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To All First Time Visitors

I've noticed a significant increase in the number of first time visitors in the past 30 days.

First & foremost: Welcome!

As a brief intro; I've been blogging since 1999. I have a degree in Earth & Environmental Science, and have twice taken the Susquehanna River to the #1 spot on American Rivers annual "Most Endangered" list; first in 2005 and again in 2011. I stopped counting when I hit the 2,000 mile mark paddling on the Susquehanna.

When it comes to my favorite river and the environmental challenges it continues to face, I've forgotten more than most of the newly-ordained "experts" out there. To that end, I've scaled back my public activism over the past few years out of sheer frustration at the (mostly) clueless cacophony coming from the new crop of wannabes seeking their 15 seconds of...whatever.

Unfortunately, I'm getting restless again.

Stay tuned.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Fires in the Fields: Leroy Township

For all you amateur geologists, and not so amateur geologists, here are a few pics from my recent trip to Leroy Township in Bradford County.

Above: Exposed bedrock in a creek just below the hotspots in the woods. What say you; 70 degrees or so?

Below: Along Rte. 414 a little further east. Whole lotta tilting going on.

Anyway, I took another trip to Leroy Township because a good friend told me the streams and land were still bubbling away...two full months after the May 19th event at the Morse Well Pad. We were already planning to be in the Wyoming Valley on Sunday...so I kept heading north.

I would like to thank my longtime friend and the local gents ( and their sons ) who took time out of their Sunday afternoon to show me the sites in the videos below. I really appreciate it.

To my unnamed friends: I fully agree with you. This isn't right, and the DEP and Chesapeake - including that Aubrey guy - WILL ANSWER for what they think they're getting away with. It's getting the word out with videos like this and by allowing the scientists access to these sites that will make a difference. I'm holding out hope for the other media folks that have recently visited, but I'm not one for waiting too long. It's one of my many, umm, faults.

Below: Towanda Creek is still bubbling away on 7/22/2012.

So...here we go.

I won't be nominated for any awards, but I will be in the running for unwise behavior and playing with fire.

upstate rockwell road 07-22 034 from Don Williams on Vimeo.

Flaming Hotspot in the Woods - Leroy Township on 7/22/2012 from Don Williams on Vimeo.
The woods are bubbling methane in Bradford County. This spot is ~1/2 mile from the infamous Morse Well Pad.

Methane Collected in Woods - Leroy Township - 7/22/2012 from Don Williams on Vimeo.
The two jars were placed directly over the bubbling spots in the woods documented in the videos above. Watch the kick from the second jar. You think it's safe to be breathing that? How much methane are the people in the Towanda Creek Valley along Rte. 414 being exposed to?

That's it for now. The real scientists are on their way. 
The world needs to know what's happening not only in the Towanda Creek Valley in northeastern PA, but everywhere in the Marcellus Shale Zone.
Trust me....we're working on it.

1 comment:

  1. You have all the hard-to-get ingrediants to bottle "Eau de PA Flambé" to make a statement.

    Print some fancy-looking bottled-water labels and paste them on 6-packs of bottles and fill with adulterated water.

    Post a video on Youtube of a waiter opening and flaming the drink.