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The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble

By at December 30, 2014 | 10:09 am | 0 Comment

The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble

Gas prices have plunged to the low $2 range—except in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the prices at the pump are in the mid-$2 range. That’s because Gov. Tom Corbett and the legislature imposed a 28-cent per gallon surcharge tax. Until 2019, Pennsylvanians will be paying an additional $2.3 billion a year in taxes and fees—$11.5 billion […]

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Railroad ‘Bomb Trains’: Speeding to Disaster

By at September 2, 2014 | 11:22 am | 0 Comment

Railroad ‘Bomb Trains’: Speeding to Disaster

It’s 3 p.m., and you’re cruising down a rural road, doing about 50. A quarter mile away is a sign, with flashing yellow lights, alerting you to slow down to 15. It’s a school zone. But, you don’t see any children. Besides, you’re going to be late to your racquetball match. So, you just slide […]

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AIDS Advances May be Compromised by Legislative Inaction

By at August 5, 2014 | 1:28 pm | 0 Comment

AIDS Advances May be Compromised by Legislative Inaction

Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia may have found an entry-way to the cure for AIDS. Once the HIV virus enters the body it can lie dormant for years. It can also evolve into AIDS.  But, until now, it could never be removed. It’s far too early to claim an AIDS cure—there still has to […]

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‘Putting People over Profits’: The Fight Against Fracking

By at August 2, 2013 | 11:09 am | 0 Comment

‘Putting People over Profits’: The Fight Against Fracking

Pennsylvanians want to put a moratorium on fracking. And it’s not just a few thousand, but a majority of the state’s residents. Pennsylvania lies in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, possibly the most productive shale for gas in the country. A joint University of Michigan/Muhlenberg College study reveals that only 49 percent of Pennsylvanians […]

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Standing Tall for Landowner Rights

By at June 4, 2013 | 9:31 am | 0 Comment

Standing Tall for Landowner Rights

Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek. TransCanada is an Alberta-based corporation that is building the controversial Keystone […]

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You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

By at February 21, 2013 | 1:49 pm | 0 Comment

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

Jos Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so Jos Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. The chemicals, the smell was so bad. Once I got out, […]

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The No News News Media

By at February 4, 2013 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

The No News News Media

There was a lot of news last week. Some of it was even reported by the news media. First, there was a football player from Notre Dame who either did or didn’t know that his girlfriend was or wasn’t real, but died sometime during the season. Six column headlines for several days announced the fraud. […]

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Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Trump Health and the Environment

By at July 5, 2012 | 1:53 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Trump Health and the Environment

Politics continues to threaten the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. The latest is how the Republican-dominated legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the wealthiest and more high-tech/industrial areas of the state from the rural areas. Less than a week before the 2011–2012 fiscal year budget was scheduled to expire, June 30, the majority […]

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Late May Not Be Better Than Never

By at May 8, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Late May Not Be Better Than Never

Last month, the EPA announced new regulations that will require natural gas drillers to capture the methane they ordinarily allow to escape before they cap their well. The new rules take effect in 2015. Last week, the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, announced proposed regulations that would require drillers to tell us […]

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Fracking: Corruption a Part of Pennsylvania’s Heritage

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

Fracking: Corruption a Part of Pennsylvania’s Heritage

(part 3 of 3) The history of energy exploration, mining, and delivery is best understood in a range from benevolent exploitation to worker and public oppression. A company comes into an area, leases land in rural and agricultural areas for mineral rights, increases employment, usually in a depressed economy, strips the land of its resources, […]

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