January 10th, Ohio Statehouse Fracking Protest

A Million Fracking Letters http://www.amillionfrackingletters.com/

Tell Governor Cuomo to say “No!” to fracking. Use this link to send a prepared letter, or better yet, write one of your own.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
State Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224

And don’t forget to call too!

(518) 474- 8390


Hydro-Fracking Day of Action
Monday January 23,
11 AM Rally
1– 4 PM Meet with legislators
Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York
Register now for visits with legislators.
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Economic Impact of Shale Gas Drilling

Read Selected Documents Authored by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.

What do You Know About Hydraulic Fracturing?

Catskill Citizens has prepared a brochure for people who’ve never heard of fracking. It has already been sent to every household in Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster counties. If you’d like to partner with us in sending this to residents in other counties, contact [email protected]

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New Items in Learn More

“It’s like we’re losing our love”: Documenting and Evaluating Social Change in Bradford County, PA during the Marcellus Shale Gas Boom (2009-2011)
    Simona L. Perry, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Nov 18, 2011

Schoharie Valley Watch NYS dSGEIS Comment Report
    Jan 10, 2012; links to a series of analyses

Delaware Riverkeeeper “The Natural Gas Industry’s record”.m4v
    A look at the media coverage of the Natural Gas Industry Uplodaded Jan 12, 2012

Missing from the Table: Role of the Environmental Public Health Community in Governmental Advisory Commissions Related to Marcellus Shale Drilling
    Bernard D. Goldstein, Jill Kriesky, Barbara Pavliakova, Environmental Health Perspectives Study Jan 10, 2012

History of Oil and Gas Well Abandonment in New York
    by Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., C.H.O, Chemistry & Biochemistry Dept at SUNY College at Oneonta. Posted on Sustainable Otsego

Environmental and Social Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing and Gas Drilling in the United States
    An Integrative Workshop for the Evaluation of the State of Science and Policy. 1 hour 12 minute video of Duke U. workshop. Jan 11, 2012 loaded on YouTube.

A Million Fracking Letters
    1:54 minute video on the many reasons New Yorkers are writing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and asking him to prohibit fracking in our state.

An Ohio Landowner’s Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing
    Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic June 16, 2011

Chloride Concentration Gradients in Tank-Stored Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Following flowback
    Pamela J. Edwards, Linda L. Tracy, William K. Wilson; USDA/Forest Service and Northern Research Station research published July, 2011.

Comment to Revised dSGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program by NYC Bar Association
    8 page memo on ECL Sec. 23-0101 plus attachments dated Dec, 2011

Considering Shale Gas Extraction in North Carolina: Lessons from Other States
    Discussion draft from Duke U. Environmental Law & Policy Forum Nov 2011

Cooperstown Holstein Corp. vs Middlefield Complaint
    Filed Sept 15, 2011

Critique of PPI Study on Shale Gas Job Creation by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.
    Jan 2, 2012 10 pp

Drilling Doublespeak: Gas Drillers Disclose Risks to Shareholders–But Not to Landowners
    Dusty Horwitt, J.D. Environmental Working Group Dec., 2011

EHRA: A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas
    Enviornmental and Human Health Impacts Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing Operations. Dec. 12, 2011 Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project

Executive Summary: Tompkins County Community Impact Assessment HVHF
    Prepared by Greenplan, Inc. dated Dec, 15, 2011 Identifies Community, Environmental & Economic Impacts

FEMA: National Flood Insurance Program–Interim Tehcnical Guidance on Drilling Oil and Gas Wells in Special Flood Hazard Areas
    Minimum drilling requirements for a permit to drill in Special Flood Hazard Areas. Posted Sept 16, 2011

Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region
    Columbia University Urban Design Research Seminar Spring 2010

Is Fracking an Answer? To What?
    Negative Population Growth, Inc Paper by Lindsey Grant Dec., 2011

Jacobi Map of Criss-Crossed Earthquake Faults
    Jacobi Basement Faults andSeismiity in the Appalachian Basin of NY

Jacobi Seismic Fault Maps of Conformed and Proposed Earthquake Faults
    Maps by RD Jacobi, 2002, Basement Faults and Seismicity in the Appalachian Basin of NY State

