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Local Activists Ask Cinnaminson for Fracking Ban Support

Representatives from Food & Water Watch will be out in town this afternoon educating residents about the issue.


A local advocacy group will be educating passersby in Cinnaminson this afternoon on the dangers of fracking and encouraging residents to contact their legislators to support the ban.

The Cooper River Group of Food & Water Watch, a non-profit consumer group that works to ensure the safety of food and water, will set up shop at the Shoppes of Cinnaminson with signs, literature, and more to call on Sen. Diane Allen—whose legislative offices are now in town—to support the fracking waste ban.

The ban on fracking waste bill passed through the State Senate and Assembly. However in September, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the ban.

“Folks are definitely concerned about this—the impact it could have on drinking water and waterways,” said Emily Reuman, regional organizer for Food & Water Watch.

Fracking is a way of drilling for natural gas that involves shooing water at a high pressure into the earth.

“In that process,” Reuman said, “you’re shooting a whole load of chemicals that include lead, arsenic and other known carcinogens. This toxic wastewater comes back up and has to be disposed somewhere. The concern is that we don’t have a way to deal with it properly. That’s where the fracking waste ban comes from.”

Sen. Allen voted to support the ban on fracking waste but Reuman’s group is concerned that state Republicans like Allen will now side with the governor after the next vote in early December.

“Sen. Diane Allen—she definitely has supported the fracking waste ban in the past,” Reuman said. “Our concern is when this comes up again for a vote, we need to make sure our Legislature votes the same way they did the first time now that they are facing the governor’s opposition. If they do, they would override the governor’s veto.”

It’s been reported that Christie vetoed the ban citing that it’s premature and that it would not occur in New Jersey any time soon.

Reuman said there have been reports of fracking waste in at least three facilities in New Jersey and that waste from Pennsylvania—where fracking is a hot button issue—was dumped in a New York landfill.

The local chapter of Food & Water Watch has members from Cinnaminson, Willingboro, Mt. Laurel, Collingswood and more. The group will be out near ShopRite and Ross at 3 p.m. today talking to residents and asking them to call Sen. Allen’s office.

Activities will also hold a call-in day to Allen’s office to ask for her support for an override of the fracking waste ban.

