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Stagnant thinking in changing times

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By Nadia Steinzor

September 3, 2013

In the last few years, every time I visited Towanda, PA, truck traffic jammed main roads and hotels and apartments were under construction. Last week, I whizzed into town and noted that Chesapeake Energy’s headquarters is now a childcare center and dance studio.

Small signs of changing times? Undoubtedly, the rapid pace of the shale gas boom has slowed enough to make it look like the inevitable bust has arrived in some places, from northeast Pennsylvania to Arkansas.

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Truth in numbers?

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By Nadia Steinzor

July 23, 2013

Because of such divergent opinions on issues like gas development, it can be useful to remember the saying “numbers don’t lie.” But there’s also the follow on, “but liars use numbers.” For now, I’ll give the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) the benefit of the doubt that they’re trying to catch up to the truth.

In a recent meeting with Earthworks and several partner organizations, agency representatives confirmed that gas development has caused many cases of water contamination. They seem to be going with the number 161, which an impressive investigation by the Scranton Times Tribune revealed in May.

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Tagged with: fracking, enforcement, health, pennslyvania


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