Fracking: Research Rural Land for Health Hazards

Looking for rural land to build your dream home? Be sure to research where fracking is being done. There are lots of hazards as explained in this video Fracking Hell: The Untold Story.

“An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK’s Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?

Marcellus Shale contains enough natural gas to supply all US gas needs for 14 years. But as gas drilling takes place, using a process called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” toxic chemicals and methane gas seep into drinking water. Now experts fear that unacceptable levels of radioactive Radium 226 in gas development waste.

Fracking chemicals are linked to bone, liver and breast cancers, gastrointestinal, circulatory, respiratory, developmental as well as brain and nervous system disorders. Such chemicals are present in frack waste and may find their way into drinking water and air.”


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The man who grows trees into chairs

My Son sent me this link. It is always amazing to see people that can think outside of the box. This experiment of literally “growing furniture” as a business concept is way out of the box!

“A designer in Derbyshire says he has come up with a new and dramatically more efficient way of making furniture.
Gavin Munro grows young trees directly into the shape of chairs, lamps and mirror frames.
Mr Munro’s project has been going for the past nine years and this year the first lot of trees will be harvested to be sold as the finished products.”

Bionic Soil: Turn Soil to Stone

Bionic Soil Solutions turns soil to stone

Bionic Soil Solutions turns soil to stone

I saw this on Facebook where someone said stabilizers aren’t necessary. That is usually the case. Compacted subsoil in earthbags covered with plaster is the norm. But there may be situations where stabilizers are beneficial such as in extremely wet areas. There’s even the possibility of making an earthbag stone wall without plaster using this type of construction. There’s also the option of spraying it on walls to create stone PISE. Let us know if you try this out.

“Bionic Soil Solutions International (BSSI) is the manufacturer and exclusive worldwide distributor of a revolutionary soil technology called “Lithification.” (The process in which soil is transformed into rock). This paradigm shifting technology can be used in the construction and maintenance of dirt roads and subgrade, earth blocks and earth liners.

Bionic Soil Solutions is an eco-friendly, long lasting, and sustainable product in stabilizing soils.

Lithification: a complex process involving naturally occurring chemicals, minerals, moisture, pressure and cementation, where soil gradually becomes solid rock over thousands of years.

“Bionic Soil Solution’s, environmentally friendly, Lithification Technology may be the most significant breakthrough in the history of Soil Science.”

These products greatly outperform “soil stabilization” products as they effectively transform the soil into a rock-hard, water repellent surface. The product can be used on native or insitu soil compositions, to greatly reduce the cost of importing and hauling in expensive road base materials.

We produce solutions for the surfaces of dirt roads and for the sub-grades and bases below asphalt that:
– Utilize the native or on-site soil or road base and aggregate mixtures
– Are significantly less expensive than other methods and materials in upfront and long-term costs
– Last much longer requiring only preventative maintenance
– Are green, eco friendly naturally occurring chemicals, found in the earth’s crust.

Bionic Soil Solutions “Lithification Technology” duplicates the way Mother Earth turns soil into rock, in one day rather than millions of years.”

Slideshow with lots of details and photos.

Bionic Solutions home page
Search our blog for keyword ‘stabilizer’ to find other soil stabilizing products. This includes something as basic as adding cement to make the soil harder or using bacteria to turn soil to stone.

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Business Members! Join BCSEA at the 2015 Vancouver Home and Design Show

October 22-25, 2015 | Vancouver Convention Centre

As a business member of BCSEA you have an opportunity to join us and exhibit at the 2015 Vancouver Home + Design Show - October 22-25, 2015 - in our sustainable energy feature area.

We work hard to promote the use of sustainable energy solutions, and together with our members we can help homeowners to incorporate products and services to make their next project more sustainable.  

The BCSEA feature area will be the only sustainable energy feature area at the show and will have extensive social and traditional media exposure and special recognition.  By sharing a space we will add value for any members who would like to exhibit by creating additional exposure and emphasis on the area and its exhibitors, and fulfill our purpose of promoting sustainable energy to the public.

As exhibitors you would contract directly with the show.  I’ve attached three documents from the organizers:  information on exhibiting; a floor plan showing the feature area location; and a copy of the application for a 10x10 booth.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application and forward a copy to myself and a copy to Andrew Dunne from Marketplace events (contact information attached).  

Important note: 9 exhibitors are required to create a feature area; if you are interested, please be clear on whether or not you would like to exhibit regardless, or only if the feature area proceeds as described.

Should you have any questions about the feature area, exhibiting, your booth or anything show related, please contact Andrew Dunne with Marketplace Events directly (contact information in attachments).  For anything about BCSEA, please contact Ali Grovue, Interim Executive Director.


Not currently a BCSEA Business Member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.

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How We Built A Low Cost Tornado Shelter

How We Built A Low Cost [Earthbag] Tornado Shelter by Pamela Swackhammer

How We Built A Low Cost [Earthbag] Tornado Shelter by Pamela Swackhammer

Yea, another earthbag book. Kelly and I just published our new books (see links on right side of page if you missed them). There’s this new book on building earthbag tornado shelters. Plus there’s another earthbag book coming out any day that we’ll blog about soon.

“With the weather getting really crazy we needed a tornado shelter. We didn’t have a lot of money to build one. After lots of research we decided to build an earthbag tornado shelter. This book describes how we built it with lots of pictures showing the process from the beginning to the end. It tells about where we located the tornado shelter, how we constructed the site, and how we laid the bags. It also tells about the ventilation system we used for lots of fresh air inside the shelter.”


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Earthbag Building DVD Now Available as High Speed Download

Earthbag Building DVD Now Available as High Speed Download

Earthbag Building DVD Now Available as High Speed Download

You can still order physical copies of my Earthbag Building DVD from Amazon, but now you can also get the DVD via high speed download direct from the Internet. This is ideal for those in other countries and for people who don’t want to wait ten days or so for a DVD to arrive through the mail. Plus, the cost is only $20 instead of $28. See our sales page for ordering information.

Basic Earthbag Building: a Step-by-Step Guide is a comprehensive DVD created by Owen Geiger.

The first part of the DVD provides clear, simple explanations of each step of construction, and includes full coverage of the tools and supplies needed to complete any sized project.

The second part documents the construction of a cool pantry, which uses the same basic steps as most any other earthbag structure. Watching the construction of an actual project is key to understanding the whole process, and will enable you to see how all the steps and parts go together.

Order the earthbag DVD now with direct download and save $8. (Scroll down the page below my earthbag book.)

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