Thursday, March 22, 2012

Our legislators weren't "swayed by industry pressure" they were bought with $7,175,234 of fracking industry cash.

"Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania legislature passed, and Gov. Tom Corbett signed, historic Marcellus Shale gas drilling legislation that will affect the state for decades to come.

Did your legislators stand up for public health and the environment, or were they swayed by industry pressure? Click on your county in the map below to find out."

2012 Marcellus Scorecard
 Our Chester County State Senators were not "swayed by industry pressure". It's very plain from the documents in my post below that our Republican State Senators in Chester County were bought by the fracking industry. See the documents in my post below with lists of the fracking industry companies and the amount of cash given to each of our Chester County State Senators. 

Chester County State Senators 
Grand total of $71,000.00 from Gas companies to Republican PA Senators in Chester County from gas drilling companies. 
Grand total of $500.00 from gas companies to Chester County's only Democrat, Senator Andy Dinniman 
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sunday, january 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is Pennsylvania natural gas for Pennsylvanians or is it going to China?

"Cove Point, Maryland: In an effort to challenge what they call the next threat to America’s energy independence, environmental health, and family economics, a coalition of environmental organizations has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Energy challenging a proposal that would allow the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries, many in Asia and the Middle East.

“LNG facilities like the one proposed for Cove Point are intended to ship natural gas extracted in this country off to foreign lands. The result is that gas drillers can ship American gas overseas in order to make more money, but this increases the price of natural gas for us, and our communities and environment get ravaged by the shale gas “gold rush”, including thousands of miles of new pipelines through the Susquehanna Watershed. It may be a win for the gas drillers but it throws the idea of American energy independence out the window,” said Michael Helfrich, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper.

“We filed these comments because the law which oversees such projects puts citizens at a big disadvantage when it comes to LNG facilities” explains Guy Alsentzer, Staff Attorney for the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper. “The law asserts that Americans will benefit from LNG exports unless they can prove otherwise; this puts the burden of proof on average every day Americans, and relieves the big gas corporations from demonstrating that they will not harm U.S. citizens in their pursuit of profits. Unfortunately, one need only look at the thousands of violations across Pennsylvania that the PA Department of Environment has found at gas drilling sites to know that the drillers and shippers are not worthy of that presumption,” asserted Alsentzer.

“Gas drilling is devastating the communities where it is happening; the claim of environmentally friendly fracking and shale gas drilling is just another expensive messaging campaign” says Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper. “People are losing their drinking water, their clean air, their health, and the beautiful landscapes they call home. The assertion of cheap gas and energy independence touted by the drillers is, like the claims they make for gas drilling, clearly just another marketing campaign. We know that because they are investing tremendous sums of money and political capital in building and expanding LNG facilities in order to ship American extracted gas overseas. Americans are suffering all of the pollution and harm from gas drilling while foreign countries get to use the gas and drillers get to reap the profits. It’s a lose-lose for Americans” concludes van Rossum. 

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wednesday, june 15, 2011

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gut wrenching video of the extraction of Tar Sands Oil

Gut wrenching video of the extraction of dirtiest oil extraction method known to man in a once pristine environment.  The Tar Sands Oil that will run in the Keystone Pipeline to be sold in the European and South American Markets. 

If Canada destroys their fresh water with Tar Sands mining where will the Western United States get their water when the snow stops coming to the Rocky Mountains?