Tag Archive: fracking

Apr 01

Saying “NO” to Fracking Drill Cuttings in Road Paving

Oil and gas operators face a growing challenge in handling and disposing of the increasing volumes of solid and liquid waste they produce. However, this challenge should not be a reason to allow dangerous subtances that threaten health and the environment to be used in ways that can have unknown consequences for the public and waterways. Unfortunately, just such a rationale is being used by …

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Mar 14

Comments on Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania’s Oil & Gas Rules (Ch.78)

In mid-December 2013, the Pennsylvania DEP issued proposed changes to the state’s oil and gas regulations, known as Ch. 78 of the Pennsylvania Code. Act 13, the oil and gas law passed by the legislature in 2012, required the DEP to make these changes. The changes are also necessary because older regulations concerning conventional drilling …

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May 06

Coalition Presses for Thorough Review of Dominion Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

Many of you may recall our long efforts aimed at ensuring a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, sited in the Chesapeake Bay, undergoes a thorough review process before any decisions are made. Unfortunately those reviews have not occurred and the pressure is on from big business to rush through with the project. A …

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Mar 05

Fracking Impacts on Surface Water

Ever wonder what type of surface water impacts fracking creates? PNAS recently published a paper examining the extent to which shale gas development activities affect surface water quality in Pennsylvania. Focusing on the Marcellus Shale, the paper suggests that (a) wastewater treatment and disposal and (b) downstream erosion and sedimentation are the biggest concerns for …

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Feb 25

SRBC Spring 2013 Docket Comments

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper submitted comments to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) concerning its Spring 2013 docket, its new proposed rule concerning headwater watersheds, and the continued need for a comprehensive, qualitative and quantitative cumulative impacts study. The Susquehanna River Basin is increasingly subject to competing demands on its landscapes and waterways, particularly with the recent boom …

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Jan 25

Public Comments Criticizing Flawed LNG Export Economic Study

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper worked with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Food & Water Watch, and the Sierra Club in delivering thousands of public comments, including extensive technical comments and a companion economic analysis report, to the Dept. of Energy (DOE) concerning a new economic study on shale gas exports this Thursday, January 24th. DOE’s newly published …

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Oct 22

Letter Concerning new Pennsylvania Pollution Reporting Policy

On October 22 we joined a coalition of groups in urging Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to immediately repeal  new mandatory guidance for Dept. of Environmental Protection inspectors. The new policy requires field offices to advise senior agency officials of their intent to acknowledge water pollution contamination relating to Marcellus shale gas development before notifying the …

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Oct 05

USGS Report on Extent of Utica Shale

Ever get confused by all the talk about shale gas ‘plays’ and their funny names? Marcellus, Utica, Devonian – the list goes on! Well, the folks at USGS are very interested in mapping – with science – the who, what, where of shale gas in the Mid-Atlantic. Take a look at their latest report on …

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Sep 11

USGS Report on Landscape Impacts of Fracking in Pennsylvania

How much science is enough when it comes to preventing pollution? Well, thankfully the good folks at the United States Geological Survey are constantly working to increase the body of science on a host of pressing pollution problems. One of their latest publications, “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Bradford and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania …

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May 22

Comments to SRBC Concerning Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan

This Monday Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper submitted this letter to the SRBC concerning proposals to amend its Comprehensive Plan on behalf of our members and several partner organizations. Pursuant to its Compact, the SRBC annually incorporates for the record all its actions in a given year under its Comprehensive Plan. Think of it as connecting the dots …

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