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MarcellusGasInfo water complaint = terrorist act???

June 26, 2013 - 9:45pm

first TransCanada gets Nebraska law enforcement to go along with the idea that protesters are "terrorists"

Now an environmental official warns residents that complaining about contaminated water is equivalent to an act of terrorism.

Seriously – if I wrote this $#!+ as a fiction novel an editor would laugh my ass out of the office! "No one would believe this!" he’d cry.

Yeah- well tell that to the folks in Mount Pleasant TN.

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MarcellusGasInfo EPA soliciting comments on oil & gas wastewater treatment plant

May 24, 2013 - 11:39pm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a Clean Water Act settlement with Fluid Recovery Services, LLC (FRS), which operates three wastewater treatment plants in western Pennsylvania. The settlement resolves discharge permit violations associated with the treatment of wastewater generated from oil and gas extraction activities.

The public has 40 days to comment.

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MarcellusGasInfo Ingraffea @ Oneonta Foothills 05-30-13 flyer and facebook event link

May 24, 2013 - 11:20pm
Dr. Anothony Ingraffea is coming to Oneonta on May 30, 2013. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning about shale gas. Also, if anyone knows members of local municipalities who are looking to learn more about shale, feel free to pass this along to them.

In case anyone is looking for the flyer to print for posting, it can be downloaded here-

There is also a facebook event page here-
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MarcellusGasInfo what living in a gas field is really like

May 18, 2013 - 10:00am

A couple days ago one of the Williams Compressors in northeast PA had a fire (and possibly explosion). When it went quiet, residents could hear the things they’ve been missing….

Any elected officials, landowner group representatives, farmers who drive down and return to town boards saying "oh, you can’t even tell they drilled " – please read! It’s not about what you see/don’t see. It IS about what you: hear/don’t hear; drink/don’t drink; smell/don’t smell. AND it is about how you can be criminalized by corporations.

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MarcellusGasInfo XTO Plans to Put Drill Cuttings in Hyland Landfill

May 18, 2013 - 10:00am

The Hyland Landfill in Angelica, NY is part of XTO Energy’s drill cuttings disposal plan. This is important to consider in connection with the landfill’s pending application to expand capacity, which will be discussed at tonight’s meeting at 7:00 pm at the Belfast Public Library, 75 South Main St., Belfast, NY.

See full map at “How frack waste will travel,” The Chronicle, Chester and Goshen NY, May 15, 2013,

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MarcellusGasInfo Landfill Expansion Mtg., Belfast, Fri., May 17, 7:00 pm

May 16, 2013 - 11:50am

Tomorrow, Friday , May 17, 2013, 7:00 pm, the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County are holding a public meeting at the Belfast Public Library, 75 South Main St., Belfast, NY to discuss the application of the Hyland Landfill in Angelica NY to expand its capacity by almost 50%. The Hyland Landfill has been taking drill cuttings from PA for several years. Attorney Gary Abraham will provide background on the risks of radioactivity, and what the citizens of Allegany County can do to object to further accumulation of radioactive waste in our landfills.

Gary says, “Despite the high radioactivity measured in the Marcellus shale, Hyland maintains that it does not accept radioactive materials. Hyland’s attorney Tom West is also the attorney for Chesapeake, a major player in PA’s shale gas development. Radioactive elements dissolve and can be expected to be in the fluids captured from the landfill that are sent to waste water treatment plants in Wellsville and Bath, NY for dilution and release into local drinking water sources. The treatment plants are unable to remove radioactivity from landfill waste water. These radioactive elements lose half of their destructive powers every 1,600 years and will be a health hazard for many generations to come. Radioactivity bioaccumulates, so maximum concentrations over time will occur in fish caught in the Genesee and Cohocton rivers, to which the treated waste water is discharged.”

Notice of the expansion application is posted on the DEC website at

Aerial photo below of the Hyland Landfill, 6653 Herdman Road, Angelica, NY, from

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MarcellusGasInfo Wetterling Well in Owego – plugging the leaks

May 15, 2013 - 10:38pm

Thanks to intrepid Gerri Wiley and others who FOILed DEC, we now know that the Wetterling Well has been leaking since last October – starting just a couple days after completion. I’ve posted a short piece

Tom Wilber also received the FOILed documents and has this to say:

meanwhile, intrepid citizen journalist Vera Scroggins has been finding out what’s up with methane in drinking water in Bradford County. For letters you don’t want to find in your mailbox:

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MarcellusGasInfo 05-04-13 PA: “What boom? Industry pundits claim thousands of jobs will be cre ated, but numbers dont quite add up”

May 6, 2013 - 11:15pm

What boom? Industry pundits claim thousands of jobs will be created, but numbers don’t quite add up

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 11:00 pm

By Rachel Morgan | 5 comments

Industry, legislators, geologists — even the press — called it a game-changer.

