Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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"To frack" is an infinitive phrase meaning to break up shale rock with an ungodly high-pressure mixture of water, sand and a chemical brew that any witch would die for. more»
*Dear RDA Members,* Three weeks ago, the PA House and Senate each passed, by strong majority votes that fell predominantly along party lines, SB1100 and HB 1950, two bills that amount to posting a “Welcome, Weasels and Foxes” sign on the hen house that is our state. Our explanation of the subject is rather lengthy
[image: image.png] Dear RDA Members, Happy Thanksgiving to all! Mixed in with disappointment at the certification of the MARC I pipeline project and disgust with pathetic timidity of both houses of the legislature last week, was something to be very thankful for: the Delaware River Basin Commission's decision to cancel a scheduled vote on natural gas
[image: image.png] Dear RDA Members and any former military psy-ops officers who now work for the gas companies monitoring us, In this vital week for the future of Pennsylvania, we focus on an upcoming seminar, a crucial need for public comment, a lousy piece of legislation and a rally in State College.
*[image: image.png] ** **Dear RDA Members,* *This week, we share news about public perception, water quality, air quality, and a dire piece of pro-industry legislation.* *Public Perception* We are all bombarded with gas industry-sponsored ads on television, radio, billboards, and print media. Although many folks are savvy enough to
[image: image.png] Dear RDA Members, *In this issue, our 3 stories cover all 3 levels in the gas drilling arena: federal, state and local. * *We invite you to take action, read what your fellow citizens have to say about gas drilling, and reflect with us on the anniversary of saving Rider Park from the drill.*
[image: image.png] Dear RDA Members, *Remember those Tioga County cows that drank drilling flowback water?* The incident made the front page of the Williamsport Sun Gazette. The story began when a flowback pit (called a “pond” by drilling companies, but full of fracking chemicals, heavy metals and salt not usually found in ponds) had
[image: image.png] Dear RDA Members, Through your shared comments and feedback, we came to realize that the intended tone of last week's newsletter was misinterpreted by some of our readers. We apologize if you were one. That said, we continue to believe the rig tour was a valuable experience in RDA's ongoing endeavors to learn all
[image: image.png] Dear RDA Members, We are still getting back to normal around here, but a couple of our working group members went on rig tour on Monday to try and learn how industry practices are changing. Two things stood out upon approaching the well pad, perched high up on a hillside in a wide valley of mixed forest and meadow country in one of our
Dear RDA Members, *The* *Citizen's Marcellus Shale Commission* *hearing in Williamsport will be this Wednesday, September 21st, from 6 – 9 pm* *in Lycoming College’s Heim Hall Room G-11. *Free parking is available in the lot off Mulberry Street. If you would like to share your opinion or talk about how you have
*** **Dear RDA Members,* Our sympathies, best thoughts, wishes and prayers go out to all who have suffered due to last week’s flooding in Pennsylvania and New York. Our regular newsletter editor, Barb Jarmoska, who’s home, office and family retreat since the early 1930’s was right in the path of the record flood
Dear RDA Members, Mark your calendar, and come help us celebrate Rider Park! As we approach the 1-year anniversary of last year's successful campaign to stop the First Community Foundation from leasing Rider Park for gas drilling, RDA is planning a “Celebrate Ride Park” picnic-style reception. You and your
[image: Citizens Marcellus Citizens Commission] Dear RDA Members, We are pleased to announce that a new commission launching this week will give you, as a citizen of Pennsylvania, an opportunity to share your views about drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Former state Representatives Carole Rubley and Dan Surra will co-chair
** * **Loyalsock Township Gas Activity Ordinance Hearing Tuesday* Loyalsock Township supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 23, from 7pm – 9pm at 2501 East Third St. to give residents (and members of the gas industry) a chance to voice their opinions on an amendment to the Loyalsock Township Ordinances regarding gas activities in the township.
*** **Fracking's Consequences Obscured by Legal Tactic* by Anthony Robbins Natural gas producers are battling public concerns over the health effects of their extraction techniques. Does injection of water and toxic chemicals deep into the ground to release methane gas contaminate ground water, and potentially drinking water? Now it appears that settled lawsuits and
*** **Failing to regulate environmental toxins * *is not fiscally responsible* *an op-ed response to proposed federal laws and regulations* *by Barbara Jarmoska* When it comes to regulating the process of hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Water Drinking Act, federal regulators are handcuffed by exemptions
*** **Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission * *Issues Final Report* Back in March, Governor Corbett formed the 30-member Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (MSAC), giving those appointed 120 days to develop recommendations on all aspects of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. This past Friday, the commission released it recommendations. The full
** * * *House Finance Committee Hears From RDA* *On Tuesday, July 19th, RDA President Ralph Kisberg testified before the House Finance Committee at their legislative review Marcellus shale informational meeting held in Waterville. This is a slightly abbreviated copy of his remarks.* Thank you for this opportunity. Welcome to the beautiful Pine Creek Valley.
[image: image.png] Game Changer *The Marcellus story on NPR’s This American Life* Why has Pennsylvania welcomed the gas industry’s presence with open arms when other states have a moratorium in place? Why have *all* the leading shale states except PA implemented a severance tax or environmental impact
*[image: image.png] ** **Tell the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission what you think** * Back in March, Governor Tom Corbett formed the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (MSAC) and assigned its 30 members the task of determining how to balance job creation with environmental protection. Many believe this
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