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[Allegheny County] Council staffer listed concerns in gas deal

From the Pgh. Post-Gazette:
Allegheny County Council approved a $500 million drilling deal despite concerns raised by a senior staff member that weren't shared before the vote.

Three of council's 15 members, including the president, received a memo over the weekend from director of legislative services Jared Barker that posed serious questions about the contract with Consol Energy to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport.

In a version of the memo forwarded among council members the day after the vote, Mr. Barker listed 27 questions he'd want answered before giving further advice. Among other concerns, he questioned the length of the lease, who would control the contract and how the land would be taxed.

None of those questions had been addressed publicly, he wrote.
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Over 200,000 comments to DOE on LNG exports

Thanks for your efforts in contacting the DOE about exporting natural gas. The Sierra Club reports that over 200,000 comments were made. Here are some of the highlights from the Sierra Club story:
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New Auditor General will begin with Pa DEP

On his first day in office, [Pennsylvania] Auditor General Eugene DePasquale notified the head of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that a performance audit of water programs related to the development of the state’s shale gas reserves would begin next week.
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Flares of fracking are visible from space

From NASA, via NPR:

This is odd. Take a look at this map of America at night. As you'd expect, the cities are ablaze, the Great Lakes and the oceans dark, but if you look at the center, where the Eastern lights give way to the empty Western plains, there's a mysterious clump of light there that makes me wonder.
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Money, politics and pollution in fracking country (Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Kevin Sunday, DEP spokesman, said that the governor's office never contacted either the company or the agency about the issues at Sunbury. He added that even with the ruling that Moran didn't need a permit, the company must still obey all Pennsylvania pollution laws - and DEP is enforcing those and will continue to do so."
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What's WRONG with 'Promised Land'?

In our newsletter, we looked at "What's true in this film's story?" For a different look -- at what's wrong with the movie (as well as what's right) -- read this review from Alex Lotorto.
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Study declaring fracking 'safe' is withdrawn

Fracking decisions loom as study declaring it safe is withdrawn

From the story at the (Oklahoma City) Journal Record:

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Fracking's impact on hospital costs

Gas field workers cited in Pa. hospital's losses
From '' (a Gannett newspaper company, serving Binghamton, NY)

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Cincinnati passes unanimous local control resolution

City Council unanimously passes resolution calling for local control of fracking
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Bayou Frack-Out: The Massive Oil and Gas Disaster You've Never Heard Of

Reported in TruthOut (Dec. 6, 2012): Industry and state regulators ignored warning signs, then deflected blame when a salt cavern in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, collapsed into an 8-acre sinkhole.
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