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The Marcellus Shale and Fracking.....

  The Latest News & Links to inform you 

Newest ones are at the top

5-22-17  How one small town is fighting back  One small town has relentlessly fought not to be fracking victims while oil and gas interests profit  by sacrificing their lands and their health    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-a-small-town-is-standing-up-to-fracking-w482577

 5-15 -  The Socio-Economic Impacts of Shale Drilling :  http://www.multistateshale.org/forum-shale-boomtowns

9-14 Court ruling: Local government has a constitutional charge to protect the environment and quality of life for its citizens http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/prnewswire/press_releases/Pennsylvania/2014/09/03/DC03055

8-13    Families are being forced into settlements with gag orders---  now even the children's rights are being imposed upon in order to keep the real facts hidden.  http://now.msn.com/fracking-gag-order-prevents-two-children-from-discussing-fracking-for-life/

7-13    XTO, an Exxon subsidiary lost a case in Virginia on Water pollution and is now being charged in Pa with pollution of the water -  http://www.allgov.com/news/controversies/obama-administration-sues-exxon-for-polluting-pennsylvania-drinking-water-with-toxic-fracking-waste-130724?news=850650

6-13   In June 2013  the Pa Democratic State Ccommittee voted to support a moratorium . http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2013/06/16/6-15-13-pa-state-democratic-committee-passes-resolution-to-support-fracking-moratorium/

6-13    The vice-chair - Montco's Penny Gerber is opposed to the Moratorium they passed - Here is a little insight into  the connections http://frackorporation.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/natural-gas-media-seep/

6-13   Missouri Lawyer Brings Nuisance Claims to Fracking Arena
 http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-06-11/missouri-lawyer-brings-nuisance-suit-strategy-to-fracking-case

 1-27-13   So who is in charge of fracking wastewater, anyway?  No one wants to raise their hand .. USGS report that found that produced water from the Marcellus shale was 3,609 times more radioactive than the federal limit for drinking water and 300 times more radioactive than a Nuclear Regulatory Commission limit for industrial discharges to water.  .http://www.timesonline.com/news/local_news/so-who-is-in-charge-of-fracking-wastewater-anyway/article_35fec56b-a13d-57ea-88d1-705a2c577129.html

12-12   A Whistleblower, former gas worker , tells about the dangers for gas workers and the prevalence of violations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0on1TiO4DU&feature=youtu.be

12-12   More Natural gas exports changing  the picture on the risk benefit analysis.
We are risking our air, land and water resources for the benefit of others   http://www.prwatch.org/node/11897

12-12    Two newspapers persist and appeals court finally agrees to unseal the records  in  a court case against  the fracking industry. http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2012/12/07/appeals-court-agrees-with-newspapers-in-sealed-fracking-case/

12-12   Penn State  published three papers commissioned and paid for by the shale gas industry as independent research reports. These contained a host of highly exaggerated predictions on jobs, economic development, and tax revenues and profoundly influenced the legislative debate in Pennsylvania in favor of the gas industry and to the detriment of the commonwealth.http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2012/09/25/shuold-penn-state-lose-accrediation-for-marcellus-shale-advocacy/

12-12    W Va Gas Pipeline explodes - damaging 5 houses nearby -
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/11/west-virginia-gas-explosion/1761757/

12-12  Rep Jesse White continues his pursit of information about the DEP's method of withholding the information about the water quality from the residents who should have gotten it  . EPA Secretary Krancer has not answered the concerns.  http://www.scribd.com/doc/115765009/Letter-from-State-Rep-Jesse-White-to-DEP-Secretary-Michael-Krancer-with-concerns-about-water-quality-testing-near-Marcellus-Shale-drilling-sites  

12-12  Fracking chemical used in US linked to organ damage
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/fracking-chemical-used-in-us-linked-to-organ-damage-8373866.html

11-12- A Federal Judge rules that the gas company can't force landowners to extend their lease beyond  expiration http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/federal_judge_rules_that_chesa.html

11-12 Excess greehouse gases detected near fracking sites
http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-australia-fracking-leakage-20121116,0,7039884.story

11-12 Trio charged with illegally dumping thousands of gallons of frackwater -
http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/585805/Trio-charged-with-illegal-frack----.html

