May 30, 2015

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Racketeering Suit Against Chesapeake Energy

Lawsuit alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Scranton Times-Tribune, April 2, 2015

A federal judge has denied Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders by artificially inflating … Continue reading

PA Gov. Wolf Supports Drilling Moratorium in Delaware River Basin

Mr. Wolf’s proposed budget also increases funding to the Delaware River Basin Commission
By Brendan Gibbons, The Times-Tribune, March 13, 2015

Governor Wolf: Thank you for your recent comments in support of the de facto fracking ban in our Delaware River Basin and for your authorization of much-needed funding for Continue reading

PA DEP Records Show at Least 161 Water Supplies Damaged by Drilling

Sunday Times review of DEP drilling records reveals water damage, murky testing methods
By Laura Legere, the times-tribune.com, May 19, 2013

See the PA DEP Determination Letters that DCS has Obtained

Read About the Court Order in Pennsylvania DEP v. Legere, et al. that Required PA DEP to Release Section Continue reading

Are Leaking Wells Letting Methane Get Into Dimock’s Water?

Water samples taken during a recent federal investigation in the Susquehanna County village suggest that methane problems persist.
By Laura Legere, The Scranton Times-Tribune, Sept. 30, 2012

This is parallel to what is happening in Leroy, PA

Related Article:  Cabot Beats EPA to Punch on Well’s Water

More than two … Continue reading

Expert Reports Challenge DRBC on Wells Drilled Within Watershed

Delaware RiverKeeper Network (DRN), and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) were co-appellants in a Consolidated Administrative Hearing before a Delaware River Basin Commission [DRBC] Judge.

The following reports were submitted in this hearing and their sworn testimony will forever change the debate. These report have established a record for all … Continue reading

Report: hundreds of gas wells drilled near schools, hospitals

BY LAURA LEGERE, Scranton Times-Tribune

A state environmental group is calling on lawmakers to restrict natural gas drilling near places people live, learn and work after it released a study Thursday showing hundreds of wells have been planned or drilled next to schools and hospitals.

The study by PennEnvironment found … Continue reading

DRBC hearing on some gas wells will be limited after groups withdraw

BY LAURA LEGERE, Scranton Times Tribune

Administrative hearings to address the status of exploratory shale gas wells in the Delaware River watershed have been narrowed in scope, and may be canceled, after a Wayne County property owners group and the gas companies that hold their leases withdrew from the proceedings.… Continue reading

EPA creates tipline for reports of suspicious gas drilling activities

Laura Legere, Scranton Times-Tribune

The Philadelphia office of the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a toll-free tipline on Tuesday for citizens to report “unusual or suspicious” activity related to natural gas drilling.

In particular, the federal environmental oversight agency is encouraging citizens to call the non-emergency line if they see what … Continue reading