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Dory Hippauf

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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FRACK WATER TREATMENT-Luzerne County Council Meeting

February 19, 2014
FRACK WATER TREATMENT-Luzerne County Council Meeting

For those unable to attend the Luzerne County Council meeting on Tuesday February 18, 2014.  About  15 people submitted public comment about the Frack Water treatment plant. CLICK HERE TO watch a video recording of the meeting Public Comments start at the 1:27:00 mark  

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FRACK WATER COMING TO LUZERNE COUNTY, PA

February 16, 2014
FRACK WATER COMING TO LUZERNE COUNTY, PA

We all need to take a moment and decide what is really important in our lives. Are we going to allow our children’s and grandchildren’s water supplies and environment to be damaged?  NO! Are we going to let others control OUR futures?  NO! Is it time we took on this task ourselves?  Yes, it is time to take action! Luzerne County is about to be hit AGAIN by the negative effects of the natural gas industry. An application for a permit for a Frack Water Treatment Plant has been submitted to the County for Meeker Outlet Road (the old Harveys Lake Gun Club property), in Lake Township. As a result, three or important and irreplaceable water sources will be at risk. Frack water is known to contain toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, […]

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BRADFORD COUNTY GOLDEN GAS RULES

February 13, 2014
BRADFORD COUNTY GOLDEN GAS RULES

What’s it going to take to wake people up?  This is a question that many fractivists ask.   Typically the answer  has been when there is a huge incident. In the past I’ve agreed with that.   However, I no longer feel that something horrific has to happen.     We’ve seen the horrors.  We’ve read about people and communities who have suffered, are suffering from any number of horrific events.    Instead of taking action to prevent it from happening again, we see corporate interests and elected officials promoting the exact opposite. Why? Money.  Lots and lots of money. A 2011 article praises the how well Bradford County, PA is doing with the natural gas industry:   “Chesapeake’s footprint in Bradford County is substantial: it has permits to drill in a third of the […]

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