11-12 - Fracking and Radium  it will persist for thousands of years  - "Once radioactive material comes out of the ground along with the gas, the problem is what to do with it. It  lasts for thousands of years, and it is virtually impossible to eliminate or mitigate"   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karl-grossman/fracking-and-radium_b_2096539.html

11-12    DEP/EPA  has been withholding news of hazardous chemicals found in drinkink water samples . So that although tested and known, the homeowner never received the news of the hazardous results.
A chart showing what was done  http://www.scribd.com/doc/112140436/942
The deposition of the DEP employee http://www.scribd.com/doc/111821978/Taru-Upadhyay-Depo
A letter to EPA director Krancer explaining what was done by DEP  http://www.scribd.com/doc/111821139/Krancer-Letter

11-12   Act 13 is challenged officially in Court    Robinson, Peters, Cecil and other counties and Boroughs and the Delaware Riverkeeper have sued the Commomwealth, the Attorney General, the EPA,  etc in Court over Act 13  which sought to take away the right for the localities to have any say in  the zoning issues regarding the drilling in their municipality . http://www.scribd.com/doc/87252080/Act-13-Challenge    

11-12 Fracking Chemical list compiled from industry submissions   http://www.scribd.com/doc/112124338/PA-Chemical-List or http://www.scribd.com/doc/112140436/942

10-12  Fracking Law now allows drilling on PA campuses, despite small details like the fact that over 82,000 well went completely uninspected, and of those inspected there have been thousands of spill, accidents, explosions etc .  And university study , policies and the education itself will be subject to the fracking dollars http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/pennsylvania-fracking-law-opens-drilling-college-campuses

10-12 Pa Parks Director Norbeck  says he was forced out by Corbett  Administration  due to their philosphical differences including timbering, mining and drilling for gas on state parklands
   http://pipeline.post-gazette.com/news/archives/24835-pennsylvania-parks-director-says-he-was-forced-out-by-corbett-administration

10-1-12  
The Global Picture  picture for our nation -  what are the consequences of deciding to frack          http://theglobalist.com/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=9765

10-1-12  NY has postponed fracking
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/nyregion/with-new-delays-a-growing-sense-that-gov-andrew-cuomo-will-not-approve-gas-drilling.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121001&_r=3&

9- 27-12  Phila City Council unanimously passes a resolution to oppose Act 13, which was denied recently but then immediately appealed by Governor Corbett.  Abington and all towns need to lift their voices  in order to tell the courts that we want to retain our rights to control oil and gas operations in our community and to zone as we determine  suits the health, safety and  welfare of our residents. http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/its-unanimous-philadelphia-opposes-act-13-affirms-law-is-unconstitutional/

9-23-12   As soon as the ample supply of oils brings the cost of fuel down, the energy companies seek to broaden markets and increase the competition     
http://articles.philly.com/2012-09-24/business/34041775_1_american-public-gas-association-natural-gas-export

 

Read these in Chron order as they were posted - newest at the end

 Where are the PA Shale wells ?- who is drilling? - how much gas it is producing?-
          any violations at the well cited by the Department of Environmental Protection?
          Updated each month as DEP releases new data.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/drilling/

What is the Marcellus Shale   
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2009/3032/pdf/FS2009-3032.pdf

More on what the Marcellus Shale is  
http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml

Comprehensive resources site listing counties, wells, gallons of waters, companies drilling etc - There are over 4,000 graphs available at the site covering permits, violations, production, and gas companies - at the state, county, and township levels.some info had with only email registration. Full access by $20 membership  http://www.marcellusgas.org/  

Comprehensive Overview - Thee process of fracking & equipment used -  Names of Drilling Companies- political contributions & what  the latest news is including spills, accidents etc
http://www.marcellus-shale.us/

Water rights and the law - an in- depth review. http://www.wvsoro.org/resources/marcellus/Weston.pdf

An open Letter to Communities Working to stop Fracking  
 
http://www.celdf.org/open-letter-to-communities-working-to-stop-fracking 

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Damascus Citizens file a federal lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)  challenging certain wells were allowed to be  drilled without DRBC review and  approval  despite a Basin-wide moratorium on gas wells:
http://www.damascuscitizens.org/DRBC-lawsuit.html

DEP'S factsheet  
http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/Get/Document-77964/0100-FS-DEP4217.pdf

DEP  - 14000 inspection violations in 2010
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/oilgas/OGInspectionsViolations/OGInspviol.htm

