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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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Of Hockey Pucks and Natural Gas

October 3, 2014
Of Hockey Pucks and Natural Gas

In February 2011, Bloomsburg reports Billionaire Terry Pegula bought the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.  What does hockey have to do with gas drilling?  Maybe nothing, and maybe in the case of Terry Pegula – a lot. On February 23, 2011 the Buffalo News reported:  Excerpt: Pegula drew violations as gas driller In the course of making his fortune, the Florida billionaire, negotiating to buy the Buffalo Sabres, contributed heavily to politicians in a position to advance his business interests and established a less-than-stellar track record in the environmentally dicey business of drilling for natural gas, The Buffalo News has found. A news review of compliance records found East Resources, the company Terrence M. Pegula sold last summer for $4.7 billion, had a middling record of complying with environmental regulations […]

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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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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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