Nancy VanTwistern November 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Done that............signed a few petitions already regarding fracking.........
Ric November 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I support fracking because it will make the United States of America self-sufficient in energy within a decade as well as the world's largest oil producer. A few months ago I fervently supported this group's stance but obtaining self-sufficiency will free us from dependency of foreign oil controlled by despots and that is a good thing. I much rather see Americans get jobs than see Middle Eastern terrorists get dollars from us – which force them to find jobs instead of making plans. Folks, yesterday Israel boasted that it killed a top Palestinian leader. The terrorists will now have to strike back and who do they like to target – the USA of course. I am tired of us being the punching bag for the Middle East. Fracking will make the Middle East irrelevant as it should be. This group should accept fracking and strive to make sure it is done cleanly as possible. And let America stop exporting our wealth.
Bill C November 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
How about petitioning for a National Energy Policy that reduces or eliminates our dependancy on foreign oil and the resultant deaths (US Troops & Civilians) occuring to protect U.S. oil interest's in the Middle East.
Ric November 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Bill, how can a petition in itself accomplish that lofty goal? Congress can pass laws that outlaw dependency for foreign oil but that will not give us the addition energy we need. We need solutions.
Bill C November 15, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Ric, I was trying to make a point that we have to have a comprehensive National Energy Policy that makes sense and saves lives, not just another speed bump that serves to scare people and feed the political machines. We have solutions and technogy that works, what we need is to remove the politics.
Joseph Gross November 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
What does the land look like after the fracking is over? Is there really no adverse effect to the groundwater from the fracking chemicals? Honest answers to these questions, from a source that doesn't have a financial interest at stake, are needed BEFORE allowing fracking anywhere.
Cinnacide November 15, 2012 at 07:55 PM
"This group should accept fracking and strive to make sure it is done cleanly as possible." Ric, you clearly have not done any research on hydraulic fracturing. To extract the natural gasses from the porous rock layers, they need to be further pressurized. The fluids they use are already 99% water, however the remaining 1% is radioactive and highly toxic. The destruction of strata to obtain gasses is not just the only issue here; introducing deadly and radioactive chemical elements into the rock means that it will eventually end up in YOUR water supply. Not only that but the amount of drinkable water being used on these systems is repulsive and incredibly wasteful. Our readily available supply of water is dwindling at an alarming rate. We should not be wasting it on hydraulic fracturing only to poison ourselves and future generations.
agent itchy November 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM
the US has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia in its supply of fossil fuel. owning lots of gas isn't the question. the problem is that when we burn it we continue to alter our planet. perhaps you may have heard of climate change. we now have more fossil fuel than we could possibly use in several hundred years, but burning it will kill us all. don't waste your time debating me. just google NASA and climate change and look at the charts, graphs and satellite images. a child can see this isn't conjecture but fact. we need to harness the wind, the sun and the tides and we need to stop relying on 1800's technologies.
Cindy Pierson November 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
There is a film called "Gasland" by Josh Fox that gives a very clear picture of the damage that comes from fracking - go to Gasland.com for more info. We get our drinking water from the Delaware River as well as underground aquifers - both are at risk of contamination by the waste water from the hydrolic fracturing process. Ask the people who live near the drilling sites about the effects on their groundwater - wells that spontaneously burst into flames or tap water that can be ignited with a match don't seem to be the results of solutions and technologies that work. If we let the gas companies continue without regulations or accountability, we won't have to worry about dependence on foreign oil - there won't be nearly as many of us alive or healthy enough to care.
Cinnacide November 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
They don't want to listen, they just claim it's a hoax... a hoax 98-99% of all climatologists agree about based on facts.
Ric November 16, 2012 at 01:20 AM
@Cinnacide. I hope you are not including me among the ones claiming hoax because I see global warming as a problem for which we need to find a solution. At the same time I realize the United States cannot wean itself of oil overnight. I do not want us to go back to horse and buggy days and so far alternative energies are not up to the task of supplying all our energy needs. To help stop global warming from worsening I also support building more atomic energy plants to generate clean energy. [Please all opponents of atomic energy, I am not interested in reading your issues with it. You'll say nothing new.] America’s number one goal should be to protect our nation stopping our dependency on foreign oil. Maybe my stance has to do with the Arab boycott of 1973. Sooner or later it will happen again. And this time we are much more dependent on imports.
Dan Reynolds November 16, 2012 at 01:46 AM
The "energy independence" talk is pure garbage. Currently the US is exporting more oil then we import. Oil and gas companies are not owned by the government and will sell to the highest bidder. They WILL rape our land to get paid... No to Fracking. No Fracking way!
Karen Milligan November 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
If these are the same environmentalists that have the township fining us for leaves on the curb more than one week before pick up... because of the leaves going into the Pennsauken Creek watershed... I have no trust in their information. What happens to all the leaves, all the geese poop and squirrel droppings, that are on open space and the water? I do believe that the township supports the environmentalists because the "leaf" fine is a money maker for non-funded items on the budget (get my drift?). Not very many of us can take time off the exact days and time prior to twp pickup, just to get the leaves off our grass, and fewer still can afford to hire landscapers within that time period. Shabby and sad. Fracking