PA drinking water at risk - frackwater discharges into creeks and other water sources a concern
http://enews.earthlink.net/channel/news/print?guid=20110103/4c990ad5-caf9-4c7e-92c7-2a3ca5c9fa00

About Directional Drilling  
http://www.naturalgas.org/naturalgas/extraction_directional.asp

Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/GHG%20emissions%20from%20Marcellus%20Shale%20--%20with%20figure%20--%203.17.2010%20draft.doc.pdf

A Frank Discussion  by a Geological Consultant  
http://www.aspousa.org/index.php/2010/07/interview-with-art-berman-part-1/
 
 A round up of News Clips
( similar to this list )  - which gives you the latest Marcellus news
     http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=19773


5-10  Foreign Investment by China, Norway and Japan among others  could have far-reaching effects  
http://www.usainbounddeals.com/2010/05/articles/deals-developments/international-players-vie-to-invest-in-marcellus-shale-projects/  

Chief Oil and Gas Subsidiary Pays $34,000 Fine, Surrenders Permit after Discharging Industrial Waste Illegally in Lycoming County .     More than 25,000 Gallons Discharged to Big Run Watershed.
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/newsroom/14287?id=15849&typeid=1

FLIR footage of a compressor in Dimock that shows the emissions into the air in color. None of the emissions are visible to the eye. First see the naked eye view here:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1435205338799
Then see the same site but with a FLIR camera to show the emissions:
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1435179698158

1-11    Pictures of Hickory PA and discussion of the  problems fracking has brought
http://www.donnan.com/Marcellus-Gas_Hickory.htm

1-11 Philadelphia bans purchases  of Marcellus gas
pending EPA review due in 2012- Jan 18, 2011 (Reuters)
Philadelphia officials  directed a city utility not to buy natural gas from the Marcellus. The unanimous vote followed a decision by the Pittsburgh to ban hydraulic fracturing
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN1813865220110118

A Report Card on the Contract Makers for the drilling companies - the Landmen 
http://www.landmanreportcard.com/lrc/

Diesel Fuel Used in Fracking - no permits - no data on proximity to drinking water supplies  
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/energy/7406933.html

2-11 The state of permitting and drilling in the Delaware River Basin -
permits by Feb 2011
http://weeklypress.com/delaware-river-basin-commission-to-release-fracking-rules-this-week-p2282-1.htm


 2-11 The
Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is being charged with irregularities in their review and
approval process, in addition to the many other concerns with the process:
http://www.damascuscitizens.org/DRBC-lawsuit.html 


2-11 Bradford County residents see home prices fall  85% because of water issues
http://thedailyreview.com/news/resident-tells-bradford-county-commissioners-not-to-forget-gas-drilling-problems-1.1110270 

2-11 In Dish Texas, in the Barnet Shale, a Mayor leaves his town  fearing fracking affecting family's health. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/24/mayor-calvin-tillman-leav_n_827478.html

3-11 Hancock New York commissions a view of their town before and after the gas drilling
http://www.osiny.org/custom/HancockAndTheMarcellusShale.pdf

 3-11 EPA will order testing at PA treatment plants and drinking-water intakes, and Clean Water Action and  Three Rivers Waterkeeper plan suing two sewage treatment plants for violations of the federal Clean Water Act and for not having a proper permit to discharge industrial drilling waste into rivers. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/science/earth/08water.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
 

 3-11 Map: click on the point where the frackwater enters the river and see how far downstream the next public water supply is located: http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_national/marcellus-water/index.html?SITE=AP

2-11 Governor Corbett lifts the ban on fracking in State Forests 
 
      http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/energy/2011/02/Marcellus-forest-leasing-moratorium.html

3-11 Bradford County Home explosions in the area of gas & oil drilling
(search page for "House Explosions" or scroll down to pictures of houses

 http://solomonswords.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20110301%2FNEWS02%2F303019951%2F-1%2FNEWSSITEMAP

3-11 The press was excluded
from meetings about the Bradford County Explosions

http://www.centredaily.com/2011/03/16/2586142/pa-newspaper-excluded-from-meeting.html

3-11 The Devil’s Details about Radioisotopes and Other Toxic Contaminants in Marcellus Shale Flowback Fluids
and Their Appearance in Surface Water Sources and Threats to Recreationalists, Private Well Water Users, and Municipal Water Supplies
http://www.fractracker.org/2011/03/devils-details-about-radioisotopes-and.html

