Children Given Lifelong Ban on Talking About Fracking

Children Given Lifelong Ban on Talking About Frack…

Two Pennsylvanian children will live their lives under a gag order imposed under a $750,000 settlement. By Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian January 26, 2015 Two young children in Pennsylvania were banned from talking about fracking for the rest of their live… ...
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Congressman Tom Reed Koch Addict

Congressman Tom Reed Koch Addict

Congressman Tom Reed, evidently hell-bent on becoming America's Dumbest Congressman, has floated a Koch Addict bill that would enable a property owner to sue any government "if any government agency took any action that diminished the value of their property by 20% or more." As worded, that w… ...
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Pennsylvania DEP Dreams of Radioactive Sheep

Pennsylvania DEP Dreams of Radioactive Sheep

That are positively glowing from fracking. A nice radioactive green. The Pennsylvania DEP (Department of Environmental Prevarication) has released its study on radioactive matter produced by fracking. A brief summary - "The PA DEP TENORM study concluded among other things that: - There are pot… ...
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Daily Frackbook January 25

Daily Frackbook January 25

  PA: Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A gas drilling watchdog group that was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state, the group’s lawyer said Thursday. The settlement te… ...
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Fracking Idiots in Search of a Fracking Village

Fracking Idiots in Search of a Fracking Village

Or a state that will let them frack themselves into a (more) complete stupefaction.  This just in . . . the Town Supervisor of Conklin, New York has proposed that the town secede from the state of New York, either to form their own Republic of Conklinia or the State of Just Fracking Crazy - or jo… ...
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Children Given Lifelong Ban on Talking About Fracking

January 27, 2015
Children Given Lifelong Ban on Talking About Fracking

Two Pennsylvanian children will live their lives under a gag order imposed under a $750,000 settlement. By Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian January 26, 2015 Two young children in Pennsylvania were banned from talking about fracking for the rest of their lives under a gag order imposed under a settlement reached by their parents with a leading oil and gas company. The sweeping gag order was imposed under a $750,000 settlement between the Hallowich family and Range Resources Corp, a leading oil and gas driller. It provoked outrage on Monday among environmental campaigners and free speech advocates. The settlement, reached in 2011 but unsealed only last week, barred the Hallowichs’ son and daughter, who were then aged 10 and seven, from ever discussing fracking or the Marcellus Shale, a leading producer in […]

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Congressman Tom Reed Koch Addict

January 27, 2015
Congressman Tom Reed Koch Addict

Congressman Tom Reed, evidently hell-bent on becoming America’s Dumbest Congressman, has floated a Koch Addict bill that would enable a property owner to sue any government “if any government agency took any action that diminished the value of their property by 20% or more.” As worded, that would include any write-down on their property tax value, or being forced into drilling a well under Compulsory Integration or a down-zoning in a land use ordinance, or have a FERC approved pipeline go through your property.  Sound interesting ? No, this is not April Fools Day in January. It’s Tom Reed Day. Same difference. . . By Jerry Zremski | News Washington Bureau Chief | @JerryZremski | Google+ on January 26, 2015 – 6:44 PM WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is taking on […]

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Pennsylvania DEP Dreams of Radioactive Sheep

January 26, 2015
Pennsylvania DEP Dreams of Radioactive Sheep

That are positively glowing from fracking. A nice radioactive green. The Pennsylvania DEP (Department of Environmental Prevarication) has released its study on radioactive matter produced by fracking. A brief summary – “The PA DEP TENORM study concluded among other things that: – There are potential radiological environmental impacts from fracking flowback spilled in streams at drilling sites, in landfills on roads etc. Radium should be added to the Pennsylvania spill protocol to ensure cleanups are “adequately characterized.” There are also site-specific circumstances and situations where the use of personal protective equipment by workers or other controls should be evaluated, given their potential exposure to radioactive frack wastes. – There are potential radiological environmental impacts that should be studied at all facilities in Pennsylvania that treat frack wastes to determine where the waste is […]

