Marcellus Shale

Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth

By at April 28, 2015 | 11:38 am | 0 Comment

Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth

Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., was found to be in contempt of court, Thursday, and fined $1,000. Her offense? She tells the truth. Truth is something that apparently has bypassed the court of Judge Kenneth W. Seamans, who retired at the end of 2014, but came out of retirement to handle this case. The […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf reinstates moratorium on further gas leasing of public lands

By at February 2, 2015 | 5:59 pm | 0 Comment

Great news for Pennsylvania’s state forests and state parks. In a ceremony at Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia this morning, Governor Wolf reinstated a moratorium on further gas leasing of public lands. The executive order would supersede an executive order signed by former Gov. Tom Corbett last year that overturned a previous ban on […]

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U.S. fracking production crashes, but incoming PA Gov. Wolf still hopes to raise big revenue from Marcellus shale

By at January 29, 2015 | 11:10 pm | 0 Comment

U.S. fracking production crashes, but incoming PA Gov. Wolf still hopes to raise big revenue from Marcellus shale

Pennsylvania budget and policymakers, including incoming Governor Tom Wolf, still hold out the hope of raising upwards of $1 billion a year in taxes from Marcellus shale fracking. But the fracking industry they hope to tax soon may be shut down or drastically slowed by simple economics. Fracking in Pennsylvania took off in the last […]

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A Fracking Good Letter

By at October 8, 2014 | 10:23 am | 0 Comment

A Fracking Good Letter

The oil and gas industry has retreated from its entrenched position to have the public delete the “k” in “fracking,” and write it as “frac’ing” or “fracing.” Those who have been the strongest advocates for fracking scorned and mocked those who place the “k” in the word. The problem is that without the “k,” the […]

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Walter Brasch wins Penn Press Club award

By at June 6, 2014 | 1:33 pm | 0 Comment

Walter Brasch, whose weekly column appears in Rock the Capital, recently won awards for both his column and his radio commentary. Brasch won first place in commentary (general) and second place in commentary (humor) from the Pennsylvania Press Club, against statewide competition. During the past decade, he has also won multiple awards from the National […]

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Marcellus Shale

The Corporate Gas Shills of Academia (part 3)

By at May 13, 2014 | 10:42 am | 0 Comment

The Corporate Gas Shills of Academia (part 3)

 [Part 1: Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., accepted a $2.5 million endowment from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to strengthen that college’s programs and ties to the oil and gas industry. Part 2: Problems with academic integrity in other Pennsylvania colleges.] Among the mission statements of the University of North Dakota Department […]

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Gene Stilp Hijacks Pro-Fracking Parade

By at May 8, 2014 | 12:50 pm | 0 Comment

Gene Stilp Hijacks Pro-Fracking Parade

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The Corporate Gas Shills of Academia (part 2)

By at May 6, 2014 | 11:28 am | 0 Comment

The Corporate Gas Shills of Academia (part 2)

[Part 1: Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., accepted a $2.5 million endowment from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to strengthen that college’s programs and ties to the oil and gas industry.]   Two of the reasons Pennsylvania has no severance tax and one of the lowest taxes upon shale gas drilling are […]

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The Corporate Gas Shills of Academia

By at April 30, 2014 | 11:11 am | 0 Comment

The Corporate Gas Shills of Academia

(part 1 of 2) Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., has become a prostitute. The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Lackawanna College’s price is $2.5 million. That’s how much Cabot Oil & Gas paid to the School of Petroleum […]

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Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital

By at April 3, 2014 | 11:35 am | 0 Comment

Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital

Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will now be allowed to go to her hospital, supermarket, drug store, several restaurants, and the place where she goes for rehabilitation therapy. She can also go to the county’s recycling center, which is on 12.5 acres of land the county had leased to Cabot Gas & Oil Corp., […]

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