3-11 Truckers dogde Frack wastewater regulations
The PA  House  rejected an amendment that would put more regulators on those hauling frackwater
http://thedailyreview.com/news/house-rejects-fracking-wastewater-amendment-1.1115576

3-11 Pennsylvania Limits Authority of Oil and Gas Inspectors
:  inspectors policing Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania will no longer be able to issue violations to the drilling companies they regulate without first getting the approval of top officials.
http://www.propublica.org/article/pennsylvania-limits-authority-of-oil-and-gas-inspectors
( this was finally overturned late April or early May 2011 -
http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/pennsylvania-dep-rolls-back-approval-process-for-shale-violations/ )

3-11 Other states look to Pennsylvania to learn from Marcellus Shale errors -Maryland among those thinking twice about permitting process or even allowing wells  Spokesmen for gas companies contacted  did not respond, nor did DEP officials. http://www.bayjournal.com/article.cfm?article=4050

3-11 Drilling could be costly to residents   http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/04/post_187.html

4-11 - Fraccidents 
Earth Justice map of fracking accident locations   http://marcellusprotest.org/new-fraccidents-map
  or  http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/pennsylvania-and-fracking 

4-11
Test wells not properly capped - wells drilled through the years all over the country  were abandonned uncapped & are cusing leakage and build up of gas leading to explosions and evacuations. The cost to cap them, even if they COULD find them all, is astronomical. Countless more will be generated in the Marcellus. New York has managed to plug only 125 of a possible 40,000  http://www.propublica.org/article/deteriorating-oil-and-gas-wells-threaten-drinking-water-homes-across-the-co

4-11 Shale gas may be worse for climate than coal
  http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-04-12/new-report-suggests-shale-natural-gas-worse-climate-coal

4-11
- Selling off the Shale gas in overseas markets -  like beads for Manhattam
     
 http://www.tradereform.org/2011/04/marcellus-shale-gas-may-head-overseas/ ).

4-11 Greenhouse gases produced by the extraction and use of the methane obtained by hydrofracking. It may be just as polluting as coal   (http://thehill.com/images/stories/blogs/energy/howarth.pdf ).

5-11 Emissions next to a school http://www.youtube.com/GasDrillingTruth#p/u/0/h4u7e_5NtYg

5-11 Fracking accidents map  - PA has the most --- the state with the most to lose environmentally, and the most lax in regulation and enforcement: . And, the gas industry is just getting started here! http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/fracking-across-the-united-states

5-11 Toxic Spills    In 2010, there was 1,155,265 gallons of toxic spills from oil and gas drilling In Pennsylvania. That does not include the 53 million gallons of Marcellus toxic fracking fluid waste in 2010 DEP reports that is still "unaccounted for" in PA.nor other damage
http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/cbs-evening-news-april-12-2011-oil-gas-industry-spills-happen-all-the-time/
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/17/us-rivers-idUSTRE74G75P20110517

5-11 Susquehanna River in NY, PA and MD tops list as nation's most endangered river due to drilling & fracking
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/17/us-rivers-idUSTRE74G75P20110517

5-11 Sullivan County Drilling Map w/well locations. So far, 110 permitted, 100 listed, as of May 9, 2011. 
 Total planned = 1500 multi-well pads, 5500-6500 wells, 100 compressor stations.   
http://gmaps.kaeding.name/saved/SC_20110511

5-11  France moves toward ban on hydrofracking
 - Policymakers recognize the dangers

    http://www.policyshop.net/home/2011/5/13/france-moves-toward-a-ban-on-hydrofracking.html

5-11  Texas politicians knew agency hid the amount of radiation in drinking  water

http://www.khou.com/home/-Texas-politicians-knew-agency-hid-the-amount-of-radiation-in-drinking-water-122205439.html

5-11 Right of Eminent Domain   use given to gas drilling companies even though the beneficiaries are NOT necessarily the public, but only certain companies ........   http://citizensvoice.com/news/drilling/puc-gives-nod-to-eminent-domain-power-for-pipeline-company-1.1149410#axzz1NCOVvUYR

5-11  Frackwater  affecting farms -  Sandra Staingraber spoke before a hearing of NYS lawmakers about the effects of frack water on children's health by way of food that is grown and produced locally as  frack water impacts the quality of water used by farms 
http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Legislative-panel-questions-industry-on-1398225.php

