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What The Frack Does Frack Mean (Or Who Are The Frackers)?

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Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA (Wikimedia Commons: By Ruhrfisch)

"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»

Taking On the Fifth Column

*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

PA Mice Invade Harrisburg, NY Rats Invade the Endless Mountains

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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

Event tomorrow, crucial need for your comments, a lousy piece of legislation, State College rally

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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.

Public perception, water quality, air quality, and a dire piece of pro-industry legislation

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**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

EPA Action, Citizens MS Commission, Rider Park reflections

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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.*

Dead calves, dry buffaloes, DRB Commission sued

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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

Forest fragmentation, Ban gas drilling in our National Forests

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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

Rig Tour Report

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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

Citizen's Commission Hearing This Wednesday

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

Counting Our Blessings

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**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

Rider Park Celebration

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

Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission

[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

Not All It's Fracked Up To Be

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**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

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**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

Environmental toxins and fiscal responsibility

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**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

MSAC Final Report, Law Suit Over Clean Air

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**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

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*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.

Game Changer - the power of money and gas industry influence in PA

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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

Tell the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission what you think

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**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

Gas industry's Ponzi scheme, Targeting children will pro-drilling ad campaign

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Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush
From the New York Times, by Ian Urbina
Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are
drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source
of energy for the United States. But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to

Poison Pill Legislation, RDA event tonight, Epic No Frack in Ithaca

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**TONIGHT!***
*GAS DRILLING…**Stories from the front lines** *
*7 - 9 pm, Tuesday June 21st*
*Becht Community Center Gymnasium*
(Located in Loyalsock Township, corner of Clayton and Sheridan St – use
north entrance)
*Weston Wilson**, *retired EPA Scientist
*Tara Meixsell, *author of *Collateral Damage*

Pipeline Plan, Designed To Deceive

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Picnics Not Pipelines
Lycoming, Sullivan and Bradford counties have long provided outdoor
recreation, river gateways, rolling hills, family farms, river towns,
historic districts and quaint rural villages. PA’s Endless Mountain region
helps to bolster the state's $26-billion-a-year tourism industry. But

Drilling chemicals spilled along Wallis Run Road

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**“Unknown but not hazardous”*
*DEP’s claim is no confidence-builder*
*A first hand account of Saturday’s gas industry spill, *
*written by RDA Board member Barb Jarmoska.*
The skies clouded over and a gentle rain began. The change in the weather on
Saturday caused Steve Marquardt, out riding his new motorcycle, to head for

Why We Should Not be Fracking for Natural Gas

RDA Bus to Harrisburg on June 7th
Seats are still available on the RDA bus heading to the rally and lobby day
in Harrisburg next week. The purpose of this state-wide event is to show
support for the broad and sweeping regulatory changes needed to protect
Pennsylvania citizens from contaminated drinking water, toxic chemicals in

On the Bus?

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**On the Bus?*
*We Need Protection from Marcellus Shale Drilling! RALLY and LOBBY
DAY--Come to Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 7.*
Contaminated drinking water, pollution in our rivers, hazardous air
pollution, safety problems, and destruction of our state forests are just
some of the problems. more»

Gas industry no longer must comply with stricter air quality guidelines!

***Gas industry no longer must comply *
*with stricter air quality guidelines!***
*Deadline for policy reversal looms*
*TAKE ACTION TODAY***
*The facts:* In December, 2010, a policy document was put in place by DEP,
advising air quality professionals responsible for permitting of gas
industry compressors and other sites to consider the *aggregation* (total

Love the Loyalsock Creek?

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**Love the Loyalsock Creek?*
*Notice of Public Meeting *
A public meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, at 7:00 P.M. in Sullivan
County at the Hillsgrove Fire Hall, concerning the proposed withdrawal of
720,000 gallons of water per day from the Loyalsock Creek by Chesapeake
Appalachia, L.L.C. On hand will be a representative of the Susquehanna

Help stop gas industry exemptions!

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*Help stop gas industry exemptions!*
*Gas exploration and drilling is currently exempt from PA air quality
permits and controls. You can help change that.*
Currently, all oil and gas exploration and production facilities, with the
exception of compressor station engines, are *exempt* from any kind of air

Pipeline Protest, Well Blowout, Free RDA Event

Pipeline Protest – Call to Action
RDA is grateful for the consistent and tireless support Earthjustice has
offered us as we seek to advocate for the health and safety of our land,
air, water, and all the lives and life forms impacted by gas drilling. Of
all the big NGOs, Earthjustice has consistently stepped up, providing

Landman's manual exposes deception

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**“Do not discuss the chemicals”*
*Lessons from the landman’s handbook*
The story of the "Landman’s Manual" hit the Interxnet with a flourish last
week. Many of you may have seen this from other news sources and listservs.
First, a bit of background. The term landman refers to an agent hired by a

Fracturing Our Future?

