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The Fracking News

The Indiana County Planning Commission has recommended drilling be allowed in the conservation zone. Think that’s a bad idea?  Let the commissioners know, Wednesday, 11/16, 10:30am at the County Courthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

A recent graduate from IUP has started putting maps together for CHC. What would you like to see on this map?

Among the groundswell of opposition to the municipal zoning pre-emption in HB1050 and SB1100, it’s important to remember that these two bills under consideration in the PA House and Senate this week also fail to meet basic environmental protections. Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have outlined a number of specific environmental protection measures that are critical to any legislation that passes into law. On Monday you’ll see additional environmental groups and local legislators echoing these criticisms.

However, Governor Corbett remains unabashedly supportive of the preemption provision, Wonder why?  Check the next section, the answer is very close to home (spoiler alert: rhymes with Weed, Blight, Sith and Honey):

Indiana County legislators Rep. Reed, and Sens White, and Smith join Gov. Corbett among the top PA recipients of the $747 million dollars the shale-gas industry has spent on a “stunningly successful” campaign to win weak regulation over the past 10 years. This, this according to a four-month study by Common Cause released last week along with CHC state partners, Penn Future, and the League of Women Voters.

I wish they were at least listening to an industry stacked Department of Energy subcommittee, which today found that: 
….if action is not taken to reduce the environmental impact accompanying the very considerable expansion of shale gas production expected across the country – perhaps as many as 100,000 wells over the next several decades – there is a real risk of serious environmental consequences and a loss of public confidence that could delay or stop this activity.
Which environmental consequences? Here’s a few new ones this week:
They’re listening in State College, where among larger developments, voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on fracking. Our friends at Sustainability Now Radio helped  win 72% approval.  Two other towns were not so fortunate on Tuesday.

Environmental groups in British Columbia just released a report finding widespread contamination from years of fracking, and recommending “no-go zones where shale gas industry activities are excluded,” among other protections.

Here’s some alternatives to frack fluid – what do you think?
Here’s an alternative to more gas drilling. Paul Krugman is telling us to get ready for a rapid expansion of solar development. I’m ready!!

And lastly, a lot of folks sent me this report of an executive from Range Resources referring to the opposition movement to fracking as an “insurgency,” and recommending other industry execs “download the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manuel.”  This article unconvincingly suggests that the comments were taken out of context. Zoiks!!  
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