Tag Archives: natural gas

Fracking Ethics 101

Posted at http://www.eco-justice.org/E-120817.asp Fracking — is it a blessing or a curse? There are vocal and single-minded advocates on both sides. It seems to me that the reality is considerably more complicated. The lack of simple answers, though, doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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U.S. Leads the World in Cutting Global Warming Pollution

From PennFuture (http://www.pennfuture.org): The level of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere has fallen dramatically in the United States to its lowest levels in 20 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA). That makes the U.S. the world-wide leader, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvanians Share Attitudes on Renewable Energy

From the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (http://www.rural.palegislature.us): Public and policy interest in renewable energy has grown nationwide in recent years. According to the results of recent research sponsored by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a majority of Pennsylvanians said they … Continue reading

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Fracking Disclosure Policies Fail to Protect Public Health and Safety

From OMB Watch (http://www.ombwatch.org); more posted at http://ombwatch.org/node/12130: State oversight laws requiring disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as fracking) are in need of an overhaul. A new OMB Watch report, The Right to Know, … Continue reading

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Detritus of Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Boom

From the Sierra Club (http://pennsylvania.sierraclub.org/): By Edward Humes The supple hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania, once known for their grassy woodlands, red barns, and one-stoplight villages, bristle with new landmarks these days: drilling rigs, dark green condensate tanks, fields of iron … Continue reading

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Ask Your State Representative to Co-Sponsor Comprehensive and Fair Drilling Tax Legislation

From PennFuture (http://www.pennfuture.org):   Please ask your state legislator to cosponsor the comprehensive and fair drilling tax proposal.   It is long past time for the Pennsylvania legislature to pass a drilling tax on deep gas drilling to invest in our … Continue reading

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Take Action to Stop Fracking in the Delaware Basin

From Food and Water Watch (http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/):   Benzene… surfactants and organic biocides… barium and other toxic metals… thorium, radium, and uranium. Would you drink water that contains these chemicals? Fracking for natural gas is expanding faster than the technology it … Continue reading

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Every Picture Tells a Story

Posted at http://pennfuture.blogspot.com/2011/06/every-picture-tells-story.html.   By John Quigley   Pennsylvania’s history is punctuated by waves of natural resource extraction. From Drake’s first oil well in Titusville…to the early exploration for natural gas…to the timbering over of millions of acres to fuel the … Continue reading

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Tall Tales about Deep Wells: Yes, Virginia, There is a Natural Gas Boom in West Virginia

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org):   The natural gas industry has argued that Pennsylvania is unique in seeing a surge in Marcellus Shale gas wells and that a tax will impede growth. In fact, neighboring West Virginia … Continue reading

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Shaping a Marcellus Shale Tax that is Fair to Pennsylvanians

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org):   State lawmakers will return to Harrisburg in a few weeks and one of the major policy issues on their fall agenda is the passage of a severance tax on natural gas … Continue reading

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