"Two couples were awarded nearly $4.25 million
on Thursday after a federal jury found one of the largest natural
gas producers in Pennsylvania was responsible for the contamination
of their well water, capping a six-year odyssey that turned their
sleepy village into a battleground over the nations shale
drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom." - Timesleader
L-R- Daughter of Ray Hubert, Beth Radow, Monica
Marta-Ely, Scott Ely, Atty Leslie Lewis, Ray Hubert, Lewis' sister,
& Victoria Hubert . _- PHOTO ©
Vera Scroggins for Public Herald
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent
commission that mainly PERMITS the interstate transmission of electricity,
natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied
natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines
as well as licensing hydropower projects. The Energy Policy Act
of 2005 gave FERC additional authority as outlined in FERC's Top
Initiatives & Strategic Plan.
Shale Gas Drilling Invades PA
Down in Texas the big gas companies are talking about North East
PA as the place to be. Marcellus Shale lies under much of northern
Appalachia 6,000 to 8,000 feet below the surface; the shale contain
large quantities of natural gas.
-many informative videos -Click to view
But now with ALL Federal oversight eliminated in 2005's Energy Act
(including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water
Act, Superfund Law, Resource Conservation & Recovey Act, &
local land use - noise ordinances- SEE the act's key paragraphs
at bottom of this page) gas drilling & hydraulic fracturing
("Fracking") make recovering the gas economicaly feasable-
but dangerous to area residents.
We are seeing the "land men" knocking on
doors to obtain gas leases for various companies, with Chesapeake,
Encana, & Cabot leading the charge in our area. Community
groups are forming on both sides- from landowner associations to
better negotiate leases to groups fighting drilling altogether.
Be informed, get involved- the future of our communities depend
& Residential Qualities of Life at Risk
Gas Drilling will transform our farmland & home
neighborhoods into industrial areas with water/air pollution, emergency
hazards, & heavy road traffic. Drillers plan wells of 3-15 acres
in size, in grids 25-30 acres apart- drill rigs, pipelines, storage
tanks, compressors, open pits for toxic fluids, & dangers of
fire /explosions/big frack water spills as in Clearfield PA.
Industrial Impact Across North East PA
Gas wells can be drilled right next to homes, hospitals,
churches, & even reservoirs. Where dangerous drilling takes
place, homeowners flee & real estate markets crash, harming
construction & service industries. Drillers bring areas the
costs of higher crime rates including drug use & prostitution.
Rent costs for local residents greatly increases by demand from
temporary out of town workers. Tourism decreases along with wildlife
for hunting & fishing recreation.
Property & Rights Taken by Forced Pooling,
Eminent Domain & Elmination of Local Zoning
Gas pipeline companies have applied for Utility
Status in PA to use your property to run vast pipeline networks
with heavy equipment against your wishes. Drillers want Forced
Pooling laws also enacted in order to force take your Mineral
Rights. Drillers care only about their gas profits, not your
rights or safety.
ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005- key paragraphs:
SEC. 322. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING.
Paragraph (1) of section 1421(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act
(42 U.S.C. 300h(d)) is amended to read as follows:
(1) UNDERGROUND INJECTION.The term underground
(A) means the subsurface emplacement of fluids by well
(i) the underground injection of natural gas for purposes
of storage; and
(ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping
agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing
operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities..
SEC. 323. OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION DEFINED.
Section 502 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.
1362) is amended by adding at the end the following:
(24) OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION.The
term oil and gas exploration, production, processing, or treatment
operations or transmission facilities means all field activities
or operations associated with exploration, production, processing,
or treatment operations, or transmission facilities, including activities
necessary to prepare a site for drilling and for the movement and
placement of drilling equipment, whether or not such field activities
or operations may be considered to be construction activities..
Federal-State Source Documents
at 7 pm &
by Norm Tomchak
Dallas, PA 18612