DAILY GRINDER: Bill Would Encourage Natural Gas Frack Cars
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has introduced a bill called the STATE Natural Gas Act. His bill would “encourage the use of natural gas as transportation fuel and encourage private investment in natural gas vehicles and transportation infrastructure.” The legislation would do so by providing grants through the Department of Energy, awarded based on competitive criteria by state. A spokesman for Casey’s challenger, Tom Smith, noted the legislation was “more election-year pandering from a senator who has never passed a bill into law.” Which is probably true. If you take the law of averages into account.
Meanwhile, fracking still remains this pretty terrible practice that could be destroying the Earth, if only we were legally allowed to know everything about it.
Nockamixon Township and Yardley Borough in Bucks County won a round in court against Act 13, which would alow natural gas drilling in “would allow natural-gas drilling in nearly any neighborhood where drillers want to drill, including towns whose zoning does not allow it. And there would be nothing you — or the local leaders you elected to protect your quality of life — could do about it,” according to the Daily News. The court found “the state did not have the right to strip local municipalities of zoning rights solely for the benefit of the hydraulic-fracturing industry — and only that industry.”
An analysis of new Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board financials PAIndependent compared with state revenue they claimed over the last three fiscal years shows a bit of an anomaly. “Governor’s Budget Office and Legislature under former Gov. Ed Rendell, overestimated by $49.2 million how much in profits Pennsylvania’s 600 liquor stores could transfer to the Treasury,” they write. This is done because the PLCB is able to transfer cash from its rainy day fund, but, as the site notes, that cash cannot last forever.
[If only they hadn’t spent all that cash on rape ads.]
An Eastern European nightclub owner involved in the John Bolaris sex massacre has been arrested. More than $43,000 was charged to the former Fox 29 meteorologist’s credit card in May 2010 in Miami, Florida after being drugged, perhaps by two women with whom he was hanging out. Turns out, he was one of perhaps many victims in a scam ring based out of the Florida city.
Darrell Clarke announced yesterday that City Council will partner with the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition to educate people on the Voter ID law and perhaps help pay for transportation to PennDOT centers.
Another priest, Andrew McCormick, has been charged in assaulting a child. This time, the victim in question is an altar boy. McCormick has hired William J. Brennan, Jr., who recently defended James J. Brennan in a highly-publicized priest abuse trial.
State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has introduced legislation that would make it a crime to recruit gang members in the state.