April 25, 2014

Report Reveals Few Penalties for Violating Gas Drilling Rules in PA

9 out of 10 drilling violations in 2011 received no fines from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
By Clean Water Action

(Harrisburg) – Clean Water Action released a report today examining the enforcement actions taken in 2011 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) against Marcellus Shale natural gas … Continue reading

PA ignoring their residents’ health complaints

By KEVIN BEGOS — Associated Press

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says it investigates every claim by residents that gas drilling has caused health problems, but several people say the agency’s actions don’t match its words.

Two western Pennsylvania residents told The Associated Press that health officials have fallen short … Continue reading

PA House Democrats Unveil ‘Marcellus Compact’ to Fix Flawed Shale Drilling Law

Six-point plan puts Pennsylvanians first, rather than the multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry

HARRISBURG, April 30 – House Democrats today launched a renewed effort to fix Gov. Tom Corbett’s industry-friendly Marcellus Shale law (Act 13), offering a six-point plan – the Marcellus Compact.

Noting that the new law provides one … Continue reading

Judge Denies GOP Request to Intervene in Shale Lawsuit

Requests by top Republican legislators and the gas-drilling industry to participate in a lawsuit challenging the state’s Marcellus Shale law are denied.
By Karen Langley, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau, April 21, 2012

HARRISBURG — A Commonwealth Court judge on Friday denied requests by top Republican legislators and the gas-drilling industry to … Continue reading

PA Court Issues Injunction to Stop Onset of Portions of Act 13

The Court’s order ensures that zoning ordinances dealing with oil and gas operations remain in effect and are not immediately pre-empted by Act 13 on April 14, 2012.
By Delaware Riverkeeper Network, April 11, 2012

Seven municipalities and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network were in Commonwealth Court April 11 to ask … Continue reading

Does a Provision in PA Act 13 Force Doctors to Remain Silent on Potential Public Health Risks Associated with Fracking?

Provision in Marcellus Shale Bill Prompts Controversy
By Deanna Garcia, Essential Public Radio, March 30, 2012

Public health advocates and some environmental groups are crying foul over a provision in Act 13. The groups claim the wording in the law, which regulates shale drilling, amounts to a gag order for … Continue reading

Chemicals in my Water in Drilling Area

PA Woman: Chemicals in my Water in Drilling Area
By Kevin Begos, Associated Press, February 24, 2012

EVANS CITY, Pa. (AP) — A woman says state environmental officials refused to do follow-up tests after their lab reported her drinking water contained chemicals, but it’s unclear where the pollutants came from.… Continue reading

Call Your PA Legislators NOW

Call Your PA Legislators and Urge Them to Vote NO on HB1950 and SB1100

With action – call as many PA legislators as you can (FIND them here).

- Especially these two top Republican senators (Floor Leader, Whip) to urge them to vote NO to HB1950 & SB1100:… Continue reading

40 Sportsmens’s Groups Write to PA Governor

On Thursday, January 26th, more than 40 sportsmen’s groups representing 100,000-plus hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts sent a letter to Corbett asking that he not allow any more state forest land to be leased for oil and gas development.

View PDF of letter here.Continue reading

PA Contact Your Local Officials NOW

December 13th Town Hall Mtg for ALL Municipalities in Western PA Regarding HB1950

The much discussed meeting for all local officials in all western PA municipalities has been scheduled for December 13th.

Please make sure you phone, email, drop in, or somehow contact your supervisors, commissioners, and other elected officials … Continue reading