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Sunday 26 October  
Artist's impression of one of the Dutch mountain designs

Earth Beat - Out of Place

On air: 3 February 2012 3:00 (Photo: ANP/Die Berg Komt Er)

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Earth Beat, 3 February 2012. Things that, at first glance, seem a little out of place. Like turning water into fire, or a man who can make a gas-guzzling car drive like it’s a green dream machine, or building a mountain in the Netherlands. Out of place, but not out of mind. Comment on the show.

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Jessica Ernst watches the Encana rig drilling under her land
Jessica Ernst watches the Encana rig drilling under her land
Fracking: between a rock and a hard place - listen to a longer version in new player

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method of extracting gas trapped in rock below the surface of the earth, involving water, sand and chemicals. The practice has expanded rapidly in the last couple of decades and it seems that wherever there’s fracking, there’s water contamination. Jessica Ernst lives near a fracking operation. She used to work as an environmental consultant for Encana, the gas company that’s doing the fracking, and she tells host Marnie Chesterton the story of how her life, water, and land has changed since fracking began. More photos below. Read more: Ernst v. EnCana Corporation

Natural gas producer Encana allegedly directional drilling under Jessica Ernst's
Natural gas producer Encana allegedly directional drilling under Jessica Ernst's land
Video: My Water's on Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song) from Studio 20 NYU in collaboration with ProPublica.org.

Watch the trailer of a documentary about fracking in Jessica’s town of Rosebud: Burning Water.

(The ERCB, Alberta's energy resource regulator wouldn't comment on Jessica's case, but provided this link to information about Alberta’s regulatory framework on unconventional oil and gas resources: Answering Your Questions About Our Energy Resources)


It’s not fracking’s fault - listen to a longer version in new player

Encana personnel watch Jessica watching them
Encana personnel watch Jessica watching them
David Pryce, the vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, tells Marnie that the practice of fracking is safe, and that the water going bad has to do with the drilling, or other things, and not the chemicals or gas involved in the process.


Fracking: should we be scared? - listen to a longer version in new player

Larry Cathles is a geologist at Cornell University.

He discusses whether fracking is a sound method for removing gas deep underground, what the risks are, and what life might be like without it.


Eric Powers with his 2002 Honda Insight
Eric Powers with his 2002 Honda Insight
The Hypermilers going the distance to save gasoline - listen in new player

SUVs may be the car of choice for many Americans, but a group of 'green' drivers have started to take back the streets. They call themselves 'hypermilers'.

Eric Powers, who regularly achieves 60 miles to the gallon in his hybrid car, tells Marnie why slowing down is the name of the game. More photos, stats and tips below.

More: Green Drive Expo’s MPG Challenge.


Guerrilla Grafters
Guerrilla Grafters
Guerilla grafters - getting barren trees to fruit in San Francisco - listen in new player

The streets of San Francisco are lined with beautiful blossoming trees - but city laws require them to be sterile so they’re merely ornamental. So a group of gardeners have taken matters into their own hands.

Armed with masking tape and small cuttings from real trees, they’re grafting these onto branches in a bid to help the trees bear fruit. More photos below.

We spoke to one of these so-called 'guerilla' grafters about why free food will soon be ripe for the picking. For more, watch this video or visit the Guerrilla Grafters website.


Artist's impression of one of the Dutch mountain designs
Artist's impression of one of the Dutch mountain designs
Mountain high in The Lowlands - listen in new player

The idea of a mountain in the low-lying Netherlands is as incongruous as discovering a tulip growing naturally at the top of Mount Everest.

Thijs Zonneveld wants to change that and his idea to create a man-made mountain in his home country is gaining in popularity.

He talks to Marnie about the benefits of such a large-scale construction. More photos below.

More at the Die Berg Komt Er website (Dutch)

  • An Encana rig crashed over due to an underground blow-out, allegedly at the depth of the community&#039;s fresh water supply<br>&copy; Jessica Ernst - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Encana allegedly fracturing a gas well above the Base of Groundwater Protection, near Jessica Ernst&#039;s land<br>&copy; Jessica Ernst - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Picture of Eric Powers&#039; dashboard after a commute into town, showing 100.3 mpg for 59.8 miles<br>&copy; Eric Powers - http://www.greendriveexpo.com/
  • Hypermiling stats achieved in Eric Powers&#039; Honda Insight (1/2). He says: &quot;It is from when I first had the car so it&#039;s not the reflection of my best stats.  I got better at my techniques and improved my gas mileage after this.  Also, most of these readings were in the wintertime, when gas mileage is at its worst.&quot;<br>&copy; Eric Powers - http://www.greendriveexpo.com/
  • Hypermiling stats achieved in Eric Powers&#039; Honda Insight (2/2)<br>&copy; Eric Powers - http://www.greendriveexpo.com/
  • The Top 10 Tips to Increase Your Fuel Economy<br>&copy; Green Expo Drive - http://www.greendriveexpo.com/
  • Sidewalk cherries<br>&copy; Guerrilla Grafters - http://guerrillagrafters.org/
  • Cherry branch leafing out<br>&copy; Guerrilla Grafters - http://guerrillagrafters.org/
  • Pear blossom on grafted branch<br>&copy; Guerrilla Grafters - http://guerrillagrafters.org/
  • Grafting fruiting onto flowering cherries<br>&copy; Guerrilla Grafters - http://guerrillagrafters.org/
  • Pears growing on grafted branch<br>&copy; Guerrilla Grafters - http://guerrillagrafters.org/
  • The taping method<br>&copy; Guerrilla Grafters - http://guerrillagrafters.org/
  • Artist&#039;s impression of one of the Dutch mountain designs<br>&copy; ANP/Die Berg Komt Er - http://www.diebergkomter.nl/
  • Artist&#039;s impression of one of the Dutch mountain designs<br>&copy; Die Berg Komt Er - http://www.diebergkomter.nl/
  • Thijs Zonneveld<br>&copy; Die Berg Komt Er - http://www.diebergkomter.nl/

Discussion

Matricia 18 June 2014 - 9:18am

It was very interesting to see the image that you have shared here about the Earth beat and I have heard the audio clip, which was shared here and got more information about the thing, which was trying to focus on this article.
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Justu 18 June 2014 - 5:23am
CedarCreek 6 February 2012 - 10:46pm / Canada

I listened to this documentary on late-night CBC radio. Loved the juxtaposition of views. Very powerful.

Anonymous 11 October 2012 - 11:47pm

i know right

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Earth Beat 7 February 2012 - 10:16am / Netherlands

Thanks for the comment CedarCreek, nice to hear. Why not check out some past shows - just click here for the show archive.

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