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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.


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recycleDid you know many communities in Luzerne County have recycling?

Tin cans, aluminum, plastic, paper, glass and more can be put to new uses, but it can’t be done without YOU!

CLICK HERE for  MUNICIPAL RECYCLING for information on Recycling in YOUR community.

The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day, that’s about 1.5 TONS a year going into landfills, and is wasted material.   75% of the materials are recyclable, but we are only recycle about 30% of it.


  • Recycling 1 aluminum can  provides enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod, and 100 cans could light your bedroom for 2 weeks.  Not only can we reuse the material and reduce landfill waste, we can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.


  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.

We should be #1 in recycling, but we NEED YOUR HELP.

  • Plastics make up more than 12 percent of the municipal solid waste stream, a dramatic increase from 1960, when plastics were less than one percent of the waste stream.
  • Plastics are made from OIL, which is a fossil fuel, and fossil fuels are a known contributor to air, pollution, water pollution and climate change.


Recycled cardboard and paper can be reused to make packaging, kitty litter and even sheetrock.  An average American uses 465 trees to create a lifetime of paper.

  • The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution. This means that every ton of recycled paper keeps almost 60 pounds of populations out of the atmosphere that would have been produced if the paper had been manufactured from virgin resources.


  • Your recycling efforts create a more substantial impact when they come full circle. To complete the recycling life cycle — to “close the loop” — purchase products made with recycled content, especially those that can be recycled again.


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What You Wanted To Know About Plastic Bags But Were Afraid To Ask

What You Wanted To Know About Plastic Bags But Were Afraid To Ask

by Diane Dreier, Guest Blogger

plastic bagsUbiquitous – they really are everywhere! Whether you go to the supermarket or a mini-mart, a major retailer or a quaint boutique, a big box home improvement store or a neighborhood hardware store, chances are you’ll walk away with several plastic bags.

One billion – – that’s the number of plastic bags handed to consumers every year in the US.

Single Use – they are used for a few minutes and then thrown away.

Did you know?

  • that plastic bags are made from oil – a non-renewable resource?
  • that in the US, 12 Million barrels of oil is used to supply 100 Billion plastic bags annually?
  • that both paper and plastic bags require lots of resources and energy to produce?
  • that less than 4% of plastic bags are recycled?
  • that recycling plastic or paper bags is not simple or easy?
  • that there are between 500 Billion and 1 Trillion plastic bags in circulation annually?
  • that plastic is forever? Plastic never breaks down in the environment – it just gets reduced to plastic dust?
  • that about 100,000 dolphins, turtles, whales and penguins are killed each year due to ingesting plastic bags?
  • that plastics bags have been found floating north of the arctic circle?

Using cloth bags can save anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 plastic bags in a lifetime. Try and viscanvas bagualize  what 50,000 bags looks like in a landfill- pretty gross! Reusable shopping bags reduces emissions, petroleum usage and waste.

During its four year ban on plastic bags, China reports saving over 4.8 million tons of oil (the equivalent of 6.8 million tons of standard coal), not to mention 800,000 ton of plastic . Several cities in the US and a number of cities in England, Italy, Mexico, Australia and India have enacted similar bans. Reusable bags just makes sense.

The Best thing is that it’s Really Easy!

All you have to do is buy some inexpensive reusable bags from the grocery store, keep them in your car, and remember to use them. It gets lots easier with a little practice. (Remember to throw the bag in the washer after transporting raw meat or fish).

And when you get good at the grocery store bags, buy a small, lightweight, fold-able bag (some even come attached to a little pouch that the bag folds into) that you can keep in your purse for trips to the mall or spur of the moment purchases.

You’re going to feel great! You’ll feel a real sense of accomplishment every time you reach for that reusable bag instead of a plastic bag. You’ll feel great for yourself, for your planet – and especially for the generations who will come after you.

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