News of the Week

November 22 - November 29, 2015

Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO FILE COMMENTS: ECommenting on Draft Governor. The Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) claims to welcome public participation. It mentions the part about public participation at least 55 times in its draft report. Four days after releasing the draft report, PITF held a meeting to vote on items in the draft report. No public hearings. No input from the public at all except for commenting on a draft version that is already being voted on by PITF.

Luzerne County Court denies appeal for wind farm

An appeal filed by a firm hoping to erect wind turbines in the area was denied recently by Luzerne County Court. EDF Renewable Energy filed the appeal after the Foster Township Zoning Hearing Board rejected its application for a special exception to erect up to 25 windmills in parts of Upper Lehigh, Sandy Valley and Eckley. In his ruling, issued Nov. 18, Judge William H. Amesbury wrote that the court “finds neither an abuse of discretion nor error of law” by the zoning hearing board in its denial of the special exception permit.

Natural Gas – Got Glut?

In general the drilling of new Natural Gas (NG) wells has dropped significantly in the past year or more. Where there were over 100 active drilling rigs last year, today there are less than 30 in the Marcellus shale. Why the down turn? It’s a basic economic principle – too much supply, not enough demand decreases prices and profits along with it.


They claim that if a tax were imposed, companies would move out of the state, which is so absurd as to be insulting, since the Marcellus Shale formation is here, in Pennsylvania. They can't go elsewhere - and if they did, they would pay an extraction tax. Instead of taxing the industry, they'd rather we pay.

Board questions EPA draft report on fracking

A review by an EPA advisory board says that a draft report on hydraulic fracturing did not support the conclusion that shale gas fracking hasn’t caused significant damage to the nation’s water supplies. The Science Advisory Board review document says the study did not pay enough attention to fracking’s impacts on local water supplies, and notes that the agency did not do planned prospective studies of shale gas drilling sites to compare pre-drilling and post-drilling water supplies.

Maryland Takes the Lead on Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

Maryland is now one of the nation’s top five states for energy efficiency, thanks to the advocacy of Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and a groundbreaking decision from the state’s Public Service Commission. The decision will have a huge impact on quality of life in Maryland and could serve as a model for other states. Utilities will be required to save 1.2 million megawatt hours of energy each year, the equivalent of closing a 460 megawatt coal-fired power plant every two years. Or tripling the state’s current wind energy capacity. Or taking 173,000 cars off the road every year.

What is Shale Justice

Shale Justice is a coalition of organizations whose aim is to coordinate our efforts, our regionally specific issues, our visions, our talents, and our hard work to end extreme forms of industrialized fossil fuel extraction which poses serious threats to our air, our land and our water.

2015 New York Final SGEIS

The individual chapters of the Final SGEIS (April 2015) can be viewed as PDFs (see below). The full 2015 Final SGEIS document is available as two large PDF files: Volume 1 (PDF) (35.8 MB) and Volume 2 (PDF) (8.4 MB). Although they are very large files, they are downloadable and searchable.

Marcellus Shale Players On-Line

Updated July 18, 2015 (4/2/2015)

Find out “WHO” are the corporations, their subsidiaries, the executive leadership, board of directors, associations, industry groups, lobbyists, Public Relation companies, and politicians? How are they connected? What is their message and “WHO” are the messengers?

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