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Fracking Presents Big Problems That Towns Have Little Authority to Fix - Governing

News Feed - January 31, 2017 - 2:08pm

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Fracking Presents Big Problems That Towns Have Little Authority to Fix
Governing
Hydraulic fracturing generates a lot of low-cost energy, but as has been widely reported, it carries with it troubling liabilities. Most of those involve an environmental price paid by the areas where the drilling takes place and oil or natural gas is ...

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Scotland launches consultation on fracking - Reuters

News Feed - January 31, 2017 - 11:01am

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Scotland launches consultation on fracking
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LONDON Jan 31 Scotland has launched a consultation on whether to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction such as fracking, its government said on Tuesday, with a vote expected at the end of the year. Substantial amounts of shale gas are estimated ...
Scottish fracking consultation launched - BBC NewsBBC News
Fracking could boost petrochemical industry, say SNP ministersHerald Scotland
Scottish Government opens consultation on frackingHolyrood.com
ITV News -Motherwell Times -The National
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Fracking chemical recipes could be kept secret in Virginia under bill passed by House - Richmond.com

News Feed - January 30, 2017 - 5:15pm

Richmond.com

Fracking chemical recipes could be kept secret in Virginia under bill passed by House
Richmond.com
FILE — In this March 25, 2014 file photo, a worker adjusts hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas well, near Mead, Colo. The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA has been roiled by turmoil during its first week under Trump, as members ...

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Florida Fracking Ban Bill Draws Bipartisan Support - InsideClimate News

News Feed - January 30, 2017 - 5:02pm

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Florida Fracking Ban Bill Draws Bipartisan Support
InsideClimate News
He said in a recent statement: "The United States is the leading producer of oil, natural gas and refined product in the world, and the decades-old technique of hydraulic fracturing has led to lower energy costs for consumers and improvements in the ...

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Intel: Anti-Fracking Enviros Are Funded By Vladimir Putin | The Daily ... - Daily Caller

News Feed - January 30, 2017 - 11:16am

Intel: Anti-Fracking Enviros Are Funded By Vladimir Putin | The Daily ...
Daily Caller
President Vladimir Putin's Russia is funding and supporting anti-hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, environmental activists, according to an intelligence community ...

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9442 Citizen-Reported Fracking Complaints Reveal 12-Years of Suppressed Data - EcoWatch

News Feed - January 30, 2017 - 10:57am

EcoWatch

9442 Citizen-Reported Fracking Complaints Reveal 12-Years of Suppressed Data
EcoWatch
Guess what was found in Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) filing cabinets after gas operators drilled 10,027 fracking wells over the last 12 years? Only 9,442 citizen-reported fracking complaints. And 44 percent of those are ...

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MarcellusGasInfo water complaint = terrorist act???

Recent Gas Drilling News - June 26, 2013 - 9:45pm

first TransCanada gets Nebraska law enforcement to go along with the idea that protesters are "terrorists"

Now an environmental official warns residents that complaining about contaminated water is equivalent to an act of terrorism.

Seriously – if I wrote this $#!+ as a fiction novel an editor would laugh my ass out of the office! "No one would believe this!" he’d cry.

Yeah- well tell that to the folks in Mount Pleasant TN.
http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/06/tennessee-environmental-official.html


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MarcellusGasInfo EPA soliciting comments on oil & gas wastewater treatment plant

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 24, 2013 - 11:39pm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a Clean Water Act settlement with Fluid Recovery Services, LLC (FRS), which operates three wastewater treatment plants in western Pennsylvania. The settlement resolves discharge permit violations associated with the treatment of wastewater generated from oil and gas extraction activities.

The public has 40 days to comment. http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/05/public-has-40-days-to-comment-on-gas.html


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MarcellusGasInfo Ingraffea @ Oneonta Foothills 05-30-13 flyer and facebook event link

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 24, 2013 - 11:20pm
Dr. Anothony Ingraffea is coming to Oneonta on May 30, 2013. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning about shale gas. Also, if anyone knows members of local municipalities who are looking to learn more about shale, feel free to pass this along to them.

