September 1, 2015

Rise of Deadly Radon Gas in PA Buildings Linked to Fracking

Disturbing correlation found between unusually high levels of radon gas in mostly residences and oil and gas production via fracking
By Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington Post, April 9, 2015

A new study published Thursday reported a disturbing correlation between unusually high levels of radon gas in mostly residences and … Continue reading

NY Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

The NY moratorium on fracking doesn’t allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts
By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press, March 31, 2015

It seems that this was a decision based on interpretation of the contracts at issue. So interestingly, the Court of Appeals Continue reading

PA DEP Omits 1,000’s of Fracked Wells from its Required Act 13 Reporting

Lack of reporting could cost PA government up to $0.75 – $1.85 billion over the expected life of these wells
By Joel Gehman, Diego Mastroianni, Angela Grant and Dror Etzion, University of Alberta and McGill University, November 15, 2012

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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

NYC Residents: Is There Radon in Your Kitchen?

Radon Test Kit 2Until recently, the gas used in the New York City area had relatively low levels of radon. This started changing in late 2013 when gas from the Marcellus shale gas areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio started flowing into the gas distribution lines that deliver gas to you.

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Survey of Ground-Level Ambient Methane Levels in Wyalusing, PA

Gas Safety Incorporated
Report to Damascus Citizens for Sustainability

Report on a Survey of Ground-Level Ambient Methane Levels
in the Vicinity of Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
November 2013
by Bryce F. Payne Jr. and Robert Ackley

There have been numerous reports of methane emissions related to shale gas development in … Continue reading

Fracking Beyond the Law

Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel in Hydraulic Fracturing
Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), August 13, 2014

EIP Report: At least 33 companies drilled 351 wells in 12 states using prohibited diesel fuels without required permits in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Season’s Greetings – A Poem

Christmas Tree in New York State

Christmas Tree in New York State

Christmas Tree in Pennsylvania

Christmas Tree in Pennsylvania

In the dark of winter,
I heard mighty roar,
Our upstate paradise was saved
Fracking is no more.

The solstice will lengthen the day
Gas flaring can go away
My tap water will not burn and flicker
The landsmen face … Continue reading

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in NY State, Citing Health Risks

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says: “I cannot support high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York”
By James Gerken, The Huffington Post, December 17, 2014

The New York Times reports: “The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State….”

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PA Studies on Shale-Site Air Emissions Incomplete

Not only did the DEP not calculate the vast majority of chemical hazards, but its determination that public health would not be harmed was not made by anyone with training in medicine, toxicology or environmental or occupational health
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 20, 2014

Three widely cited state … Continue reading