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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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How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

By at November 25, 2014 | 1:25 pm | 0 Comment

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it. According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans oppose fracking, while 41 percent support it. This is a 7 percent decline in […]

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Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster

By at October 23, 2013 | 8:00 am | 0 Comment

Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster

Well before most Pennsylvania residents were aware of a natural gas industry north of the Gulf of Mexico, it was taking root in the Commonwealth. “Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster,” by Walter M. Brasch, is the story of that enterprise. The narrative begins in 2000, when Mitchell Energy, with help from the U.S. Department of […]

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Judge’s Finger Rests on Sunshine Switch

By at January 25, 2013 | 1:10 pm | 0 Comment

Judge’s Finger Rests on Sunshine Switch

A Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, judge may soon have a say in whether citizens have a right to know what decisions are made when their elected officials gather to make them. Currently, some gatherings of elected officials can claim protection from the states Right to Know Law. Last July, a Bloomsburg-based author asked the PA State […]

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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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Beware of Mobile Homes in the Way of Pipelines

By at June 19, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Beware of Mobile Homes in the Way of Pipelines

A recent business-forced residential mobile home evacuation in Jersey Shore, near Williamsport, was not without precedent. It was not even a rare circumstance. Circa 1998, the Giant grocery store in our town decided to move from in-town to just-outside-of-town. That was bad news for a few dozen residents in a trailer park where the Giant […]

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Marcellus-Related Plant Offered $2 Billion to Come to Pa.

By at June 12, 2012 | 7:50 am | 0 Comment

Marcellus-Related Plant Offered $2 Billion to Come to Pa.

Shell Oil Co., a child of Royal Dutch Shell the latter reportedly the largest oil company in Europe and second largest company in the world is thinking about building an ethane cracker plant in Monaca Borough, Beaver County, 30-some miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pa. The proposed plant would be used to crack ethane from natural […]

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Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

By at June 8, 2012 | 5:25 pm | 0 Comment

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

Lower-than-hyped revenue, plunging natural gas prices, and growing environmental concerns could spell trouble for the Marcellus Shale industry. Its attempt to recover corporate value could be problematic for Pennsylvanians at both ends of the state, as natural gas producers leave the northeast for the, hopefully, more profitable western hills. Back in May 2011, the Pa. […]

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Sometimes It Takes Us All To Share The Expense

By at May 11, 2012 | 10:21 am | 0 Comment

Sometimes It Takes Us All To Share The Expense

Wind power, a Pennsylvania state politician recently said, is accomplishing one thing: spending taxpayer money. But there is growing evidence it is doing other, more positive things, such as creating jobs and supplying the electrical grid – with considerably less risk than the Keystone State’s other burgeoning energy source. “I am 100 percent for alternative […]

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Collateral Damage in the Marcellus Shale

By at April 5, 2012 | 11:21 am | 0 Comment

Collateral Damage in the Marcellus Shale

There’s nothing to suggest that in his 51 years Kevin June should be a leader. Not from his high school where he dropped out after his freshman year. Not from his job, where he worked as an auto body technician for more than 35 years. Both of his marriages ended in divorce, but did produce […]

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