CHC Action Alert, Protection, not wish lists!!


Best Practice is a Ban!
The county is debating between an unenforceable list of best practices for gas drillers in the conservation zone, and CHC’s enforceable ban on fracking.
Take Action today!  Call the county commissioners today, tell them
  • wish lists with no legal strength won’t protect Yellow Creek state park
  • the best way to protect our county’s natural areas is to keep drilling, strip mining, and other industrial practices out of the conservation zones.
Here’s their number:  (724) 465-3805
Task Forces, Planning Commissions and Hearings, Oh My!!
This last week has been a busy one for CHC. A full report back on the week’s meetings is attached. Thanks to so many of you on this list that have been at these events. Our continued presence is necessary in this long process.
MDS Hearing take 2
This hearing yielded no big surprises. MDS and their associates carefully responded to the Zoning Board’s requests from take 1.  They even produced the inventors of their frack fluid,GammaFrack, who assured us that their product was safe to bathe in.  The Gazette articlecaptured the meeting pretty well.
The unanswered concerns are MDS’s poor track record in terms of violations and their ability to actually execute the stipulations needed if they get approval, and the effect on air quality.  CHC will continue to research these issues and provide information to the board.
They board has 45 days to respond, and has kept the public record open. Please let me know ASAP if you have other research to include in the public record.
Task Force Meeting
The Task Force reviewed the state MS Commission’s recommendations. Have you seen them? The recommendations start on page 103.
Planning Commission
The Planning Commission again reviewed CHC’s ordinance for a ban in the conservation zones.  They also began a discussion on having either a ban, or a list of best practices for the ordinance.
It was acknowledged, however, that a list of best practices that exceeded DEP’s standard for a permit would not be enforceable by the county, and a ban would.
One Response to “CHC Action Alert, Protection, not wish lists!!”
  1. denise garrott says:

    offshore company
    snyders and halliburton
    interesting deals– old news
    Landmines slow down Nabors rig deployments in Iraqat Reuters(Wed, Jul 27)

    Nabors to Buy Driller Superior Wells for $900 Million
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    Nabors Industries, an oilfield services company, said Monday that it would buy Superior Well Services in an all-cash deal worth about $900 million.

    “We expect to derive significant synergies in North America by integrating pumping services with our drilling and workover offerings,” said Gene Isenberg, head of Nabors. “The most readily identifiable economies will be derived from our own oil and gas entities.”

    Holders of about a third of Superior’s outstanding stock have agreed to the tender. The offer of $22.12 per share represents a premium over Superior’s last closing price of $18.23.

    UBS and the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy advised Nabors, while Simmons & Company International and Latham & Watkins were advisers to Superior Well Services.

    Oil Drilling Company Loses Twice in One Day in Congress

    Published: June 29, 2006
    Nabors Industries, the big oil driller that wanted to be considered a Bermuda company for tax purposes but an American company for business purposes, may regret trying to be both.

    The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously yesterday to treat as American all companies that made Bermuda or any other tax haven their tax headquarters after March 20, 2002. Nabors completed its Bermuda move three months after that deadline.

    In a second vote, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee rejected language that would have allowed Nabors to continue operating 33 ships servicing offshore oil rigs and platforms even though the Jones Act, a 1920 national security law, allows only American companies to transport goods and people on ships between American ports, including offshore oil rigs and platforms.

    Nabors won a temporary exemption to the Jones Act two years ago, but that expires in 2007 and the company sought to make it permanent.

    Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said the votes reflected bipartisan revulsion at Nabors for overreaching.

    “We’re going to make Nabors pay taxes,” Senator Schumer said, adding that Congress would have had no interest in Nabors’s tax savings had it not sought the Jones Act exemption. “That was the appalling part,” he said.

    Changing the last date when a company could adopt a Bermuda, Cayman Islands or other tax address of convenience, and imposing full American taxes beginning this year, would raise $1.2 billion over the next 10 years, the Joint Committee on Taxation staff estimated yesterday.

    Significantly, the language that would have given Nabors the permanent exemption from the Jones Act was sponsored by Representative Don Young, Republican of Alaska, the transportation committee chairman. But it was Mr. Young who ruled that the voice vote went against Nabors. Representative Gene Taylor, a Democrat from Mississippi who has long complained about official favors for Nabors, argued that the company had won a three-year exemption from the Jones Act two years ago “and is now trying to change the rules that they agreed to.”

    Mr. Taylor said his fight was far from over, predicting that Nabors and its supporters “will try to get their language put into the conference committee report.” Conference reports, which represent a compromise between the House and Senate versions of a bill, are voted on in full and are often used to dole out special interest favors.

    Kenneth J. Kies, tax lobbyist for Nabors, dismissed the Senate vote as window dressing. “They’ve voted so many times” to end tax benefits for companies that use Bermuda as a tax address, he said, “that I’ve lost count of all the votes.”

    But Mr. Kies was more concerned about the House vote, saying: “This is a disappointment” and “the company is going to have to decide what they want to do now.”

    Dennis Smith, the Nabors spokesman, said the company had no comment.

    The Senate vote on tax headquarters of convenience would affect more than just Nabors. Other companies that would lose the benefits include the oil services companies Noble Corporation (formerly Noble Drilling) and Weatherford International, as well as Cooper Industries, a Houston manufacturer.

    Among the companies that made the move offshore, on paper, before March 2002 and would, therefore, continue to enjoy the tax benefits would be Transocean, an energy services concern; Ingersoll-Rand and Foster Wheeler, two New Jersey manufacturers; the California pharmaceutical company Xoma; and White Mountains Insurance Group.

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