September 25, 2016

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

Click image to read the bill

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 … Continue reading

Post-Production Costs Reduce Gas Royalty Payments to PA Leaseholders

Rep. White Plans Legislation to Protect Royalty Payments to Leaseholders


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

PA DEP’s Fracking Record-Keeping Blocks Transparency

PA DEP says it organizes its records only to “support our operations”
By Susan Phillips, StateImpact, May 24, 2013

See the PA DEP Determination Letters that DCS has Obtained (independent of the Times-Tribune’s efforts and after the court cases they filed were settled)

Here’s a key question amid Pennsylvania’s natural … Continue reading

PA DEP Records Show at Least 161 Water Supplies Damaged by Drilling

Sunday Times review of DEP drilling records reveals water damage, murky testing methods
By Laura Legere, the, May 19, 2013

See the PA DEP Determination Letters that DCS has Obtained

Read About the Court Order in Pennsylvania DEP v. Legere, et al. that Required PA DEP to Release Section Continue reading

PA DEP Whitewashes Franklin Forks Water Contamination

A number of us heard the news release from the Binghamton NPR station earlier tonight that the PA DEP has decided that the gas in Matt and Tammy Manning’s Franklin Forks water well is NOT from any gas well drilled by WPX but is instead from biogenic sources.

Interesting that … Continue reading

On the Resignation of PA DEP Secretary Krancer

Secretary Michael Krancer is leaving the PA DEP to chair the Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practice of the law firm Blank Rome, in another example of the revolving door between the gas industry and regulators.

ON RESIGNATION OF … Continue reading

Fracking and the Revolving Door in PA

Natural gas industry ties among PA’s regulators and public officials
By Public Accountability Initiative, Feb. 20, 2013

The oil and gas industry frequently argues that fracking means jobs. This appears to be especially true for former regulators and other public officials in Pennsylvania.

(Click here to read the full report Continue reading