Lisa Addresses Lincoln Place homeowners about Marcellus Shale

The below links are from the Lincoln Place Action Group in the Pittsburgh area. I met some of the folks who put this event together while traveling in Washington County. Lisa Graves (the speaker) is a resident of the Pittsburgh area where they are currently signing leases for drilling and she is a member of the Environmental Quality Control Board.

Part 1-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQQy5ZU2qKY

Part 2- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq9QAiyrAJM

Pipeline Matters

The League of Women Voters of Susquehanna County will host two upcoming events as part of its educational series on Marcellus Shale.

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A Friday event entitled Pipeline Matters will address right-of-way agreements, lease negotiation questions, landowner options and pipeline impact, according to a news release from the group. A May 7 program, Environmental Impact, will focus on issues relating to Marcellus Shale production and effects on surface water and groundwater. Experts will speak during each program.

Both events will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Montrose Area High School auditorium.

WENY TV Coverage for “Faces of Frackland”

WENY TV called me yesterday around 6pm and asked if they could interview me about the “Face of Frackland” Blog. They showed up about an hour later (which didn’t give me much time to collect my thoughts) but I was happy that they gave us a spot on the 11 o’clock news and That Cindy Kalbach from Gaines got a chance to meet with them as well. It is nice to see that the new blog is getting attention and I have to give about 98% of that credit to Hannah because she has been doing all the posting since I am so busy! Thanks for all the hard work Hannah and thanks for traveling with me to visit these folks as well.

Here is a link to the TV spot. I had to take the clip off of their Facebook page because their home site is not working???

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Horseheads-NY/WENY-TV-News/337822014639

Who the Heck is Calvin Tillman?

Calvin Tillman is the unpaid mayor of a very small town called Dish, a grid of modest homes on the north Texas plane. Calvin is an authentic American hero. Like the heros those old Westerns we grew up with, Calvin is the guy who doesn’t want a fight but turns out to be very good at it.
Calvin and the town of Dish have, by their persistence, changed the conversation on gas drilling in the entire state of Texas.  Dish is admittedly an extreme example. Besides being ringed with gas wells, it is transected by a number of major pipelines and has a large complex of gas compressor plants on its border.
The compressors run 24/7/365 emitting noise, light, and vapors. Occasionally, when unacceptable pressure builds in the pipelines, the compressor facility will blow off large amounts of methane into the air with the sound of a jet taking off.
Texas allows public domain seizure for pipelines.  The many pipelines feeding the compressors cross private property rendering it unfit for future development.
The cumulative effect of the gas industry on the residents and their property values has caused Calvin, their mayor, to refer to Dish as a Sacrifice Zone.
Calvin became concerned about the health effects of gas industry vapors. Besides the unpleasant smells, trees and animals were dying and some residents complained about a number of growing health problems.
Calvin asked the industry and the Texas regulatory agencies to study the problem but  received little help. Worried and frustrated, the town council authorized spending ten percent of its yearly budget to commission their own independent professional study.
The results weren’t good. Benzine, a carcinogen, was found at high concentrations on or near private property as was hydrogen sulfide, a neurotoxin. One state environmental official equated it to sniffing a gas can.
Thanks to the Dish study, state officials are beginning to focus on the issue of unregulated emissions from the gas industry. The Dish study confirmed the concerns raised by Professor Al Armendariz at Southern Methodist University whose  work showed that the gas industry in north Texas was responsible for as much ozone and smog as all the cars, trucks and airports in the Dallas Fort Worth metro area, 6.3 million people.
Calvin Tillman not only has concerns, he offers solutions. Much of the air quality issue can be mitigated with inexpensive, off the shelf technology.
Calvin Tillman, 7:30 pm, Friday, April 30th
Genetti Hotel, West 4th Street, downtown Williamsport
FREE admission sponsored by: Responsible Drilling Alliance and Freshlife
Calvin Tillman is not being compensated for either his talk or his travel

Natural Gases in Ground Water near Tioga Junction, Tioga County, North-Central Pennsylvania

The following is the opening statements from journeyoftheforsaken.com

Note: The following is excerpted from an excellent and relatively revealing study of the Tioga Junction area, conducted by the USGS. I found this report particularly helpful because it helps explain the uncertainty associated with isotopic analysis – particularly in alluvial mixing zones.

Currently, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and some area oil and gas operators in our region rely upon a thermogenic signature detection method that fails to account for obvious environmental factors and relies too greatly upon flawed assumptions ultimately yielding bias and therefore inaccurate results suggesting that a sudden appearance of methane gas in stream beds and alluvial areas is purely biogenic in nature.

This report reveals key factors which, when properly considered, demonstrate certain mechanisms which would facilitate a mixed and more complicated hydrogeologic dynamic and therefore truer assessment of groundwater/surface water contamination.

I’ve noted some of these key revelations in bold blue font.

Read the report here:

http://www.journeyoftheforsaken.com/tiogajunctionpa.htm

House Bill 2235

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will consider Rep. Vitali’s House Bill 2235 this week. The bill would place a 5-year moratorium on new leases of State Forest to natural gas drillers.  The five years would give DCNR time to study the impacts current drilling leases will have on the environmental, economic and recreational values of our State Forests.  After the moratorium ends, the bill would allow DCNR to lease further lands only if DCNR determines that such leases can be done without threatening water and air quality, habitat, ecosystems, recreational, social and asthetic values of the forests.

Call your PA Representative and ask them to
1. support the moratorium bill, and
2. vote against weakening amendments.

Find your representative’s contact information.  Just use box labeled “Find Members By” in the upper-right hand corner…

Background:

One third of our state forests are already open to natural gas drilling.  Without careful scientific study and planning, we can’t know what additional drilling, if any, can occur without harming our publicly owned forest’s environmental, economic and recreational values.  Our state forests are one of our greatest public assets, protecting our highest quality streams, providing public recreation, supporting tourism, and providing a sustainable timber supply.  As such, we should exercise balance and restraint when considering making additional lands available for drilling.

Several amendments have been filed which seek to weaken the moratorium proposal, mainly by shortening the moratorium to 1 year.  The moratorium needs to be 5 years to yield enough data to meaningfully understand the cumulative effects of drilling in our State Forests.  To date, there are only 9 Marcellus wells in production in State Forests; however, 2000 more are expected to be drilled in the next 5 years.

No private lands will be affected by the moratorium nor will any State Forest land already leased.

The moratorium would take effect after the additional leasing of state forests already planned by Governor Rendell for the 2010-2011 budget (which is expected to yield $112 million).

For more information, please call 717-230-8560.

Upcoming Events-Calvin Tillman and Josh Fox

APRIL 30TH

CALVIN TILLMAN
MAYOR OF DISH, TEXAS WILL BE IN WILLIAMSPORT
7:30 IN THE GENETTI BALLROOM
WHAT GAS EXPLORATION HAS MEANT TO HIS TOWN
AND WHY THAT IS IMPORTANT TO US
MAY 11TH
GASLAND
JOSH FOX WILL BE HERE TO PRESENT
HIS AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM
7:30 AT THE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, WILLIAMSPORT

JOSH FOX’S CROSS COUNTRY ODYSSEY TO DISCOVER

HOW LEASING HIS PENNSYLVANIA LAND WOULD AFFECT ITS FUTURE
Both events are free and open to the public and are brought to you by the
Responsible Drilling Alliance
Calvin Tillman’s appearance co-sponsored by Freshlife