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    After months of public pressure over the possibility of expanding fracking in the Loyalsock State Forest, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) finally held a public meeting on June 3rd at the Lycoming College in Williamsport. One leading opponent of these proposals has accepted our invitation to publish his presentation to the meeting at which he airs his real fears for the future, not just for the Loyalsock and its neighboring areas, but for our very existence at the hands of these ruthless exploiters. The gas is not going to help us or our economy – most of it will end up in China!

    My name is Dean Marshall and I live in Columbia County. I am concerned not only about the cumulative effects of continued fossil fuel extraction and use, but especially by the permanent changes this will bring to Our few remaining Natural Areas.

    I was raised in a peaceful, Forrest and Farming area of Luzerne County and taught to respect the land and All of the living things by my parents, who were raised on sawmills by their parents. Responsible use of our Natural Resources was always the priority.

    We moved to Western New York when I was nine. Growing up there was full of new lessons! By my 16th yr. there was talk of pollution, and a need to conserve our Resources before it was too late. News of soaring Cancer rates near Niagara Falls was “leaking out”. This became the wakeup call that is known as the Love Canal Catastrophe. Huge corporations, DOW, Hooker and Uni...

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    100% Recyclable Plastic is made from Old Tires

    Used tires, despite being quite notorious as a waste material, are actually not that hard to collect and recycle. You can for example, simply reuse it as raw material for road construction. Other concepts for recycling tires may even be more efficient, such as this old concept that might provide a more “flexible” tire recycling solution.

    It was the year 1995, when Swedish company EcoRub first developed a new method of recycling tires. The method primarily involves mincing up used tires. It is first cut into small bits, separating the tire from its steel and fabric components. The small bits are then ground further until it turns into a powder material. Finally, the powder material is mixed with plastic along with a special chemical bonding compound to produce a new type of rubbery industrial material. This new tire-derived material, which can be easily recycled as long as it is collected properly, can now be used for a variety of different purposes such as floor covering. Today, EcoRub’s tire recycling process it’s currently patented in Europe and in the United States. According to the report, there are at least four companies in the U.S. granted with licenses to use their system, with each company producing 15,000 to 20,000 tons of the rubbery material every year. Despite the process being more advanced and quite economical compared to other recycling methods currently available, its prevalent or widespread adoption is sti...