The film “Gasland” about the Marcellus Shale drilling will play one night only at the Elmira Heights Theater on Wednesday, June 9th, with a Q&A with the writer/director Josh Fox. Admission fee: $5.00.
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Counties and municipalities across Pennsylvania where natural gas drilling is taking place — particularly in the Northern Tier region — are also struggling to meet a number of additional challenges associated with the industry’s increased presence and rapid growth, according to state officials. PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. and Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski today said that in the wake of the drilling, there have been increases in truck traffic, traffic violations, crime, demand for social services, and the number of miles of roads that are in need of repairs.
According to Biehler, hundreds of miles of secondary roads in Pennsylvania’s northern tier have been damaged or even rendered impassable because of heavy truck traffic associated with drilling activities. While drilling companies have committed to repairing roads they use, Biehler said, their efforts have not kept pace with the damage in a number of cases. ”The high volume of heavy truck traffic carrying water, equipment and chemicals to drilling sites has caused extensive damage to secondary roads and even some primary roads,” Biehler said, noting … we’ve had to close roads and revoke a drilling company’s permit to use those roads because repairs were not made in a timely manner. The condition of some of these roads has made travel a safety concern.”
PennDOT has ordered drilling companies to post bonds for 1,711 miles of roads and that number is expected to double this year…. State Police Commissioner Pawlowski attributed much of the road damage to overweight trucks serving the gas industry. He cited a Feb. 9 enforcement effort in Susquehanna County that found 56 percent of 194 trucks checked were found to be over the weight limit. Fifty percent of those trucks were also cited for safety violations….
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On May 25th the Pennsylvania House environmental committee passed crucial legislation to protect our rivers and streams from dangerous gas drilling.
This proposal, HB 2213, does several important things, including:
Gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has already caused countless problems for residents throughout Pennsylvania, such as: Poisoning drinking water, polluting air, and contaminating our rivers and streams, to name a few. With HB 2213, we can stop much of the damage caused by gas drilling.
We’re not completely out of the woods yet, though — the legislation now must pass in the full state House.
Above info courtesy of PennEnvironment: http://www.pennenvironment.org/
1. The gas companies that want to drill in the Marcellus Shale all know, just like other businesses, that they must spend money in order to make money. In 2008 they contributed a total of $36 million to candidates in national elections, and spent $133 million on lobbying. In 2009 they spent a whopping $169 million on Washington lobbying, ranking just third among industrial sectors….
2. I am not against gas exploration in our state. I do disagree with some of the methods and maneuvers being practiced as well as some of the deals that some of the gas companies made with many landowners, as they capitalized and took advantage of them, by obtaining early lease agreements, for the purpose of excessive profits in the future.
3. As an environmentally conscious resident of Pennsylvania, I cannot understand why the state has failed to issue a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas. It is undeniable that the operations surrounding natural gas extraction have major environmental consequences.
For Immediate Release May 12, 2009
CHESAPEAKE BAY PROTECTION AND RESTORATION
Despite significant efforts by Federal, State, and local governments and other interested parties, water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay prevents the attainment of existing State water quality standards and the “fishable and swimmable” goals of the Clean Water Act. At the current level and scope of pollution control within the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed, restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is not expected for many years. The pollutants that are largely responsible for pollution of the Chesapeake Bay are nutrients, in the form of nitrogen and phosphorus, and sediment. These pollutants come from many sources, including sewage treatment plants, city streets, development sites, agricultural operations, and deposition from the air onto the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the lands of the watershed.Restoration of the health of the Chesapeake Bay will require a renewed commitment to controlling pollution from all sources as well as protecting and restoring habitat and living resources, conserving lands, and improving management of natural resources, all of which contribute to improved water quality and ecosystem health. The Federal Government should lead this effort. Executive departments and agencies (agencies), working in collaboration, can use their expertise and resources to contribute significantly to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Progress in restoring the Chesapeake Bay also
administrative, or legislative proposals.
May 12, 2009.
