Yet another spill story:

Here is a developing story from Dimock, PA  by the WC Examiner: Drill site spill subject of investigation

Also from the WC Examiner is this story EPA initiates hydraulic fracturing study It quotes U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, D-Dimock: “Ensuring our community has safe drinking water in the midst of our natural gas boom is of significant concern to me and my staff and I welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it will conduct a comprehensive study to review the effects of hydraulic fracturing.”

Yet Carney continues to be non committal regarding the Frac Act which would end most of the exemptions for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act. He’d rather “study” it for the next two years than empower his constituents to know what is being infused into, and spilled upon, his home town’s lands.

2 Responses to Yet another spill story:

  1. Regarding the statement that Chris Carney is non-committal on the Frac Act. I have personally spoken to Rep. Carney’s Field Manager/Asst, Ed Zigmund and he personally told me Rep. Carney does NOT support the Frac Act legislation. He supports yet another study. He would rather study this to death while our landscape becomes swiss cheese with wells and his hometown drinks carcinogenic radioactive mud for clean water.

  2. qazse says:

    Tom, I emailed a copy of this post to Carney’s office last night. The response “he” sent back supports your information (in so many words): Here it is in its entirety:

    March 25, 2010
    Dear Herbert,

    Thank you for your message regarding the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act) of 2009. Hearing from the people of northeast and central Pennsylvania is an integral part of my job in Congress. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me.

    Ensuring our community has safe drinking water in the midst of our natural gas boom is of significant concern to me and my staff. I supported legislation this year that directs the Environmental Protection Agency to further study the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water and to determine whether the process requires federal oversight. I look forward to reviewing that analysis.

    I am also working closely with the state Department of Environmental Protection to assure better oversight at the state level and ensure that the agency actively investigates complaints. The Marcellus Shale has provided our community with a tremendous economic opportunity, but the state must be more vigilant in establishing and enforcing its own regulations.

    The FRAC Act was introduced on June 6, 2009 by Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado. It has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Ways and Means. These committees must consider the legislation before it reaches the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. I know this bill is important to many of my constituents and I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind as this bill makes its way through the legislative process.

    It is too early to tell whether the FRAC Act is necessary. We must work with the enforcement mechanisms already in place and not rush to add another layer of bureaucracy.

    Thank you again for contacting me. As always, please feel free to share your comments and concerns with my office.


    Christopher P. Carney
    Member of Congress

    “another layer of bureaucracy.”? What is that all about. The act creates no bureaucratic structure. It requires action upon the companies within already established frameworks – unless I am missing something.

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