over for the climate. Game over for human life. Perhaps some microbial life will survive.
We need massive investments in renewable if we want to survive. That's the bottom line. But right now every coal and nuclear plant being shut down IS being replaced by a gas plant.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

[riseup] Security Bulletin

We are trying something new today. Riseup is sending this general security bulletin to all users in the hopes that it will keep all you amazing people safer. Although your Riseup service is not affected by these vulnerabilities, we feel it is important for you to take action in order to protect your devices and your data on other websites.

Contents:

* Adobe Flash Advisory
* Wi-Fi Advisory

Adobe Flash Advisory
====================================================

The problem
----------------------------------------------------

Adobe Flash is a plugin for most web browsers that allows the browser to display interactive content such as games and videos. In a new vulnerability announced on Monday, Adobe Flash can be tricked by a website you visit or a document you open to allow a remote attacker to take control of your computer.

Who does this affect?
----------------------------------------------------

The problem exists in all web browsers that have Adobe Flash, on all operating systems. It also affects Microsoft Office.

By combining this vulnerability with others, an attacker can take total control over your computer, read all your data, capture all your login accounts, spy on you through the webcam, and so on.

What can I do to protect myself?
----------------------------------------------------

Disable Adobe Flash immediately. It is a constant source of security holes, and is being discontinued by Adobe.

Until recently, sites like YouTube relied heavily on Adobe Flash. Today, however, you don't need Adobe Flash in order to use most sites with dynamic content or video. Because of this, you should disable or uninstall Flash entirely. If you have some burning reason you need Adobe Flash, you can also upgrade Flash to the new version without the vulnerability.

Disable Flash

* Chrome: Preferences: Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings > Flash > uncheck "Allow sites to run Flash".

* Firefox: Tools: Add-ons > Plugins > Flash > Never Activate.

Uninstall Flash

For instructions on how to uninstall Flash for every browser, see https://www.howtogeek.com/222275/how-to-uninstall-and-disable-flash-in-every-web-browser/

Upgrade Flash

See Adobe's security advisory for instructions on how to get a patched release of Flash https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb17-32.html

More information
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An attack using this vulnerability in Adobe Flash was observed on October 10 by Kaspersky Lab. The vulnerability was being used to infect the victim's computer with the FinFisher malware. The group behind the attack is believed to be BlackOasis, aka NEODYMIUM, which historically focuses on targeted attacks against civil society actors in Turkey. BlackOasis is classified as an "advanced persistent threat" and is believed by many researchers to be a customer of the Gamma Group, a German and UK corporation with along history of surveillance and monitoring of activists.

For further reading, see:

http://www.securityweek.com/middle-east-group-uses-flash-zero-day-deliver-spyware

https://threatpost.com/adobe-patches-flash-zero-day-exploited-by-black-oasis-apt/128467/

https://securelist.com/blackoasis-apt-and-new-targeted-attacks-leveraging-zero-day-exploit/82732/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_Group


Wi-Fi Advisory
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There is a new class of attacks against Wi-Fi networks. Most Wifi networks these days use a technology called WPA2 to protect the network from eavesdropping. Researchers found a way to break this.

These attacks allow an adversary within Wi-Fi range to read your network traffic and potentially to also send your device nefarious traffic, depending on what device you are using.

Who does this affect?
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Nearly all Wi-Fi devices and operating systems are vulnerable, to varying degrees. This includes nearly all laptops, mobile phones, and Wi-Fi connected devices. In particular, most Android and Linux devices are highly vulnerable.

What is the danger?
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There are many attacks that are made possible with this vulnerability. For example:

* An attacker could read your login username and password if not transmitted using HTTPS (encrypted browser connection). Riseup requires HTTPS on all servers -- but many services do not.

* An attacker could downgrade your secure HTTPS web browser connection to an insecure HTTP connection, depending on the configuration of the server (Riseup servers are protected against this).

* If you click on a link to download a file, an attacker could attach a virus to that file while it was in transit to your device (in some cases).

What can I do to protect myself?
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If you have an Android device, you should disable Wi-Fi and use your telco's data plan whenever possible. When possible, keep Wi-Fi disabled until an update becomes available for your device.

