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The gas industry’s sleight of hand: drilling away local rights

By Nadia Steinzor

November 15, 2011

Apparently it’s not enough for the gas industry in Pennsylvania to turn a profit; receive hundreds of new permits a year; have special exemptions from U.S. environmental laws; and be fined for only a tiny fraction of violations committed. According to Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber in the Philadelphia Inquirer, local zoning should also be eliminated for “posing a threat” to the industry.

But Ms. Klaber—along with Governor Corbett in a letter to legislators as they debate bills this week to gut local control in exchange for small drilling revenues—got a basic fact wrong. There is no patchwork of local regulation; the state has set, and will continue to be the entity to set, standards and rules for gas drilling.

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Tagged with: marcellus shale, pennsylvania, zoning


TELL THE NEW MEXICO OIL CONSERVATION COMMISSION: You want full and PUBLIC disclosure of chemicals used in fracking!

By Gwen Lachelt

November 12, 2011

Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project ACTION ALERT

WHAT:

    Next week the New Mexico OCC will consider adopting a new rule requiring the oil and gas industry to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations.

    Industry has proposed a very weak rule.

    We have proposed a rule that would make New Mexico's disclosure one of the best in the nation.

    PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS HEARING and urge the OCC to adopt a strong rule!

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Tagged with: regulation, new mexico, disclosure


Take 3 minutes: Help Protect Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Chetco River

By Bonnie Gestring

November 11, 2011

The Wild and Scenic Chetco River is legendary for the beauty and clarity of its waters. And, it has whopping salmon and steelhead runs!

Although Congress protected the Chetco in 1988 by adding it to the National Wild and Scenic River System, the 1872 Mining Law gives mining preference over all other values and uses. Now proposals to suction dredge along much of this extroardinary river threatens allt he values the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act seeks to protect.

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Tagged with: chetco river, oregon, national wild and scenic river, suction dredge mining


Energy Department Shale Gas Advisory Panel: Miles to go to clean up natural gas development

By Lauren Pagel

November 10, 2011

Today the Shale Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board – formed at the request of President Obama – issued its final draft report. The report focuses on the implementation of the many positive recommendations made by the subcommittee in its previous report that came out in August.

When the initial report was released, I had hoped that it would be a wake up call to the Obama administration, moving them on a path towards more responsible oversight of gas drilling. While some positive steps have been taken to protect our air, land and water from the impacts of drilling, it’s clear from this new report that we still have a long way to go.

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Tagged with: epa, natural gas, water, obama, doi, air, shale gas subcommittee, doe


PSYOPS: Range Resources official statement changes twice

By Sharon Wilson

November 10, 2011

As you know by now, the Big Gas Mafia held a much ballyhooed media/PR conference to get their fracking story straight to combat all the bad press and their failure to convince the American public that they can frack safely. I paid to attend that conference and wore my name badge the entire time.

Transparency was a big theme–hiding/spinning wrongdoings just escalates the public distrust. Yet here they are with the media equivalent of a spill — admissions that they’re using and encourage use of military tactics against American citizens. Yet, rather than owning it and admitting wrongdoing and addressing the problem they are instead trying to divert and obfuscate.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, range resources, psyops, war


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