July 23, 2017

3 Years Left to Turn the Corner on Global Warming

a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020
By Andrew Freedman, Mashable, June 29, 2017

The next three years will effectively decide the fate of our planet’s climate. This is the stark message of a new commentary in the journal Nature by several high-profile Continue reading

Fracked Gas Exposes Families in PA and NY to Radioactivity

GAS FROM THE MARCELLUS AND UTICA SHALE PLAYS EXPOSE FAMILIES IN PA & NY TO RADIOACTIVITY.

TELL THE DEC TO TAKE ACTION!
Comments are due by July 5!

See DCS letters to NYC Speaker Quinn regarding radon in fracked gas.

The DEC is proposing amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 380Continue reading

PA Supreme Court Rules State Forest Gas Royalty Transfers Unconstitutional

Royalties earned on gas and oil extracted from state forests must be used for conservation and cannot be transferred to other departments for budgetary purposes
By Laura Legere and Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 20, 2017

This lawsuit was brought by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation
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Important Win for Transparency in NYC Zoning Variances

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a series of reforms to the Board of Standards and Appeals zoning variance process
By The Municipal Art Society of New York, May 31, 2017

DCS: These new laws affecting the Bureau of Standards and Appeals zoning variance processes should have real impact Continue reading

Unbelievable! PA DEP Sues Towns in Favor of Frackers

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment
By InTheseTimes, April 4, 2017

In 2012, PA’s Act 13 made major changes to the rules governing the oil and gas industry.
In 2013, the PA Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the portion of the law that allowed
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Case Dismissed! DRBC Can Regulate Fracking in the Basin

Update: DCS comments to the DRBC on fracking economics and frack waste disposal

In May of 2016 the Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) filed suit in federal court challenging the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to regulate natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). … Continue reading

Tell the PA Attorney General to Investigate the DEP

Sign this petition telling PA Attorney General Shapiro to investigate the PA DEP
Petition by Pennsylvanians Against Fracking

Petition Background
New information from investigators at Public Herald shows Department of Environmental Protection has systematically handled fracking-related complaints with misconduct.

Investigators fought with DEP for three years to obtain information on … Continue reading

Join the Global Movement for Fossil Fuel Divestment

A comprehensive guide to the basics of divestment: what it means, why the urgency and how it impacts climate change
By Emma Howard, The Guardian, June 23, 2015

Rally for Fossil Fuel Divestment in Boston, MA

What is Fossil Fuel Divestment?

Divestment is the opposite of investment – it is … Continue reading

Live in the DRB? DCS is Fighting for Your Health!

Victory! Case dismissed! Court rules that the DRBC can regulate fracking in the Basin. Plaintiff may appeal.


Amicus brief, page 1

In May of 2016 the Wayne Land and Mineral Group filed suit in federal court challenging the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to regulate natural gas Continue reading

Methane Plumes Downwind of Natural Gas Compressor Stations

Here we present in situ measurements of ambient methane concentrations near multiple natural gas compressor stations in NY and PA
By Bryce F. Payne Jr, Robert Ackley, A. Paige Wicker, Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, Doug D. Carlton Jr, Kevin A. Schug, Science of the Total Environment, December 13, 2016

From the … Continue reading