Deja Vu – Rig on Fire

By Patricia Zick @PCZick As I sipped the aromatic brew, I glanced at the morning’s headlines before the television and George Stephanopoulos diverted my attention. It was only a blip on the charts of the day’s news stories. I would have missed mention of it if I’d gone to the bathroom when George said anContinue reading “Deja Vu – Rig on Fire”

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”

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”

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”