Letter to EPA Urging Adoption of Strongest Possible Standards to Reduce Harmful Emissions
    American Lung Assoc., American Public Health Assoc., American Thoracic Society, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Trust for America’s Health Dated Nov 30, 2011

Letter to Gov Cuomo et al re: Cancer Risk from Fracking
    Dec 12, 2011 Principal signatories: Sandra Steingraber, Lois Gibbs, Adelaide P. Gomer, Fran Drescher and 19 cancer organizations

Local Jurisdiction over Gas Drilling: Memorandum to Town of Middletown
    Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC May 12, 2011

Mapped Geologic Faults in New York State
    Alpha Geoscience dSGEIS 9/30/2009 Page 4-26

New York debates merits of fracking
    The US state of New York is considering whether to go ahead with a controversial form of gas drilling. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York’s Otsego County. Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish. 6 minutes video

NY1 Online: Inside City Hall Debates Hydrofracking
    NY1 VIDEO: Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis discusses the issue of hydrofracking in New York with two supporters of the drilling—Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, a former state assemblyman who is with the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, and Ross Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council and Building Contractors Association—and two opponents: ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber and economist Jannette Barth of J.M. Barth and Associates.

NYC is NOT Protected! Why NYC Needs a Statewide Ban on Fracking
    Food & Water Watch Fact Sheet Nov. 2011

Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL
    Report by Cornell University Global Labor Institute Sept, 2011

Scientific Solutions: Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health
    Michelle Bamberger and Robert E. Oswald New Solutions, Vol. 22(1) 51-77, 2012

Shale Gas in British Columbia: Risks to B.C.’s climate action objectives
    Sept, 2011 Report by Matt Horne of Pembina Institute, a national non-profit think tank that advances sustainable energy solutions. 31 pages

Shale Gas in British Columbia: Risks to B.C.’s water resources
    Sept, 2011 Report by Karen Cambpell and Matt Horne from Pembina Institute, a national non-profit think tank that advances sustainable energy solutions. 32 pages

Shale Play Natural Gas Drilling In Pennsylvania
    A reporting project of local public media and NPR. Use this tool to learn which operators are drilling and where.

Some Scientific Failings with the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Statement
    Statement submitted to the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation by Robert W. Howarth, Ph.D, Cornell U. Nov 30, 2011

Technical Justification in Support of Requiring Cabot to Immediately Resume Water Deliveries to Adversely Impacted Residents of Dimock, PA
    Hydroquest President Paul Rubin press release dated Dec 6, 2011.

The Case for a Moratorium on Drilling the Marcellus Shale in PA by Stephen Cleghorn
    1 hour presentation from an organic farmer in western PA assembles the case for a moratorium on unconventiaonal drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. Posted Dec. 5, 2011.

The Courts and the Lawyers Agree…Towns Can Zone Out Fracking!
    2 page summary of current NYS legal precedent on zoning. Posted by CCSE 12/14/2011

The Economic Impact of Tourism for New York
    Calendar 2010 Reports for: Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Catskills, Central NY, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Finger Lakes, Great Niagara, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, and Thousand Islands by Oxford Economics Company

The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York — Long Island Focus
    2010 Calendar Year Report for Long Island by Oxford Economics Co.

The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York — Adirondacks Focus
    2010 Calendar Year Report for the Adirondacks by Oxford Economics Co.

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    2010 Calendar Year Report for Capital-Saratoga by Oxford Economics Co.

The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York — Catskills
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The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York — Finger Lakes Focus
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    2010 Calendar Year report for Greater Niagara by Oxford Economics Co.

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    2010 Calendar Year Report for Hudson Valley by Oxford Economics Co.

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    2010 Calendar Year report NYC Focus by Oxford Economics Co.

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    2010 Calendar Year Report for Chautauqua-Allegheny by Oxford Economics Co.

