Geothermal update 9/12/13 on behalf of Bob Petricci….BAN FRACKING on HAWAI’I ISLE!!!

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> Geothermal update 9/10/13
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> Aloha
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> ACTION ALERT
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> We need Testimony….Please let people know Brenda Ford has introduced bill 129 to ban fracking in Hawaii County. Bill 129 will be heard by the Hawaii County Council on Sept 17th at 1:30pm.
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> From our friend Shannon Rudolph
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> BAN FRACKING on HAWAI’I ISLE!!! Tuesday, Sept 17th ~ Bill 129
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> With "Act 97", geothermal hydraulic fracturing IS ALLOWED anywhere in Hawai’i, not just Puna. Sneaky State Legislators took away home rule for all counties to zone for geothermal and gave that power to themselves)

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> Mahalo Brenda Ford!
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> ***PLEASE SEND TESTIMONY ON BILL 129 NOW:
> counciltestimony
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> Watch LIVE at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupyhilo
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> We really need you to – COME IN PERSON or go to one of the satellite offices if you can, and please tell your friends!!!
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> The bill would prevent companies from injecting fluids deep into the ground to release or access resources.
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> Fracking is mainly used on the mainland to access natural gas. While the Big Island may not have any natural gas resources, the practice of fracking can be used by geothermal companies to widen cracks in rocks underground to access heat sources.

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> The practice is also known as enhanced geothermal.
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> A penalty of $1,000 per violation would be enforced.
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> The legislation, Bill 129, could be heard as early as Sept. 17.
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> For more on this story, see Saturday’s Tribune-Herald.
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> http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/tribune-herald-news-flash/councilwoman-introduces-anti-fracking-bill.html

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> If people come and support Brenda, I think we can pass bill 129. There will be strong opposition so we do need your help. The alternative is unacceptable. Tell your family and friends Pohoiki is one of the places where fracking is likely to be tried…..Lets just ban it now….. We need your help to do it.

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> Tuesday, Sept 17th
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> Bill 129 will be in the Ag, Water, and Energy committee at 1:30 p.m.
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> ~ BAN FRACKING on HAWAI’I ISLE!!! ~
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> Watch for more details soon, please help us organize for this one……..
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> The March on HELCO was awesome, thank again for supporting PPA and standing up for Puna……….Now lets ban fracking and work for a moratorium on further geothermal development.
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> The March on HELCO and meeting with Jay Ignacio led PPA to call for a geothermal moratorium. The findings of the soon to be released Adler Health Study Report also support a geothermal moratorium until the recommendations are implemented. The Adler report establishes frequent accidents and releases, occur and are compounded by regulatory, and monitoring deficiencies that expose the surrounding communities to unknown health risk. The report also found the current emergency response plan will not work and needs to be updated to add new response and notification capabilities. Civil Defense has already started working on some upgrades to monitoring and response capabilities. We are going to work to stop any further geothermal development permitting or contracts until the community health is protected, at present it is not.

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> Finally the report recommends several health studies be done to determine what the health impacts of geothermal are on the surrounding communities and on native Hawaiians . We believe expanded geothermal development present a variety of ongoing risk, problems, and dangers to Puna that have never been addressed. We want a moratorium on any further geothermal development until the study group recommendations are implemented.

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> We need to set the tone for the state and the other counties by banning fracking in Hawaii County. We can do this but we are going to need your help…..Please mark it on your calender, and tell your friends…..

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> Thank you
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> Bob
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> Save Pohoiki Keep PUNA Clean and GREEN
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> Barb Cuttance
> Secretary
> Puna Pono Alliance
> PO Box 492668
> Keaau, Hi 96749
> www.punapono.com
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> Member: Hawaii Alliance (HA) – Working for all Hawaii
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> 1+ 808 339 4344
> Skype: Barb.Cuttance
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> Save Pohoiki Keep PUNA Clean and GREEN
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> Barb Cuttance
> Secretary
> Puna Pono Alliance
> PO Box 492668
> Keaau, Hi 96749
> www.punapono.com
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> Member: Hawaii Alliance (HA) – Working for all Hawaii
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> 1+ 808 339 4344
> Skype: Barb.Cuttance
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