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Can Pennsylvania use fracking waste as road salt?

Can Pennsylvania use fracking waste as road salt?

Pennsylvania is arguably the frack-friendliest state in the U.S. So friendly, in fact, according to a recent report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, our government has been coming up with new and downright freaky uses for the hydraulic fracturing byproduct we’ve often heard so much about. The state Department of Environmental Protection has rescinded a Marcellus...

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One Gov candidate vows fracking moratorium at sustainability debate

One Gov candidate vows fracking moratorium at sustainability debate

All eight Democratic gubernatorial candidates showed up at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Sustainability Forum on Monday evening with the same apparent goal in mind: To prove s/he’s the “greenest” of them all. Debated issues at the debate sponsored by five environmental nonprofits ranged from fracking to state park funding. And while every candidate...

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Gasland director and MoveOn.org encourage “FrackingFighter” activism

Gasland director and MoveOn.org encourage “FrackingFighter” activism

Liberal activism group MoveOn.org recently sent out an email, in conjunction with Gasland director and Pennsylvania native Josh Fox, encouraging Pennsylvania members to promote a moratorium on fracking practices by natural gas drillers and energy companies. To do this, Fox and MoveOn have put together a project called MoveOn FrackingFighters, in which anyone...

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With NORML endorsement, Hanger continues pot conquest for PA Governor — but will it work?

With NORML endorsement, Hanger continues pot conquest for PA Governor — but will it work?

When the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) announced yesterday that they would be endorsing former Department of Environmental Protection secretary John Hanger for Governor of Pennsylvania, it wasn’t much of a surprise. Hanger’s already established himself as the pro-pot candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial race. He regularly speaks...

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State Sen. To Introduce Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill

State Sen. To Introduce Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill

As we noted last March, Pennsylvania’s then-new shale gas law, Act 13, includes an oft-overlooked provision that would allow the state’s doctors to request information on fracking health hazards but would not allow them to share that information with anyone — including, as far as the language of the law makes clear, their patients. Within a month of...

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From Creators of Pro-Fracking ‘Truth Land’ Comes Pro-Fracking ‘The Real Promised Land’

From Creators of Pro-Fracking ‘Truth Land’ Comes Pro-Fracking ‘The Real Promised Land’

Because making one online video response to an anti-fracking movie is never enough, the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s public relations firm has released a series of pro-hydraulic fracturing and natural gas vignettes they’re calling “The Real Promised Land.” The videos, whose titles play on the new Matt Damon movie Promised Land, which...

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DAILY GRINDER: 7 Northeast States—but not Pennsylvania—Sue EPA Over Methane

DAILY GRINDER: 7 Northeast States—but not Pennsylvania—Sue EPA Over Methane

Seven states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it is “failing to address methane emissions from oil and gas drilling,” according to the Associated Press. And, not surprisingly, Pennsylvania is not one of the suing states. (OK, so: methane good; health care bad. Got it.) After all, the American Petroleum Institute says the suit “makes...

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DAILY GRINDER: Ed Rendell Urges More Fracking—In New York!

DAILY GRINDER: Ed Rendell Urges More Fracking—In New York!

Former Governor Ed Rendell is attempting to peer-pressure New York Governor Andrew Cuomo into overturning that state’s fracking ban—because “it’s a good thing to do.” That’s at least what he’s telling the New York Post, which, unsurprisingly, has published a pretty not-so-flattering picture of the former guv, because that’s their thing (not...

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DAILY GRINDER: Read this Account of Fracking in North-Central PA

DAILY GRINDER: Read this Account of Fracking in North-Central PA

A farmer in Bradford County, Pennsylvania has written an essay about what it has meant to “sacrifice” for the public good, and allow her land to be fracked. Then she sent it into the Public Herald. You should read it. It’s devastating. Here’s a piece: “My water changed March 15, 2011. It now turns white, with a green moss settling on top of sand....

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And Now They Want to Frack Your College

And Now They Want to Frack Your College

Scene from Gasland Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 367, the Mineral Resource Development Act, last week. The new law will allow the “mining or removal of coal, oil, natural gas, coal bed methane and limestone found in or beneath land owned by the state or state system of higher education.” Or, in laymen’s terms: Your college campus can now...

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