November 20, 2017

Ridge’s Firms to Get $900,000 for Pushing Marcellus Drilling

Ridge’s firms to get $900,000 for pushing Marcellus drilling
By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Monday, August 02, 2010

HARRISBURG — Former Gov. Tom Ridge and a team of other officials at his two consulting firms will be paid $900,000 for a one-year contract as strategic advisers to the Marcellus Shale … Continue reading

Forum Discusses Gas Industry Money Impact on State Politics

Forum discusses gas industry money impact on state politics
By Charles Schillinger (Staff Writer), The Times-Tribune, July 23, 2010

A hundred people gasped in anger and shock as Dimock Twp. resident Craig Sautner raised a milk jug of his brown drinking water at the back of a conference room at … Continue reading

Gas Pains

Pennsylvania, reeling from a budget crisis, exploits—at any and all costs—what might be the largest U.S. natural gas deposit. The results could be disastrous.
By Ted Williams, Audubon Magazine

Earth hadn’t seen its first dinosaur when an enormous river system finished dumping its sediments over what is now Pennsylvania, West … Continue reading

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets

 Alex Kaplan and James Brownin, Common Cause Pennsylvania

The Campaign Contributions & Lobbying Expenditures of the Natural Gas Industry in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has often been described as the “Wild West” of campaign financing. Ours is one of only eleven states that do not limit campaign contributions, and the state’s … Continue reading

Natural Gas Politics

Natural Gas Politics
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, May 26, 2009, 8:14 a.m.

Four years after Vice President Dick Cheney spearheaded a massive energy bill that exempted natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws, Congress is having second thoughts about the environmental dangers posed by the burgeoning industry.

With growing … Continue reading

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water
by: Chris Hedges,, Monday 25 May 2009

In the musical “Urinetown,” a severe drought leaves the dwindling supplies of clean water in the hands of a corporation called Urine Good Company. Urine Good Company makes a fortune selling the precious commodity and running public … Continue reading