DAILY GRINDER: $1.6 Million Settlement in Contaminated Water Fracking Case
Three northeastern Pennsylvania families have reached a $1.6 million settlement with Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy over contaminating their water wells and forcing them to go somewhere else. It’s a good chunk of change, but one of the families say it’s not much considering they have to leave their home. Jared McMicken, who received part of the settlement, told Lancaster Online, “We’ve lost our house, and we’re not going to get out of it what we got into it,” he said. “We have a bunch of people who have to leave their homes.” But hey, at least a lot of jobs were created to destroy his life, right?
The Philadelphia Fire Department and police cooperated with the FBI yesterday to conduct a 4-hour training exercise to make sure everyone would be cool-ish should a bomb explode in or near the Broad Street Line subway.
A bill in Harrisburg would require all campaign finance reports in the state to be filed electronically and put online. Before the last Pennsylvania election in April, only 400 of the 1,700 were filed electronically. Additionally, many were not put online until after the election.
A poll sponsored by the Republican Party and conducted by a professional pollster shows Romney within five points of President Obama in Pennsylvania. Republicans are apparently celebrating, but if their own internals are still showing them back, is that really a reason to jump for joy? The Real Clear Politics average of all polls shows Obama up eight points in Pennsylvania. The average without Rasmussen shows Romney even further back.
And Sen. Bob Casey sent out a letter to prospective donors recently noting his own polls have “warning signs”—namely, he continues to poll under 50 percent, even though he leads challenger Tom Smith by up to 20 points. That’s what happens when no one really knows anything about you.
Philadelphia will host the 2013 NHL Draft.
This article details the two candidates for Philadelphia’s schools chief, Pedro Martinez and William R. Hite Jr. Whoever’s picked has some work on their hands.
Four people in Philadelphia were killed on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
There are severe thunderstorm warnings today. Even though, right now, it’s pretty sunny.