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Dory Hippauf

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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EQT Halts Fracking for Christmas

December 13, 2014
EQT Halts Fracking for Christmas

Gary and Georgeann Baumgardner may have their Christmas wish. Sources report the Baumgardners received a phone call from EQT informing them there will be NO fracking on Christmas. (see: Merry FRACKmas from EQT) The fracking site on the Trax Farm, next door to the Baumgardners has been shut down for the past two days due to noise complaints. The local ordinance states that any time there is a noise complaint; EQT needs to do a sound study within 7 days. The sound study shut down conveniently coincides with the Trax Farm opening to the public this weekend for cutting and selling of Christmas trees. EQT and The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) was created in 2013. It’s an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization […]

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Merry FRACKmas from EQT

December 12, 2014
Merry FRACKmas from EQT

Union Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Population 5,600.   It was the kind of place that some people might have dreamed of raising their children; the kind of place where a photo of a winter’s eve, with snow covered hills might have graced someone’s Christmas card. For Gary Baumgardner and his wife, Union Township was that kind of place, until EQT moved in and began drilling. Quiet nights have been replaced with the sounds of fracking. The fresh air replaced with plumes of smoke and sulfuric odors. Nine months ago, the Baumgardners celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, a little girl. The first Christmas with a first grandchild is a very special occasion. The Baumgardner family had a tradition of hosting Christmas dinner in their home surrounded by family and friends. […]

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CONSTITUTION PIPELINE PREMATURE WITH EMINENT DOMAIN

December 8, 2014
CONSTITUTION PIPELINE PREMATURE WITH EMINENT DOMAIN

Copy/paste articles about the eminent domain proceedings with regards to the Constitution Pipeline have appeared in “mainstream media”.   I call them copy/paste articles because they originate from skimpy coverage by the Associated Press (AP) with no reporter cited. Pennsylvania-New York gas pipeline developer threatens to seize land through eminent domain, | by Associated Press | December 07, 2014, -New York pipeline developer threatens to seize land | By The Associated Press | Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 Shale gas pipeline developer threatens to seize land | By The Associated Press | 12/07/2014 See: Constitution Gas Pipeline Threatens Landowners With Condemnation | by Chip Northrup on December 5, 2014 for what reporting should look like. The power of eminent domain does not allow the pipeline company to trespass on private property. And Williams […]

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Conestoga Town Supervisors Circle the Wagons

December 3, 2014
Conestoga Town Supervisors Circle the Wagons

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Conestoga Township, PA Supervisors voted not to protect its residents.   In a 3-0 vote township supervisors rejected a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance.  The ordinance would prohibit any land acquisition “for the construction, siting, or operation of unsustainable energy systems, because such systems would violate the right of Conestoga Township residents to a sustainable energy future.” Several hundred people had attended the last two supervisor meetings, urging them to take action on the Community Bill of Rights. At the November 4, 2014 supervisor meeting the board agreed to a special meeting to address this bill. About 200 people showed up for the Dec. 2 special meeting hoping the town supervisors would protect them via the Community Bill of Rights.   Instead, town supervisors circled their wagons […]

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SUE THY FRACKING NEIGHBOR

December 2, 2014
SUE THY FRACKING NEIGHBOR

What do you do when your water goes bad, your health deteriorates, and your once peaceful life has been upended by gas drilling operations near your home? The obvious answer is to sue the drillers. This is what the Lauff family in Mt. Pleasant Pennsylvania did. In November 2014, the Lauff family filed a lawsuit naming Range Resources – Appalachia LLC, and their contractors Markwest Liberty Midstream And Resources LLC, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., The Gateway Engineers Inc., New Dominion Construction Inc., And Highland Environmental LLC as defendants. So what makes this case so different than others filed against drilling companies? The Lauff family also names the Carter family as defendants.   The natural gas operations in question reside on land LEASED by the Carter family to Range Resources. CLICK HERE […]

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PARANORMAL PENNEAST

November 22, 2014
PARANORMAL PENNEAST

The PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC announced its Binding Open Season in August 11, 2014 as the first step in construction of a pipeline. The proposed pipeline would extend from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ.   The Binding Open Season concluded on August 29, 2014. PennEast Pre-Filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on October 7, 2014 and was assigned Docket# 15-1. Included in the Pre-file documents is a list of interested parties, stakeholders, State, Federal and Local Officials which, presumably, PennEast has or will be contacting.  According to the dates on Exhibit D, PennEast began contacting interested parties, stakeholders, State, Federal and Local Officials as early as June 11, 2014. For many people and municipalities this meant educating themselves about the FERC process and the PennEast pipeline project.     The […]

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Stay the FERC Out of Our Communities

October 9, 2014
Stay the FERC Out of Our Communities

##### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ##### Communities Fight to Stop PennEast Pipeline as Company Enters Federal Regulatory Process Communities along the proposed route of a 105-mile pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are expressing their opposition to the project today by contacting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. More than 350 people have submitted formal comments, calls, and emails to the commission demanding an immediate denial of the PennEast pipeline project. This is in response to the Commission accepting the first round of documents on Tuesday submitted by UGI Energy Services and its partners for the proposed PennEast pipeline. If approved, the 36-inch gas transmission pipeline would create a new 50-foot-wide pipeline right of way between Luzerne County in Pennsylvania and Mercer County in New Jersey, impacting the entire Delaware River Watershed […]

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PINK WASHING BREAST CANCER

October 9, 2014
PINK WASHING BREAST CANCER

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; it is also fundraising month for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In what may be one of the most blinded by the shiney campaigns, the Komen Foundation has teamed up with Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest fossil fuel services companies. Baker Hughes Expands Commitment to Susan G. Komen Company supports mission to end breast cancer forever HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announced today that for the second consecutive year, it will contribute $100,000 to support Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, in its efforts to end breast cancer forever. It’s ironic that Baker Hughes has painted drill bits “Pink” when those very drill bits are part of a process which has been linked […]

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DING! YOU GOT RESIGNATIONS!

October 3, 2014
DING! YOU GOT RESIGNATIONS!

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and DEP Deputy Chief Counsel Glenn Parno both abruptly resigned on Thursday Oct. 3, 2014 amid the “P-Mail” scandal. Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane revealed the previous week that her office had discovered hundreds of pornographic emails sent or received hundreds of sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages from state e-mail accounts between 2008 and 2012. PA Governor Tom Corbett followed Kane’s revelation by requesting records of interoffice emails containing pornography. Corbett had said he wasn’t aware of the email exchange while he was Attorney General or Governor during that time period. An Office of Attorney General policy signed by then Attorney General Corbett in 2006 prohibits using office technology to view or store “any sexually suggestive, pornographic or obscene […]

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