No Fracking Way

Dory Hippauf

DING! YOU GOT P-MAIL!

September 26, 2014
DING! YOU GOT P-MAIL!

It’s been said politics is dirty. More often than not “dirty politics” refers to government officials taking money from special interests and corporations. Pennsylvania leads the way, redefines DIRTY POLITICS and brings it to the electronic age.   PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and at least 8 other prominent state officials exchanged sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages from state e-mail accounts between 2008 and 2012. The “P-mails” (porn-mail) were discovered during Kane’s internal inquiry into how her predecessors handled Jerry Sandusky pedophile case. Governor Tom Corbett was one of the Attorney Generals handling the Sandusky investigation. The Sandusky criminal investigation began while Corbett was serving as attorney general and continued through 2010, the year Corbett made his run for […]

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FRACKERS REBRANDING FRACKING

September 25, 2014
FRACKERS REBRANDING FRACKING

When a product or corporation takes a hit in public opinion, one of the steps that will be taken is to change their name or roll out a rebranding campaign. Led by their front group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), frackers are rebranding fracking. Or to put it another way, they are putting a pretty red bow on a pile of poop. How much are they spending on this fracking rebranding campaign? They won’t say. It’s proprietary, hush hush, in the same fashion as the super-double secret ingredients in the chemicals used in fracking. With the blessings of the Heritage Foundation, a right wing think tank, the fracking ad campaign feature actors , including a little girl, saying “ Fracking’s a good word”, “Fracking Rocks” and “Fracking: Rock Solid for […]

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Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

September 22, 2014
Climate Change – The Debate is OVER

On Sunday, September 21, 2014 over 400,000 people assembled in New York City for the People’s Climate March. In the run up to the march, news stories estimated number of attendees around 100,000. Within a couple of days before the march, this number was upped to 200,000.  People came on buses, trains, subways, bikes and by foot on the morning of September 21.   We initially heard over 400 buses were expected; by the time we reached the starting point of the march we were hearing over 550 buses were arriving. As the day passed we heard CNN reported that it was impossible to estimate the size of the crowd. Other media conservatively stated tens of thousands.   The largest number has been estimated at over 400,000. How big was the march? […]

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UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

June 27, 2014
UNITED SHALE ASTROTURF

With much fanfare and political photo-ops, the media was flooded with stories about a new pro-natural gas “grassroots” group back in march 2014. The name of the group is United Shale Advocates (USA).   As was pointed out in GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates is far from being a grassroots organization. It’s gas-roots, or more to the point ASTROTURF. Astroturf groups are industry backed groups posing as “Grass”roots. In other words, just as Astroturf is fake grass, Astroturf groups are fake grassroots groups. More proof was found today in the form of a “Robo-email Blasts” urging members to write their legislators. They even tell the members what to write. Many gas-roots Astroturf groups, industry spokespeople, and supporters have accused Fracktivist groups of using Robo-email Blasts in the past. Somehow, when a […]

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BOLUS’S CAPONE CONGRUENCY

June 10, 2014
BOLUS’S CAPONE  CONGRUENCY

Al Capone, head of the most profitable crime syndicate of the Prohibition Era and mastermind of the notorious 1929 “Valentine’s Day Massacre,” seemed above the law.   In 1931, Capone was convicted not of crimes related to bootlegging , extortion or murder, but rather for failing to pay income tax. Al Capone once complained about the bad reputation of his criminal enterprise: “Some call it bootlegging.  Some call it racketeering.  I call it a business.” On Friday, June 6, Brian Bolus and other members of his family were indicted on insurance fraud, theft and “related counts” connected with doing business. The Bolus businesses were also charge and include: Minuteman Environmental Services Inc., Minuteman Spill Response, Inc., Minuteman Towing Inc., Bolus Truck Parts and Towing Services Inc., Key Brockway Inc., Key Sales […]

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRODUCTION (DEP)

May 27, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PRODUCTION (DEP)

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently spent some money producing a 7-minute video entitled “Regulating the Natural Gas Industry in Pennsylvania”. Published on May 7, 2014, DEP staff share their personal experiences conducting the important work of DEP’s Oil and Gas Program across Pennsylvania. Note: Per the video on YouTube – “Comments are disabled for the video . “ What does that say about DEP wanting to hear from the public? It begins with April Weiland, Water Quality Specialist Supervisor for DEP. She states that she “loves helping the INDUSTRY as well as the environment, but there’s a misnomer out there when you say you WORK FOR OIL & GAS…” In the first minute Weiland inadvertently confirms what we suspect – DEP works for the fossil fuel industry.  Some […]

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Williams Co Has Gomer Pyle Moment

May 8, 2014
Williams Co Has Gomer Pyle Moment

  The rapid expansion of drilling and fracking fossil fuel wells in the Marcellus Shale region brings with it the midstream and main transmission infrastructure. These include gathering lines which take the fossil fuel from the well head to midstream pipelines and facilities. Each well, and there may be more than one on each well pad, has its own gathering line. Midstream and main transmission lines may include compression stations, glycol dehydration plants, metering stations and regulator plants in addition to pipelines. SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE Recently, the Williams Company, the 4th largest pipeline operator in the US, experienced 3 accidents in rapid succession between Feb-Apr 2014. As reported by Bloomberg news “Williams Reviews Safety After Fire, Explosions at Gas Plants“, May 1, 2014: “Certainly, this has come as a big […]

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DRILL BABIES FOOLED AGAIN?

April 8, 2014
DRILL BABIES FOOLED AGAIN?

While following the latest “GAS”roots organization, United Shale Advocates (USA), which was created by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a quite by former President George W. Bush came to mind.  He mangled an old saying: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Mark Twain put it a different way: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled”.  The MSC/USA project is a poster child for fooling people over and over and over again.   MSC/USA project is touted as being “grassroots”.  It’s not, it’s GASroots.   See: GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates for more on this. DRILL BABIES […]

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GASROOTS – United Shale Advocates

April 4, 2014
GASROOTS - United Shale Advocates

Last month the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), a fossil fuel funded lobbying organization, launched a “grassroots” advocacy program. “The goal of United Shale Advocates (USA) is to give a voice and a platform to those who support shale development in Pennsylvania but who are not directly involved in the industry”, said Steve Forde, vice president of communications and outreach for the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition. What does that mean?  It means we have yet another fossil fuel funded public relations campaign masquerading as grassroots. The term “grassroots” implies that the creation of the movement and the group happens at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time, energy and resources to work on an issue which concerns them.  A true grassroots organization does not typically have […]

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ALL OF THE BELOW

March 1, 2014
ALL OF THE BELOW

I was at a meeting in my local area about the Industrial Liquid Waste Plant proposal.   This plant will accept liquid waste from the gaslands surrounding our county and “clean” it to be used for more fracking.  (See:Lake Township Toxic Industrial Drilling Waste Presentation 2-19-2014) As you can imagine, residents who live on and around the proposed site are not happy.   This post isn’t about the pros and cons of the plant. This post is about what one gentleman said at the meeting. Let’s call him Ralph.   Ralph stood and proclaimed he isn’t a tree hugger, but did say he owns a home surrounded by few acres of land which is wooded, and he has no intention of doing any type of development because he likes the trees.   I guess […]

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