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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shale Truth -- from The Delaware Riverkeeper

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network's
Shale Truth Interview Series
Volume 2, Part 1
This Week: Leslie Sauer
This week, restoration expert Leslie Sauer weighs in on the destructive nature of natural gas pipeline construction and what it means for the Delaware River watershed. She warns that pipleline construction has become increasingly destructive over time, carving swaths of destruction in it's wake.

Large Machinery, Compacted Soil
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Sauer expounds on how large machinery crudely disrupts forest ecosystems and leaves soil extremely compacted. The resulting soil loses it's ability to absorb storm water and provide a suitable home for native plants.

A new Shale Truth Interview segment will be released every Wednesday on the Delaware Riverkeeper Network YouTube channel at
Andrew Berman
In our last interview, energy industry consultant, Andrew Berman, questioned the economic viability and projected growth of the natural gas industry.

Leslie Sauer
Over the nex few weeks, Leslie Sauer will discuss the environmental degradation that results from constructing natural gas pipelines.

Anthony Ingraffea

In our next interview we'll hear from Anthony Ingraffea, Engineering professor at Cornell University.  He'll explain how natural gas is not the clean, sustainable energy source many claim it to be.
Coming Soon...
With just a few minutes each week you'll be up-to-date on new information and well-respected expert opinion to further your understanding of the critical danger of shale gas development.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Still Above Ground!

Well, after a nasty scare and extended stay in hospital I'm still above ground and vertical again. If you're a gardener pretty much anywhere on the East Coast of the U.S., beware of ticks! Mine was carrying a non-Lyme bacterium that mimics malaria. It is deadly if left untreated.

Shortly before all that happened, the producer of "Appalachian House Husband", my reality show, shot some test footage just to see how Sara and I do on camera. No lighting or sound other than an in-camera mic but everyone is pretty happy with the results, as a rough cut with all the appropriate caveats. If anyone asks for a link in the comments, I'll post one.

We start shooting for real at the end of the month. Should be fun and interesting.

Meanwhile, I continue to write: several new short stories; essays on characters from my past for a memoir of my days as a young Manhattan bohemian litterateur; and the beginnings of a murder mystery featuring a gardening sleuth who could be the main character in a series, if all goes well.

Reading-wise, I've been reading novellas by Colette (5), Paul Theroux (3), Alan Bennett's brilliant "The Uncommon Reader". Also short stories by Turgenev, Pushkin, R.L. Stevenson, Karen Russell, and lots of current tales in magazines.

Still playing music, of course, though a sub was necessary for one gig when I was in hospital. Look for us @ Hotel Bethlehem August 8, 9, 10 for Musikfest. 

And yes, I still have time to grow a large and beautiful garden -- though now I cover up and spray with Deep Woods Off with Deet before venturing out.

Thank you!
Uke Jackson