No more sleeping
“Dry Baby dry!” has been Audrey Simpson’s battle cry (and prayer) since she first heard of EnCana’s plans to drill three experimental horizontal gas wells in the Back Mountain region of Northeast Penn’s Woods.
We first met Audrey on January 14, 2010. She was video taping a presentation by EnCana to the Back Mountain Community Partnership. I recall how simplistic and benign EnCana’s presentation was. They did not mention trainloads of chemicals, just some water and sand. When we publicly questioned them, they became defensive and contentious.
After the meeting, Audrey approached Karen, Leanne and I, “We have to organize!”. Then she introduced herself. She had been following this Marcellus “play” for a while and she knew it was bad mojo.
That was the beginning of NoDrillNEPA which eventually merged with Tom Jiunta’s group (Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water) to become GDAC – Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition.
I called Simpson tonight to discuss the news that EnCana was pulling out of Luzerne and Columbia Counties. We recalled that back in January, we saw this outcome as a remote possibility. Here it was nine months later, and the dream was now reality.
This may be good news for the Back Mountain, but EnCana’s departure is totally fortuitous. Like being spared of small pox while others around you are wasting away.
The Susquehanna, Delaware, Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio remain threatened and suffering. Thousands of fellow citizens continue to be treated as guinea pigs, The Pennsylvania State Constitution continues to be usurped. Citizens will have their properties seized by private entities. Our governor will pay back the gas industry for its contributions to his campaign.
Ours was a chance victory in a large war. This won’t be won without a constitutional battle. For the time being we must do everything we can to help slow, stall, challenge, and ban this supposed juggernaut. Place by place. Day by day.
Otherwise, they will be back.
I would think this EnCana announcement will not effect the continuing attempts to traverse the area with pipeline.
Always remember, the landmen were there when we were not. We must find a way to help struggling family farms. They are the backbone of rural Pennsylvania.
We need to re-think and re-tool for a green humanscale future. It is the only sane path.
The amount of gas drilling vehicle violations in the Northern Tier were no surprise to many. “Operation FracNET“ was a three day, five county State Police enforcement initiative that inspected 1,135 trucks with a reported focus on residual waste trucks. The results: 959 citations, 208 trucks placed out of service, 64 drivers taken out of service. “The most common problems involved faulty brakes, exterior lighting issues and hauling permit violations.” Glad to see the industry has been on top of things.
By any management metric, these are sadly laughable results. The three day enforcement was a brief and thin view into the daily complex operations of the gas play . Do the same compliance rates exist throughout this industrial system?
It is chaos. It is bedlam. Trucks upon trucks of traffic, blasting here, drilling there, fracking there, and there. A thousand critical details go by each day without sufficient oversight.
This State Police initiative is welcome and appreciated. It certainly makes a case for the lack of control the industry has on its transportation sector. One can only extrapolate this dismal record to other aspects of management’s purview.
Please note, there have been previous initiates with much the same disheartening results. Guess we taught them a thing or two. They won’t dare violate the law again…
The corporation is not a person, it is a machine, it reads only numbers. It is fueled by numbers. It is run by numbers. It will die by numbers.
This severance tax debate is comical. Some legislators applaud it as a hedge against environmental calamity. It is like getting a cancer injection and crying out “Hooray! I have medical insurance!”
“The gas industry wants the Senate to give them all Pennsylvania properties which now have no gas leases.”
Clearville says: Contact PA Senators before October 12, 2012, the gas industry wants properties with NO GAS LEASES!
“If you love the Creator, you’ll love His Creation”
– Jonathan Meritt
Hello, this is Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Hanger inviting you to vacation here in Pennsylvania. There are so many things to do in the Champagne State: Take an intoxicating and romantic trip down the bubbly Susquehanna. Milk a dead cow! Come visit one of our many new and exciting theme parks such as Cabot Patch or EnCana Land!
Remember, liberty began and ended right here in Penn’s Woods. See you soon!
Following is a guest post from Molly M. All are invited to submit:
For the past six months my life has been consumed by the prospect of natural gas drilling in my community. I have attended meetings, been interviewed by the newspaper, written and talked to umpteen legislators, seen Gasland, put a No Frack sign in my yard, talked to everyone within hearing distance, and read, read, read. On a more personal level, I have taken a hard look at my own lifestyle and the usage of fossil energy resources. I would love to incorporate solar panels and a wind turbine at my home. For the time being, I have changed all of my lightbulbs to CFLs, added solar lighting to my yard, added insulation to my home, and installed insulated drapes on my windows. By using less energy, I hope to deny the energy companies of a little profit…
Gas Stock was an act of defiance. It signals that despite the odds, the politicos, the Westmoreland Club, the silence of the Sierra Club, the co-opting of Penn State, the compromising of Penn Future, the dearth of lawyer support, the PUC, the lobbyists, the campaign contributions, the advertisements, the unemployment, the bankrupt governments (desperate to close their budgets), the SRBC, the DEP, the Oil and Gas Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and on and on … the movement will not give up.
Clean air and clean water are our constitutional right:
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people. -Article I of the Pennsylvania State Constitution, Sec. 27
Beyond that, we owe it to our children and grandchildren.
And to those of you who follow the Bible: remember, you are called upon to be stewards of God’s creation. Don’t let covetousness cloud your decisions – do the right thing. (God created a garden, not an industrial zone)
we are not hostage
to foreign oil
we are hostage