The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York Thousand Islands Focus
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The Economic Value of Shale Natural Gas in Ohio
    Amanda L. Weinstein and Dr. Mark D. Partridge (Dept of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics of Ohio State U.) 38 page report dated Dec, 2011

Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller Comments on the SGEIS
    Dec, 2011 Letter to Joe Martens, DEC Commissioner

Toward a Sustainable Future for the U.S. Power Sector: Beyond Business as Usual 2011
    Civil Society Institute Nov 16, 2011

Town of Tusten Zoning Law–Final Draft Article 14
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Why the Water Industry is Promoting Shale Gas Development
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You Hired WHO? Smart Growth Strategies for Natural Gas Employers
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The SEAB Shale Gas Production Subcommittee 90 Day Report
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Hydrofracking in New York: A Brief Overview
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SEAB: Shale Gas Production Subcommittee 2nd 90 Day Report
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Introduction to Injection Wells
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“How Can They Do This?”
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10,396 THANK YOUS!

Last week marked the end of the public comment period on the DEC’s plan to frack New York.   In all, the department received tens of thousands of letters from concerned citizens, the vast majority sharply critical of fracking.  Catskill Citizens extends heartfelt thanks to everyone who used our website to send over 10,000 letters to the DEC on such important topics as water contamination, radioactivity and the threat of fracking-induced earthquakes.  Special thanks to all those who helped print out the letters, pack them up, and ship them off to the DEC.


No Frack!Next up?  A Hydrofracking Day of Action in Albany on Monday, January 23rd.   New Yorkers from every corner of the state will rally in the capital and meet with legislators to discuss the dangers posed by fracking.   Click here to find out about buses from your area and for help scheduling  appointments with Assembly Members, Senators and staff.

Registration closes Thursday, January 19 at 5PM so please act now!


At this point, more than two dozen fracking-related bills that have been introduced in the legislature; some of them are very good, but most of them stand little chance of passage in the current session.   Here are a few of the bills we’ll be championing in the year ahead.

  • S5830, the so-called “Home Rule” bill, clarifies the right of towns to enact zoning ordinances that prohibit fracking.   It will discourage industry-funded lawsuits, and encourage more towns to enact protective ordinances.  Albany insiders say S5830 has a good shot of being passed in the current session.

  • Another critically important bill is A7013/S4616, which will close the hazardous waste loophole that permits the oil and gas industry to get away with improperly disposing of toxic and radioactive wastewater.  It passed in the Assembly last year, but died in the Senate.    A robust discussion of A7013/S4616 will call attention to the dangerous disposal practices routinely used to get rid of fracking waste, and underscore the fact that the shale gas extraction industry seems to be incapable of operating under the same laws that apply to every other business in America.

  • A07218A/S4220-A, would prohibit hydraulic fracturing anywhere in the state.  If we can get this bill enacted, New York’s fracking nightmare will be a thing of the past,  but getting it passed is likely to be a drawn out and difficult struggle. 

Tell the Cuomo Administration to stop trying to push fracking down the throats of rural New Yorkers. It’s time to withdraw the Draft SGEIS and prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Sabrina Artel’s Trailer Talk documents the tells the story of the Marcellus Shale “play” in our region.

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Jan 18, 2012
DEC: No timetable on fracking review
Buffalo Business First
David Bertola

As the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing tens of thousands of comments relating to hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale in the state, no timetable has been set for when oil and gas companies, landowners, and opposition groups will get to see them. Agency spok…  [Full Story]

Jan 18, 2012
New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey to retire, sources say

Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey will retire from Congress at the end of 2012, according to Democratic insiders. Hinchey, 73, is fighting colon cancer. He underwent a second round of surgery last week, a follow-up for an earlier operation in July.   [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
Bulgaria bans Chevron from using ‘fracking’ techniques in search for shale gas
The Washington Post
Associated Press

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bowing to public pressure, Bulgaria’s government says U.S. oil company Chevron cannot explore for shale gas in the country using the extraction technique known as “fracking.” Energy Minister Traicho Traikov said that under Tuesday’s decision “Chevron can still have the righ…  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
Fracking Postponed By New York State Budget
The L Magazine
Sydney Brownstone

It looks like the big push for public comments before Governor Cuomo’s hydraulic fracturing deliberations last week paid off. The new state budget doesn’t mention paying hydrofracking regulators, a necessary expense in going ahead with drilling in the Delaware River Basin, reports the Star Gazette. …  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
New York Could Allow Hydraulic Fracking By Year’s End
Pierre Bertrand

