No Fracking Way

Dory Hippauf

WOLF GETS CAKE AND EATS IT TOO

January 30, 2015
WOLF GETS CAKE AND EATS IT TOO

Via an executive order, Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order #2015-03 which on first glance appears to stop all drilling on state lands and forests. To those who have broken out the champagne and are toasting the Governor’s actions you may want to put the cork back into the bottle and read the actual executive order. Executive Order 2015-03 – Leasing of State Forest and State Park Land for Oil and Gas Development There are two important items in the Executive order: The first is in the “whereas”: WHEREAS, DCNR has concluded that additional leasing of State Forest land or State Park land for oil and gas development would jeopardize DCNR’s ability to fulfill its legislative duty to conserve and maintain these public natural resources, and to sustain its […]

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IT’S BAAAAACK – ONE SIZE FRACKS ALL ZONING

January 28, 2015
IT’S BAAAAACK – ONE SIZE FRACKS ALL ZONING

When Act 13 was signed into law by former PA Governor Tom Corbett on February 14, 2012, it contained language which would override all local ordinances and enactments of standards pertaining to the natural gas industry activities.   Such ordinances or standards would have been set by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to “maintain consistency and uniformity”. Seven Pennsylvania municipalities fought back and filed a lawsuit.   By July 2012, the Commonwealth Courts struck down the statewide zoning provisions of the Act 13 as unconstitutional under both the Pennsylvania and the U.S. Constitution. It was appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and in December 2013, the court upheld the previous decision, which allowed municipalities to set their own ordinances. If you thought this was the end of it – you were wrong. […]

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Pennsylvania May Still Be Watching You

January 23, 2015
Pennsylvania May Still Be Watching You

The attacks of September 11, 2001 led to the creation of Homeland Security. Working with other agencies and departments of the US Government, Homeland Security was tasked with identifying critical infrastructure and to protect them from terrorist attacks. Per Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7: Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection | HSPD 7 Abstract (1): Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 establishes a national policy for Federal departments and agencies to identify and prioritize critical infrastructure and to protect them from terrorist attacks. The directive defines relevant terms and delivers 31 policy statements. These policy statements define what the directive covers and the roles various federal, state, and local agencies will play in carrying it out. The energy industry is considered a critical infrastructure. Individual states created their own Homeland Security […]

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Propaganda by Proxy: The Payoffs

January 8, 2015
Propaganda by Proxy: The Payoffs

Opposition to fossil fuel drilling/fracking, construction of pipelines, midstream infrastructure and export facilities continue to grow. The industry, predictably, responds with the usual bag of tricks by throwing lots of lobbying and campaign contributions to legislators and candidates. In Pennsylvania along, according to MarcellusMoney.org: Since 2007, the natural gas industry has spent $41 million lobbying Pennsylvania officials. Since 2007, it has also contributed $8 million to Pennsylvania candidates and PACs. Half that $8 million total has been donated by industry employees, while industry PACs contributed the remaining half. Over $6.2 million of the total $8 million has been donated to candidates, while Party PACs received $1.4 million ($1.2 million to Republican Party PACs, $166,850 to Democratic Party PACs). Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is the top recipient of natural gas industry […]

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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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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 regard 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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