Category Archives: Wayne County

Wayne county, PA: Chesapeake shows its true color & sues a county official

Golden’s office has handled about 8,100 gas drilling leases over the past four years, about 5,100 of them are Chesapeake leases.

Chesapeake says Golden prevented the company from lumping 713 leases together in a single document that contains only one property owner’s name and the identification number of the parcel. It also says her office would not record a deed that did not contain the middle initial of the lesser and did not contain the notary stamp in the proper place on the document.
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Why Pennsylvania Needs Clean Energy, Part I: Fracking Out of Control

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2010/08/why-pennsylvania-needs-clean-energy-part-i-fracking-out-of-control

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One Family’s Story of a Poisoned Well in Dimock, PA

Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation had just begun hydraulic fracturing gas drilling in their area. It was August of 2008.

Soon the The Sautner family began to suffer from dizziness, hives, and gastrointestinal pain. Their 19 year-old daughter had to lie on the floor after taking a shower in discomfort.

Three surface spills have already occurred in the vicinity, and Julie said that she and her family live in fear of another spill every day.

Testing by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed high concentrations of iron, magnesium, sodium chloride, and highly saturated methane gas in Sautner’s water. The family has received a letter confirming the toxicity, according to Craig.

The Sautner family says they have lost not only their water, but also their dignity and privacy, as they now must receive daily water deliveries from a large tank located in their driveway.

Cabot Oil and Gas has been forced to make reparations. The DEP reported in November 2009 that Cabot paid a $120,000 civil penalty for the violations.

Documented violations against Cabot have been numerous, indicating much of what can go wrong with hydraulic fracturing. In September of 2009, the DEP temporarily banned Cabot from fracking after three polluted waste-water spills occurred in the Dimock area, polluting wetlands and reportedly poisoning the fish. The prohibition was removed after the company complied with a remedial action.
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See How the Gas Lobby Spends Its Dollars

What impact does nearly three-quarters of a million industry dollars spent lobbying in one year have on the officials setting public policy? That’s the question which New Yorkers should be asking their elected representatives and appointed officials as New York State determines whether to permit, and how to regulate, natural gas exploitation using the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique. Research and analysis by Common Cause/New York reveals that shaping the state’s policies may come down to a contest between industry dollars – more than $650,000 spent lobbying in 2009 and nearly that amount already spent in just the first 4 months of 2010 – and public outcry. Continue reading

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Cabot Oil and Gas Flees

After poisoning the waters of Dimock, PA, Cabot Oil and Gas is auctioning off its leases in Sullivan County, NY. Good riddance.  Read about it here

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Contamination in Springville, PA: A Sad Tale

Springvillie is a few of miles downstream from Dimock, PA. Gas drilling into the Marcellus Shale involved sending a dangerous and secret brew of chemicals into the rocks deep inside the Earth. The chemical had leaked into the ground water, into the wells and springs of Dimock. People were sickened, and it appears that the people in this town of a few thousand people can never drink water from their wells as they had since the town was founded long ago. Their water sources suffered permanent damage.

I noticed that the traffic through Springville on Route 29 consisted mostly of tanker trucks, going both ways. Water for the drilling operation in Dimock going north, used fracking and drilling compounds going south for disposal. Where? Well, it’s a contract job.

So the poisoned water from Dimock is coming through Springville. Some of it goes into community waste disposal plants where it is treated as sewage, then released into the creeks leading into the Susquehanna River, the one that comes on down and pours into the Chesepeake bay. Some of it cannot be accounted for at all. It goes”somewhere.
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