In case anyone is looking for the flyer to print for posting, it can be downloaded here- https://archive.org/download/Whynotshalegasny53013/whynotshalegasny5-30-13.pdf

There is also a facebook event page here- https://www.facebook.com/events/465165506911878/
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MarcellusGasInfo what living in a gas field is really like

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 18, 2013 - 10:00am

A couple days ago one of the Williams Compressors in northeast PA had a fire (and possibly explosion). When it went quiet, residents could hear the things they’ve been missing….

http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/05/three-nights-living-in-gasfield.html

Any elected officials, landowner group representatives, farmers who drive down and return to town boards saying "oh, you can’t even tell they drilled " – please read! It’s not about what you see/don’t see. It IS about what you: hear/don’t hear; drink/don’t drink; smell/don’t smell. AND it is about how you can be criminalized by corporations.


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MarcellusGasInfo XTO Plans to Put Drill Cuttings in Hyland Landfill

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 18, 2013 - 10:00am

The Hyland Landfill in Angelica, NY is part of XTO Energy’s drill cuttings disposal plan. This is important to consider in connection with the landfill’s pending application to expand capacity, which will be discussed at tonight’s meeting at 7:00 pm at the Belfast Public Library, 75 South Main St., Belfast, NY.

See full map at “How frack waste will travel,” The Chronicle, Chester and Goshen NY, May 15, 2013, http://chroniclenewspaper.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130515/NEWS01/130519948/How-frack-waste-will-travel


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MarcellusGasInfo Landfill Expansion Mtg., Belfast, Fri., May 17, 7:00 pm

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 16, 2013 - 11:50am

Tomorrow, Friday , May 17, 2013, 7:00 pm, the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County are holding a public meeting at the Belfast Public Library, 75 South Main St., Belfast, NY to discuss the application of the Hyland Landfill in Angelica NY to expand its capacity by almost 50%. The Hyland Landfill has been taking drill cuttings from PA for several years. Attorney Gary Abraham will provide background on the risks of radioactivity, and what the citizens of Allegany County can do to object to further accumulation of radioactive waste in our landfills.

Gary says, “Despite the high radioactivity measured in the Marcellus shale, Hyland maintains that it does not accept radioactive materials. Hyland’s attorney Tom West is also the attorney for Chesapeake, a major player in PA’s shale gas development. Radioactive elements dissolve and can be expected to be in the fluids captured from the landfill that are sent to waste water treatment plants in Wellsville and Bath, NY for dilution and release into local drinking water sources. The treatment plants are unable to remove radioactivity from landfill waste water. These radioactive elements lose half of their destructive powers every 1,600 years and will be a health hazard for many generations to come. Radioactivity bioaccumulates, so maximum concentrations over time will occur in fish caught in the Genesee and Cohocton rivers, to which the treated waste water is discharged.”

Notice of the expansion application is posted on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130508_reg9.html#902320000300002.

Aerial photo below of the Hyland Landfill, 6653 Herdman Road, Angelica, NY, from maps.bing.com.


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MarcellusGasInfo Wetterling Well in Owego – plugging the leaks

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 15, 2013 - 10:38pm

Thanks to intrepid Gerri Wiley and others who FOILed DEC, we now know that the Wetterling Well has been leaking since last October – starting just a couple days after completion. I’ve posted a short piece
http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/05/wetterling-well-short-lived-leaky.html

Tom Wilber also received the FOILed documents and has this to say:
http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/2013/05/efforts-to-test-marcellus-in-upstate-ny.html

meanwhile, intrepid citizen journalist Vera Scroggins has been finding out what’s up with methane in drinking water in Bradford County. For letters you don’t want to find in your mailbox:
http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/pa-dep-determination-letters/


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MarcellusGasInfo 05-04-13 PA: “What boom? Industry pundits claim thousands of jobs will be cre ated, but numbers dont quite add up”

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 6, 2013 - 11:15pm
http://www.timesonline.com/news/energy/what-boom-industry-pundits-claim-thousands-of-jobs-will-be/article_8ec3ff50-6e38-516a-b7a1-d7b758801d20.html

What boom? Industry pundits claim thousands of jobs will be created, but numbers don’t quite add up

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 11:00 pm

By Rachel Morgan ShaleReporter.com | 5 comments

Industry, legislators, geologists — even the press — called it a game-changer.

