Pennsylvania and the Gulf: victims of irresponsible drilling

November 10, 2010 • Nadia Steinzor

Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and the Gulf of Mexico don t seem to have much in common. Different landscapes, environments, communities. But now these far-flung locations are linked by accidents that the oil and gas industry insists are unlikely to happen, and the failure of blowout preventers it considers an adequate safeguard.

Halliburton to PA govt: “trust us”. PA govt to Halliburton: “ok”. PA citizens: “What!?!”

November 9, 2010 • Alan Septoff

Whether you believe Pennsylvania's shale gas is a curse, or an opportunity, one thing is certain: the energy industry will be extracting it.

Here's another certainty regarding the energy industry: without adequate oversight, well-funded enforcement, and elimination of cozy relationships, it will successfully push the true cost of energy extraction's environmental risk onto communities who will pay the price of polluted land, property, drinking water, and health.

 

Pennsylvania communities sue frackers for toxic pollution

November 23, 2009 • Alan Septoff

Propublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports  that Pennsylvania residents are suing Cabot Oil and Gas -- the company responsible for multiple spills associated with their Marcellus Shale drilling near Dimock, PA.  They seek to stop future drilling and to establish a trust fund to cover medical expenses for those harmed by Cabot's operations.

Something stinks… the drilling industry’s attitude towards reasonable oversight.

October 8, 2009 • Alan Septoff

What do the recent Pennsylvania and Colorado examples of industry's attempt to suborn reasonable state drilling oversight demonstrate?

The need for federal regulation of drilling/fracking.

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What’s the big fracking deal? Toxic spills.

September 25, 2009 • Alan Septoff

UpdatedUpdate II.

While the natural gas industry maintains that stronger regulations aren't needed, its track record continues to prove otherwise.

On Tuesday, the Wayne Independent reported that three "substantial" toxic spills by a fracker have occurred in less than one week in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania.

Another violation of trust. Two PA fracking spills of who knows what.

September 18, 2009 • Alan Septoff

More proof that the FRAC Act is, contrary to industry claims, quite necessary.