What's in the Air along Rockwell Road?

What's in the Air along Rockwell Road?

This should give you an idea. Read on...

This should give you an idea. Read on...

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekend Weminiscing - 26 July 2014

Several years ago, I began a series of posts I called "Weekend Weminiscing." I noticed recently that Facebook has something going on called Throwback Thursdays.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I say: Copycats!
Anyway, I've decided to scan the external hard drive once again and take a slow saunter through the archives, focusing on pics taken in 2008.

From RiverFest 2008

From March 2008 along the Susquehanna River

Above: A pic of my Dad below a painting of his Mom.
Below: Pics of my father-in-law's 80th Birthday party in February

Below: April 2008 at the Tubs 

October 2008: My daughter receives an award for her Susquehanna documentary about our fight against the inflatable dam.
P.S.: WE WON!  

Below: At the Osterhout Museum - February 2008

 Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Two years downstream...

Two years ago today, a methane survey was conducted along Rte. 414 in Bradford County, PA. The equipment used was the most hi-tech gas detection technology on the planet.
The results were documented in this study.
I took a small loan against my 401k account to fund the field survey, as I felt very strongly that what I witnessed during several trips to the area between late May & July 22nd  needed to be documented.
And here we are, two years later, and all the "experts" out there are still scratching their scrotes - so to speak - and the clueless and/or industry-backed naysayers are alive and well.

Check out the 40+ comments on the article I linked to yesterday.
Within the next two months, I will be conducting my own field survey on the Susquehanna River in Bradford County. Where there once was methane bubbling in the river, I believe there is now fracking fluid oozing from the streambed. So do a few others.
Right or wrong, I will report my findings here.
 All pics above were taken 22 July 2012.
Stay tuned...and Happy Friday!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rockwell Road: In Stunned Bewilderment...

I sit in stunned bewilderment as I continue to read articles like this.
I found this closing quote - from one of the "scientists" - especially troubling:
"I don't know what, if anything, can be caused by fracking,” he said. “But I think we should find out."
All they need to do is read this report.
And if the light bulb is still on dim, they should get out of the game.
The NG folks must be convulsing in laughter all the way to the bank.
And that is truly sad.
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Issue Addressed, Issue Resolved

The "Notice of Violation" from the Wilkes-Barre Department of Health has been addressed and resolved. They consider the matter closed. Five hours of hacking & whacking weeds got the job done.  
Enough on that issue.

I remember a time when neighbors in the Mayflower section of Wilkes-Barre would extend a helping hand instead of lobbing salvos.
Guess those days are long gone.

Thanks for the card, Nicole. I'm doing just fine.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Yes we have...

For a variety of reasons, the garden I planned this year didn't materialize.
However, a pumpkin I cut up last fall and threw into the garden/compost heap decided once was not enough.
With a vining plant that is threatening to take over the back yard, I've now got ~8 volleyball-sized fruits visible so far, and they're getting plenty of water, bone meal, fertilizer and sunshine to keep them growing.
I'm looking forward to late September and harvest time.
Happy Friday!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

ᓄᓇᕗᑦ - Within a Gentle Rain

Several weeks ago, my sister mentioned that she had recently added a sunrise paddle to her bucket list. For a myriad of reasons, that trip will have to wait until the early fall...but I countered with:

 "How about a twilight paddle?"
That happened last night @ Mauch Chunk Lake near Jim Thorpe, PA.
Above: Dee ( GAR '76 ) in my Point 65N Tequila modular kayak.
We saw a mature bald eagle. Check.
We heard bellowing bullfrogs...on both sides of the lake. Check.
We heard unidentifiable noises in the woods along the shoreline.
Check...and paddle faster.
 My sister had never heard a bullfrog in the wild, but had seen bald eagles on one of our prior trips on the Susquehanna several years ago. Her initial response to hearing the frog only a few yards away:

"And that would be a...? "
For those that visit often, you know I've been paddling for quite a few years. I've been on the water at least once in every month of the year...in driving rain, snow squalls, before sunrise and after sunset. I've experienced hypothermia and impending heatstroke. I've been on Mauch Chunk Lake (MCL) at least twenty times over the years, and I think this was my 5th or 6th night paddle.
As we were paddling west along the ~2 miles of shoreline, I noticed a line of darker clouds and what appeared to be a veil of rain approaching. It was still off in the distance, and when we turned around and started paddling back toward the boat ramp, I didn't think about it again, until I heard a noise that was quite unlike anything I've experienced on the water before.

