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Time for our county government to start working for us

timeRecently a local waste hauler, United Sanitation Network, inc. along with other partners including Waveco Energy Services, delivered plans for a DEP permit and made requests for a Luzerne County variance to build a industrial waste (frack) fluid disposal and recycling site in Lake Township. Never mind that the application was deficient and misleading in so many ways. Discrepancies from starting up with 30, 20,000 gallon tanks on site to 60 tanks, hours of operation going from 13 hours per day to round the clock 24/7 operations and amateurish methods of collecting toxic spills with buckets, left a lot to be desired.

Kudos to our Luzerne county council for pointing out and expressing strong opposition to the county zoning board, their concerns about the local environment, traffic safety, potential for serious accidents, and how this would negatively affect the quality-of-life for Luzerne county residents.

We elected a county council to make it harder to continue past corrupt county decision-making practices, and they took an oath to protect our health, safety and welfare. Councilman Bobeck was in disagreement with expressing the council reservations to the zoning board, and although he gave his reasons( with which I disagree), he at least presented his rationale for his decision. Mr. Brominski on the other hand, would not agree with counsel to send the letter voicing opposition to the hazardous waste site and gave no valid reason for his stance against this resolution that would help improve the quality of life for Luzerne County residents.

Let’s be honest, drilling, fracking, extraction, transportation and processing of the Marcellus Shale gas with its ancillary industrial facilities such as compressor and dehydration stations, pipelines and toxic waste discharge problems, is a dirty practice with negative environmental and health consequences.  Just ask the people living near the Chapin dehydration station, what negative effects they have experienced both in quality-of-life issues and property value decreases. The chemicals involved in fracking and the waste disposal products are known human carcinogens and have the potential for serious negative health consequences. These industrial facilities should not be allowed near any residential homes, near streams, rivers or wetlands feeding our water supplies nor should they be allowed to spout fumes that degrade our air-quality over the Wyoming Valley. The huge toxic water trucks hauling radioactive, hazardous waste should not be traveling our quaint narrow rural roads alongside our school buses and degrading our roads and bridges. We all pay the price for increased incidence of leukemias and other cancers, neurological problems, and increased asthma and breathing issues with a poorer quality-of-life and higher health costs.

Let’s give thanks to the overwhelming majority of county council members who spoke up to keep these industrial facilities out of Luzerne county and agreed to help safeguard our health and properties. The people of Luzerne county came out to speak at these meetings and the council listened. Let’s put the DEP and the county zoning board on notice that we live in a democracy and the people will decide what we want for our county.


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FRACK WATER PLANT-Luzerne County Council Meeting

frack recycleFor those unable to attend the Luzerne County Council meeting on Tuesday February 18, 2014.  About  15 people submitted public comment about the Frack Water treatment plant.

CLICK HERE to watch a video recording of the meeting 
Public Comments start at the 1:27:00 mark


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FRACK WATER IN LUZERNE COUNTY

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We all need to take a moment and decide what is really important in our lives. Are we going to allow our children’s and grandchildren’s water supplies and environment to be damaged?

Are we going to let others control their futures?

Is it time we took on this task ourselves?

Yes, it is time to take action!

Luzerne County is about to be hit AGAIN by the negative effects of the natural gas industry.

An application for a permit for a Frack Water Treatment Plant has been submitted to the County for Meeker Outlet Road (the old Harveys Lake Gun Club property), in Lake Township. As a result, three or important and irreplaceable water sources will be at risk.

Frack water is known to contain toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, and the application specifies that there will be 30 or more 20,000 gallon storage tanks installed at the site, as well as radioactive contaminant testing areas. In addition, anticipate a future with non-stop frack water trucks traveling 24/7, back and forth over our back roads.

Harveys Lake, Harveys Creek and other important tributaries run near this location. Recent news headlines reflect recent explosions and toxic spills that render affected areas uninhabitable and the water unusable. (West Virginia is still reeling from a recent spill that rendered their water useless!)

Is this what we want for Pennsylvania?

Is this what we want for our homes and the future homes of our children and grandchildren?

If you object to this facility being built in Lake Township, and/or you want to learn more, plan to join members of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC) at the following events:

  • Luzerne County Council Session, in Council Meeting Room ,Luzerne County Courthouse, on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m.

  • GDAC Public Meeting, Dallas American Legion, on Wednesday, February 19th,  at 6:30 p.m.

  • Luzerne County Zoning Hearing, Tuesday, March 4th, Luzerne County Courthouse, 2nd floor, at 7:00 p.m.

 

BOOKMARK for more information and updates:

GAS DRILLING AWARENESS COALITION:

I CHOOSE A CLEAN WORLD:

LAKE TWP. RESIDENTS AGAINST THE FRACK WATER TREATMENT PLANT


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ETHICS OF FRACKING ASKS HARD QUESTIONS

“…a rush to action without being clear of the consequences….”

