#BP Oil Spill Four Years Ago – Let Us Not Forget

BP’s oil spill in 2010 still haunts us today as scientists study the lingering effects of the millions of barrels of oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of the spill, I worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a public relations director. Immediately, our agency became watchdogsContinue reading “#BP Oil Spill Four Years Ago – Let Us Not Forget”

A Review of an Environmental Novel

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The subject of Vapor Trails by R.P. Siegel and Roger Saillant intrigued me from the start. I’ve been looking for other contemporary fiction novels with environmental themes, so when this one came across my twitter feed, I immediately researched it and then bought a copy. I wasn’t disappointed with the read,Continue reading “A Review of an Environmental Novel”

Great News as Earth Day Anniversary Approaches

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Environmental stories usually leave me frustrated and disappointed – with both sides. But not today. Finally, I read something that gives me hope for civil discourse in this country on the issues that matter most. If we’re all shouting at one another to make our point, who’s listening? In western Pennsylvania,Continue reading “Great News as Earth Day Anniversary Approaches”

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”

Fracking Power

Sierra magazine published an article in its July/August 2012 issue called the “Fracking Nightmare.” I read the article with interest since I live atop the Marcellus shale region of western Pennsylvania. Washington County considered the “honeypot” for the “wet gas” resources underground. Those resources include propane, butane, ethane and other profitable chemicals. Interestingly, until 2010,Continue reading “Fracking Power”

Five Ways to Go Greener

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick The Sierra Club  offers five simple ways to make a difference in your lifestyle. I’m posting them along with a few of my own. It’s always good to be reminded that we can make easy changes in our ongoing efforts to live greener. Keep your vehicles tuned up – AContinue reading “Five Ways to Go Greener”

The Challenge: Eat one meal per week made from local food

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick The thumbs and hands of a gardener are not green, but brown from the soil encrusted on them after planting a flat of tomato seedlings. My husband Robert grows food for our table, and when it overflows the plates, I find a way to preserve the abundance for the monthsContinue reading “The Challenge: Eat one meal per week made from local food”

Justice for Deepwater Horizon and Massey Mine Disasters – Charge the Real Culprits

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick Criminal charges filed against Kurt Mix, a former BP engineer, for destroying records detailing the amount of oil spewing during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill  in 2010 are encouraging. But it’s not enough. It’s the same thing as arresting petty drug dealer on the streets. Those guys are easy toContinue reading “Justice for Deepwater Horizon and Massey Mine Disasters – Charge the Real Culprits”

Power – Cheap, Easy, and Hidden

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick We all want power. Today, our lives depend heavily on power. Try going a day without using it. We want it cheap and easy, but we’d rather not know its dirty little secrets. For many decades, coal ruled as the energy source of choice for powering up the power plantsContinue reading “Power – Cheap, Easy, and Hidden”