5-11  Democracy Now video with update on all the latest developments including  interview with Sandra Staingraber on the health crisis surrounding natural gas extractiion
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/27/sandra_steingraber_on_the_health_crisis

5-11 New study  finds frackwater polluting drinking wells
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fracking-for-natural-gas-pollutes-water-wells&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_TECH_20110511 

5-11  How gas leases threaten the mortgage process - Bank white paper on property valuation & financing

  http://www.spectraenergywatch.com/blog/?p=1272

6-11 Oil Company Shareholders Vote Against  Irresponsible Fracking in Record Numbers
 http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/shareholder-resolutions-fracking-gain-traction/

6-11 
Prices Fall for Some Gas-Rich Shale Land

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/10/business/10views.html?_r=1

6-11  Gas Co Lobbyists offer freebies to get testimony. A night in Pittsburgh with free airfare, free lodging and free food for telling  the Department of Energy how natural gas drilling has improved their lives.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11162/1153032-503.stm#ixzz1P0RRsa9W

6-11 Doylestown PA  posts warning that lifting moratorium on fracking before EPA has finished conducting safety studies can have severe consequences for the Delaware River as per examples from 2 other severely damaged PA rivers http://oneifbylandbuckscounty.com/story_day.php?p=storyday

6-11 Federal Regulations Lacking  - Frackers enjoy many exemptions from Clean Air, Clean Water and Safe Drinking Acts and from hazardous waste regulati
ons  

http://www.ewg.org/gas-drilling-and-fracking

6-11 Blown Out Gas well --- property  owners  have contaminated water - read note below article to see that  more than sodium  was detected http://www.wnep.com/wnep-brad-epa-briefs-homeowners-living-near-blown-out-gas-well-20110623,0,3576612.story

7-11  An Insider's View as to how politicians, landowners, stockholders and all of us, essentially, are being duped by gas drilling companies and entities http://my.brainshark.com/Ponzi-Gas-Frackers-8298212?v=73

7-11  A round up of News Clips
( similar to this list )  - which gives you the latest Marcellus news
     http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=19773


7-11 Bradford County, PA-
fish kill of 250 fish- 80families without water- request for a phone hotline to report water

 and other contamination issues denied, so there's no way to collect verifiable information 
 http://www.rocket-courier.com/news/content/commissioners-defer-contamination-issues-dep  ~

7-11 Penn State  study was sponsored by a lobbying group representing gas companies. The study was reportedly commissioned by Marcellus Shale Coalition   ( an industry organization)  for $100,000
.  The article is being used as proof that fracking would be beneficial, but statistics, for instance about the enormous number of jobs created, are at odds with  statics from the Dept of Labor and Industry   http://mediamatters.org/blog/201107250008  ~

7-11 Bradford County residents finding that they are unable to remortgage their homes for case out because the drilling companies that  bought the mineral rights have mortgaged these - so they are already mortgaged to the hilt. http://thedailyreview.com/news/ward-gas-company-financing-is-preventing-residents-from-getting-mortgages-1.1182565

8-11 Video clip showing the utter devastation
caused by drilling industry vehicles alone in Pine Creek Valley PA.
With less than 50 drilling sites currently , the truck count on the mountain roads  is counted at 750-1500 in 24 hr period --- 7 days a week. This is a clip from the movie Groundswell  ( info@resolutionpictures.com)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZZQxe6FiGA&feature=youtu.be

8-11 Gas in the US is NOT owned just by American companies, but is in many cases a joint venture with foreign countries like China, India, Norway, the UK, Japan, and South Korea.Multinational corporations hold no allegiance to the US, the American people, or the American economy - but serve their shareholders and their corporate 'bottom line'. We will ultimately end up buying American natural gas from foreign entities on the global market and competing with the highest bidder. https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AttP1cRHZ8J_dGc1SFp4OHlEQ3UtVVl2UDlLYkxxM3c&authkey=CMP4r_QI&hl=en_US#gid=0

8-11 Lawsuit filed to complete analysis before drilling moves forward in the Delaware River Basin
 http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/resources/PressReleases/FINAL_GroupPressRelease_FrackingLawsuit_8_2_11.pdf

9-11  Hydrofracking may be the biggest environmental threat that Pensylvanians will face in this generation
 http://www.lhup.edu/rmyers3/marcellus.htm 