New York Assemblyman Robert Sweeney will fire a warning shot across the natural gas industry’s bow Wednesday by introducing a bill to extend a statewide moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing to the end of 2013. The move comes as the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation reviews…  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
Regulators say hydraulic fracturing may have caused oil spill on farm near Innisfail
Calgary Herald
Dina O’Meara

CALGARY – Hydraulic fracturing of an oil well in southern Alberta could have caused an oil well blowout a kilometre away, according to provincial regulators. Friday afternoon, a landowner in the Garrington area west of Innisfail spotted a pumpjack spewing what appeared to be oil and chemicals o…  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
HyperSolar’s Green Gas Makes Fracking Obsolete
Clean Technica
Tina Casey

The California company HyperSolar is developing a way to produce renewable hydrogen and natural gas from wastewater using solar energy, and that could spell trouble for the fracking industry. In contrast to fracking, a method of natural gas drilling that can put communities and agricultural areas …  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
Situation Normal, All Fracked Up: Obama embraces fracking
Daily Kos

Last week, the Obama administration gave what may be its first formal statement favoring hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of natural gas in a report, Investing in America (pdf). Until now, the Environmental Protection Agency has, generally, been moving slowly on the issue, with initial study resul…  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
New York Fracking Advocates Say Local Bans Are ‘Kiss of Death’
Freeman Klopott & Jim Efsstathiou Jr

New York (STONY1) would lose any chance of reaping the economic benefits of the shale-gas boom if local governments are allowed to ban drilling through zoning laws, advocates say. “Giving local governments the power to regulate would be the kiss of death for natural-gas development in New York s…  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
Gas industry contributed $1.34M to state and local lawmakers in last four years, says govt. watchdog 75% of contributions went to Senate and Assembly candidates
Legislative Gazette
Andrew Carden

The natural gas industry’s financial involvement with New York state and local politicians is under fire from a prominent government watchdog group. Common Cause New York, which bills itself as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen’s lobbying organization,” released its latest in a series of reports …  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
‘Where would Jesus frack?’
The Standard Journal
Kevin Mertz

WEST MILTON — Two local pastors are taking part in a rally today in Harrisburg to voice their concerns about the impact the Marcellus Shale industry could have on the health and environment in Central Pennsylvania. The Rev. Ricky Phillips, of Mazeppa Union Church and St. John’s Church of Dry Vall…  [Full Story]

Jan 17, 2012
Cornell research group defends gas-drilling study
Ithaca Journal
Steve Reilly

ITHACA — A group of Cornell University scientists is standing its ground in the face of a challenge to its research on the climate change impact of shale gas drilling. Led by Cornell ecology and environmental biology professor Robert Howarth, the scientists released a study last year showing tha…  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
Chesapeake Analysts Wary of High Debt, Falling Prices for Natural Gas
Business Journal Daily
Dan O’Brien

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Argus Research Group is reiterating its earlier “sell” recommendation on shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp., the natural gas and energy giant that is aggressively moving into the Mahoning Valley and locking up thousands of acres under lease here. In a note Friday to investors, …  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
Poorest Nations Host Biggest Gas Finds in Sign of Deals: Energy
Bloomberg Businessweek

Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — One of the world’s poorest regions is also home to the biggest natural-gas discoveries in a decade, luring investors from steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal to Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Eni SpA and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. found about $800 billion of gas under the Indian Ocean …  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
Cuomo: No hydrofracking funds in budget proposal (with video)
Press Connects
Jon Campbell

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal will not include any funding for additional gas-drilling regulators, he said Monday. Speaking after delivering remarks at a Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance ceremony, Cuomo told reporters he won’t move to add the appropriate staff until the state De…  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
Exclusive: Ministers slammed over fracking Earthquakes, poisoning fears, demonstrations, but still no top-level talks on suspect gas technique
The Independent
Tom Bawden

The Government has been accused of “appalling complacency” after it emerged that not a single minister has met with the Environment Agency’s experts to discuss the hugely controversial gas exploration technique known as fracking. Despite earthquakes in Blackpool, growing concerns about poisoning …  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
Water totals to be included in Texas fracking disclosures
Dallas Business Journal

