The Unfortunate Governor’s Cake

The Unfortunate Governor’s Cake

Before even officially taking office, Pennsylvania’s Governor-elect, Tom Wolf has spawned some not so favorable memes. When asked about New York's ban on fracking, Wolf called New York’s decision unfortunate.    “I want to have my cake and eat it, too. I don’t want to do what New York did,” he sa… ...
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New York Frack Babies Compare Fracking to Jesus !

New York Frack Babies Compare Fracking to Jesus !

Just in time for Christmas. Per Brad Gill, Oil & gas association director, in what must be the world's most ridiculously sacrilegious analogy of the Frack Wars. If I was any further of a lapsed Catholic, I'd have to be on Mars. But, frankly, for the first time in all this, this pretty much frack… ...
Chip Northrup 12 hours ago
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Brilliant Fracking Advice For Towns Considering A Fracking Ban

Brilliant Fracking Advice For Towns Considering A…

From my fellow GAZPROM operatives, the intrepid Team Slottje. If your town is thinking about banning fracking under its zoning laws - just fracking do it. Simply put, the DEC's proposed change in the SGEIS may just address one type of HVHF well - over 300,000 gallons. If "gallons" means water instea… ...
Chip Northrup 16 hours ago
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What the Frack Happens Now New York ?

What the Frack Happens Now New York ?

We won that battle. So relax. Take the rest of the week off. There will be no fracking "counter-attack" by the frackers. No big lawsuits. No Congressional action. Here's why: It's simply not worth it to the frackers. They not only lost, but they were chided in public by Governor Cuomo: the frackers… ...
Chip Northrup 22 hours ago
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Senator Avella - The One Guy Who Got It Fracking Right

Senator Avella – The One Guy Who Got It Fracking R…

Every fracking bit of it.  From the git-go, one politician in Albany got fracking right on literally every issue - and had the gumption to say so and the integrity to actually do something about it. My pal Senator Tony Avella not only hosted hearings and forums on virtually ever aspect of the iss… ...
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The Unfortunate Governor’s Cake

December 21, 2014
The Unfortunate Governor’s Cake

Before even officially taking office, Pennsylvania’s Governor-elect, Tom Wolf has spawned some not so favorable memes. When asked about New York’s ban on fracking, Wolf called New York’s decision unfortunate.    “I want to have my cake and eat it, too. I don’t want to do what New York did,” he said. What New York did was to place the health of its people first. It is unfortunate Wolf is placing the health of Pennsylvania’s somewhere further down the list. For those paying attention during the 2014 Governor campaigns, this should have come as no surprise.   Wolf didn’t run on a promise to protect the health of the people, he ran on more industrializing Pennsylvania via more drilling, more pipelines, more midstream infrastructure and more money via a severance tax. Wolf […]

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The Blast Radius: What Does it Mean For Your Neighborhood?

December 20, 2014
The Blast Radius: What Does it Mean For Your Neighborhood?

Note the blast radius as defined by the white smoke at the edge of the burned area We’ve been provided a report from the Pipeline Saftey Trust that was done for the Gas Research Institute (the gas industry) in October 2000 by C-FER Technologies which has some revealing information about the “blast radius” of a pipeline explosion.  The blast radius is the distance that the fire from the explosion consumes, measured in feet from the epicenter to the outer edge of the burned area. We’re interested in understanding how the blast from a pipeline explosion will affect Jersey City in terms of death, injury and property damage.  This report gives some insight into what to expect. As if the study wasn’t bad enough, the data collected from actual explosions paints a bleaker […]

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New York Frack Babies Compare Fracking to Jesus !

December 20, 2014
New York Frack Babies Compare Fracking to Jesus !

Just in time for Christmas. Per Brad Gill, Oil & gas association director, in what must be the world’s most ridiculously sacrilegious analogy of the Frack Wars. If I was any further of a lapsed Catholic, I’d have to be on Mars. But, frankly, for the first time in all this, this pretty much fracking offends me: “The highlight of the conference came at the very end when Cuomo said that this decision was not his and that it is really between Martens and Zucker – absolving himself from all responsibility like Pontius Pilate washing his hands.“ No gashole. Not even close. Not even in the same county as close. Getting turned down after a lengthy regulatory review process by two commissioners is not akin to crucifixion. Neither fracking nor Frack […]

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Brilliant Fracking Advice For Towns Considering A Fracking Ban

December 20, 2014
Brilliant Fracking Advice For Towns Considering A Fracking Ban

From my fellow GAZPROM operatives, the intrepid Team Slottje. If your town is thinking about banning fracking under its zoning laws – just fracking do it. Simply put, the DEC’s proposed change in the SGEIS may just address one type of HVHF well – over 300,000 gallons. If “gallons” means water instead of “fluid” in the final draft, then HVHF fracking with a gelled propane (ie. Napalm) clusterfrack might be a loophole. (Not fracking likely, but we – The Bill, The Keith, The Sandra and The Lou – will watch  for any wormholes the shale shills at the DMN might try to sneak in). What happened on Wednesday is not an “extension of the moratorium” or “permanent” it is merely a proposed regulatory change for one type of well. Nothing less. Nothing more. Be happy but […]

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What the Frack Happens Now New York ?

