David Neslin, director of the
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
David Neslin, director of the
Monday, June 28, 2010
Now they've got a "Don't Frack with NY" campaign going, to educate residents of the Big Apple about where their water comes from and how to protect it. You might have heard something on NPR about tap water taste tests in NYC.... and the campaign to get people to stop buying bottled water and carry a re-fillable water bottle for tap water. A sort of "drink local" campaign designed to reduce plastic bottle waste.
Great idea. But, as the Riverkeepers say, you can't "drink local" if you pollute the source. You can check out their site at Don't Frack with NY!
Friday, June 25, 2010
- Make sure that your state requires ground-water testing and monitoring prior to drilling – ambient air monitoring, too.
Support the current EPA Fracking Study (see below).
Support the FRAC Act
Support a state moratorium (especially people in NY)
- Ensure that science is done by those who do not have a financial interest in the industry
EPA Public Meetings on Hydraulic Fracturing Study
EPA is hosting four public information meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water. The meetings will provide public information about the proposed scope and design of the EPA “Fracking Study” and will offer an opportunity for local residents to comment on the draft study plan.
Find a Meeting near You:
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The problem with abandoned gas wells, saysDEP Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch, is that they "
can pollutestreams and drinking water supplies and, in some situations, pose explosive dangers to nearby residents and communities. This is a public safety concern, as well as an environmental protection issue."
So, who pays for plugging abandoned wells? According to DEP these 11 wells were plugged using
Find her articles at the times-tribune.com
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Other towns, including Virgil and Homer, have designated their sole-source aquifers as CEAs (you can read Virgil's here). They have also written zoning ordinances that prohibit industrialized and polluting activities from locating over the aquifer.
So why not Candor? Do the town board members not understand what CEA designation really means? Or are they afraid that an election-year move to protect the town's only water source will send the wrong message to constituents hoping to cash in on the Marcellus gas rush?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
"Millions of Pennsylvanians rely on the state’s rivers and streams for drinking water," Governor Edward Rendell told the press. "So we cannot allow new, heavily polluted sources of wastewater to contaminate them. That’s why these regulations are so important." The new regulations now await review from the environmental resources and energy committees in the state house and senate.
John Hanger, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) noted that as the drilling industry expands their activities in the Marcellus Shale, the volume of wastewater returned to Pennsylvania streams could increase exponentially. "The only way to protect our water resources is to implement new wastewater treatment standards for the drilling industry," Hanger said. "All other industries are responsible for the waste they generate, and the drilling industry should be no exception."
Hanger noted that drilling wastewater contains very high levels of chlorides and sulfides, dissolved solids that contribute to the TDS measure. These must be removed from wastewater before the effluent is discharged into surface waters. High TDS levels have damaged industrial equipment, caused drinking water companies to issue drinking water advisories and even led to a massive fish kill on Dunkard Creek. Some of
Several states, including
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Read news article here.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
But most of all, Fullenwider said, require an Environmental Impact Statement for each well.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Union Drilling Inc. of
According toDEP the crew failed to set casing - the steel pipe that seals off water and gas - at the required depth. AB Resources also inaccurately reported the depth of the coal seam underneath its operation, the agency said.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
According to DEP Secretary John Hanger, EOG Resources - the company that owns the well in Lawrence Township - hired C.C. Forbes as a contractor to provide post-fracking services at the site.
DEP’s order not only demands the company suspend all post-fracking activity, but also requires C.C. Forbes to provide site and equipment records specific to the Punxsutawney Hunting Club 36H well, including any written, photographic and video documentation. The company must also furnish the names of its employees who were working at the site or have knowledge of the equipment used there. The secretary said those employees must be made available to the department for questioning.
“We need to fully investigate the equipment used by this company to ensure that other sites in Pennsylvania are not in danger of experiencing similar blowouts that could place the public or our environment at risk,” said Hanger. “This was a serious incident that could have resulted in the loss of life or significant damage to our natural resources and the department is prepared to use all means necessary to find the cause of the blowout.
“It is imperative that C.C. Forbes provide all records related to the equipment it used, as well as access to its employees that were present when the incident occurred,” Hangar said.
Read the original press release here.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Read the full press release here.
Friday, June 4, 2010
According to media reports, State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman Dan Spadoni said no one was injured and there are no homes within a mile of the well. He said polluted drilling water did not reach a waterway. About 1 million gallons of hydro-fracking fluid were released in addition to the gas.
DEP secretary John Hanger told the press that his agency intends to investigate aggressively the circumstances surrounding this blowout. "The event at the well site could have been a catastrophic incident that endangered life and property," said Hanger, adding that it was not a "minor accident, but a serious incident."
When DEP arrived on the scene natural gas and frack fluid was flowing off the well pad and heading toward tributaries to Little Laurel Run and gas was shooting into the sky, creating a significant fire hazard.
Right now DEP is working to limit further environmental damage. "But once that work is complete, we plan to aggressively look at this situation and see where things went wrong and what enforcement action is necessary," Hanger said. "If mistakes were made, we will be certain to take steps to prevent similar errors from happening again."
read articles here and here
read the DEP press release here