April 18, 2014

Weak Records Cited on PA Shale Pollution

Violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 3, 2014

Even when pollution discharges from shale gas well pads and impoundments contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported by state environmental regulators, according to documents filed in the Pennsylvania Superior … Continue reading

PA Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Portions of Act 13

The court held that portions of the law dealing with restrictions on local zoning violate Pennsylvania’s constitution
By Marie Cusick, StateImpact, December 19, 2013

Read the entire Court decision here
Read the amicus brief opposing Act 13, prepared in part by DCS’s legal team

The state Supreme Court struck down … Continue reading

Radioactive Wastewater From Fracking Found in PA Stream

Study finds radioactive wastewater being released into the Pittsburgh watershed
By smithsonian.com, October 2, 1013

In the state of Pennsylvania, home to the lucrative Marcellus Shale formation, 74 facilities treat wastewater from the process of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. “fracking”) for natural gas and release it into streams. There’s no … Continue reading

Opposition to PA HB 1576 Grows

PFSC, Trout Unlimited, PennFuture, Sierra and PennEnvironment join Game Commission and Fish Commission in Opposing  HB 1576

PFSC, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs*, spoke out loud and clear at the 9/17 hearing on HB 1576 (a bill which takes power and funding away

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PA Senate Bill 1100: A Moratorium on New Permits for Fracking

PA Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh) announces the introduction of Senate Bill 1100: a moratorium on issuing new permits for hydraulic fracturing
Press Release, September 18, 2013

Pennsylvania residents, write or call your state representatives and tell them to support the Natural Gas Drilling Moratorium Act (Senate Bill 1100)

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Fracktivists Celebrate Cancellation of Gas Leases in NE PA

Unprecedented mass lease cancellation occurs near homes of some of fractivism’s most effective mobilizers
By Alison Rose Levy, AlterNet, July 19, 2013

Certain powerful images really stick with you when you watch Gasland or Gasland 2. First is the shot of the tap water on fire. Equally powerful are the … Continue reading

PA Lawmakers Seek To Ban Photography Of Gas Drilling Activity

PA HB683 would make it illegal to photograph images of gas drilling operations

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but apparently it says a lot more when it’s a photo of frackers fracking. In Pennsylvania recently, the battle to control the images used to depict the national debate … Continue reading

Post-Production Costs Reduce Gas Royalty Payments to PA Leaseholders

Rep. White Plans Legislation to Protect Royalty Payments to Leaseholders

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 28, 2013
From: Representative Jesse White
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting Deduction of “Post-Production” Costs From Oil and Gas Royalty Payments to Leaseholders

In the near future, I plan to legislation designed to protect the royalty … Continue reading

Make a Call to Your PA Senator to Support a Fracking Moratorium

The call-in day is set for June 5th to PA State Senators to stress support of a moratorium on gas and oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing. Did you know that recent polls show that 59% of Pennsylvanians view fracking as a major risk to water resources? On June 5, call … Continue reading

Natural Gas Waste Hauler Raided

Minuteman Environmental Services raided by the IRS, FBI and PA DEP
By Dory Hippauf, No Fracking Way, May 30, 2013

Federal and State agents from the IRS, FBI, PA Attorney General’s office and Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) raided Minuteman Environmental Services (MES) around 9am on Wednesday (May 29, … Continue reading