July 29, 2014

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

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

Letter of Dr. Paulson to PA-DEP on Fracking Impacts on Children

No evidence to indicate that unconventional natural gas extraction can be implemented with a minimum of risk to human health
By Duane Nichols, Frack Check WV, July 2, 2014

Download the letter as a pdf

To: E. Christopher Abruzzo, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Criminal Charges Filed Against Waste Disposal Company and Owner

Pa DEP says it was unaware of leaking contaminants
By John Beauge, The Patriot-News, June 9, 2014

DCS: This is what goes on everywhere there is drilling – there is no manifesting of the wastes so disposal is on the open market for corruption.

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Corbett’s Own Witness Lukewarm to More Gas Leasing in State Forests and Parks

It’s bad when your own witness doesn’t really support you, and that was Governor Tom Corbett’s case in Commonwealth Court
By Donald Gilliland, The Patriot-News, June 3, 2014

Frack WellIt’s bad when your own witness doesn’t really support you, and that was Governor Tom Corbett’s case in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday.… Continue reading

Petition to Protect PA School Kids from Fracking

Please sign, and pass along, this petition to stop unconventional gas drilling 1/2 mile from 3,200 school children (you can be anywhere)

Protect PA School Kids

Add your name to this petition by MASD Parent Group:

To:
PA DEP Secretary E Christopher Abruzzo, Pennsylvania DEP Secretary
PA DEP Deputy Secretary Scott Perry, Pennsylvania DEP
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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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