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*Fracturing Our Future?***
Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, Texas, knows all about the risks that
drilling and transporting natural gas can pose to human health and safety.
In order to protect his family’s health, Calvin has given up both his
position and his home and has moved off the Texas Barnett Shale. These

Senator Casey Calls for Help Regarding Natural Gas Explosions in Pennsylvania

Senator Casey Calls for Help Regarding Natural Gas Explosions in
Pennsylvania
Is it really that bad? Ask Senator Robert Casey. On March 28, 2011,
Senator Casey wrote a letter to Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of the U.S.
Department of Energy, voicing concern over the increasing number of home
explosions caused by natural gas and the increasing number of contaminated

Special Notice to the residents of South Williamsport and Armstrong Township

Special Notice to the residents of South Williamsport and Armstrong Township
Carole Livorno, an RDA member from South Williamsport, requests that
everyone in South Williamsport and Armstrong Township go to a Zoning Board
meeting at South High School, Monday, March 28, 7:00 PM. Carole founded
Concerned Citizens of Armstrong Township and South Williamsport to organize

Cumulative Impacts of Gas Drilling

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**Cumulative Impacts***
John Quigley, former Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources, was recently dismissed from his post by Governor Corbett.
Last week, in a message to Victoria Switzer of Dimock, Quigley had this to
say about the gas industry’s plans for Pennsylvania:

Over 54 million gallons of frack water missing & unaccounted for

Over 54 million gallons of frack water missing & unaccounted for
The PA Department of Environmental Resources has discovered that records on
recycling of gas drilling wastewater have been wildly inflated due to a
reporting error. Even worse, no one seems to have any idea where the missing
frack water has gone.

NY Times Trifecta, upcoming events

The New York Times Trifecta of gas drilling
RDA salutes the *New York Times* and journalist Ian Urbina for a series of 3
articles on the lax regulation, wastewater treatment, and political
ramifications surrounding the gas industry and the technology known as
hydrofracing. The first story, published on Feb. 27, discussed the toxic and

New York Times Exposes Gas Drilling Dangers

Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers*New York Times
Exposes Gas Drilling Dangers*
*In a lengthy article published in yesterday’s Sunday edition of the New
York Times, investigative reporter Ian Urbina exposes the frightening lack
of regulation for wastewater generated by gas drilling.*

Lycoming County Zoning Ordinance, "Gaping hole" in caring for public lands

Lycoming County’s Gas Drilling Zoning Ordinance Commissioners briefly delay
the voteWhat’s next?
Thanks to those of you who responded to last week’s request by RDA to
contact the Lycoming County Commissioners and request that they postpone
their vote on the new gas drilling zoning ordinance. The Commissioners

Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Land Use Controls

PROPOSED NATURAL GAS DRILLING LAND USE CONTROLS
The Lycoming County Planning Commission staff began the work of updating the
county’s zoning ordinance laws (specifically as they apply to gas drilling
activities) more than two and a half years ago.
Those invited to give input and help craft the ordinances included a consult

Dangers, Events, Violations

*Environmental Dangers of Hydrofracturing the Marcellus Shale** *
*by Robert Myers**Lock Haven University*
Over the past three years, I have watched the hydro-fracturing industry
rapidly expand into central Pennsylvania, and I have been disgusted by the
consequences. The state forests, where generations of Pennsylvanians have

Quigley and Hanger offer concerns, Philly says "NO"

Can we balance conservation with gas development on PA state land?
*A straightforward and enlightening interview with DCNR Secretary John
Quigley*
"With 20 forests and 117 parks under its supervision, Pennsylvania's
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has always had a big job
managing state land. The fact that many of the state's forests and parks are

Gasland, Severance Fee, Political Payoffs

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*UNITED METHODIST CHURCH*
*1319* *Eighth Street Drive, Watsontown, PA*
*FREE ADMISSION*
*Sponsored by Warrior Run Residents for Responsible Development*
This hard-hitting documentary film tells the story of hydraulic fracturing –
the drilling process developed by Halliburton that is used to extract

Highway Robbery, SOS, & Upcoming Events

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*"I am 90 years old. I never thought I'd outlive our forests!"***
Barbara Rucinski
Newly-elected Governor Corbett has proposed to lease our remaining State
forestlands, sacrificing a long-term sustainable resource as a temporary
solution to the state’s budget challenges. Please help RDA to stop the

RDA's Campaign to Save PA State Forests

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**Pennsylvania’s State Forests Need Your Help,
TODAY.*[link]<[link]>
Wild places define us. They define our character. They speak to our values
as a people. Wild places are a precious legacy we leave our children and more»

S.O.S. Save Our State Forests in PA!

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Action request, News stories, and a bit of Christmas humor

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** *Settlement in Dimock leaves residents distraught, Cabot pleased*
It has been a long and grueling nightmare for the 19 Dimock Township, PA
families whose well water was contaminated by Cabot Oil and Gas more»

Tom Corbett on drilling, & other gas news

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years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds
Despite government and industry claims to the contrary, natural gas is
*not*a “bridge fuel” to energy independence or alternative resources.
RDA more»

Pipeline Decision and More

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precedent setting case: a good decision
*Property owners along pipeline may be spared eminent domain fight*
An administrative law judge has recommended that Laser Northeast Gathering
Company--a gas pipeline company seeking to operate in northeast

Fallacies and Notices, Lawsuits and Laws

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***Fossil Fuel Factual Fallacies:
New York Times Called Out by Renowned Geoscientist*
Rarely is the public treated to such inaccurate, misleading and unhelpful
journalism as in "There Will Be Fuel" by New York Times correspondent,

4 News Stories, 1 Call to Action

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***Farmers hurt by Marcellus “boom”*
Natural gas drilling has tapped into the pockets of cash-strapped dairy
farmers who are now being charged additional fees to transport their milk. more»

Asthma epidemic, Unsafe gas trucks, Video clips

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epidemic coming to PA?*
Two years ago, a cash-needy Texas school district leased land to a natural
gas company for drilling exploratory wells around its schools. Today, the
town's children are paying the price. more»

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