Vera ScrogginsNortheast Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale is ground zero for the impact of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — on rural communities. The process involves injecting millions of gallons of water and sand laden with toxic and carcinogenic chemicals deep into underground shale formations to release natural gas.Marcellus Shale is typical of many economically depressed regions in the U.S. where fracking has occurred. With no sustainable industries to provide jobs, local economies were severely depressed. By offering monetary incentives to residents willing to lease their land for drilling, oil and gas companies have driven a wedge between residents who oppose drilling and those who see it as a ticket out of their impoverishment, regardless of the cost to their health and the environment. While some see fracking as a panacea, others see it as a force of devastation in the heart of their communities.One who has long held the latter view is Vera Scroggins, a resident of Silver Lake Township and a longtime vocal community activist. For the last five years, Scroggins, a 63-year-old grandmother, has organized tours of frack sites to raise awareness of their environmental impact. She is a frequent caller to health and environmental regulators when violations occur.Scroggins has posted around 500 videos on YouTube documenting contamination of creeks from drilling, destruction of forest lands for pipelines, nighttime flares from drilling rigs, air contamination from compressors and more. One of Scroggins’ primary targets is the Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., which was fined for permanently contaminating residential water wells in Dimock, Pa., in 2010.It was only a matter of time before Scroggins’ efforts to expose the harmful environmental and health impact of Cabot’s operations led to a backlash from the company. In October 2013, Cabot filed an injunction against Scroggins, prohibiting her from setting foot on any land where Cabot holds drilling leases. This covers 312.5 square miles and includes nearly 40 percent of Susquehanna County, where Scroggins lives.Given less than 72 hours’ notice of the injunction hearing, Scroggins was unable to secure an attorney to face off against Cabot’s bevy of four lawyers and nine witnesses. Scroggins did have three witnesses at the hearing, who testified that she followed safe practices while conducting her site tours.Judge Kenneth Seamans granted a temporary injunction on Oct. 21, yet did not require Cabot to identify any of the lands where it holds leases. Scroggins was left to figure out for herself what areas she was legally barred from. A hearing scheduled for March 24 will determine if the ban will be permanent.It turns out that Scroggins risks fines and arrest if she goes to the new county hospital or visits her health clinic. She cannot enter the supermarkets or drug stores where she shops, take her grandchildren to a favorite Chinese restaurant, do business at her bank, visit the animal shelter, or go to the bowling alley, recycling center, golf club or lake shore. These facilities all lie on land Cabot leased for drilling.A paid spokesperson for “Energy in Depth,” Tom Shepstone, had the audacity to portray Scroggins as a public menace for “trespass[ing] on the soul of the community.” EID is a pro-oil and pro-gas drilling industry front group whose practice is to malign the anti-fracking movement. Scroggins noted that Shepstone, who once made the outrageous statement that “natural gas drilling is not only environmentally responsible, but essential to health,” doesn’t even live in her community.Cabot’s injunction accused Scroggins of exposing the company and workers on the sites to potential safety hazards. It’s hard to escape the irony that the drilling company is clearly the source of potential and existing safety risks.Attorney George Kinchy, who has since been retained as Scroggins’ lawyer, questioned Cabot’s legal right to restrict her access solely based on leases they hold in the county. “They have no proof that they had the right to exclude her. They didn’t present evidence of leases that gave them the right to treat the property as their own,” he said. (Mother Jones, Jan. 29) Kinchy also noted that this was the first time a company has used the courts to go after an individual anti-fracking activist.The injunction is clearly intended to silence dissent against corporations like Cabot. Scroggins told Workers World, “This is an intense form of abuse of my civil rights and shows the arrogance of the gas industry in wanting to trump the Constitution to promote their agenda and to stop any citizen objections and resistance.”Scroggins will be filing an appeal to vacate the injunction, and received notice on Feb. 3 that the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union will provide support for her case.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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We had no permission and it was completely shot guerrilla style I like working in such a collaborative process as the work that comes out of such experiences is much more organic and fun And film making is all about the little magic that is born from collaboration” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Kumar Anand | Vadodara | Published: September 10 2015 8:32 am Related News In order to help policy makers address the growing scarcity of cattle-fodder in the country Anand-based National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) along with Space Applications Centre — an Ahmedabad-based arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) — have successfully conducted a pilot study of fodder growing areas and wastelands in Banaskantha This study will now be scaled up at the state and national level a top official of NDDB said In this study initiated by NDDB — a first of its kind for cattle fodder — ISRO’s remote sensing technology was used to map fodder growing areas and later a village-level ground study was done during the Rabi season between October 2014 and March 2015 Share This Article Related Article “The idea behind the project is that the data generated could help use available fodder optimally We can also estimate the availability of fodder well in advance to help make better plans in case of shortage The pilot study was successful and it will now be scaled at state and then national level” said NDDB chairman T Nanda Kumar Banaskantha was chosen for the pilot study as the farmers in the district situated on Rajasthan border depend on livestock and dairy for living The district marred by large number of cases of poverty and large-scale migration due to drought was found to have 81000 hectare land under green fodder and 57000 hectare of cultivable wasteland The study also points out that at least 35 percent of villages in the district have more than 5 percent wasteland that could be developed to grow fodder “At macro level the fodder availability problem does not appear that large but at micro- level ie at the state level the problem varies geographically For instance states such as Gujarat and Rajasthan will fall far short of the (fodder) requirement while Punjab will have better availability” the NDDB chairman added According to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) there was a green fodder shortage of 206 million tonnes in the country This shortage could rise to 400 million tonnes by 2025 Apart from remote sensing study the exercise involved field surveys that were carried out three times with the team members visiting 69 villages to verify fodder-growing areas The geographic position of the areas was recorded using hand-held GPS systems The data will be further fed into an internet-based dairy geographical information system (i-DGIS) which has been developed by the NDDB to identify villages by integrating details such as human census livestock census and land use of those villages to help stakeholders monitor and plan dairy development at village level ISRO’s SAC has been working on national-level forecasting of seasonal crop sowing pattern for the government through its Forecasting Agricultural Output Using Space Agro Meteorological & Land-Based Observation (FASAL) project using the same remote sensing technique The current project is an extension of this technique even though it was more of a challenge as reading fodder pattern using satellites is not that easy Fodder crops are grown by small and marginal farmers in small patches of land and are generally mixed with regular crops which posed the challenge of differentiating these crops through remote sensing a project report prepared jointly by the ISRO and NDDB states For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aneesha Mathur | Delhi | Published: April 9 2016 3:30 am Delhi High Court Related News Justice Rajiv Shakdher whose transfer 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