You should update your devices as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are not fixes yet for most operating systems or Wi-Fi access points.

The use of HTTPS is always a good idea, particularly now. We recommend that everyone install the browser extension "HTTPS Everywhere" which will automatically switch your browser to use HTTPS when a website supports it. The new Wi-Fi attack makes it much easier for an attacker to try to downgrade your web browsing to use an insecure connection, and the HTTPS Everywhere extension will prevent this for most popular websites. See https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere to install this extension.

The use of a personal VPN is always a good idea, particularly now. A personal VPN encrypts your traffic to the entire internet, while a corporate VPN just encrypts your traffic to the corporate network. To read more about Riseup's VPN service, see https://riseup.net/vpn

Current update status
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Android: There is no fix yet for Android. Devices with Android 6.0 or later are highly vulnerable.

iOS: No update is available yet.

macOS: No update is available yet.

Windows: Update is available.

Ubuntu and Debian Linux: Security patches are available. Run `sudo apt update; sudo apt upgrade`.

Red Hat Linux and Fedora: No fix yet released. See https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2017-13077 for latest status. You can keep trying to run `sudo yum update` until you see wpa_supplicant get updated.

Access points and home routers: check the website of the manufacturer.

More information
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For an updated list of the state of security patches to client operating systems and AP firmware, see:

https://www.reddit.com/r/KRaCK/comments/76pjf8/krack_megathread_check_back_often_for_updated/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/list-of-firmware-and-driver-updates-for-krack-wpa2-vulnerability/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/here-is-every-patch-for-krack-wi-fi-attack-available-right-now/

For more information on the flaw in WPA2, see:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/severe-flaw-in-wpa2-protocol-leaves-wi-fi-traffic-open-to-eavesdropping/


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Why won't FERC shut down XNG's PA-to-NY "Pipe to Pipe" operation?

Over the past few months, I've been asking attorneys at the Enforcement Division of FERC to make an enforcement action against XNG, Xpress Natural Gas' Bulk, Wholesale, Pipe-to-Pipe CNG "Virtual Pipeline" operation between Forest Lake, Susquehanna County, PA, and Manheim, Herkimer County, NY, which from what I see, is illegal a DOZEN different ways.

We at the Stop the #BombTrucks blog feel that wholesale, bulk interstate commerce in natural gas by #VirtualPipelines is CERTAINLY jurisdiction of Federal Energy Regulatory Comission by a plain reading of the Natural Gas Act.

It may seem strange to look to FERC for help!
Many of us feel FERC is one of the most corrupt government agencies.

However, FERC jurisdiction would require a multi-year Environmental Impact Statement, and HALT XNG: Xpress Natural Gas's illegal "Pipe to Pipe" operation in the meantime.

So why does FERC look they other way?
So far, they have completely ignored the issue.

There are clues in docket# CP14-132, a Petition for Declaratory Ruling by Gulf Oil Limited Partnership to build a small LNG facility in Northeast PA and deliver LNG by truck to customers in New England. (Notice the similarity to XNG's operation, only it's LNG, not CNG).

These clues seem to indicate that XNG's P2P *would* be jurisdictional.

But perhaps more interesting is FERC's process here, for a new business which wants to a) set up shop QUICKLY and b) not have to go through a multi-year EIS (expensive hassle), and not even be guaranteed a positive outcome because of those "damn hippies" (antis) who have gotten so good at killing pipelines. =8^)

Here's the process!

1: Ask FERC, "This is not jurisdictional activity, right?"

2: Write a check for $25,000.

3: After FERC the check clears, FERC declares, "Yes, we agree. This is not jurisdictional activity."

Now here's the really strange thing. I submitted a FOIL request to FERC, which is a really elaborate process! It took weeks for them even to accept it. And I had to argue for it. I asked FERC to show me documents where our friends at XNG had asked FERC for a declaratory ruling on their brand new Pipe-to-Pipe CNG operation.
Their answer: "No such records exist".
Huh? You mean XNG never asked the question? They just ran off and did it?
But why won't FERC issue an enforcement action, when XNG has failed to write a check for $25,000 like Gulf Oil did?
I still don't have an answer yet....
Stay Tuned!
-- Your Humble Editor (BH)

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