September 21, 2014

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

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

Download the full Report as a pdf.

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

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

I am writing in regard … Continue reading

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.

The state Department of Environmental Protection … Continue reading

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