ETHICS OF FRACKING explores the issue of fossil fuel drilling though different professional and religious backgrounds. It also takes a look at the deceiving advertising the gas industry heavily relies on.  In addition to the environmental damages, there is the social impact which is changing communities in drastic ways.

Ethics of Fracking questions the “cost benefit”.  It asks who is benefiting and at what price.  These are questions which haven’t been asked of our local, state and federal legislators.    These are questions which must be asked and answered.

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Scott Cannon produced this film, and has been well known for his Marcellus Shale Reality Tour series.  Cannon is a member of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition of Luzerne County, PA.

It is for educational purposes only.  If any groups would like a DVD or to host a screening of the film, they can request one by email at videoinnovation@epix.net

©2014 by Dory Hippauf


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PA DEMS PASS FRACKING MORATORIUM

dem-moratoriumTHE PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY STANDS UP FOR THE PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA with the passage of a resolution for a Statewide Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing.   The standing vote tally was 115 in favor and 81 opposed.

The resolution calls for a moratorium on fracking until it can be done safely.

CLICK HERE TO READ STATEWIDE MORATORIUM ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

AFL-CIO President, Rick Bloomingdale stated “The Labor Caucus has no official position on fracking other than it supports the jobs of those who work within the industry.”

“There are jobs being developed, but not nearly as many as were promised to us,” said Karen Feridun founder of Berks County Gas Truth, also an attendee at the state committee meeting.

NOT IN MY COUNTY

Vice Chairwoman Penny Gerber opposed the resolution.

“This bill as it currently stands says it is a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, but it specifies that the moratorium will last until the practice can be done safely. Because no set period of time is provided it truly is a ban on fracking, and this is a thriving industry. It is for that reason I cannot support this bill,” she said.

Gerber is from Montgomery County.  A fracking moratorium in parts of Montgomery county, Bucks, Chester and Berks counties was enacted in June 2012  following the release of an assessment report by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Berks counties lie above the South Newark Basin –  not the Marcellus Shale.

Please note:  Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, former DEP Secretary Michael Krancer, CEO of Aqua America Nicolas Debenedictus, CEO of Penn-Virginia Resourcs (PRV) William Shea , among other “important” people  live and/or have headquarters in these areas.  The South Newark Basin moratorium could last up to 6 years or until 2018, which ever comes first.   Coincidently, 2018 is also a gubernatorial election year.


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An Industrial Park in my Backyard – Similarities Between Coal Mining and Fracking

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This following is a presentation given by Scott Cannon in Plymouth Pennsylvania, on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Plymouth Historical Society.

Cannon discusses what started his interest in gas drilling, the problems associated with it, and suggestions on what we need to do to fix the problems.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH


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GAS WELL DRILLING HAS IMPACTED YOUR WATER SUPPLY

frackWe’ve all heard the refrain of “fracking doesn’t contaminate water”.  We’ve heard it from the Natural Gas Industry, from their front groups, from politicians, from the government environmental departments and their supporters.

This is true, because fracking is just one small part of the entire process of natural gas drilling.    The “frack” is the moment of explosion where the shale is shattered, and in that moment of explosion there is no contamination.

Contamination may occur at other points of the entire process of natural gas drilling.

It may be from failed well casings.  Mark Boling, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Southwestern Energy Co, Stated he has examined several incidents in Colorado and Pennsylvania where gas drilling appears to have caused gas to get into drinking water.  “Every one we identified was caused by a failure of the integrity of the well, and almost always it was the cement job.”

March 2013 Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology said “Environmental contamination can result from a multitude of activities that are part of the oil and gas exploration and production process.”

“While the study found no direct link between water contamination and fracking itself, it did cite surface spills of fracturing chemicals as a risk to groundwater. It also found blowouts underground during fracking operations have been under-reported.” Per Reading Beyond the Headlines: Fracking and Water Contamination | February 17, 2012 | By Mose Buchele | StateImpact.npr.org

Many reports of groundwater contamination occur in conventional oil and gas operations (e.g. failure of well-bore casing and cementing) and are not unique to hydraulic fracturing. Surface spills of fracturing fluids appear to pose greater risks to groundwater than hydraulic fracturing itself.   Blowouts – uncontrolled fluid releases during construction and operation – are a rare occurrence, but subsurface blowouts appear to be under-reported.

The Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), has obtained determination letters from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Each and everyone of them states very clearly:

DEP Determination

CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTERS

DCS has over 30 of these letters available for you to read, and from their website, it sounds like they will have even more available soon.  Dates on the letters range from as far back as 2009 to May of this year.   The determination letters are from Orwell, Tuscarora, Alba Boro, Monroe, Wilmont, Terry, Granville, Asylum, Leroy, Smithfield, Troy, West Burlington, and Windham.