Once you get well past the camping area - toward the ~southwestern end of MCL - it gets very quiet....especially at night. After sunset, there was almost no wind, and the lake's surface eventually was like a sheet of glass; the only noise and ripples being caused by our kayak and the brief resonance of my wooden paddle and I pulled it through the water.
At times, that sound created by wood & water - and the vibration I felt in the paddle itself - seemed to slow time to a crawl and connected me to the universe.

I wish I could bottle that moment.
Anyway, I'm not sure exactly when I first heard it, but after a few seconds, I swung the boat around to face the source of the sound, which I can best describe - after thinking about how I would recreate it - as a thousand grains of sand hitting a sheet of waxed paper; one at a time with ever-increasing frequency. And in the middle of a lake with almost no other background noise except some chirping birds...it seemed to be approaching us from every vector imaginable.  
The lake directly in front of us was still, and off in the distance, perhaps 50 yards away, we could see a line in the water approaching us, stretching from shore to shore. It was not a driving rain. It was just a very gentle wave of rain that lasted only a few minutes, after which the lake became calm again and we eventually saw a few stars overhead as the sky began to clear. 
Wet? Yes.

Soaked? Not even close.
The super moon everyone has been talking about eluded us, but missing that was not a major disappointment in my book.
For those that have never been to Jim Thorpe (PA) or MCL...make it a destination for some future weekend trip. You will not be disappointed. The lake and surrounding park are clean, and the far shoreline - opposite the two boat launching areas - is about as wild as it gets. There is a walking path, but in 20+ years, I've never seen anyone using it...especially at night. 
You can rent kayaks or bring your own, but if you do...you will need a PFBC sticker.
Here are a few pics from our dusk to dark paddle.

Above: Facing ~west along the far shoreline
Below: Chemtrails @ sunset...how lovely.
Above: The eagle was perched in this snag. Great vantage point.
Below: Work of Nunavut water gremlins?
Below: Snack stand & beach/swimming area @ night.
Bucket list: minus one.
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“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods 
        Thanks, Dee.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Don't worry; "It's just mud..."

And you believe them?

Check out the article below that I just received in the mail today that was published in a Bradford County (PA) newspaper last week. Unfortunately, you now have to pay for them online, otherwise I'd provide a link.

My thanks to the radical environmental extremist group for the heads-up. I'd like to give you credit for sending the article, but you need to stay off the radar screen...for now.

For those that are not familiar with Wilmot Township and the ongoing problems there, check out this prior post.

Yep - Chesapeake strikes again, almost 4 years later. First, the river was bubbling methane all over the place. Now...the rest of the muck has found its way to the surface.

Think about this; how much of this "mud" is oozing into the Susquehanna River following the same pathways that the methane did beginning in September 2010?

Looks like another road trip to Sugar Run is called for, because if it's there, I'm going to find it and spread the word.

BTW...the DEP is useless.

Enjoy your weekend, folks.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PFBC: Susquehanna Sick

As if we didn't know this already.
Anyway...as long as Toxic Tom Corbett is in office and his hand-picked puppet heads the DEP, the Susquehanna River will never achieve "impaired" status.
Read more in a recent article here.

As many who visit know, this is the longest running blog on the planet that covers, for the most part, issues involving the Susquehanna River. I have a degree in the earth & environmental sciences, had some - actually many - excellent teachers along the way, and have forgotten more about the science behind the issues of the day than the vast majority of Johnny & Janie come-latelys profess to know.
Although I always try to find the silver lining in everything that appears to be on the right track, the recent antics of some of these "pro-environment" wannabes are wearing very thin with this person of advanced youth.

Forewarned is forearmed...as they say.
P.S.: To the folks from Virginia that stop by from time to time,
stick this in your risk assessment matrix:
I've been to the other side, and I still hear voices.
 I'll be back.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thoughts at Sunrise: Nosce te ipsum

"There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope."
Bernard Williams
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Whenever possible, I love to start my day watching the sun rise.
This morning, I was serenaded by my avian friends and renewed by the rising sun.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

PA: Being Raped in Broad Daylight

More wells contaminated...more lies promulgated.

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"Those investigations have not been finalized and because of that, we've had to move a little slower than we normally do," Mr. Poister said.

Slower than normal?
Conceptually impossible for this blogger to fathom.
BTW - Mr. Poister works for PA's DEP.
Read the entire article here.
Thanks to Don Hopey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for reporting this issue.
Oh, by the way, in case you missed it:
"In January, the DEP approved a drilling permit for a second well on the Kalp pad."

ONCE AGAIN, Tom Corbett and his cast of cronies should be dragged from office.

Want to read more about "environmentally sound" WPX ( f/k/a Williams E&P )?

From their website:


Click on this link for more.