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As Industry Pushes Billion-Dollar Fracked Petrochemical Projects, State Regulators Struggle To Keep Up

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Source:  desmogblog

“Pollution from petrochemicals is already a major issue, Food and Water Watch noted in a report last year on the coming build-out. “In 1999, when Houston’s ozone levels were the highest in the nation, the state of Texas conducted several studies that found large industrial leaks,” that report found. “The worst originated from cracker plants producing ethylene and propylene.”

By Sharon Kelly

Fueled by fracking in the region, petrochemical and plastics projects in the Ohio River Valley are attracting tens of billions of dollars in investment, but as plans for this build-out hit the drawing boards, signs already are emerging that state regulators are unprepared for this next wave of industrialization. And the implications of their inexperience could mean major threats to the region’s health and environment.

One of the projects currently underway, an underground natural gas liquids (NLG) storage site — designed to support the construction of several huge petrochemical complexes — is undergoing review by state regulators who have little experience with NGL storage facilities of its size.

“We had to juggle a lot of regulatory input in a relatively undefined setting since there are few regulations in Ohio, and that really goes for Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well,” Jonathan Farrell, a project manager with Civil and Environmental Consultants, told attendees at a petrochemical industry conference on June 18.

That lack of well-established state regulations harkens back to the early days of the shale gas rush, when state regulators struggled to keep up with the emergence of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling technologies. The rush to drill while safeguards were still being designed and implemented led to inadequately treated toxic waste being dumped into drinking water supplies for millions of people and problems with radioactive waste that continue to this day.

Dreams of a New Petrochemical Corridor

Shell’s ethane cracker petrochemical plant under construction on the banks of the Ohio River. Credit: Ashley Braun, DeSmog

Today, the petrochemical industry is dreaming big about prospects for manufacturing plastics, styrofoam, vinyl, chemicals, and fertilizers from cheap ethane and other natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale — marketed as currently the cheapest in the world.

The goal? To build a new petrochemical corridor in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and the surrounding region, one second only in size to the Gulf Coast’s — and one that could bring along with it the public health and environmental impacts that have given rise to that region’s reputation as a “cancer alley.”

I think the magnitude of some of these projects that we’re talking about here are hard for a lot of us and a lot of our communities to wrap their head around,” Chad Riley, CEO of The Thrasher Group, an oil and gas field and pipeline services firm, said at the June 18-19 conference. “I really think that this region lacks a bit of an understanding about what the potential could be here.”

Fracking for Plastics

Shale drillers in the Marcellus and Utica have long talked up the potential profits to be made from drilling for “wet gas,” or wells that produce large volumes of natural gas liquids like ethane, propane, and butane. Those liquid fossil fuels offer additional sources of revenue, making the shale drilling industry better able to cope with depressed prices for natural gas, which is mostly methane, that the wells primarily produce.

For the shale industry, the need to create demand for those products is fueling the push to create new petrochemical and plastics plants that can buy up the liquids coming from fracked wells. The Appalachian region currently produces roughly a third of the domestic supply of NGLs, or roughly a million barrels a day.  Read the rest of this article HERE.

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18 Little Known Facts About College Meningitis Vaccines

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By Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM

Two weeks ago, I posted a blog article about the fraudulent letters being sent to parents in Ohio, and actually across the country, about a new meningitis vaccine said to be a requirement for school. If you missed it, you can read it here.

As middle schools are trying to strong arm parents into vaccinating their pre-teens without giving them information on their right to refuse, colleges are becoming equally aggressive about forcing the meningitis jab – and other vaccines – prior to granting access to higher education.

About N. meningitis and the meningitis vaccines

While meningitis sounds frightening and the infection can be serious, here are 18 important, yet little-known, facts about the infection and about the meningitis vaccines you need to know:

  1. In the 10-year period between 1998-2007, only 2,262 cases of meningitis were reported in the United States. Within a population of more than 300 million, that number is negligible and not worth vaccinating millions for “protection.”
  2. Of the 2,262 cases, 11.3% cases were fatal. Not to minimize the loss of life, but that also means that nearly 89% of people survived and recovered.
  3. Meningitis does not spread rapidly. According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, the bacterium can only live for a few moments outside the human body, so it is not spread by casual contact and is not passed along on clothing, bedding, toys or dishes.
  4. In fact, the Foundation goes on to say the risk of the infection is very low and 97 out of 100 cases occur in isolation, with no other cases.
  1. READ MORE HERE

How to pretend you don’t understand the issues: A view from the Ohio Supreme Court Bench

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 Submitted by Rosanna Miller
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Editor’s note:  We know justice is a vanishing concept in our courts.  But this recording of the Ohio Supreme court should drive any sane person up the wall.  Take note of the efforts by these “justices” to divert, deflect and deny what the presenting attorney is saying.  Apparently, the pharmacy hadn’t made its delivery to the court of necessary medications. 

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It involves a judges appointment of a GAL to a lady in a DIVORCE case. Yes I said DIVORCE!
Trust me a GAL has as much power as a Guardian because a judge can do anything they want.
I would appreciate your feedback on this oral argument. This is just another example of judges running a rogue operation and have only one motive… to steal our MONEY….
This is the ORAL argument raising a ruckus.. It is 20 min.

http://www.ohiochannel.org/video/case-no-2016-1629-thomasson-v-thomasson

Charles W. Thomasson v. Carol J. Thomasson, Case No. 2016-1629 Eighth District Court of Appeals (Cuyahoga County) ISSUES: – Before appointing a guardian ad litem to …

Here is a review…
This is insanity…….
Rosanna

HIDING Public Records by the court – Our Right to Know

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 Rosanna Miller

Our Right to Know

PLEASE see attachment.. Notice – ALL ADULT Guardianships are removed from the online and in house public access records in the court of Logan County.* These are absolutely Public Records. (ORC 149.43) But when the GA gave total access for the courts to monitor what they deem public records in 2011 they opened up the door for them to HIDE public records. This is SELF-SERVING to let the court monitor itself. This is public records being buried. How is any attorney going to be able to work for their clients in that county given we are living in the computer age?