9-11 Peters Township Pa tries a new approach - attempting to ban Fracking by putting it on the ballot in Nov
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903648204576552861902466194.html

9-11 Kevin Heatley , biohabitat restoration specialist from PA presenting  in Hammondsport, NY  9-15-11.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21Jxw-HiEXE

9-11 "Fracking is toxic for kids, suit says" http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2011/sep/15/fracking-toxic-kids-suit-says-20110915/ & http://epaper.arkansasonline.com/Repository/getFiles.asp?Style=OliveXLib:ArticleToMail&Type=text/html&Path=ArDemocrat/2011/09/15&ID=Ar02704&Locale 

10-11  Quarantined Cows Give Birth to Stillborns
http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/dead-calves-and-silences-quarantined-cows-gave-birth-to-stillborn-calves/

10-11  Expert Says Quakes in England May Be Tied to Gas Extraction http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/science/earth/22fracking.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

11-11 Fossil Fuels are subsided at 6 times the rate of renewables

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/09/3256775/fossil-fuel-users-subsidies-six.html#ixzz1dJ8rIJl2  

11-11  - Gas Companies Caught Using Military Tactics To Overcome Drilling Concerns
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/11/11/gas-companies-caught-using-military-strategies-to-overcome-drilling-concerns/#comment-118626

12-11 Legislation drafted by activists to criminalize the act of fracking in New York http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/13/criminalize-fracking/ http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/7866-criminalize-fracking  http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article636201.ece
 
12-11 Cabot (Oil & Gas Co)  water deliveries to replace contaminated water in Dimock have been stopped - Dimock residents with contaminated water see solutions  http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/december-6th-action-save-dimocks-water-deliveries-testify-at-compressor-station-hearing/
 
12-11  Philadelphia Inquirer, "DEP: Protecting Water or Gas?"  Duke University researchers  take on PA DEP Secretary Krancer's claim of "biased science" . Peer-reviewed  research  found conclusive evidence of "higher methane, ethane, and propane concentrations in some drinking water wells near drillingsites."  DEP's mission is to "protect Pennsylvania's air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens"  http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20111202_DEP__Protecting_water_or_gas_.html

12-11 New York Times, Ian Urbina's "Learning Too Late of the Perils in Gas Leases" reveals the dangerously irresponsible terms gas drilling companies impose on unwary, often poverty-stricken landowners . Residents with water contaminated by drillers learn the company is not legally obliged to provide them with clean water -verbal claims are not part of the written lease.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/02/us/drilling-down-fighting-over-oil-and-gas-well-leases.html?_r=1&hp 

12-11  Some actual figures on the amount that fossil fuels are subsidized while many claim that “solar and wind" are not cost effective and need to be subsidized http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11341/1195110-113.stm

12-11 Information about the Bakken oil "boom" - not quite what it is being hyped up to be
http://www.green-planet-solar-energy.com/bakken-oil.html

12-11  Frack fluids are found to be contaminating drinking water
 http://ecowatch.org/2011/fracking-compounds-found-in-drinking-water


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11 Where are the PA Shale wells ?- who is drilling? -etc- how much gas it is producing?- any violations at the well cited by the Department of Environmental Protection? Updated each month as DEP releases new data.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/drilling/

12-11  Deadliest energy sources in the world  http://www.desmogblog.com/chart-deadliest-energy-sources-world

1-12 -  'Super Fracking'- drill further, faster and bigger. Doctors call for a moratorium.
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/like-fracking-youll-love-super-fracking-01192012.html no longer content to frack - they want to employ a method of blasting deeper into dense rock to create wider channels with technology, branded as "DirectConnect" . Land-based rigs renting for up to $30,000 a day- so disintegrating plug balls have been  invented to reduce time of retrieving plug balls .  Another technique, called "HiWAY",  can generate bigger cracks in surrounding rock. The number of customers using HiWAY in North America has grown 10 times  in the past year. Halliburton, the No. 1 provider of fracking services, rolled out RapidFrac, to blast open multiple holes at one time.  Doctors called for a federal moratorium on the technique in populated areas until the health effects are better understood.

