damascus citizens for sustainability http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org clean water, air & land are basic human rights Fri, 26 May 2017 21:40:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 39998157 Unbelievable! PA DEP Sues Towns in Favor of Frackers http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/04/unbelievable-pa-dep-sues-towns-favor-frackers/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:10:42 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14338 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment
By InTheseTimes, April 4, 2017

In 2012, PA’s Act 13 made major changes to the rules governing the oil and gas industry.
In 2013, the PA Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the portion of the law that allowed
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Maryland to Ban Fracking! http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/03/maryland-ban-fracking/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:28:32 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14329 Maryland General Assembly approves fracking ban
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun, March 27,2017

The Maryland General Assembly on Monday gave final passage to a ban on fracking in the state, sending the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan for his promised signature.


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Case Dismissed! DRBC Can Regulate Fracking in the Basin http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/03/case-dismissed-drbc-can-regulate-fracking-basin/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:50:02 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14320 In May of 2016 the Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) filed suit in federal court challenging the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to regulate natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). DCS responded with an Amicus brief, presenting to the Court the “devastating … Continue reading

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Tell the PA Attorney General to Investigate the DEP http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/03/tell-pa-attorney-general-investigate-dep/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:33:00 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14301 Sign this petition telling PA Attorney General Shapiro to investigate the PA DEP
Petition by Pennsylvanians Against Fracking

Petition Background
New information from investigators at Public Herald shows Department of Environmental Protection has systematically handled fracking-related complaints with misconduct.

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Join the Global Movement for Fossil Fuel Divestment http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/02/join-global-movement-fossil-fuel-divestment/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:57:18 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14271 A comprehensive guide to the basics of divestment: what it means, why the urgency and how it impacts climate change
By Emma Howard, The Guardian, June 23, 2015

Rally for Fossil Fuel Divestment in Boston, MA

What is Fossil Fuel Divestment?

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Live in the DRB? DCS is Fighting for Your Health! http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/02/live-drb-dcs-fighting-health/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:12:50 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14249 Victory! Case dismissed! Court rules that the DRBC can regulate fracking in the Basin. Plaintiff may appeal.


Amicus brief, page 1

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DCS at the DRBC Meeting to Urge a Ban on Fracking in the Basin http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/02/dcs-drbc-meeting-urge-ban-fracking-basin/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:18:12 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14240 On February 15, 2017, several DCS members made the trip to Washington’s Crossing, PA, to attend a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). We joined with approximately 300 concerned citizens to fill the meeting room and urge the DRBC to implement a permanent ban on fracking in the Continue reading

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Study Finds Rise in Methane in PA Gas Country http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/02/study-finds-rise-methane-pa-gas-country/ Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:47:01 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14225 Readings showed a rise in the potent greenhouse gas from 2012 to 2015, and the region’s boom in natural gas production is likely to blame
By Zahra Hirji, Inside Climate News, February 11, 2017

Read more on this topic from Drexel University

Photo by J. Douglas Goetz

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Methane Plumes Downwind of Natural Gas Compressor Stations http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/01/methane-plumes-downwind-natural-gas-compressor-stations/ Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:55:02 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14205 Here we present in situ measurements of ambient methane concentrations near multiple natural gas compressor stations in NY and PA
By Bryce F. Payne Jr, Robert Ackley, A. Paige Wicker, Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, Doug D. Carlton Jr, Kevin A. Schug, Science of the Total Environment, December 13, 2016

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Hidden Data Suggests Fracking Created Widespread, Systemic Impact in PA http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/01/hidden-data-suggests-fracking-created-widespread-systemic-impact-pa/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:40:47 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14189 After a 3 year investigation in PA, Public Herald has uncovered evidence of widespread and systemic impacts related to “fracking”
by Melissa A. Troutman, Sierra Shamer and Joshua B. Pribanic, Public Herald

After a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania, Public Herald has uncovered evidence of widespread and systemic impacts related to

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