Tag: fracking

PA DEP Secretary Krancer Hedges On Climate Change

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer presented his budget to the State House Appropriations committee this past week, and was pointedly asked about the impact to the state from climate change. He couldn’t answer the question, and indeed was reluctant to state any opinion about climate change. According to StateImpactPA, when asked by…

Fracktivists Protest Act 13 and Send PA Gov Corbett a Valentine

Anti-Fracking activists gathered on Wednesday in Philadelphia’s Love Park to protest Act 13, signed by Pennsylvania Governor Corbett last February 14th and largely seen as a big valentine by the Republican controlled General Assembly to the natural gas industry in the state. The fractivists wanted to send their own valentine to Corbett this year. Act…

If PA DEP Miscounted Natural Shale Gas Wells, Could Cost State Millions

According to researchers at the University of Alberta and McGill University, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) may have missed over 15,000 wells when figuring out how to apply the impact fee mandated in the state’s new law, Act 13, says the Scranton Times-Tribune. If true, Pennsylvania may miss out on up to $303 million…

Covering the Natural Shale Gas Story in Pennsylvania

WHYY’s Chris Satullo and NewsWorks.org recently hosted an evening with Susan Phillips and Scott Detrow, the two multimedia reporters behind StateImpact Pennsylvania, a joint effort journalism project between National Public Radio, public radio stations WHYY in Philly and WITF in Harrisburg, to report local news that has national consequences. StateImpact primarily covers the burgeoning natural…

Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in…

New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, July 9, 2012, 2 p.m. New research has concluded that salty, mineral-rich fluids deep beneath Pennsylvania’s natural gas fields are likely seeping upward thousands of feet into drinking water supplies. Though the fluids were natural and not the byproduct of drilling or hydraulic fracturing, the finding further stokes the red-hot controversy…

Act 13 A Valentine to Gas Industry, XOXO PA Gov Corbett

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, a great friend of the natural gas and oil lobby in the state, today signed into law Act 13, legislation that rewrites regulation over the industry. Certainly it’s a sweetheart deal for drillers in the Marcellus Shale. The legislation was ramrodded through both houses of the Republican-controlled state General Assembly over…