Fracking on the New Madrid Seismic Zone a No Go

If you haven’t heard, a company is trying to obtain a fracking permit in White County. That’s extremely close to the New Madrid fault line. If you don’t know about the history of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, it’s 150 miles long and has been home to four of the largest earthquakes in the history of North America.
If that doesn’t concern you, you better research the history. The 1811-1812 earthquake cluster is historic. One of these earthquakes sent the Mississippi River upstream.


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We cannot afford to set this fault line off by human activity.

Public comments against this permit are only allowed through June 27th. This is more important than any Russian investigation.

This is about safety, security, the economy, lives, and our children’s futures.
Check out this news report from The Southern. This is serious.
“The application has been assigned a review number of HVHHF-000001. The well to be known as Woodrow No. 1H-310408-193 is proposed to be permitted for the production of gas, located just north of Enfield in White County, Illinois.”
If you wish to submit a comment, you must do so by 5:00 PM, June 27th.
“Citizens wishing to enter a comment should mail correspondence to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Attention: Oil and Gas Regulatory Staff, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, or email them at”  You must use the review number above in your email or in any correspondence.
You may not agree with climate change science, global warming, or much else. We all know earthquakes happen. Most of our small communities are not prepared for a medium intensity earthquake, let alone one that is over 8 on the Richter Scale.
Here are the addresses and links again.

Hearing Officer Oil and Gas Regulatory Staff Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Legal Counsel, Attention: HF Hearing Officer Daniel Schuering, 1 Natural Resources Way Springfield, IL 62702
or email

Department of Natural Resources, Attention: Oil and Gas Regulatory Staff, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702
or email

Woolsey Operating Co. LLC, HVHHF Registration Number HVHHF-00003, 125 N. Market St., Suite 1000, Wichita, KS 67202
or e-mail:

The Trump-Pence Carrier Deal Reality Check

It’s all about jobs. As with most issues, verification is more important than trust. Remember that (in)famous Carrier deal that Trump and Pence cooked up to save 1,400 jobs? It required $2 million in tax breaks (you know who actually pays for those).

Now, Carrier has announced they are eliminating 632 jobs (moving these to Mexico). This is far below the bad deal Trump-Pence made with taxpayer money.

They don’t care about jobs, raising wages, and making your families’ lives safer, more rewarding of your hard work, and worthy of your vote.

Let’s challenge ourselves and all incumbents in the coming year and a half. We have to do better because we deserve better.

Indiana Business Journal

Coles County Democratic Chair’s Video Message

Posted by Coles County Democratic Message on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This is a new “project” Paul is doing to introduce or reinforce our political process for those that are curious. In a world of “alternative facts” Paul goes back to the basics to sort through some of the political, partisan muck that is out there.

Please watch the video and share if you feel inclined to help us spread the word.