Pennsylvania May Still Be Watching You (If you are an anti-gas drilling activist)

JANUARY 23, 2015 BY DORY HIPPAUF 2 COMMENTS The attacks of September 11, 2001 led to the creation of Homeland Security. Working with other agencies and departments of the US Government, Homeland Security was tasked with identifying critical infrastructure and to protect them from terrorist attacks. Per Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7: Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection | HSPD 7 Abstract (1): Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 establishes a national policy for Federal departments and agencies to identify and prioritize critical infrastructure and to protect them from terrorist attacks. The directive defines relevant terms and delivers 31 policy statements. These policy statements define what the directive covers and the Read More …

Pa. Homeland Security Head Resigns Amid Controversy Over Tracking of Activists

Pennsylvania’s beleaguered director of Homeland Security is stepping down in the wake of a controversy over his decision to hire an intelligence firm that monitored gas drilling opponents and other activist groups. by Marian Wang Oct. 1, 2010, 5:38 p.m. EDT The Pennsylvania Homeland Security director who hired an anti-terrorism contractor to monitor threats to state infrastructure resigned today, just weeks after confidential intelligence bulletins produced by the contractor showed surveillance of gas drilling opponents and an array of activist groups and protestors. “Jim is a good man who made a very significant mistake in judgment,” Gov. Ed Rendell said as he announced Powers’ resignation, in comments reported by The Read More …

New Federal Energy “Corridors:” Just What Are They?

Dr. Eric Karlstrom, Professor of Geography Our federal energy policy is really a large trough arranged by the hogs for their convenience. Amory Lovins, Colorado energy expert, Mother Jones, 2008 We need an energy bill that encourages consumption. President George W. Bush, 2002 Introduction: 2005 Energy Policy Act Mandates New Energy Corridors Energy, including electrical energy, is essential for civilization as we know it. Today, America gets some 54% of its electricity from coal power plants and another 22% from natural gas power plants. With the possible exceptions of the production and distribution of food and water, no human activity has a greater impact upon the environment, the economy, and Read More …

Accidents in the Gas Fields

Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, California State University, Stanislaus Accidents in the Gas Fields Clean water is a gift from God, a gift for the common good. Without clean water there cannot be physical, emotional, or spiritual health. So clean water is a spiritual and ethical concern. The level of our concern reflects the level of our spiritual awareness and commitment. Catholic nun protesting pollution of the Rio Grande River by Los Alamos National Labs. We know that every day there are accidents in the field. Just look at the (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation) Commissions’ reports. Peggy Utesch, Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance, re: EnCana’s gas drilling near Read More …

(CBM) Coal Bed Methane Gas

CBM- Coal-Bed Methane Gas Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, California State University, Stanislaus, 2008 Figure 1. Map of major gas producing basins in southern Colorado. In their July, 2007 press release, Lexam states that their 3-D seismic survey confirms the presence of Cretaceous-age source and reservoir rocks for hydrocarbons (natural gas) over the entire 16,000 acre area they surveyed. They report that total prospect area is 2,180 acres in size and the two priority targets are estimated to be located 14,000 feet below the surface. They further state that the Cretaceous-aged Dakota Sandstone is the primary target (Figure 2). Figure 2. Lexam’s cross-section of valley sediments based on Read More …

Rio Grande Basin and San Luis Valley Aquifer

Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, California State University, Stanilaus, 2008 Whiskey’s for drinking and water’s for fighting about. Mark Twain Figure 1. Location of Rio Grande River and Rio Grande drainage basin. The Rio Grande River and Rio Grande Basin The Rio Grande River heads up in the eastern San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado and flows nearly 2000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. It is the second longest river in the U.S. and for 2/3 of its length it forms the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico (from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico at Brownsville, Texas). Since its waters are utilized Read More …

History of Lexam, Inc.’s Gas “Drill Play” on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge

Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, California State University, Stanislaus, 2008 Background on Lexam’s “drillplay” on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR) Figure 1. Buffalo in wetlands west of Great Sand Dunes National Park Figure 2. Location of San Luis Valley and Rio Grande Watershed in south-central Colorado Plans for Another 22,812 Wells in Colorado Alone! The “BIG PICTURE:” Radical Increases in Gas Drilling Throughout the Rocky Mountains To understand what is happening here, we need to look at the larger context of Lexam’s “drillplay.” There is currently a “land rush” by oil and gas companies on federal lands in the Rocky Mountain region that has been going on Read More …

Why We Believe the San Luis Valley is a NO-GO (No Gas and Oil) Zone

Why We Believe the San Luis Valley Must Remain a NO-GO (No Gas and Oil drilling) Zone! Figure 1. Wetlands in the Baca National Wildlife Refuge; Sangre de Cristo Mountains in background. Figure 2. Sand dunes in The Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I have always told people that the San Luis Valley is more than home to me. It is a spiritual place unlike any other on earth. Senator Ken Salazar (Valley of the Dunes) Figure 3. Proposed Lexam/Concoco-Philips project area on Baca National Wildlife Refuge (green dotted line). Baca #1 and #2 wells are on The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Read More …

WaterWatchAlliance.us Website Homepage

Figure 1. Baca National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR) Wetlands and Sangre de Cristo Mountains Figure 2. San Luis Valley and proposed Lexam drill area on BNWR (red rectangle in upper right). WHAT IS WATER WATCH ALLIANCE? WATER WATCH ALLIANCE (WWA) IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING THE WATER AND ENVIRONMENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND PRISTINE SAN LUIS VALLEY OF SOUTHERN COLORADO FROM REMOVAL AND CONTAMINATION BY GAS DRILLING. We believe the best way to protect our spectacular, unique, and sacred home is to ensure that the San Luis Valley remains a NO-GO (No Gas and Oil) Zone in perpetuity. There is great potential for production of solar, wind, Read More …