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Pennsylvania communities sue frackers for toxic pollution

By Alan Septoff

November 23, 2009

Propublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports  that Pennsylvania residents are suing Cabot Oil and Gas -- the company responsible for multiple spills associated with their Marcellus Shale drilling near Dimock, PA.  They seek to stop future drilling and to establish a trust fund to cover medical expenses for those harmed by Cabot's operations.

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Tagged with: marcellus shale, pennsylvania, cabot oil and gas, atlas energy, propublica, reuters


Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile, Ultra jewelers say no to dirty gold.

By Alan Septoff

November 20, 2009

This week Sears/Kmart, Blue Nile and Ultra Stores signed the No Dirty Gold campaign's "Golden Rules" for more responsible mining.

This brings the total number of jewelry retail signatories up to 60. Altogether, these jewelry retailers represent over $1.3 billion in annual US jewelry sales, or nearly a quarter of the total.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, jewelry retailers, golden rules, blue nile, kmart, sears, ultra


Drilling industry executive admits that oversupply, not regulations, responsible for decreased drilling

By Alan Septoff

November 5, 2009

The drilling industry claims, over and over, that rules that better protect landowners, public health and the environment reduce the industry's willingness to drill.

It's a canard, of course.

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Tagged with: drilling, regulation, colorado, encana, coga, boom-bust


Something stinks... the drilling industry's attitude towards reasonable oversight.

By Alan Septoff

October 8, 2009

What do the recent Pennsylvania and Colorado examples of industry's attempt to suborn reasonable state drilling oversight demonstrate?

The need for federal regulation of drilling/fracking.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, regulation, pennsylvania, colorado, frac act, denver post


What's the big fracking deal? Toxic spills.

By Alan Septoff

September 25, 2009

UpdatedUpdate II.

While the natural gas industry maintains that stronger regulations aren't needed, its track record continues to prove otherwise.

On Tuesday, the Wayne Independent reported that three "substantial" toxic spills by a fracker have occurred in less than one week in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, pennsylvania, dimock, cabot


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