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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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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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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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PENNSYLVANIA ACT 13: the Gift to the Fossil Fuel Industry

January 23, 2014
PENNSYLVANIA ACT 13:  the Gift to the Fossil Fuel Industry

ACT 13 was signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on February 14, 2012. An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for an unconventional gas well fee and for transfers from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund; providing for distribution of fees and transfers; establishing the Natural Gas Energy Development Program; consolidating the Oil and Gas Act with modifications and additions relating to definitions, well permits, permit objections, comments by municipalities and storage operators, well location restrictions, well site restoration, protection of water supplies, notification to public drinking water systems, containment for unconventional wells, transportation records regarding wastewater fluids, corrosion control requirements, gathering lines, well control emergency response, hydraulic fracturing chemical discharge requirements, bonding, air containment emissions, public nuisances, enforcement orders, well […]

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DISNEY CANCELS FRACKERS

January 10, 2014
DISNEY CANCELS FRACKERS

Radio Disney in Cleveland Ohio has canceled the remaining fossil fuel industry sponsored shows. Responding to Disney’s partnership with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), more than 80,000 people signed an online petition to demand Disney CEO Bob Iger stop the OOGA program. News organization Al Jazerra ran the Disney-OOGA partnership story on January 8, 2013. On January 9, 2013, Disney emailed a statement to Al Jazeera, saying the company has pulled out of the remaining installments of the Rocking Ohio tour. “The sole intent of the collaboration between Radio Disney and the nonprofit Rocking in Ohio educational initiative was to foster kids’ interest in science and technology. Having been inadvertently drawn into a debate that has no connection with this goal, Radio Disney has decided to withdraw from […]

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FRACK FAIRY TALES FROM MSC

December 27, 2013
FRACK FAIRY TALES FROM MSC

Newly hired President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), David Spigelmeyer  has a sad and reacts to the recent ACT 13 rulings by retelling old Frack Fairy tales.  One would think in light of growing opposition to the fossil fuel industry’s industrialization of our communities that Spigelmeyer would have come up with better frack fairy tales. Briefly, Spigelmeyer, was Vice President of Government Relations for Chesapeake Energy.  He and a number of other Chesapeake employees were let go in mid 2013 during a “massive restructuring” of the company.   Forbes magazine characterized it as a “bloodbath”.  Since the beginning of 2013 approximately 1,200 employees have been let go. If you are interested in reading what Chesapeake Energy employees (current and former) are saying, CLICK HERE.   ACT 13 FRACK FAIRY TALE […]

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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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FRACKING GOES RADIOACTIVE

November 24, 2013
FRACKING GOES RADIOACTIVE

Two years ago, in the New York Times series, Drilling Down, it was revealed radioactive waste water was being dumped into Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams.  According to the DEP this practice has stopped. About 11 months ago, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), announced plans to study levels of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) associated with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The DEP says it plans to analyze radioactivity in frack flowback water, drill cuttings, drill mud, and the levels in equipment such as pipes, well casings storage tanks, treatment systems and trucks.  The study is expected to take 12-14 months.  In addition studying NORMS, it will also look at Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORMS). DEFINE THE TERMS Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM):  Naturally occurring […]

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