They predicted it would create hundreds of thousands — even millions — of jobs. They talked about energy independence, waves of new industry flocking to the area. But today, years into the Marcellus shale boom, the numbers tell a different story.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is now higher than the national average.

The state lost 5,800 jobs last year, ranking 49th in the nation for job creation. The latest government data shows that Marcellus shale development brought about 6,362 jobs annually to the state, which accounts for less than 0.5 percent of the workforce.

If the out-of-state license plates on energy company trucks are any evidence, there’s seems to be a good deal of imported labor working in the Marcellus shale region.

So where is the Marcellus shale boom?

THE NUMBERS

According to Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry statistics, the state’s unemployment rate is now 7.9 percent — more than the national average of 7.5 percent. There are 32 states with lower unemployment rates, data shows. This year’s state unemployment rate is also higher than last year’s 7.6 percent.

Pennsylvania also was one of only seven states with unemployment rate increases, the department said. And they also expect Pennsylvania’s rate to keep rising, predicting an unemployment rate of 8 percent by the second quarter of this year.

However, the state’s March unemployment rate (the most recent available) was slightly lower than February’s rate of 8.1 percent. Department of Labor and Industry officials said Friday that state unemployment rates for April would be released May 17.

Experts say that the Marcellus boom may not be as big as the talk that surrounds it.

“The Marcellus is an important new industry, and there’s certainly no question that is has, over the last several years, created employment in Pennsylvania,” said Mark Price, labor economist for the Keystone Research Center. “But it remains the fact that employment overall in that sector — you’re talking about something that is less than 0.5 percent of the workforce … a tiny portion of all the jobs.”

Yet industry groups such as the Marcellus Shale Coalition continue to tout the industry’s job creation, citing numbers in the millions for new jobs created by shale.

“Employment in the entire upstream unconventional oil and gas sector on a direct, indirec and induced basis will support nearly 1.8 million jobs in 2012, 2.5 million jobs in 2015, 3 million jobs in 2020, and nearly 3.5 million jobs in 2035,” said Marcellus Shale Coalition spokesman Travis Windle.

When asked why the unemployment rate is rising despite natural gas development, Windle said that you can’t blame the unemployment rate on just one segment of the economy.

“While the natural gas industry continues to grow — and its number of associated jobs will certainly ebb and flow over time
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MarcellusGasInfo Appellate division upholds Towns right to ban fracking

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 6, 2013 - 11:13pm

Home rule wins the day. No conflict between zoning and the Environmental conservation laws say appellate justices.
http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/05/ny-appeals-court-towns-can-ban-fracking_2.html


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MarcellusGasInfo more on farmers in the frack zone

Recent Gas Drilling News - May 1, 2013 - 9:30pm

My newest article on the impacts of fracking on farmers is in the June/July issue of Organic Gardening. There’s s’pozed to be a vidoe – that’s coming along soon.

"Caught in the Drill Zone"
http://www.organicgardening.com/living/caught-in-the-drill-zone?page=0,0


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MarcellusGasInfo protesters ask: who are the trespassers?

Recent Gas Drilling News - April 28, 2013 - 8:38am

If a foreign company comes onto your land, pollutes your air and water, hides details important for regulating them, and you protest – just who is the one in the wrong?
http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/04/seneca-protesters-ask-just-who-is-doing.html


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MarcellusGasInfo another letter from Sandra

Recent Gas Drilling News - April 25, 2013 - 9:36am

you get a lot of time to think when you’re in jail…. and in this letter Sandra addresses concerns to her fellow cancer survivors.
http://marcelluseffect.blogspot.com/2013/04/letters-from-chemung-county-jail-4.html

She, and Melissa and Michael, were released early this morning (just after midnight), and I’m sure they’ll have a lot to say at the press conference this afternoon (1 pm in Watkins Glen)

Meanwhile, she sent one more letter out, which I’ll post tomorrow.


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