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What has Matt Baker done to protect Pennsylvania from the negative impacts of the current underregulated gas rush?
Below is a letter written to the Wellsboro Gazette. Voting day is coming up quickly and here is an opportunity for those of us who are unhappy with the decisions Matt Baker has been making in regards to the gas rush. The fact that Matt Baker has not had, and will not otherwise, have anyone running against him again means he can be extremely wishy-washy on this subject as well as others. At this point he doesn’t have to take any position and can play all sides in his favor without actually having to be educated about the subjects economic, environmental or health issues that are arising. AND, if he has made an effort to educate himself about them on his own (not from the oil and gas industry spokespersons) then he is truly more interested in selling out to a huge industry that is already bloated with money and getting fatter off our resources. Please read the letter if you are curious or are concerned that you are not being fairly represented by your local representative.
For those who haven't seen my letter in the Wellsboro Gazette. I would really like to get the Democratic nomination by write in since otherwise I need to collect nearly 500 signatures to get on the ballot in November. http://www.tiogapublishing.com/articles/2010/04/29/opinion/letters/doc4bd8a0836c297146754097.txt
Why me?Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:15 PM CDT To the editor; Why am I, a registered Green, asking Democrats to write me in as their candidate for state representative on May 18? In a nutshell, to keep Matt Baker from once again running as a Democrat as well as a Republican. But if you want an issue, how about the upcoming devastation of much of the state? What has Matt Baker done to protect Pennsylvania from the negative impacts of the current underregulated gas rush? Despite ample evidence of problems from places like Texas, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as Dimock, Hickory, Bradford, Waterville and Fall Brook right here in Pennsylvania, Mr Baker continues peddling industry’s pipe dreams that we’re all going to be millionaires and that there is nothing to worry about. He and every other elected official from County Commissioner to President have not just let us down but sold us out to a rapacious industry. Who should decide whether Tioga County is turned into an industrial sacrifice zone, gas industry executives or the people who live here? I am not so naive as to expect to derail Mr. Baker’s well oiled political machine, but I do believe that if enough voters, both Republican and Democrat, made the effort to write me in, he might be reminded that he is supposed to represent the people rather than rich and powerful corporations.
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Here are a few letters to the editor from a paper out of Bedford, PA area. This was sent to me by a farmer who lives in that are whose livestock and water has been polluted. She does not have a lease with any gas company but lives near a large compressor station and gas storage field. They have a had multiple events that have caused contamination of their water sources and agriculture in the area. The DEP continues to claim that there is nothing wrong with the water or air quality.
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An INTERNATIONAL WOW COMPANY PRODUCTION
SELECTED FOR SUNDANCE
Here’s is a sample letter to my local representative. Please feel free to copy and paste it if you are not sure how to write your own. Make sure you send it to your correct representative.
Representative Matthew Baker
Ryan Office Building, Room 115
451 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2068
Dear Representative Baker,
I urge you to vote for the Save Our Forests legislation (HB 2235). We
need this legislation to put a freeze on new leases for natural gas
drilling on our precious state parks and forests, and to ensure that
the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources can sustainability
manage these lands.
- Already one-third, or 700,000 acres, of state forest lands are open
for natural gas drilling. We should not be forcing open any more lands
just to balance the state budget. A severance tax on gas drilling
should be pursued instead.
- Our local industries like outdoor tourism, recreation and
sustainable timbering rely on well-managed, protected lands in order to
thrive. Gas drilling operations would threaten these industries that
have been thriving here for generations.
- Drilling for gas involves clear cutting fields and trees to install
enormous well pads, as well as building access roads and pipelines. In
many cases, this infrastructure has yet to be constructed and will mean
significant disruption to our otherwise well managed forests.
Pennsylvania is to no stranger to environmental destruction at the
hands of a booming industry. Our landscapes are still scarred from our
coal and steel legacies. We cannot again sacrifice the long term health
and well being of our Commonwealth for short-term gain.
Please be a hero for our state forests and vote for HB 2235.
(Your name and address)
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