They predicted it would create hundreds of thousands — even millions — of jobs. They talked about energy independence, waves of new industry flocking to the area. But today, years into the Marcellus shale boom, the numbers tell a different story.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is now higher than the national average.

The state lost 5,800 jobs last year, ranking 49th in the nation for job creation. The latest government data shows that Marcellus shale development brought about 6,362 jobs annually to the state, which accounts for less than 0.5 percent of the workforce.

If the out-of-state license plates on energy company trucks are any evidence, there’s seems to be a good deal of imported labor working in the Marcellus shale region.

So where is the Marcellus shale boom?


According to Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry statistics, the state’s unemployment rate is now 7.9 percent — more than the national average of 7.5 percent. There are 32 states with lower unemployment rates, data shows. This year’s state unemployment rate is also higher than last year’s 7.6 percent.

Pennsylvania also was one of only seven states with unemployment rate increases, the department said. And they also expect Pennsylvania’s rate to keep rising, predicting an unemployment rate of 8 percent by the second quarter of this year.

However, the state’s March unemployment rate (the most recent available) was slightly lower than February’s rate of 8.1 percent. Department of Labor and Industry officials said Friday that state unemployment rates for April would be released May 17.

Experts say that the Marcellus boom may not be as big as the talk that surrounds it.

“The Marcellus is an important new industry, and there’s certainly no question that is has, over the last several years, created employment in Pennsylvania,” said Mark Price, labor economist for the Keystone Research Center. “But it remains the fact that employment overall in that sector — you’re talking about something that is less than 0.5 percent of the workforce … a tiny portion of all the jobs.”

Yet industry groups such as the Marcellus Shale Coalition continue to tout the industry’s job creation, citing numbers in the millions for new jobs created by shale.

“Employment in the entire upstream unconventional oil and gas sector on a direct, indirec and induced basis will support nearly 1.8 million jobs in 2012, 2.5 million jobs in 2015, 3 million jobs in 2020, and nearly 3.5 million jobs in 2035,” said Marcellus Shale Coalition spokesman Travis Windle.

When asked why the unemployment rate is rising despite natural gas development, Windle said that you can’t blame the unemployment rate on just one segment of the economy.

“While the natural gas industry continues to grow — and its number of associated jobs will certainly ebb and flow over time
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MarcellusGasInfo Appellate division upholds Towns right to ban fracking

May 6, 2013 - 11:13pm

Home rule wins the day. No conflict between zoning and the Environmental conservation laws say appellate justices.

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MarcellusGasInfo more on farmers in the frack zone

May 1, 2013 - 9:30pm

My newest article on the impacts of fracking on farmers is in the June/July issue of Organic Gardening. There’s s’pozed to be a vidoe – that’s coming along soon.

"Caught in the Drill Zone",0

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MarcellusGasInfo protesters ask: who are the trespassers?

April 28, 2013 - 8:38am

If a foreign company comes onto your land, pollutes your air and water, hides details important for regulating them, and you protest – just who is the one in the wrong?

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MarcellusGasInfo another letter from Sandra

April 25, 2013 - 9:36am

you get a lot of time to think when you’re in jail…. and in this letter Sandra addresses concerns to her fellow cancer survivors.

She, and Melissa and Michael, were released early this morning (just after midnight), and I’m sure they’ll have a lot to say at the press conference this afternoon (1 pm in Watkins Glen)

Meanwhile, she sent one more letter out, which I’ll post tomorrow.

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MarcellusGasInfo Even in jail Sandra Steingraber is a prolific writer

April 25, 2013 - 7:55am

I am posting all of Sandra’s letters from jail – a couple days behind, but they deserve to be read far and wide. This is the letter she wrote to fellow environmentalists the other day.

I understand the "Seneca three" will be released early Thursday morning (12:01 am).

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MarcellusGasInfo Three forums on fracking and public health, Apr. 26-27, Bath, Elmira, Spencer

April 22, 2013 - 3:24pm

Three forums on fracking and public health, Fri., April 26 in Bath and Sat., April 27 in Van Etten and Elmira. Learn about the health consequences of fracking in PA, what it is like to be a medical professional working in a place where people are exposed to industrial chemicals, and what it is like to be a patient dealing with a serious illness in an industrial chemical zone. See presenter bios below.

