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Methane study, EPA debunk claims of water pollution, climate change from fracking


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#101 concert andy

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:28 PM

I am going to add that there are so many politics at play here.  Perfect example is Dimock PA.  The way PA handled this was awful.  

 

The worst part is that Obama led the charge on Fracking, but states regulate the work being done.

 

I won't say I was convinced, but there needs to be something done to prevent wells from failing in the future.



#102 Deadshow Dan

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:22 AM

http://dailycaller.c...acking-studies/

 

Obama admin may have interfered with fracking studies
2:22 PM 07/29/2013

Michael Bastasch

 

Two sources within the Environmental Protection Agency have told government watchdog groups that the Obama administration interfered with investigations of hydraulic fracturing during the 2012 presidential campaign.

The American Traditional Institute (ATI) and the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic (FMELC) filed two Freedom of Information Act requests after receiving tips from two separate career EPA employees who charged that politics drove the EPA’s handling of a fracking study in Pennsylvania.

“These two EPA employees appear credible; one we have established is quite reliable and the other was referred to us by a highly-regarded and well-known academic scientist,” said Chris Horner, ATI senior fellow and FMELC attorney, who filed the FOIA requests.

One source was close to a field team working near Dimock, Pennsylvania, and alleged that the administration got involved in the fracking studies as President Barack Obama started to tout natural gas drilling as an economic bright spot during the 2012 campaign.

Dimock became the center of controversy after some residents said that nearby drilling operations had contaminated their drinking water. Yet the EPA stated last summer that “there are not levels of contaminants present that would require additional action by the agency.”

The Los Angeles Times obtained an internal EPA PowerPoint presentation that showed that officials at the agency’s mid-Atlantic office urged further investigation into Dimock even as the EPA was saying the town’s drinking water was safe.

“Critics say the decision in July 2012 by EPA headquarters in Washington to curtail its investigation at Dimock over the objection of its on-site staff fits a troubling pattern at a time when the Obama administration has used the sharp increase in natural gas production to rebut claims that it is opposed to fossil fuels,” the LA Times reports.

The EPA has also closed two other high-profile investigations into fracking in Parker County, Texas, and Pavillion, Wyoming. However, Horner argues that alleged political interference by the administration does not mean fracking has contaminated drinking water.

“One of the EPA employee’s information, while not presenting evidence of any problem with fracking, is however quite striking evidence of political interference with career employees,” Horner added. “The other’s information proves that the issue drew uniquely high-level political attention.”

The second source gave Horner screen shots from former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s alias email account “Richard Windsor,” showing a discussion group called “HQ-Dimock.”

“I have for over a year now worked within the system to try and make right the injustice and apparent unethical acts I witnessed,” wrote one of the sources, acknowledging he wasn’t alone in this. “I took an oath when I became a federal employee that I assume very solemnly. Additionally there is a code of conduct that was once displayed for all to see, that I also believe and ascribe to.””

Horner points out that the Obama administration’s embrace of fracking contradicts past testimony from top officials. Alan B. Krueger, assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the Department of Treasury, testified before Congress that the U.S. overproduces oil and natural gas and advocated for cutting tax benefits to the industry to help cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

“As we state in our FOIA requests, this is not evidence of a problem with fracking but evidence of political intervention — apparently with electoral needs in mind — only,” said Horner. “Such decisions, as we also point out, are subject to reversal when the politicians find they have different needs. And the public should know if that’s how things are being done at EPA, and in this White House.”

The EPA did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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#103 Deadshow Dan

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:26 AM

I won't say I was convinced, but there needs to be something done to prevent wells from failing in the future.

I'm not convinced it's possible to prevent wells from failing.

 

Someone explained it to me this way:  Think of a pipeline, and how impossible it is to make it so they don't fail.  Now make the pipeline smaller and weaker and put it in ground with pressure and earth movements and heaves.  Eventually lots and lots of these fail.  We know so many of them fail right off the bat.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:35 AM

Obama admin may have interfered with fracking studies
 
 


Read more: http://dailycaller.c.../#ixzz2alakPMiQ

 

For those of us who have been paying attention and who haven't been taken in by the snake oil sales pitch the American people have been fed, this is old news.

 

http://www.gathering...obama +fracking



#105 concert andy

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 05:50 PM

Children Given Gag Order In Pennsylvania Fracking Suit Settlement

 

Two Pennsylvania children have been banned from talking about shale gas drilling, or fracking, for what appears to be the rest of their lives by the terms of a legal settlement reached between their parents, Chris and Stephanie Hallowich, and three oil and gas companies who lead drilling operations at the state’s Marcellus Shale. 
 
 
Though the Hallowiches consented to the terms of the $750,000 settlement in 2011, the details, including the familywide gag order, were made public just last week after a request by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette to unseal telling court documents.
 