When new Texas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, disclosure rules in go into effect Feb. 1, drillers will have to reveal the amount of water needed for each oil and gas well in addition to reporting chemicals used in the process. The Texas Tribune reports that experts say the water disclosures …  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
Bulgarian protestors demand ban on shale gas

Thousands of Bulgarians have protested against exploration for shale gas over fears it could poison underground water, trigger earthquakes and pose serious public health hazards. Protestors rallied in more than six Bulgarian cities on Saturday (14 January) calling for a moratorium on ‘fracking’ – s…  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
‘Breaker-Breaker:’ Fracking and trucking safety and security
Towanda Daily Review
Robert A Young–Letter

Despite relative success of the oil and gas activity since its inception in the “Keystone State,” some people still believe that increased regulation – or at the very least – independent oversight at the actual well site location during drilling and “fracking” stages is an imperative priority and th…  [Full Story]

Jan 16, 2012
Cultures clash as fracking comes to the stockbroker belt
The Telegraph
Geoffrey Lean

You could call it a culture clash – or possibly a PR car crash. This week an American oilman came to town, or rather to a pretty Sussex village, and ran straight into the formidable combination of emotion and expertise generated by Home Counties Englishmen (and women) in defence of their castles. …  [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2012
Facing some realities: consultant questions Lower 48 shale boom
Petroleum News
Arthur Beman

Amid the understandable euphoria that surrounds the burgeoning shale gas industry in North America, a contrarian voice can perhaps help temper enthusiasm with some hard facts. And on Jan. 6, at the Alaska Support Industry Alliance Meet Alaska Conference, Arthur Berman, a consultant with many years o…  [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2012
After Battling Fracking and Cancer, Lucinda Lost, and Found
Truthout -Thruth-Out.org
Stephen Cleghorn, OpEd

Her joy was in sustaining our farm against the threat of fracking. After Lucinda’s ashes become a part of this piece of the good earth, it becomes sacred ground to me, and the company that owns the so-called “rights” to the gas in the shale below our farm is advised to keep their hell away from this…  [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2012
The Essentials for the Necessary Transition to a Renewable Energy Economy Unless we want to be indentured to an energy-military-financial complex, we need to build a new infrastructure for renewable energy.
Jon Rynn

LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest Economy headlines via email. Fossil fuels are going to disappear, whether we like it or not. Petroleum, natural gas, and coal are becoming scarcer, …  [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2012
Cortland Residents Join the Ranks of Other Communities Opposing Hydrofracking
Press Release

January 12th, GDACC (Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County) and MICAH (Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope) released results of an independent countywide survey that assessed residents’ views on hydrofracking. Bob Applegate led off the press conference explaining that the poll was commissio…  [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2012
OUR OPINION: N.D. must lead on regulating fracking In its dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution, North Dakota has an ace in the hole: the state’s clean air. The American Lung Association’s most recent report card on air quality gave North Dakota all A’s.
Grand Forks Herald

In its dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution, North Dakota has an ace in the hole: the state’s clean air. The American Lung Association’s most recent report card on air quality gave North Dakota all A’s. So, when state regulators say they’re doing a good job, No…  [Full Story]

Jan 15, 2012
Dimock residents, protesters challenge environmental agencies to remedy situation
The Temple News
Khoury Johnson

Protesters weathered blustery winds and frigid temperatures on Friday, Jan. 13, to voice grievances over drilling practices in Northeastern Pennsylvania, calling for the state to live up to promises to restore water quality of a small town in Susquehanna County. The protests—which managed to clo…  [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2012
Home rule laws aren’t a radical idea
The Daily Star

Guest Commentary By N.Y. Sen. James Seward A lot of discussion and debate has occurred in our area lately over the issue of ‘home rule’ as it would apply to natural gas drilling. Let me offer some thoughts and my perspective on the issue and on the legislation I have sponsored (S. 5830) to enable lo…  [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2012
Unlocking the Secrets Behind Hydraulic Fracturing
New York Times
Kate Galbraith

Starting Feb. 1, drilling operators in Texas will have to report many of the chemicals used in the process known as hydraulic fracturing. Environmentalists and landowners are looking forward to learning what acids, hydroxides and other materials have gone into a given well. But a less-publicized…  [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2012
Thousands protest Bulgaria ‘fracking’ plans
France 24