Friday, April 26, 7-9 PM, Bath Haverling High School Auditorium, 25 Ellas Avenue, Bath, NY 14810

Saturday, April 27, 2-4 PM, Spencer Town Hall, 79 E. Tioga Street, Spencer NY 14883

Saturday, April 27, 7-9 PM, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 W. Church Street, Elmira, NY 14901

About the presenters:
Randy Moyer and Rick “Mac” Sawyer. Former gas field truck drivers in Pennsylvania whose health has been seriously compromised as a result of their jobs.
Joe Giovannini. Stonemason from Pennsylvania who was forced to leave his home as a result of gas industry activities.
Larysa Dyrszka, MD. Board certified pediatrician, former director of pediatrics at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ, attendee at the first US Health Impact Assessment Conference in Washington DC., and affiliate member of Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (
Lauren M. Williams, Esq. Pennsylvania attorney specializing in environmental and public sector law who represents individuals, community groups and municipalities on land use issues, including those that relate to shale gas drilling.

Presenter Bios

LARYSA MELNYK DYRSZKA, MD: Dr. Dyrszka is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis and returned to New York for her residency in Pediatrics. She practiced general pediatrics for over twenty years. She held the position of Director of Pediatrics at HolyNameHospital in Teaneck, NJ from 1993 to 1999. Her recent work has been focused on children’s rights with the Conference of NGOs at the United Nations Committee on Children’s Rights where until recently she served as committee secretary. Her work there concerned human trafficking. In 2006 she was invited to address the Economic and Social Council at the UN on human trafficking. Most recently she has become an advocate for public health on the issue of gas drilling. With her neighbors she co-founded Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development. Together with other advocates she organized a petition to the Commissioner of the DOH to address the lack of adequate treatment of human health impacts with regard to gas drilling. In May, Dr. Dyrszka was invited to present testimony to the NYS Assembly on the subject of potential human health impacts related to hydrofracking.

LAUREN M. WILLIAMS, JD is an associate at Curtin & Heefner, LLP law firm in Doylestown, PA. She represents individuals, community and environmental groups, and municipalities with environmental and land use issues, including those relating to shale gas drilling and development activities. She advises clients on zoning ordinance drafting and revision, and permit appeals, land use appeals, and other environmental proceedings. Ms. Williams, prior to joining the law firm, was a Certified Legal Intern at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Environmental Law Clinic. The focus of her presentation will be on PA laws which prevent physicians from providing effective treatment to patients with injuries caused by exposure to industrial chemicals related to fracking.

MR. MAC SAWYER, Claysburg, PA: Worked as a Truck Driver for over 35 years. Mr. Sawyer drove for a local gas company from July 2011 to Feb. 2012. During that time he hauled fresh water, flowback fluids, drill cuttings, produced water, drilling and brine fluids. Then he worked as a Supervisor over looking the company’s environmental division including fluids control. He previously worked with coil crews on the Rigs for Chief Oil and Gas, and also worked for Chesapeake, Exco, Chevron, and Anadarko cleaning containment areas and maintaining the area around Frack Tanks. Mr. Sawyer’s personal health impacts include severe swelling of face and extremities, severe pain in the spine and back, rashes and burning skin, dizziness, impaired lung function, kidney problems, inability to sleep, up-set stomach, joint pain, blackouts, headaches, nose bleeds, and memory loss. In his own words, “The company that I worked for did not provide adequate protective gear.”

MR. RANDY MOYER, Portage, PA: Worked with a local company from August 2011 to November 2011, He transported brine from gas wells to water treatment plants, and for a short time cleaned out the storage tanks used to hold waste water on the drilling sites. He has seen over 40 doctors and has been in the E.R. 13 times in 17 months. He suffers from dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, difficulty breathing, swollen lips and appendages, and a burning rashes.

MR JOSEPH GIOVANINNI, Claysburg, PA: Relocated from Houston to PA. Mr. Giovaninni lived 1/8 mile from The Mark West Cyro-Plant. He worked as a Master Stone Masson for over 30 years and owned his own company. His hobby’s are carving stone and gardening. The first gas well was drilled 391 ft. from the back of his house in 2006. He bathed in contaminated well water until 2009. Mr. Giovaninni lost the water to his house when the Mark West Cyro-Plant conducted continuous burn offs. He purchased 5 gallon jugs of water to flush his toilet and for bathing and cooking. His feet and hands turned purple concurrent with difficulty breathing. He is diagnosed with stage 4 brain and lung cancer and has lesions on his thyroid and liver. Mr. Giovaninni was hospitalized in March 2013 with grand mal seizures.

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MarcellusGasInfo landowners lose up to 30% royalties to post-production costs

April 15, 2013 - 5:45pm

We give lots and lots of subsidies to gas companies. Now there are tax credits for businesses to turn their petrol-guzzling fleets into gas (CH-4) powered machines.

And yet, PA landowners are seeing their royalty checks nibbled to death by ducks – er, post-production costs…

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