August 29, 2015

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 times-tribune.com, May 19, 2013

See the PA DEP Determination Letters that DCS has Obtained

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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.

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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 22, 2013
STATEMENT OF JOHN HANGER
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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.

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Radiation in Fracking Wastewater

Its contents remain mostly a mystery. But fracking wastewater has revealed one of its secrets: It can be highly radioactive. And yet no agency really regulates its handling, transport or disposal. A four-part series on radiation in fracking wastewater by Rachel Morgan of the Beaver County Times.


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PA DEP Backtracks on Radiation Issue

PA announces plans to study the effects of radiation in natural gas drilling wastewater
By Rachel Morgan, timesonline, Jan. 26, 2013

The idea is only as good as the company, the requested scope (including how and where testing is done) and the review of the draft study.

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PA Representative Calls for Probe of DEP Water Testing Reports

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, today called on state and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate the DEP for “alleged misconduct and fraud”
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 1, 2012

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State Fracking Regulations NOT Being Enforced

Regulatory Non-Enforcement by Design: Earthworks Shows How the Game is Played
By Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog.com, Sept. 27, 2012

Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability Project published a scathing 124-page report this week, “Breaking All the Rules: the Crisis in Oil & Gas Regulatory Enforcement.”

The content of the report

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Shale Health Advisory Panel in Works

A PA Senate Republican leader is drafting a bill to create a panel to address public health and safety issues stemming from drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale region.
By Robert Swift, thetimes-tribune.com, Sept. 26, 2012

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City Backs Local Control of Shale Drilling Regulations

Pittsburgh challenges the zoning language in state Act 13.
By Timothy McNulty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 17, 2012

Pittsburgh City Council will file a legal brief next week supporting the Commonwealth Court decision throwing out statewide zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling, which will be weighed by the state Supreme Court next … Continue reading