Guest post by David Middleton
First up: Yoko Ono and friends…
‘Fracking kills': Yoko Ono joins star-studded cast fighting against hydraulic natural gas drilling in upstate New York
John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon, actress Debra Winger, songstress Natalie Merchant and “The Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo have also spoken out in opposition to the extraction process criticized for potentially contaminating water supplies and damaging the environment.
By Glenn Blain / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, January 11, 2013
ALBANY — Hydrofracking is not the most glamorous of issues but the gritty subject is bringing a lot of glitz to the state Capitol.
Yoko Ono, the widow of ex-Beatle John Lennon, and son Sean Lennon became the latest celebrities to visit Albany Friday to press for a ban on the controversial natural gas drilling.
“Fracking kills,” Ono said at a press conference with other drilling opponents. “And it doesn’t just kill us, it kills the land, nature and eventually the whole world.”
Now it’s the 4th graders’ turn…
Fourth-graders have concluded fracking’s bad
By Steve Israel
Published: 2:00 AM – 01/13/13
If it were up to nearly four dozen future voters at a Middletown elementary school, fracking would be banned in New York — and the rest of the world.
Just listen to what those fourth-graders at Maple Hill Elementary School have to say about the controversial natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking:
“It could cause methane explosions, poison water and kill people. It killed cattle,” says 9-year-old Philip Gazer.
“Sometimes, because of fracking, earthquakes could happen,” says 9-year-old Sagnik Chakraborty, citing minor earthquakes in Ohio apparently caused by the underground injection of fracking waste.
Bottom line for the fourth-graders in the classes of Mary Hayes and Patricia McGorry?
“We don’t want to be poisoned by fracking,” says 11-year-old Nancy Jaime.
There you have it. Yoko Ono is either not smarter than a 4th grader or she has a strong desire to spend winters freezing in the dark. The wellhead price for natural gas in the US is currently in the range of $3.00 to $3.50/mcf.
The shale boom is the single biggest reason why natural gas prices are so low in the USA compared to most of the rest of the world…
Without fracking, there would be no shale boom and US natural gas prices could be $8/mcf or higher.