September 2, 2014

DCS Letter to Incoming DRBC Director Tambini

For years, DCS has been working with the DRBC, providing local and broad based, legal and scientific expertise, especially with regard to all the fracking related issues. In this letter, we greet incoming Executive Director Steve Tambini. We look forward to working with him and the DRBC to protect our Continue reading

PA Seeks Applications for Renewable Energy Projects

The PEDA (Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority) grant is seeking applications for renewable energy projects in Pennsylvania.

The deadline to submit an application is 4 pm, Friday, August 15, 2014.

If you are a school, business or community organization within the commonwealth that is considering bioenergy, but aren’t sure what steps … Continue reading

PA: Fracking Waste Tainted Groundwater, Soil at 3 Sites

Leaks of fracking waste water from 3 impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 6, 2014

Leaks of fracking waste water from three impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater, prompting the state to issue a violation notice at one … Continue reading

Cuomo’s Fracking Investment Scandal

Documents indicate top advisors have conflicts of interest
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FOIL documents indicate that Larry Schwartz, Secretary to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and one of the governor’s closest advisors, has a conflict of interest due to his stock investments over his role in New York’s decision over whether … Continue reading

Leaked Documents Show Fracking Concerns

NY county health departments prepare reports on the burden natural-gas drilling could place on their operations and express concerns about the state’s ongoing review of hydraulic fracturing
Jon Campbell, Stargazette, July 1, 2014

Download the documents. Note: These documents are from 2012 and show that the current Cuomo ‘fence-sitting’ is Continue reading

Audit Blasts PA DEP’s Handling of Gas-Well Industry

“The DEP was underfunded, understaffed, and inconsistent” in its regulation of Marcellus Shale well activity
By Amy Worden, The Inquirer, July 24, 2014

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State environmental officials failed to adequately monitor Pennsylvania’s drinking-water supply and were slow to inform the public about the results … Continue reading

Renewable Heat NY Funds 18 Woody Biomass Projects

Gov. Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive funding to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment
By Anna Simet, Biomass Magazine February 18, 2014

Promptly implementing New York’s recently introduced Renewable Heat NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive program funding to help install … Continue reading

Oil and Gas Well Leaks in PA – A Risk Analysis

Introduction

Casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells can lead to methane migration into the atmosphere and/or into underground sources of drinking water. An analysis of 75,505 compliance reports for 41,381 conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania drilled from January 1, 2000–December 31, 2012, was … Continue reading

NYS Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Challenging Fracking Delay

Judge dismisses a pair of lawsuits that sought to force Gov. Cuomo to decide whether to authorize shale-gas drilling in NY
By Jon Campbell, Politics on the Hudson, July 14, 2014

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A state judge on Monday dismissed a pair of lawsuits that sought … Continue reading

Expert: PA Didn’t Address Fracking Health Impacts

Former health secretary says PA has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of fracking
By Kevin Begos, The Associated Press, July 12, 2014

Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling … Continue reading