December 20, 2014
What the Frack Happens Now New York ?

We won that battle. So relax. Take the rest of the week off. There will be no fracking “counter-attack” by the frackers. No big lawsuits. No Congressional action. Here’s why: It’s simply not worth it to the frackers. They not only lost, but they were chided in public by Governor Cuomo: the frackers failed to make their case environmentally in New York, economically in New York or scientifically via a preponderance of the peer-reviewed studies. Babbling (Governor Cuomo’s words) about how great fracking might be in a godforsaken part of Texas or in a few counties in Pennsylvania is lost on a politician in New York, because they are not his constituents, and the geology is different. The fracking chickenhawks are not going to stick their heads above the parapet except to make some snide […]

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The Daily Frack – Dec. 19

December 19, 2014
The Daily Frack - Dec. 19

Dryden group celebrates no New York fracking Wine flowed and spaghetti was taken in by the plateful as Dryden anti-hydraulic fracturing activists and town officials celebrated New York ’s fracking ban. Some wine bottles carried labels of Finger Lakes vineyards, a piece of local culture that these Dryden residents say they’ve fought to protect. About a dozen people celebrated the state’s decision Thursday at the Dryden Community Center Cafe. Dryden’s town-wide fracking ban evolved into a landmark lawsuit on whether New York municipalities have the power to ban fracking. The town took final victory in the case this June, when New York ’s highest court issued a decision upholding the Dryden law in Norse Energy v. Town of Dryden . That decision weighed heavy Wednesday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state […]

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Senator Avella – The One Guy Who Got It Fracking Right

December 19, 2014
Senator Avella - The One Guy Who Got It Fracking Right

Every fracking bit of it.  From the git-go, one politician in Albany got fracking right on literally every issue – and had the gumption to say so and the integrity to actually do something about it. My pal Senator Tony Avella not only hosted hearings and forums on virtually ever aspect of the issue – health, regulations, geology, economics – to get the facts out on fracking in New York, but he also sponsored key legislation to do something about it. Bravo Senator Avella. The Best Senator The Frackers Couldn’t Buy.    SENATOR AVELLA JOINS ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS IN PRAISING HISTORIC HYDROFRACKING BAN & CALLING FOR COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM FRACKING DANGERS   (QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella joined a number of environmental advocacy groups, activists and stakeholders to praise the New York State […]

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100 W. Virginia Neighbors Sue Fracking Gasholes

December 18, 2014
100 W. Virginia Neighbors Sue Fracking Gasholes

After Living Next to Fracking, 100 W.Va. Residents Sue Frackers  By Glynis Board Before/After screen capture of the Mark West Plant, a major mid-stream gas processing plant that’s in the middle of construction in Doddridge County. Credit WV Host Farms Nuisance and negligence lawsuits have been filed this year throughout West Virginia related to horizontal drilling activities. Noise, air, and water pollution, traffic and debris are among complaints. It’s a new industrial world for many West Virginians living in the growing rural gas fields.   Gas Moved In Next Door, And Made Itself At Home Lyndia Ervolina stood in her front yard, 75 feet or so from Route 50 in Doddridge County. She pointed to several heavy trucks passing by. “They’re hauling water, they’re hauling sand, they’re hauling that silica […]

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The Daily Frack – Dec. 18

December 18, 2014
The Daily Frack - Dec. 18

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” — Neil DeGrasse Tyson Resistance is never futile. Congratulations to the many individuals, organizations and leaders who have worked so hard on this issue for so many years. But let us remember that during our time focusing on fracking, we have learned about many related issues: oil trains, gas storage facilities, unsafe pipelines, leaking methane, climate issues, etc. which have not been resolved. The lessons learned and the coalitions built around fracking still have much application as we move forward toward a sane and sustainable energy future in our state and on our planet.   NYS Ban on Fracking: Ripple Effect Expected Says NYIT Expert New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking […]

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Thank You Governor Cuomo

December 17, 2014
Thank You Governor Cuomo

You deferred to DOH Commissioner Zucker and DEC Commissioner Martens, but we all know who was responsible for this epic act. So for that, we thank you Governor Cuomo. First, I’m going to thank you on behalf of some people that aren’t here to thank you themselves. Our beloved Theo Colborn did not live to see the day, but god knows she would have agreed with Dr. Zucker and she would thank you. Hillary Acton followed you everywhere with her home-made signs, as did thousands of other, but she’s no longer with us, so on Hillary’s behalf, I thank you. Pete Seeger didn’t live to see the day, so for Pete’s sake, I thank you. I’m going to thank you on behalf of Ian McKee, who was burned to death on a rig in […]

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