Cindy Pierson November 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Please check your facts before making blanket accusations. The environmentalists that "have the township fining us" are on the state level ( please go to the state regulations at http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/rules/njac7_8.pdf). The concern is not that the leaves are going into a particular watershed - I happen to care about the Pompeston, as well as the Pennsauken and Swedes Run watersheds, all part of the Delaware River watershed - the concern is for stormwater overwhelming the sewer system, causing sewage to back up, and for the leaves blocking the storm sewer grates and causing flooding in the streets, creating a dangerous situation for drivers. The non-point source pollution from stormwater run-off from impervious surfaces is a secondary concern. Personally, I don't think the problem is people who keep their leaves on the grass in their yards, I think it's the people who put huge piles of leaves in the street, where they block traffic and get washed down the street to block the storm sewers. Please check out the link to the state DEP as well as to Gasland.com, get the facts about stormwater and fracking, and you will see that you are mistaken in blaming your environmentally concerned neighbors.
Ric November 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
@Cindy. Leaves fall all throughout the month - not just the week the township comes around. And I want the leaves off my lawn because I do not want my property to revert back to its pristine woodland state of before Columbus crossed the ocean blue. So unless I want to denude my property of its many trees the answer to the leaf problem is for the township to step up their leaf collecting to bi-weekly and purchase a leaf vacuum machine. It would be more efficient and not require a full crew with a backhoe. The purchase of a leaf machine would certainly be insignificant when compared to the 1.2 million we are spending on two fire trucks. And we would be cutting manhours – I hope. By using the vacuum, the storm drains would not get clogged and I won’t be forced to keep leaves on my property - making it look like the home of Paul Bunyan.
bobnj1 November 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
It is amazing how a movie can be taken as gospel. Take a look at Frackingnation.com and their short video that disproves much of the propaganda in Gasland. There is so much misinformation floating around in both directions... just like in our political discussions, that it makes it difficult to trust ANY information.
Cindy Pierson November 18, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I actually agree with most of the points you make Ric. I watched a leaf vacuum truck with just 3 guys take care of an entire block's worth of leaves in a matter of minutes in a nearby town. I've never understood why our town uses the backhoe method. I do think that there are other places to come up with the funds rather than nixing 2 fire trucks - having been the victim of a devastating fire here in 2004, and when I was a kid in Beverly, I think the fire companies should get what they need to take care of the rest of us. I also differ when i comes to leaves on the lawn- I use a mulching mower to shred mine into natural fertilizer for the winter. I also think that we only hate crabgrass because Scott & Ortho tell us to (would we hate "pixie grass"?) & think that dandelions look pretty. Aren't you glad you don't have to live on my street?
Cindy Pierson November 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM
@bobnj1 I tried to go to Frackingnation.com, only to find no website, only a listing of pro-fracking sites sponsored by gas, oil and chemical companies. However, I agree that people should not take a movie as gospel. Everyone should do their own research and come to their own conclusions - incidentally, that's how Gasland came to be made. Josh Fox was asked to sell his land to a large gas company to be drilled with hydraulic fracturing, and went looking for information abou the process. The film is a record of that search. Apparently you haven't seen it, or you would have realized that he spoke with people on both sides of the issue and presented what they had to say in the film. People should just remember while doing their own investigations: take a look at who is presenting the info you're looking at, because bobnj1 is right in saying that both pro and anti-fracking presentations will be slanted in the direction they want you to go. Just sift out the actual facts and then decide.
Cindy Pierson November 18, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I had to laugh when I read your line about the township supporting the environmentalists! They got rid of the environmental commission, and removed any mention of it from the township code, replacing it with a "citizen's advisory" panel, which is called on at the mayor's discretion. Believe me, they don't like the stormwater laws and the expense & paperwork they generate anymore than anyone else does, but because they are state laws, they must comply or face state imposed penalties. It's just a perk that compliance happens to be good for the local environment. And FYI, neither my group or any of the other environmental groups in the area receive any kind of funding from the township - they are volunteer, non-profit organizations - in the case of my group, surviving on donations from the public.
Cindy Pierson November 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM
HBO is airing "Gasland" this afternoon, and several times on 11/29- it is also most likely available "on demand" thru comcast. Please check out the film and then see if you still feel the same way about fracking.
John November 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
@Cindy, I guess if the public works dept does buy a vacuum truck and not use the system now in place they would require less people therefore they would have to get rid of them which of course would reduce the taxes I would guess but the politicians do not want that, they still have our overassessed houses on the books for more than the market value.....oh well its life here, I do not use Scotts nor Ortho for the lawn....I agree with U....enjoy the day
Cindy Pierson November 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
@john - a couple of meetings ago, we learned that the county says that because of all the tax appeals that have been filed, the township has to do a reassessment of property values to bring them in line with actual property values, and it's supposed to be done in time for the 2014 tax billing. Should be interesting, don't you think? hoping to hear more if it comes up during the next meeting.
Cindy Pierson November 20, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@pundit - I don't believe the film has ever been shown in theaters, every showing I've been aware of has been free. And I never said Fox didn't make any money (although if he did, it probably wasn't much). Please look at my last comment again - "People should just remember while doing their own investigations: take a look at who is presenting the info you're looking at, because bobnj1 is right in saying that both pro and anti-fracking presentations will be slanted in the direction they want you to go. Just sift out the actual facts and then decide." I don't see where I'm telling people to take Josh Fox's film as gospel, quite the contrary.There is no need to go after me with inflamatory remarks


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