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Daily Frackbook January 25

January 25, 2015
Daily Frackbook January 25

  PA: Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A gas drilling watchdog group that was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state, the group’s lawyer said Thursday. The settlement terms between Pennsylvania officials and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition were not immediately released. The gas drilling coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized the group as a possible threat to infrastructure without evidence. A private contractor, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, produced the reports under a one-year, $103,000 contract. Then-Gov. Ed Rendell later apologized for the monitoring of peaceful citizens’ groups, and his homeland security director resigned. Yet the coalition’s attorney, Paul Rossi, said Thursday he has evidence that improper monitoring of citizen […]

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The Daily Frack – Jan. 24

January 25, 2015
The Daily Frack - Jan. 24

Pipeline Break in Montana : The Yellowstone River Is Something We’ll Probably Miss Why do pipelines break? Because they’re pipelines, that’s why.  The Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration confirmed the location of the break, but couldn’t say whether the 12-inch diameter Bridger pipeline, which began releasing oil into the river Saturday, lay bare on the river bottom.  Not only that, but this is the second crack that oil has had at fouling this particular river. In 2011, when an exposed oil pipeline ruptured at the bottom of the Yellowstone River near Laurel , the pipe was assumed to be buried well under the riverbed. It was later determined that an unusually high river flow had scoured several feet of rock cover leaving the pipeline vulnerable. Pipelines are state of the […]

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Fracking Idiots in Search of a Fracking Village

January 25, 2015
Fracking Idiots in Search of a Fracking Village

Or a state that will let them frack themselves into a (more) complete stupefaction.  This just in . . . the Town Supervisor of Conklin, New York has proposed that the town secede from the state of New York, either to form their own Republic of Conklinia or the State of Just Fracking Crazy – or join Fracksylvania, so that they can frack themselves silly. Assuming of course, that there was anything actually worth fracking in Conklin, which there’s not. And no, I really am not making this up, and yes, I am back on my new meds, and no, I am not drunk. This time. A word of caution to the good people of Conklin – my ancestors pulled a similar stunt about 150 years ago. It didn’t work out so good. […]

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Fracking Fraud: Bogus Production Numbers Scam Investors

January 25, 2015
Fracking Fraud:  Bogus Production Numbers Scam Investors

Imagine that. Estimating the productivity of an oil or gas well is easily gamed, since the tests are done over as little as a day – when the flow rate can be erratic and can spike –  and the frackers can optimize the conditions of the flow rate for the test, such that the production tests makes the well look more productive that is actually is. Extrapolating the initial production (IP) rate over the life of the well is notoriously inaccurate for a horizontal shale gas or oil well, since they suffer such steep production rate declines. Turns out that the frackers have been gaming those IP tests. And using those hyped numbers to dupe investors. This has been going on in every horizontal well play since the first one […]

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Frack Ban Victory Party – Albany New York January 21, 2015

January 25, 2015
Frack Ban Victory Party - Albany New York January 21, 2015

The Sandra may be the Rachel Carson of the fractavists, but Gasland was our Silent Spring Thanks The Josh. And everybody else. 

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Corbett’s top energy adviser hired by gas industry

January 24, 2015
Corbett’s top energy adviser hired by gas industry

“We always suspected he was working for the interests of polluters rather than the people of Pennsylvania,” she says. “Now he just has the title to prove it.”http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/01/23/corbetts-top-energy-adviser-hired-by-gas-industry/ January 23, 2015 | 4:46 PM By Marie Cusick Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania Patrick Henderson served as Governor Corbett’s Energy Executive. He will now be Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Less than a week after Governor Corbett left office, his top energy adviser has accepted a new job with Pennsylvania’s largest gas industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Patrick Henderson, who made $145,000 a year as Corbett’s Energy Executive, will now become the MSC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “These are truly exciting times within the energy industry,” Henderson wrote in an email to StateImpact Pennsylvania. “I very […]

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HOW NOT TO BAN FRACKING !

January 24, 2015
HOW NOT TO BAN FRACKING !

Am not a zoning attorney, nor do I play one on YouTube, but I know a good land use law when I see one, and the frack ban in Mora County struck me when it was passed as a bit loopy. Here was my take on it at the time – the New Mexico county did not base their ban on a comprehensive land use plan, or on a zoning ordinance, or on anything that resembled land use law.  Unfortunately a federal judge agreed with me (and everyone else that knows a good zoning ordinance from a pizza coupon) and tossed it. As a lesson to us all. . . Thanks judge.  Fortunately, there is a right way for a county or town or city to control or ban fracking, but […]

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