The Fracking News – Revolutionary Ideas

The Fracking News Indiana County planning staff is taking their show on the road, and presented their first of three public meetings to introduce the County Comprehensive Plan his week.  What isn’t in that plan? A get out of jail free card  to the zoning preemption contained in Act 13. That privilege is apparently reserved to Republican legislators in Bucks and Montgomery County who … Continue reading

CHC Update: Community Meetings This Week!

Greetings friends, It’s a busy week for CHC with opportunities for you to speak out about drilling and about development overall in our county. Ordinance update – CHC to support lawsuit against Act 13 At our steering committee meeting this week we agreed that CHC would circulate a letter supporting the lawsuit brought against the … Continue reading

Cap and Continue

THE FRACKING NEWS The company running the Marcellus Well at Yellow Creek have decided to declare it inactive, and reclaim the site i.e. cover it with dirt, seed, and mulch it. According to company spokesperson, the decision had to do with a fault encountered at about 7,800ft. They’ll re-evaluate when more subsurface data is available. … Continue reading

CHC Update: Big News!

Greetings friends, Good news!! I’m happy to inform members of the Coalition for a Healthy County that the Yellow Creek well is now under inactive status, and MDS will begin the process of reclaiming the site. According to MDS spokesperson, Mike Knapp, they stopped drilling at about 7,800′ when they encountered an apparent fault. The … Continue reading


The Fracking News Indiana County Commissioners adopted an impact fee for Indiana County last week – the county’s 38 municipalities may share $477,000 in the first year. All Marcellus producing counties, plus 16 w/o Marcellus wells have now enacted a fee. For those who remember the fall, a lot of time was spent by our legislators insisting … Continue reading

Earth Day Action Alert!!

Earth Day Action Alert!! Sunday is Earth Day, and here in Indiana our partners the IUP ECO club will be celebrating on Friday, 4/20 at the Oak Grove from 10am-2pm. Come out and check out music, sustainability projects, student and local green organizations, and an overall good time! But most of all – Take action to support your … Continue reading

Plausible Deniability, or Informed Precaution?

THE FRACKING NEWS Indiana County is among the latest to announce plans to adopt the drilling fee. Initial analysis suggests the county could receive almost $1 million in revenue from the impact fee. Those funds must go to address impact from Marcellus Shale drilling in Indiana county. Got an idea how to spend that? Let me … Continue reading

The Fracking News – Lets Talk Solutions

The Fracking News Act 13, the new state legislation “regulating” gas and oil drilling in Pennsylvania is not getting better with age. In fact, it may be the worst corporate give away in the country.  The Sierra Club has put together a Mythbuster factsheet on what this legislation does, and does not do, with references to the actual legislation. What … Continue reading

The Fracking News: Unreasonable Development

Action against Act 13:  Sign this petition from PennEnvironment requesting a moratorium on new drilling. We’re almost to 20,000! Looks like Sierra Club members are also pushing for a ban on drilling.  Another option is to Occupy Well Street. Or, use your pick-up truck like this Jefferson County farmer did. Bradford county commissioners are softening their stance against the impact fee; … Continue reading

CHC Update: Dealing with Act 14, and long-term strategy

Greetings friends, Below you’ll find a detailed update the CZ ordinance including timeline and next steps, an Action step, a brief summary of last week’s Steering Committee meeting, an update on other CHC projects and last week’s Steering Committee meeting, and of course, The Fracking News. But first, CHC is co-sponsoring a movie downtown next week: Carbon … Continue reading