Blowing at Windmills

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Even when I think I’m being reasonable and moderate, I still walk a fine line with some folks. “What do you want us to do, blow on windmills until we have enough power to fuel all our energy needs?” my brother asked me recently. The question came after I tried toContinue reading “Blowing at Windmills”

Living with Wildlife – Florida Style

  By Patricia Zick @PCZick “Why aren’t there any mosquitoes when I visit Florida,” someone from Pittsburgh recently asked me. “Where do you go in Florida?” I asked. “To Disney World, Sea World – all those theme parks around Orlando.” I wondered how to reply without bursting this man’s image of natural Florida within theContinue reading “Living with Wildlife – Florida Style”

Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’re approaching the third anniversary of two major disasters in U.S. history – both claiming undistinguished titles. First, on April 5, 2010, at a coal mine in West Virginia, twenty-nine miners lost their lives when an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch mine. The tragedy was the worst coal mineContinue reading “Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions”

Another Dangerous Side to Fracking

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I don’t usually post on Sundays, but I wanted to share this series of articles from the Beaver County Times. Saturday’s story explores “brine” or wastewater disposal. Sunday’s piece (not yet posted online) profiles a driver of one of the trucks hauling away the wastewater. The disposal of what comes outContinue reading “Another Dangerous Side to Fracking”

Fracking Dilemma – It’s Not the Promised Land

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I recently went to see the new movie Promised Land starring Matt Damon, as rising star salesman Steve Butler. What does Steve sell? The promised glory to landowners if only they’ll sell off the rights to their land so the power companies can drill for natural gas on their property. SteveContinue reading “Fracking Dilemma – It’s Not the Promised Land”

Florida’s Fragile Environment

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I lived in Florida for nearly thirty years. Its landscapes and wildlife still inspire me. Its fragile environment serves as a canary in the coal mine for ecosystems everywhere. Here’s my view of Florida through my camera and words. I often imagine what the early inhabitants of Florida saw as theyContinue reading “Florida’s Fragile Environment”

Ohio River Watershed Celebration – Eleven Years of Good Stuff

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Rivers are vital to our lives. For decades, as we grew into an industrialized nation, we gave little regard to what we put into those rivers. Now, we understand we cannot destroy what gives us life. As a result, many of our rivers are slowly improving as we balance the needsContinue reading “Ohio River Watershed Celebration – Eleven Years of Good Stuff”

Water Woes in the High Desert

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Sometimes I can’t keep my mouth shut; sometimes I need to say more. Recently, I might have found a balance between the two. Recently we traveled to Denver. This region suffered a nearly rainless summer. They receive an average of 15.47 inches of rainfall each year, but as of September 26,Continue reading “Water Woes in the High Desert”

Fallingwater – the melding of nature and man

  By Patricia Zick @PCZick There’s a missing element from the photos of Fallingwater in western Pennsylvania. The sound of Bear Run resounds through the trees as it races over rocks to meet the Youghiogheny River in the valley below Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece of organic architecture. Roaring waterfalls echo throughout the inside and outsideContinue reading “Fallingwater – the melding of nature and man”

EPA Coal Mine Water Rules Struck Down By Federal Judge

As I was perusing articles about the massive ice melt in Greenland, I came across this article. Are we really going to go backwards at this time? I just wrote a piece about the “recovery” of a creek near us that sits in the middle of abandoned mines. Without the new standards on pollution fromContinue reading “EPA Coal Mine Water Rules Struck Down By Federal Judge”