Good job GDAC, Good job Tom

October 19, 2010

Tom Jiunta at Lehman Meeting (Times Leader)

Tom Jiunta and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition have been working tirelessly to advance a petition in support of an ordinance which would protect the water supply of Lehman Township. Tonight they presented the ordinance which is similar to one recently passed by the the Licking Township (Pennsylvania) Board of Supervisors. The Lehman ordinance was  drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Defense Fund.

The proposal presented to the Lehman Township Board of Supervisors, would make it unlawful:

“for any corporation to import water into Lehman for use in the extraction of subsurface natural gas or to deposit waste water, “produced” water, “frack” water, brine or other materials, chemicals or by-products of natural gas extraction into the land, air or waters within Lehman Township.”

per the CELDF website.

Here is the early online edition from the Times Leader: Lehman supers hold off vote on anti-drill law

This initiative is about citizen’s rights and the heart of a democratic society.  We share the air and the water.  Collectively, we have a constitutional right to clean air and water.   Any sane society would insure that.   No individual, or corporation has the authority to usurp these basic human rights.

Although advised otherwise, the Supervisors insisted on keeping the venue at the Lehman Township Building instead of larger venues in the immediate area.  Consequently some citizens left because they could hear nothing from the entrance hall.  That is, they were not allowed to participate in the process due to venue constriction.  It is an age old strategy of those who want to impede the democratic process rather than support it.  The Supervisors’ obstructionist behavior is not a surprise given the reality that two of them were found to be ethically compromised by  the state ethics commission.

(And thank you to the Community Environmental Legal Defense  Defense Fund for your statewide efforts to bring power back to the people.)

The supervisors refused to take action on the proposal, citing a fear of law suits and a lack of authority,the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition and the CELDF will continue to put this issue forward. See the Citizen’s Voice coverage here: Lehman Twp. supervisors take no action on drilling ordinance


fracadelia

October 7, 2010

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…
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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.

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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!”

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“The gas industry wants the Senate to give them all  Pennsylvania properties which now have no gas leases.”   

– Clearville’s Blog

Clearville says:  Contact PA Senators before October 12, 2012, the gas industry wants properties with NO GAS LEASES!

STOP FORCED POOLING!
 
Senate emails:

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“If you love the Creator, you’ll love His Creation”

– Jonathan Meritt


The Champagne State

September 10, 2010


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!


Cabot Speak

April 10, 2010

This is excerpted from the news article: State: Energy firm contaminated well, spring

Cabot spokesman Ken Komoroski said the company has not confirmed the source of the fluid, but has confirmed that “Cabot activities are not the source.”

Komoroski said Cabot checked with its “independent third-party consultant,” which concluded that “the observance of black water in the well did not and could not have occurred as a result of Cabot activities” based on “observation and extensive analytical testing.” He said the well and spring contained “total and fecal coliform, which is indicative of human or animal waste” and that “the materials that exist in the well in high concentrations don’t exist on Cabot locations.”

Asked if any of the materials Cabot uses were found in the well, Komoroski said the company does not yet have all analytical results from lab tests and a final report is still in draft form. DEP continues to investigate the incident and Cabot will continue to cooperate and support the department’s efforts, he said.

So let’s get this straight.  Cabot denies wrongdoing before  all the reports are in????….Oh I forgot (touch to the forehead) – the Halliburton loophole… sorry … there is really no way for me to ever know…  is there?  You made sure of that.

Not for long though, when democracy has its day.


Dispatch from Dimock

April 9, 2010

Herb. Sent you an article about another one of my neighbor’s water problems from the Times Leader. Not sure if I sent it right. It is like a war zone up here in Dimock. Helicopters hovering overhead all the time dropping their seismic testing “pods” – spooking my horses. Workers in the fields and woods stringing miles of seismic testing wire – trucks heavy equipment driving by constantly – dust – noise – skies lit up at night from the drilling rigs – constant noise from the drilling and fracking. Drillers park their chemical trucks next door here at work and I walk over sometimes and try to read the names of the chemical containers – can’t understand the names of the chemicals but they all have skull and crossbones next to them – what would one think that means! Sorry for the rant – just have to vent once in a while. Chuck.


Yet another Public Meeting on April 7:

April 5, 2010

Dr. Tom Jiunta will serve as a panelist at the following event:

ADVISORY FROM JOE SESTAK, DEMOCRAT FOR SENATE

WEDNESDAY, 11 AM: Joe Sestak to hold public forum on Marcellus Shale development

MEDIA, PA – Recognizing that development of the Marcellus Shale requires an approach that is both profitable and protective of Pennsylvania’s natural resources, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Joe Sestak is inviting organizations and individuals with differing views on the issue to a public forum on Wednesday, April 7 at 11 AM at The Peace and Justice Center.

“I believe the Marcellus Shale should be developed to provide jobs and revenue, but we must follow the fundamental rule: Pennsylvania comes before energy company profits,” said Joe. “At this event, we will address questions from both sides of this complicated and often-contentious issue.”

EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: Public forum on Marcellus Shale Development
WHO: U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak
WHEN: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11 AM
WHERE: The Peace and Justice Center, 63 N. Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

*There will be additional press availability upon request following the event.

Joe has long been an advocate for responsible development of the Marcellus Shale, which has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs throughout Pennsylvania while pouring millions of dollars into rural economies. Acting on legislative language Joe introduced and helped pass last year, the EPA announced last month it would begin a $1.9 million study of the possibly adverse affects of hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking,” on water quality. Joe is a co-sponsor of the FRAC Act to repeal a Bush-era loophole that allows drillers to skirt the Safe Drinking Water Act.

For more information, contact: Jonathon.Dworkin@joesestak.com, (610) 891-8956


LCCCW Petition Now Online

March 11, 2010

The organization, Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water, has a petition which is now online:

SIGN PETITION HERE

(Also, I will have a permanent button in the right hand column of this blog.)

The organization was founded by Tom Jiunta. He works tirelessly, lobbying officials for clean water. LCCCW is sponsoring the public meeting March, 12th. More info:

PS – thanks Jen for hooking this up!