Union of Concerned Scientists has a Koch Heartland blogger promoting fracking tool kit

Charlie from Ft Worth Texas copied me on his response to the Union of Concerned Scientists promoting a fracking toolkit. I agree with him that there is no such thing as safe fracking. But the shopping list of things I have been trying to get the drillers or the city to impliment to make it safer near people (in the interium from a total ban) isn’t even being addressed.

While looking at this tool kit, I noticed a blogger promoting it…her name is Deborah J Bailin and below I cut and pasted info of her affilation with the Heartland Institute who have been highly profiled in the media as manmade climate change denialists and Koch brothers funded.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “dbailin@heartland.org” <dbailin@heartland.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 11:10 AM
Subject: who to trust in that toolkit for fracking
Deborah, experienced, harmed folks are the most credible…we cannot trust local, state, or feds with our health based on the experience of affected people’s testamonies.
Deborah tell your Koch brothers that there is a shopping list of how to make fracking safer near people but I can’t seem to get it in the right hands.
Kim Feil
TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, NuisanceNo person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
or property.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “BarnettShale_GassedNGastly@yahoogroups.com” <BarnettShale_GassedNGastly@yahoogroups.com>; NCTCA Group <nctca@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: [BarnettShale_GassedNGastly] RE: Fracking, superstorms, and science: What you don’t know can hurt you
Acknowledgments
“This toolkit was informed by the discussions at our Lewis M. Branscomb Forum “Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking.”The expertise and deliberations of the working group participants helped shape this resource.
The authors thank the following individuals for their review of the toolkit: Timothy W. Kelsey of The Pennsylvania State University; Daniel R. Tormey of Cardno ENTRIX; Aubrey Miller of the National Institute of Environmental Health Scienc- es at the National Institutes of Health; Jean Goodwin of Iowa State University; Nathan Richardson of Resources for the Future; Irma R. Muñoz of Mujeres de la Tierra; John Quigley, independent contractor; Connie Lewis of the Meridian Institute; and Christopher L. Weber of the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute. Their comments and sugges- tions greatly improved it. The author also thanks Meghan Sahli-Wells for sharing the story of Culver City, Los Angeles, and Mary Ann Sumner for Dryden, New York. At UCS, the authors thank Gretchen Goldman, Andrew Rosenberg, and Kathleen Rest for their careful review of the toolkit.”
While the toolkit did not have the name Deborah J Bailin associated with it, she is however, a blogger for Union of Concerned Scientist which really baffles me.
Deborah J Bailin is a Koch product from the Heartland Institute and is not a scientist…….but again Ed Ireland isn’t a scientist either.

Deborah Bailin

Administrator, Washington, DC Office, The Heartland Institute
Phone:

202-525-5717

“Deborah Bailin came to The Heartland Institute from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she completed a Ph.D. in English in 2010 and taught since 2003. Before graduate school, Deborah taught 11th and 12th grade English at the IDEA Public Charter School in Washington, DC.
She earned her B.A. in English and flute performance from Johns Hopkins University and continues to pursue her musical interests as a member of The Cascade, a 15-piece indie rock orchestra, and through occasional studio work and classical gigs.”

Deborah J. Bailin F’12

Deborah J. Bailin
Democracy Analyst
Union of Concerned Scientists
last updated: 06/18/13
Public Fellows 2012
Ph.D., English, University of Maryland, College Park
Appointed as Democracy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

– See more at: http://www.acls.org/research/fellow.aspx?cid=f304a43b-b2bb-e111-96df-000c29a3451a#sthash.TEzxrsyS.dpuf


From: Charlie Murphy <charlie.m
To: ‘Union of Concerned Scientists’ <action@ucsusa.org>
Cc: barnettshale_gassedngastly@yahoogroups.com; nctca@googlegroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 8:25 AM
Subject: [BarnettShale_GassedNGastly] RE: Fracking, superstorms, and science: What you don’t know can hurt you

I have received many emails from your group for some time and they have been informative. However, this email with the fracking “toolkit” PDF file is disturbing.
First of all, the bottom line for gas drilling is that NOTHING is safe about the process – from beginning to end.  There may be people in gas drilling zones that “escape” the effects from toxic fumes, water contamination, earthquakes, or injury from an explosion, ,but that is not by design.   This fact should be obvious to anyone that has spent anytime reviewing this matter.
Secondly, most of this “toolkit” seems to suggest that somehow we can “manage” the emerging nightmare – and further,  that we should have some reasonable expectation of a real dialogue with our elected officials.  In my opinion, both of those assumptions are completely unfounded and very misguided.
The gas drilling industry is an invading army that all practical purposes has captured our ENTIRE government. They are not going to go away without a very serious fight.  Almost everyone from the President down to your local council person is “on board” with gas drilling and, at least publicly,  sees it as their PATRIOTIC duty to support the industry. Anyone that questions or opposes their power has been “defined” as the enemy – i.e. we are the ones that are trying to stop our government sanctioned “energy independence”.
This is not a dynamic that can be viewed in ANY manner, shape or form as an acceptable “democratic” process.  This FACT should have also been made clear in your publication.  Instead, it read like something that I would have expected to hear from Obama during a speech about energy.  For some reason which I cannot understand, Obama has forsaken his core beliefs and that is very disturbing, but as scientists, you are not obligated to accept his rhetoric.  In fact, I believe you have a serious obligation to “shatter” the illusion that our government is somehow on our side in this matter.  There is NO PROOF whatsoever that that is the case.  NONE – i.e. did no one in your organization hear that the comprehensive study by the EPA has been delayed – no explanation – no actual completion date has been given.  What more proof do you need to cry “FOUL”!
Perhaps no one in your organization has had to witness “first hand” the complete and absolute corruption of public officials, the complete and absolute denial or residents rights and the complete and absolute perversion of the rule of law.  That in itself should not have been an obstacle from providing the public with the very, very grim reality of gas drilling.
I’m sorry say that looking thru this publication left we with a very cold chill – a very disturbing feeling that somehow your organization has been infiltrated with people that want us all to understand that under the right “conditions” we can all live happily ever after with the abuses and the effects of gas drilling.  The publication even ends with a nice green field with a brand new, “nice and shinny” gas drilling rig.  I just have to say ” Are you kidding me?”.  Is this the final impression you wanted to leave with people?
The bottom line is really, really, really very simple.  FRACKING needs to STOP until there is a comprehensive, gold standard, independent study that is peer reviewed.  However, the odds of that happening are far less than one in a million because we all know what that study would say …. EVERYTHING about gas drilling is DANGEROUS!
Charlie
From: Union of Concerned Scientists [mailto:action@ucsusa.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 4:44 PM
To: charlie.m
Subject: Fracking, superstorms, and science: What you don’t know can hurt you
How will my city hold up against the next superstorm? What’s the truth about the effect of fracking on my drinking water?
Science in Action: Facts you need from experts you trust
Dear Charlie,
Fracking information toolkit
How will my city hold up against the next superstorm? What’s the truth about the effect of fracking on my drinking water? These days our communities are faced with more and more complex issues. To make smart decisions that protect the health, welfare, and environment of our communities, we need access to current, accurate scientific information. With tools like our recently-released fracking information toolkit that helps citizens and policy makers make informed decisions on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and our upcoming webcasted forum on how communities can improve prediction, response, and recovery in the face of extreme weather events—UCS is working to integrate science into community decision making so we can better plan for a healthier and safer future. —Karla
Clearly this toolkit needs to meet my shopping list.
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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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