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”

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”