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PORTIONS OF PENNSYLVNIA’S ACT 13 UNCONSTITUTIONAL

December 20, 2013
PORTIONS OF PENNSYLVNIA’S ACT 13 UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on portions of ACT 13 is a victory for the people of Pennsylvania and a blow to the fossil fuel industry. Of special interest was the one-size-frack-all zoning provision, which sought to eliminate local community control of where and under what conditions the fossil fuel industry could operate. In affirming the municipalities’ standing to bring the Act 13 challenge, which was challenged by the state’s attorneys, Chief Justice Castille wrote in the 162-page majority decision that “[t]he protection of environmental and esthetic interests is an essential aspect of Pennsylvanians’ quality of life and a key part of local government’s role.” The decision also notes “how remarkable a revolution is worked by this legislation (Act 13) upon the existing zoning regimen in Pennsylvania, including residential zones,” […]

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RANGE RESOURCES LAWSUIT-EYES WIDE OPEN

December 11, 2013
RANGE RESOURCES LAWSUIT-EYES WIDE OPEN

The lawsuit of Haney, Voyles and Kiskadden against Range Resources is opening some eyes.  There are broader implications and deeper questions must be asked. WHAT WE’VE LEARNED About a year ago, through the deposition of Taru Upadhyay, Technical Director of PA DEP Laboratory  we learned about suite codes used by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Briefly, a DEP inspector would obtain a water sample, and through the use of a suite code, indicate what he/she would like the PA Laboratory to report.   According to the testimony of Upadhyay, the PA Lab follows testing procedures according to EPA standards, and do test for more than what is specified by the suite code. Upadhyay said the department’s oil and gas division directed the lab to generate water test reports to […]

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TESTING LABS – DON’T KNOW FRACK Part 4

September 26, 2013
TESTING LABS – DON’T KNOW FRACK Part 4

Don’t Know Frack Part 1 Range Resources Don’t Know Frack Part 2 DEP-Don’t Know Frack Part 3 BREAKING NEWS: September 25, 2013 DEP FINES ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY $60,000 FOR VARIOUS VIOLATIONS Excerpts: The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has signed a consent order and agreement with Microbac Laboratories of Pittsburgh, which requires the lab to pay a civil penalty of $60,000 and to conduct an independent review of its laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland. Microbac Baltimore was accredited under DEP’s National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program to test and analyze drinking water, non-potable water, and a variety of soils, chemicals and liquids. During a DEP inspection in April 2013, DEP found a number of violations, such as failure to properly calculate holding times for samples; overall failure of management to provide […]

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DEP-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 3)

September 25, 2013
DEP-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 3)

Don’t Know Frack Part 1 Range Resources Don’t Know Frack Part 2 Michael Krancer was appointed as Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary by Governor Tom Corbett in 2011.  Krancer resigned his position effective April 15, 2013 and returned to his old law firm of Blank Rome which represents a number of natural gas corporations operating in the Marcellus Shale.  He is now head of Blank Rome’s Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice. His famous quote, “At the end of the day, my job is to make sure gas is done and gas is done right” provided many observers a unique and different perspective as to the term ‘environmental protection’. According to DEP Compliance Report (i.e. violations) for dates between Jan 1, 2009 thru August 31, 2013, Range Resources […]

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RANGE RESOURCES-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 2)

September 24, 2013
RANGE RESOURCES-DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 2)

Click here for Don’t Know Frack Part 1 With almost any issue facing us today we hear the mantra of needing transparency.  The government needs to be more transparent, regulatory agencies need to be more transparent, corporations need to be transparent and the general public rallies behind the mantra. Political campaigns often carry a talking point or two about supporting and needing more transparency.   Corporate advertisements and talking points will tout their transparency. Specific to the natural gas industry it appears they are about as transparent as the drilling mud from an inadvertent return to the surface, (i.e. drilling mud spill or blowout). In the A Motion for Contempt and for Sanctions in the Form of An Adverse Inference Docket No. 2011-149-R  it was pointed out Range Resources ran to […]

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DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 1)

September 23, 2013
DON’T KNOW FRACK (PART 1)

Note:  Range Resources and Fracking Cocktail recipe issue will be presented in a series. It is recommended to go back and read previous posts (listed below) to be familiar with the background. What’s in Your Water? Don’t ask the PA-DEP DEP FrackWatergate: Questions PA Department of Environmental Protection FrackWatergate Tap Dancing with DEP – FRACK Watergate FrackFocus and Fig Leaves FracUNfocusED FracFocus Out of Focus? Harvard Law Says YES! Of all the issues about natural gas drilling, perhaps the one which has garnered the most media attention is water contamination and just what is in the fracking “water”.  According to who in the industry you listen to, the amount of chemicals added to water and sand are between 0.5% – 0.9%.   Each “frack” in the Marcellus Shale uses between 5-7 […]

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