3-12 Multiple Municipalities will  proceed with lawsuit against state Marcellus law (Act 13) http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-west/south-fayette-authorizes-lawsuit-against-state-marcellus-law-627562/

3-12  Chesapeake  Energy was founded and grew rich on the land speculation  - and was  funded  by hyping the endless supply of gas which helped create a possible  fracking " bubble" . If the bubble bursts, Chesapeake,  who is covering 10 billion in long term debt, as well as homeowners , manufacturers, etc., will send new shockwaves through our economy. They are engaged in trying to increase demand and boost gas prices by promoting cars and power plants that run on natural gas, and by cutting deals to export gas to Europe and Asia, where prices are five times higher than in the U.S. So much for America's energy independence.
 http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-big-fracking-bubble-the-scam-behind-the-gas-boom-20120301

3-12    CELDF Statement on Fracking & Act 13 declaring  Act 13  takes control from communities.
http://celdf.org/downloads/CELDF_STATEMENT_ON_ACT_13_MARCH_2012.pdf

4-12  Fracking Warnings:  Those who signed leases and  were once for the fracking "boom", now experiencing the  problems
that the fracking has brought.  The fracking companies still not taking responsibility. 
http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-36481-from-fracking-heavy-region-women-bring-warnings.html

4-12  Geologists say Ohio quakes directly tied to fracking Process uses deep wells in rock to dispose of liquid wastes during natural gas drilling  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45903873/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/geologists-say-ohio-quakes-directly-tied-fracking/

5-12 Clean Water action issues report on fracking using info from the EPA website 
 
listing  Total Violations for 201 :  1,192 Notices of Violations were  issued but 93% of them or 1,105 went unfined  ( give that some thought when you hear the DEP say it doesn't have enough money for  its work )  // Total Fines Collected $2,452,988  --so a great deal of money was not collected - enforcement actions will continue to cost taxpayers rather than violators .  The source of the statisics used was the  PA Department of Environmental Protection website as of May 1, 2012    http://www.cleanwateraction.org/files/publications/pa/Enforcement%20report%202011.pdf

7-12 A most touching and video showing how the water that has been poisoned has affected lives . Butler County residents health and financial conditions have been decimated.  The Woodlands by Rich Waters from Jackson Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcUyuFjx0IU

7-12  Thousands from across the nation unite in Washington to protest  fracking and gas and oil drilling that is affecting our health, safety and welfare     http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall/thousands_of_americans_unite_i.html

7-26-12   State Court Strikes Down Limits on Local Zoning for Gas Drilling (click to read article )   which would enable  twp, borough, town, municipality, etc., to write local zoning laws that best protect themselves aagainst some of the insults of oil and gas drilling and the ruling would also have struck down  the right for the DEP to grant any waivers, exceptions, and exemptions from state mandated set-backs, and allows communities to set, and enforce their own set backs. Click here to View the Post-Gazatte  Article  It is important that the people of pa learn the names of the justices that are voting in the interests of the people .  But the Fracking Victory today - a great day for people to know that all the efforts they put into awareness  and action can have meaning - was rendered useless the next day……

7-27-12 The fracking victory striking down Act 13 was short lived --  as anticipated  Corbett has appealed click to read . 

8-12 Chesapeake energy firm's data so filled with errors the database rejected it  http://www2.whlt.com/news/2012/aug/21/pa-okla-energy-firms-data-filled-with-errors-ar-4385692/a

8-12 National Map of Fraccidents *What other industry, business, or entity would still be allowed to operate with this many accidents and violations?  http://www.frackalert.org/index.asp?page=64  

9-12  What gas drilling is doing to individuals and their rights. One man's experience with a gas well the legal 200 feet from his property line - 24hr noise and lights.  Judge for yourself if it is right. If it is legal, where are the legislators who can correct that? Or who care about the pollution of the land the air and the water and the peaceful enjoyment of our property . Theses rights  belong to us all. https://vimeo.com/26927533

9-4-12 Pennsylvania Drilling waste being sent to Ohio is high in radium.   http://www.ohio.com/blogs/drilling/ohio-utica-shale-1.291290/study-says-pennsylvania-drilling-waste-high-in-radium-1.331703

9-12  Josh Fox is interviewed by  Elliot Spitzer  
1st interview  http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/a-contaminant-to-our-democracy-gasland-director-josh-fox-warns-of-the-dangers-of-fracking/    
2nd interview http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/gasland-director-josh-fox-its-up-to-the-people-to-say-no-to-fracking/

 


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