AFP – Several thousand Bulgarians demonstrated across the country on Saturday against plans for shale gas exploration by US company Chevron that they say could harm the environment. About 1,000 youngsters marched along the streets of the capital Sofia, beating drums and blowing whistles as “a wak…  [Full Story]

Jan 14, 2012
End fracking waiver from Clean Water Act
The Morning Call

The 2005 federal energy law contained a waiver of the Clean Water Act for companies that use hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to release greater quantities of natural gas from the stone that contains it. In the rush to give us more access to domestic sources of natural gas and the corporate profits t…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cover-Up Hinted In Navy Letter
Huffington Post

The U.S. Navy is asking government investigators to suppress information concerning the toxic water scandal at the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Huffington Post. The letter, signed by Maj. Gen. J.A. Kessler of the Marine Corps and dated Jan. 5, 2012, …  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
EPA Chief Says Krancer’s Letter Won’t Help Dimock Residents
NPR- State Impact
Susan Phillips

Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency Admin­is­tra­tor Lisa Jack­son says she found it “puz­zling” that Pennsylvania’s top reg­u­la­tor would write a let­ter crit­i­cal of her Agency’s role in Dimock’s water prob­lems. Last week Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Sec­re­tary Michael Krancer…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
Ohio’s mysterious man-made earthquakes

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Jan 13, 2012
Drilling Company Dealing With Landslides
The Intelligencer
Casey Junkins and Amy Witschey

Already a major processor of natural gas in the local Marcellus Shale region, MarkWest Energy Partners is building a new $400 million plant and pipeline in Wetzel and Marshall counties. However, company Manager of Environmental Regulatory Affairs Robert McHale said Denver-based MarkWest is also …  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
Evaluating Feedback on Fracking Rules
New York Times
Mireya Navarro

As I report in today’s Times, New York State environmental regulators are sorting through more than 20,000 public comments as they develop the final rules for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the much-debated process to extract natural gas from underground shale formations. On Thursday, the fede…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
EPA Sees Risks to Water, Workers In New York Fracking Rules
Joaquin Sapien

New York’s emerging plan to regulate natural gas drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale needs to go further to safeguard drinking water, environmentally sensitive areas and gas industry workers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed state officials. The EPA’s comments, in a ser…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
EPA Chief Says More Data Needed on Dimock’s Water
NPR- State Impact
Susan Phillips

EPA Admin­is­tra­tor Lisa Jack­son says her agency needs to con­duct more tests before decid­ing whether or not to pro­vide clean water to Dimock res­i­dents. About a dozen fam­i­lies liv­ing in the tiny Susque­hanna County com­mu­nity say it’s still unsafe to drink their water three years after sta…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
Last-minute surge of hydrofracking comments leaves DEC with hands full
Ithaca Journal
Jon Campbell

ALBANY — Three days was all it took to double the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s workload when it comes to hydraulic fracturing. Comments on the agency’s proposed hydrofracking rules skyrocketed from 20,800 on Jan. 9 to an estimated 40,000 by the time a response period closed a…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
Catskill Citizens mails 10,300 letters, DEC receives more than 40,000 in total
The River Reporter
Fritz Mayer

January 13, 2012 — January 11 was the last day letters to the DEC could be postmarked and still be considered by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed new gas drilling rules. On that day, Bruce Ferguson, a member of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, along with membe…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
In the Clearing Stands a Boxer: One Man’s Fight Against Fracking
Truth Out
William Rivers Pitt, Op-Ed

I was privileged, many years ago, to become friends with a man named Patrick R. McElligott. He was once a boxer, and we first bonded over the story of the day I met Muhammad Ali. Over the years, our friendship grew as we endured, and struggled against, the mayhem and insanity of the George W. Bush a…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
After earthquakes, Ohio city questions future fracking wells
Chicago Tribune
Kim Palmer

Cleveland, Ohio (Reuters) – Alarmed over a string of earthquakes linked to deep wells in nearby Youngstown, authorities in Mansfield, Ohio have threatened to block construction of two similar waste disposal wells planned within their city limits. Ohio has over 170 active disposal wells, though on…  [Full Story]

