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Shorting DEP Funding is False Economy

By at September 28, 2012 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

Shorting DEP Funding is False Economy

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection may not be protecting the environment and the Commonwealth’s citizens as much as they deserve. That is the assertion of a report issued Tuesday by Earthworks, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental watchdog agency. The report begins by noting “more than 5,700 ‘unconventional’ shale gas wells have been drilled (in Pennsylvania) since […]

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Featured , Marcellus Shale , Pennsylvania Issues

Courts to Rule on Fracking Regs

By at September 27, 2012 | 10:57 am | 0 Comment

Courts to Rule on Fracking Regs

Citing a lack of regulations to complain about, a U.S. District Court judge Monday ruled against a requirement for a full environmental review of fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania townships await a ruling by that state’s top court that may determine whether traditional municipal control over zoning applies to the controversial method […]

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Marcellus Shale , Pennsylvania Issues

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 2

By at September 26, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 2

Inside the Machine In 1978 Pennsylvania voters approved a Constitutional amendment providing for the election of an Attorney General effective in 1980. The Constitutional amendment was implemented by the Commonwealth Attorneys Act of 1980, which defined the duties and powers of the Attorney General. Pennsylvania voters perceive that Republicans as more likely than Democrats to […]

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Gas Leak

By at September 26, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Gas Leak

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Comics , Marcellus Shale , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Something Wrong With the Math

By at September 25, 2012 | 10:13 am | 0 Comment

Something Wrong With the Math

I have a good friend, an economist by training, and the former head of a hedge fund, who is always giving me grief about my liberal economic views. I like this guy. We usually get together a couple of times when our vacations in Maine coincide and we sit down over seafood dinners and laugh […]

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Top Ten Shale Gas Deposits by Nation

By at September 24, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Shale Gas Deposits by Nation

  Nation Trillions of Cubic Feet 1. China 1,275 2. Argentina 774 3. Mexico 681 4. South Africa 485 5. USA 482 6. Australia 396 7. Canada 388 8. Libya 290 9. Algeria 231 10. Brazil 226   Source: “The Scale of Shale,” Financial Times, April 23, 2012. Photo by wcn247

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Energy & Environment , Featured , Marcellus Shale , Pennsylvania Issues

Support a Farmer, Eat Heartily, and Stomp to Some Great Music

By at September 21, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Support a Farmer, Eat Heartily, and Stomp to Some Great Music

Farm Aid 2012 is Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hersheypark Stadium. This is Year 27 of the event begun in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp – Dave Matthews joined the team in 2001 – to draw attention to the plight of family farms in their competition with land developers and huge factory […]

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Energy & Environment , Pennsylvania Issues

Global Warning

By at September 19, 2012 | 10:05 am | 0 Comment

Global Warning

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Comics , Political

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 1

By at September 18, 2012 | 12:54 pm | 0 Comment

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Part 1

The Attorney General of Pennsylvania (“AGO”) is the chief law enforcement officer for the Commonwealth. Few Pennsylvanians would conjure up an image of an office run by a political machine doling out de facto tax breaks, favors, no bid contracts,{{1}} and even destroying documents.{{2}} Nor would Pennsylvanians imagine that former Attorney General Leroy Zimmerman still […]

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Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Introduction

By at September 18, 2012 | 9:00 am | 0 Comment

Tom Corbett: Lost Money and Missing Memory, Introduction

Rock the Capital has been following the story of the Financial Enforcement Section (FES) a little known department within the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and it’s former head, Thomas Kimmett.  During Governor Tom Corbett’s tenure as the Attorney General this department was grossly mismanaged. Thomas Kimmett, who is both an attorney and an account, was […]

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