“In this case, I think it’s about more than money,” Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with Earthjustice, told Yahoo! Shine. Earthjustice, a public-interest environmental law organization, filed a brief in support of the Post Gazette’s effort to unseal the Hallowich-case court documents. It has also compiled records showing that nondisclosure agreements are the norm in settlements involving fracking. “It’s part of an industry campaign of secrecy, in which companies do everything they can to prevent the public from knowing the connection between what [fracking] does and how it’s harmful to both people’s health and the environment.” 
 
Still, a gag order that applies to minors is relatively unheard of, say law experts.
 
“It’s unusual,” Peter Villari, attorney for the Hallowiches, told Yahoo! Shine. Jesse Choper, professor of public law at the University of California, Berkeley, agreed. “It’s unusual that you’re binding little kids to a nondisclosure agreement,” he said. 
 
Jessie Allen, an assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, told the Post Gazette, “My reaction is it’s kind of over the top.”
The Hallowiches, former anti-fracking activists, had been living on a 10-acre farm in Mount Pleasant when they brought a lawsuit against Range Resources, Williams Gas/Laurel Mountain Midstream and MarkWest Energy. They claimed that the adjacent Marcellus Shale operations damaged the health of their family, including their children, then 7 and 10, by causing burning eyes, sore throats, headaches and earaches. 
 
They also claimed operations contaminated their drinking water and rendered their property worthless. They had purchased it in 2005, unknowingly inheriting a lease with Range Resources. Soon after the Hallowiches built their house in 2007, gas wells, access roads, a gas-processing facility and compressor stations were constructed on bordering properties, bringing with them noise, lights and emissions, according to reports. 
 
The hearing transcript about the children’s gag order, ordered public by a judge along with the other court records last week, shows the Hallowiches agreed to the restrictive terms of the settlement—which also included the signing of a statement saying that the family’s health was not negatively affected by the drilling—in order to be able to move on from the situation.
“We have agreed to this because we needed to get the children out of there for their health and safety,” Stephanie said, according to the transcript. “My concern is they’re minors, I’m not quite sure I fully understand. I know we’re signing for silence forever, but how is this taking away our children’s rights being minors now?”
 
The family’s attorney, Peter Villari, responded. “I have counseled both Chris and Stephanie, as drafted, the order could be read to forever bar their two children from ever commenting on anything to do with fracking or Marcellus Shale. I have counseled them that they are minors,” he said. “I, frankly…don’t know if that’s possible that you can give up the First Amendment rights of a child. I don’t know.” 
 
Villari’s firm “never encouraged the family to agree to it,” he told Yahoo! Shine. “I pushed them quite hard on the issue, said it was unusual, and that we did not believe it was constitutional.” But he said he understood the family’s decision, as the settlement was a “take it or leave it” offer, with the gag order attached. “They had to make a difficult decision at that point in time,” he explained, adding that the Hallowiches were under financial strain and needed the settlement money in order to move. “They made what they felt was the best decision for their family.”
 
Also in the hearing, Chris Hallowich told the judge, “…If they, in turn, say one of the illegal words when they’re outside of our guardianship, we’re going to have difficulty controlling that. We can inform them. We can tell them they cannot say this, they cannot say that, but if on the playground…”
 
“So noted,” the court reporter replied. 
 
James Swetz, attorney for Range Resources, could not be reached for comment.
 
Range Resources spokesperson Matt Pitzarella told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he wasn’t certain the gag order actually applied to the children—which Villari said was a “surprise” to him, because court documents clearly indicate that it did. Pitzarella said, "All of the reports done at the time indicated no exposure [from the gas development] and they never produced evidence of any health impacts. We did say that clearly the Hallowiches were not in an ideal situation in terms of their lifestyle. They had an unusual amount of activity around them. We didn't want them in that situation."


#106 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 06:23 PM

had purchased it in 2005, unknowingly inheriting a lease with Range Resources.

 

SLTGSAASISOI



#107 concert andy

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 06:45 PM

SLTGSAASISOI

 

Huh?   Terrible at acronyms longer than 3 letters.  :lol:

 

 

 

http://www.rangeresources.com/



#108 Joker

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 06:59 PM

Sounds like they got served and are still in shock over it   :dlr:



#109 concert andy

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:23 PM

Sounds like they got served and are still in shock over it   :dlr:

 

Thanks, I am terrible at this game.  

 

They sure did, but most everyone seems to get served for the cause called, profits.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 03:38 PM

http://www.philly.co...doesnt-say.html

 

Interesting article after you get past the mentioning of the PA re-election bid.

 

May be watch this first and see "What Corbett's slick fracking ad doesn't say"

 

 

Seems more like a movie trailer than a commercial.