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In contrast, the wheel turns slowly in the video on the right. That's my house. The temperature outside is over 90 degrees, but inside it's a tolerable 78. Fans keep air moving. Light-blocking shades cover the windows.
Every joule of energy we burn matters. The price for refrigerating your house pets while you're away all day is air pollution, and water pollution. Record-breaking, planet-heating carbon dioxide levels.
Add to that the environmental cost of hydraulic shale fracturing, using not just water, as its name implies, but a mix of toxic chemicals including hydrochloric acid. And now the frackers are going to drill in the Loyalsock (Lawisaquick) State Forest surrounding Worlds End State Park.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan has announced a public meeting on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3 at Lycoming College in Williamsport. The meeting will be held in Wendle Hall, Academic Center, off of Mulberry Street. If unable to attend the meeting, people can submit written comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DCNR press release says, "As a result of a 1989 Commonwealth Court decision, about 25,000 acres of the Loyalsock State Forest are in a unique and complex situation in terms of surface ownership and rights."
While the DCNR states the drilling is "possible," not definite, without a doubt the frackers will drill. But their days are numbered, thanks to people like Dr. Noubar Afeyan. This pioneering biologist modified an ancient bacteria to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into fuel. These one-cell wonders can make gasoline. They can make jet fuel. They can make diesel and it's clean -- no sulfur. No unleashing of carbon that was long stored underground -- they use carbon dioxide already in the air.
These cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are grown in clear tubes in sunlight. No farmland needed. The water they use is recycled into the atmosphere when the fuel they make is burned.
While oil and gas companies are busy destroying eco-tourism, water quality and rainforest in Pennsylvania, it's empowering to know many people are working to create better ways.