Jan 13, 2012
Hydraulic fracturing controversy: what a fracking shambles
The Guardian
Michael White (Politics Blog)

An oilman I know slightly said in the pub that the “flaming taps” problem widely associated with techniques of hydraulic fracturing – fracking – became a problem only after rural folk in Pennsylvania went drilling for oil in their back yards (as Americans do) in an amateur, “mom and pop” fashion. …  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Moravia residents pack forum on fracking
Auburn Pub

MORAVIA — Nothing seems to draw a town together like hydrofracking. And with nearly 200 people present at its Wednesday event, Moravia’s town forum on fracking was no exception. Before the 7 p.m. meeting started, cars crowded into the Moravia Volunteer Fire Company’s parking lot, filling every g…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Record-Breaking Public Response To Fracking Plan
Eco Politics Daily
Elizabeth Mooney

Now that the public comment period on the state’s proposal to allow hydrofracking is over, the environmental agency overseeing the initiative expects to make some changes to its plan. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he expects “additional impr…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Poll shows opposition to hydrofracking in Cortland County
Kat De Maria

Opponents of hydrofracking have been vocal about their position on the issue. Now, some groups in Cortland County are proving public opinion is on their side. Our Kat De Maria shares the results of a new poll and discusses its potential role in the gas drilling debate. The latest round of public …  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Fracking Political Support Unshaken by Doctors’ Call for Ban
Mark Drajem

Tremors in Ohio, murky drinking water in Pennsylvania and a call for a moratorium by doctors isn’t eroding political support for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration. With the Environmental Protection Agency not scheduled to issue a report on fracking safety unt…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
EPA questions fracking study
The Times Union
Brian Nearing

ALBANY — Opponents of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, said Thursday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fired a shot across the bow of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. In a 26-page response to DEC’s proposed environmental review of hydfrofrac…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
EPA: New York should limit radioactive elements in fracking wastewater
Times Herald-Record

ALBANY (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency says New York regulators should set limits for radioactive materials in gas-drilling wastewater sent to public treatment plants before allowing any hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in the state. That’s one of the federal agency’s comment…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Northumberland County commissioner: Water filtration project ‘progressing’
Scranton Times-Tribune
Mark Gilger

SHAMOKIN – A Northumberland County commissioner said talks are continuing with officials in the natural gas industry to construct a filtration plant in the area to clean water from former coal lands in Coal and Mount Carmel townships and then transport it to the Northern Tier area of the state to be…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Rail-Trail Council signs option for pipeline easement along Susquehanna County trail
Scranton Times-Tribune
Laura Legere

The Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania has signed an option for a pipeline easement in nearly 30 miles of its right of way with a Radnor, Pa.-based coal and pipeline company, the company announced on Wednesday. Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP is considering constructing a new nat…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Dimock supporters to take water plea to EPA chief
Scranton Times-Tribune
Laura Legere

Supporters of Dimock Twp. families at odds with a Marcellus Shale driller over water contamination plan to take their plea for fresh drinking water to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is scheduled to participate in a 9:30 a.m. talk ab…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
DEP head calls EPA knowledge of Dimock ‘rudimentary’
Scranton Times-Tribune
Laura Legere

Federal regulators have only a “rudimentary” understanding of the facts and history of gas drilling’s impact on water supplies in Dimock Twp., Pennsylvania’s head environmental regulator wrote in a letter Thursday as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considered beginning its own sampling of t…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
House panel considers water well standards
Scranton Times-Tribune
Robert Swift

Bill on water well construction advances Licensing standards considered HARRISBURG – Owners and drillers of new private water wells would need to meet statewide construction regulations under legislation that got a boost Tuesday at a House committee hearing. State environmental officials…  [Full Story]

Jan 12, 2012
Glut Hits Natural-Gas Prices
Wall St. Journal
Russell Gold, Daniel Gilbert & Ryan Dezember

U.S. energy companies are pumping so much natural gas out of the ground that prices are plummeting, and the cheap gas isn’t likely to evaporate anytime soon. Natural-gas prices fell 5.7% Wednesday to their lowest level in over two years—good news for people who use gas to heat homes and for compa…  [Full Story]

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