November 20, 2017

Dimock’s Dilemma

Methane found in water wells
By SANDY LONG, The River Reporter

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, PA — It wasn’t exactly a happy new year for Norma Fiorentino, a resident of Dimock whose well exploded on January 1, shattering the cement casing atop the structure and leaving the retiree without water.

Fiorentino has … Continue reading

Wildlife Expert Warns of Ecological Risks of Natural Gas Drilling

Wildlife expert warns of ecological risks of natural gas drilling
By Farm and Dairy Staff, Friday, January 30, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the unprecedented wave of deep-well, natural-gas drilling occurring across much of Pennsylvania, care must be taken to minimize impacts on wildlife and forests so critical to … Continue reading

Noise and Health



A.) Since long-term use of compressors will be needed to push the gas from the Marcellus Shale along the pipelines, and long-term exposure to the low-frequency noise (LFN) of compressors is injurious to health (Vibroacoustic Disease,VAD), the DEC will need to coordinate with the Public Service Commission … Continue reading

Local Boards of Health Have Considerable Powers in New York State

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability

According to the lead attorney for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), Richard Lippes, local boards of health in New York State have considerable powers to abate a nuisance created by gas drilling. Lippes explained that in New York State, the powers to examine and abate a … Continue reading

Small Town, Big Changes

Want more domestic energy? Take a look at how big oil and gas companies are transforming lives in a small cow-town.
By Steve Hargreaves, staff writer, October 20, 2008: 5:21 AM ET

PINEDALE, Wyo. (  — The United States is in the midst of one of the biggest domestic … Continue reading

Get Poor Slow

The River Reporter, editorial comment

We believe that letting natural gas companies pockmark our area with natural gas drill holes is a bad idea. The costs of doing so include depletion and contamination of our aquifers; noise, light and view-shed pollution; subsidence of properties under which gas is mined; fragmentation … Continue reading

Disposable workers of the oil and gas fields

If you don’t have a college degree, it’s the best job in the West. Unless you die, unnoticed.

Ray Ring, High Country News

“You’re going to obtain a job. You have to maintain a job,” a Wyoming judge told Joe Laster. “You have the ability to work. You’re a big, … Continue reading

Vibroacoustic disease: the need for a new attitude towards noise

Public Participation and Information Technologies, CITDEP

Background. The importance of information technologies in public awareness of environmental issues is especially clear when a new occupational disease is identified. This is certainly the case with Vibroacoustic Disease (VAD), a whole-body noise-induced pathology, that is not particularly related to the ear. The Continue reading