I fought for our public records** and it resulted in my disabled mentally impaired Dad being abused in filth, hording, cat feces, exploited and then incarcerated in a place he did NOT want to be and drugged to death.*** Now the court is trying to steal my parents TRUST that probate has NO authority in and I can’t get any public attention on this abomination. This is a repulsive system and does not represent the free country many have died for. Why have the conditions of guardianships and robbing estates escalated downward since the series of probate abuse stories the Columbus dispatch reported on in 2014? Why are there more and more stories reported across the country and things get worse? Have we come to the point human life is worthless?

If these adult guardianship cases were public for decades what changed? Personal identifiers were already redacted. And how can you remove what was already out there? Isn’t that a POST FACTO decision? We pay taxes for gov’t employees to keep our records in any media form that exists today. What other counties are CLOSING down record access?
SUPREME COURT OF OHIO 2 additional award of attorney fees for the preparation of a response to Brady’s motion to vacate the fee award, and we remand the cause to …

Updates on Free John Rohrer with Katherine Hine

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Talk with Tenney: Updates on Free John Rohrer with Katherine Hine

 

  • CALL IN (267)521-0167 MONDAY 1/23/17 – 9 p.m.- 11 p.m. Eastern to TALK WITH TENNEY:
  • (267)521-0164 to discuss UPDATES on the John Rohrer case.
  • Lauren last interviewed Katherine October 6, 2016:
  • 2 more judges have now disqualified themselves for obvious or admitted bias in the John Rohrer psychiatric lockup case.
  • On January 26 and 27 John faces his 4th judge – 3rd visiting judge.
  • Katherine will explain the visiting judge financial racket Ohio taxpayers support, the techniques state psych hospitals use to perpetrate Medicaid fraud,
  • and will report on what is currently known about Judge Michael Ward.
  • Citizens are urged to come watch what should be a liberty hearing for John Rohrer:
  • 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 1/26/17 and,
  • 1/27/17 before Judge Michael W. Ward, Ross County Courthouse, Chillicothe, Ohio.

For more information: www.wljaradio.net or call Katherine Hine:614-633-0215

 

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ACTION ALERT: MEDIA NEEDED TO COVER PSYCHIATRIC ABUSE TRIAL IN OHIO

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new-logo25Media is encouraged to contact Katherine Hine for further information on the August 9th hearing: katherinehine@wljaradio.net or 614-633-0215

 Activists are seeking the presence of a member of the alternative media at a crucial hearing in the Ross County Courthouse in Chillicothe, Ohio August 9, 9 a.m. – ???. In light of the fact the Murphy bill [“Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis”] was sent to the U.S. Senate a couple of weeks ago, citizens may be interested in how an average young person with a mental illness label fares at the hands of local courts already having the power to keep him locked up for life.  The outcome of the John Rohrer case coming to trial on August 9 in southern Ohio promises to shed light on what taxpayers can expect more of in the future should the Murphy bill pass.

For several years now, the alternative media has been covering the Rohrer matter and the massive amount of litigation it has generated. Rohrer, a 36 year old writer and composer, is well into his 7th  year of psychiatric lockup for an assault he committed in 2009 on a man who had been groping him. Prior to the assault a government psychiatrist had been prescribing him many of the violence associated pharmaceuticals that Moore and Glenmullen identified as such in their 2011 Harvard study. In 2014, following 3 days of trial and a two month wait for a decision, Rohrer’s legal team was finally able to get him free from forced drugging. Today, although the records from the state lockup facility declare him “asymptomatic”, it seems that at some $2400+ per day of Medicaid/Medicare billing, Ohio’s mental illness system does not want to turn him loose. The Murphy bill promises to make forced psychiatry even more federally incentivized than it already is – and harder than ever to escape from. Bob Fitrakis of the Columbus Free Press is one of John’s trial attorneys. Several international organizations have filed amicus curiae briefs in the trial court. Other than the extreme legal effort that has been put into the legal efforts to free John Rohrer his case is typical of the due process rights violations common to “mental health” proceedings- even for those who have never done anything remotely violent. Here are some links to news articles and one recent interview featuring some of the litigation that the Rohrer cases have generated:

The Real Deal interview with James Fetzer

There is also a press release posted a few months ago about the pending perjury accusations against the state’s attorney and two of his witnesses for statements they made during the 2014 proceedings in the Rohrer confinement case:

www.facebook.com/Floridastatecommunitycouncil/?fref=nf

http://www.madinamerica.com/2014/12/patients-lawsuit-claims-psychiatric-diagnosis-treatment-fraud-malpractice-torture/  

http://columbusfreepress.com/article/forced-psychiatry-ohio-part-two-%E2%80%9Ctreatment%E2%80%9D-or-%E2%80%9Clifelong-punishment%E2%80%9D

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/04/the-management-of-dissent-how-to-destroy-an-activist.html

Stop the USDA from unnecessarily destroying 10s of thousands of healthy trees.

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