February 19, 2018

Philadelphia, The Grassroots Anti-Fracking Movement’s New Old Front

Several Philadelphia-based grassroots groups fighting the development of natural gas in Pennsylvania and beyond
By Katie Colaneri, StateImpact, September 27, 2013

Activists like Southwest Philadelphia resident Iris Bloom say they no longer have to drive several hours to rural Pennsylvania see or even hear the impact of fracking. Trains bringing Continue reading

Josh Fox to President Obama: “Meet With Us”

An Open Letter to President Obama from Gasland Director Josh Fox

Dear President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Moniz, Heather Zichal and Valerie Jarrett,

I write to request a meeting with you and families directly impacted by oil and gas drilling and fracking—as documented in Gasland Part II—together … Continue reading

American Clean Energy Agenda

Damascus Citizens is a member of The Committee for an American Clean Energy Agenda

Beyond Business As Usual

Realizing an American Renewable Energy Future by 2030

Initiated by the Civil Society Institute and the Environmental Working Group, and endorsed by 120 organizations around the country representing over 2 million Americans, … Continue reading

Paean to Mr. Shepstone by David Slottje

A Paean to Tom Shepstone, by David Slottje
June 29, 2013
“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.”
(Julius Caesar by Wm. Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene II)
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The battle for the essence and soul of New York State, now being fought between those who … Continue reading

Decision To Frack NYS Delayed by Activists

NYS AG Schneiderman Says Anti-Fracking Activists Are Well-Organized
By Glenn Coin, Syracuse.com, June 26, 2013

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

A decision about hydrofracking in New York has been delayed mostly because of the well-organized opposition of anti-drilling advocacy groups, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday.

State officials have … Continue reading

Environmental Prize Spurs Anti-Fracking Campaign

US environmental prize spurs South African anti-fracking campaign
By Francis Hweshe, West Cape News, April 15, 2013

The South African anti-fracking campaign looks set to gain ground after campaigner Jonathan Deal became the second South African to receive the coveted Goldman Environmental Prize in the United States yesterday.

Deal, who … Continue reading

Hunters and Anglers are Environmentalists

The results of a national poll show hunters and anglers, a generally ideologically conservative group, prioritize conservation of public lands over energy development.
PennFuture, Vol. 14, No. 18 – Sept. 28, 2012

PennFuture is the Pennsylvania affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the organization that just released results of … Continue reading

Protect Our Water Before It’s Too Late

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In an effort to reach the general public concerning drilling and fracking and its imminent threat to New York State and the Delaware River Watershed, Delaware Riverkeeper Network has commissioned a television ad that you can see HERE. It will be shown in New York’s Shale … Continue reading

National Environmental Groups, Representing Millions, Tell Gov. Cuomo: Don’t Threaten Water and Land with Fracking

Nearly 100 state groups and opinion leaders had called Gov. Cuomo’s plan to allow fracking in five upstate counties “inconsistent” with his pledge to protect public health and the environment.

Amid reports that a decision on fracking in New York is “imminent,” national environmental organizations—collectively representing millions of members across … Continue reading



After a Marcellus gas well is drilled and hydraulically fractured, open flaring is often used to test production of the well. The EPA and Pennsylvania DEP enforce limited air quality regulations around Marcellus Shale natural gas wells and facilities (Most gas sites are permitted individually instead of cumulatively).

A … Continue reading