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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in General Discussion
Tue Mar 29th 2011, 07:06 AM
The Marcellus Texas Toxins have to be stopped before they destroy any more water sources and spread their radioactive and carcinogenic legacy to more areas. People are getting sick (at best) and the entire concept of clean drinking water is being displaced by the madness of "more jobs" at any cost.

Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a misnomer as we lose more and more of the sylvania to gas "development" and wind turbine farms located in the worst places possible.

This is a local "Employment Agency" that specializes in Marcellus jobs.

Report on the local wind farms and their locations and how it is affecting the environment.

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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in Pennsylvania
Mon Sep 13th 2010, 12:42 PM
launched a new website that tracks gas campaign donations and lobbying
expenditures from drilling companies that seek to influence our

If you haven't seen this yet, it's a good indicator of just how wide spread the buying of our state politicians has become thanks to the Marcellus Shale Exploration.

Neither party seems to have a problem with accepting money from the natural gas industry / cabal.

Under the Contributions tab, check out the largest contributions. Lynn Swann's name appears quite a few times. He always could catch something thrown his way, including money.
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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in Pennsylvania
Thu Jul 29th 2010, 08:55 AM
I still remember being told by a person on this site that the oil and gas companies aren't to blame. All of the BS going on in relation to the Marcellus Pillaging is the fault of greedy landowners and nothing else.
They insisted that no drilling can take place without the landowners permission.

This just shows that even once you remove landowners trying to make a quick buck, these bottom feeders are going to drill anywhere they damn well please. From what I've seen, the state agencies that are charged with protecting the environment are either complicit, incompetent, disengaged or powerless to stop this destruction.

No wonder this state imports more garbage than any other state. We have a Governor who keeps losing aides to the oil and gas companies and we're not supposed to be the least bit suspicious about the cozy relationship.

I wish that more people would educate themselves about what is really going on and that the promises of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the drilling industry is just a lot of hot air not unlike the picture in my signature line.

It seems as though every day I see more and more oil and gas company vehicles from Texas around here. All that we ever hear is the same old promises that we'll be careful and we really do care about the environment. We take every precaution so that no accidents will ever happen in PA. I could buy that line except that I'm saving up to buy the Brooklyn Bridge when they say that they can arrange that also.

PA doesn't need any more of this BS:
Marcellus spills may not be as uncommon as you think. In a June 21st Scranton Times Tribune newspaper article, reporter Laura Legere writes, “After a Marcellus Shale hearing last week, DEP produced a list for state legislators of 421 violations found by inspectors at Marcellus Shale wells this year through June 4. At least 50 of the violations - recorded by 15 different Marcellus operators - involved a spill to soil or water.”
You can read more in that newspaper’s DEEP IMPACT series at:

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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jun 09th 2010, 04:25 AM
Since you didn't, I'll give you the condensed version.

'Tricky Dicky' the 2nd?
Halliburton tractor trailer parked along a country road near Buffalo, Pa. Frac fluids were exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005 while former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was Vice President of the US.

Secret Sauce
Frac fluids are considered "proprietary" formulas and therefore NOT subject to full disclosure of their chemical makeup, even to emergency personnel. Things will improve in this area if The FRAC Act is passed by Congress.

The gas drilling industry is heavily diesel engine based, while Washington, Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland counties were listed among 37 counties in the United States that fail all three air pollution measures used by the American Lung Association in their 2009 State of the Air report. Washington County got an "F"

Excerpts from testimony by Mark W. Smith, Bradford County Commissioner, to the State Senate April 9, 2009 regarding the impact of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Exploration


“One of the more significant problems local governments face is the stress the industry has on our roads and bridges. The majority of roads in our townships were never built to withstand the heavy and constant truck traffic that horizontal well drilling and injection requires. One well drilling operation may involve over 1,000 truck loads.”


“As the industry increases their operations we can only expect a negative impact on our bridges.”


“There are areas in terms of regulation that local governments are struggling with. In some cases Pennsylvania regulations and regulatory agencies are in transition. It is unclear if the challenges of balancing industry and public safety are being met. There is great local concern that D.E.P., even with their proposed increased staffing has no chance of keeping up with the pace of the drilling activity, let alone the increased responsibilities D.E.P. is taking away from conservation districts.”


“There are concerns about the regulation of “drilling pits” or ponds, disposal of what is known as “drilling mud,” which in some cases is being encapsulated in the pond’s liner and buried on the land owner’s property after drilling ceases. Water quality and possible contamination is also of concern.”


“I would urge the D.E.P. to reconsider its fast track approach to permitting and reinstate local responsibilities to county conservation districts and to take into consideration looking at other aspects of the industry that may require D.E.P. attention to ensure public safety and environmental protection.”

"On April 1, 2009 Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, (D.E.P.), eliminated local conservation districts from the permit process of Erosion and Sedimentation and Stream and Wetlands in relation to the natural gas industry."

April 7, 2009 - Some specific concerns we have in regards to your decision are as follows:

The lack of input D.E.P. has sought in regards to this decision, both from the public and from conservation districts.

The lack of staff, training and local contacts for D.E.P. to adequately manage and issue these permits.

The fact that this change will eliminate municipal notice of drilling activity.

D.E.P. is telling local conservation districts to turn over all gas industry related records, which represent decisions made at the local level.

Yep...facts can get pesky.

As far as which party has the power, most of PA is as red as you can get.
And BTW, "paid off local bottom feeders" (quote from Bruce Cockburn) AKA local politicians can have any letter after their name and still be bought off.

Not that you will, but you might want to check out this link also.

I'll highlight the point for you.

From the Susquehanna County Gas Forum:

The state legislature is bought and sold by oil and gas companies interested in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas deposits.

At least, that is the accusation made today by several government reform organizations and a local state representative.

Joined by the League of Women Voters, Penn Future and State Rep. David Levdansky, Common Cause accused the oil and gas industry of trying to buy the state legislature through campaign contributions and multi- million dollar lobbying campaigns.

The accusers said the goal is to prevent tough regulations of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and a severance tax on its extraction of natural gas.

http://gasdrillingawarenesscoalition.wordp... /

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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jun 08th 2010, 05:50 AM
Please check out the link in my signature line.

Pennsylvania is one of the states being decimated by the Marcellus Shale boom.

The link provides many examples of the damage being done in Hickory, PA and also provides a lot of examples of "accidents" in other parts of the country as well.

Three weeks ago I was in Pittsburgh for a medical test and I struck up a conversation with the Cardiac Radiologist. It turns out that she actually lives in Hickory with her husband and children. The things that she told me were almost enough to bring tears to my eyes.

Her husband asked to see the maps showing where all of the gas lines were being drilled. Their property (3 acres) doesn't contain a well, but through the magic of horizontal drilling, there is drilling taking place under their house and property. After trying to make him jump through as many hoops as possible in the hope that he'd abandon the idea, they finally relented and said that he could see the maps.

When it came time to produce the maps, the company changed the plans and informed them that instead of bringing them to their house, he would have to go to their office where he would be "escorted" to a location where he could see them. They said that they felt physically threatened by him and his wife since they were asking so many questions. The problem IMHO is that they are both well educated (he's a teacher) and the company knew that they couldn't be lied to as easily as some of the local politicians that okayed all of the drilling.

Anyone who stands up to the drilling company or the politicians is then attacked by the local newspaper as being backward, against jobs, uninformed or just plain crazy since they don't want anyone rocking the boat or causing real questios to be asked.

Some of these wells are sitting right up against a school. They burn off toxic chemicals which then blow across the school property. One of their friends works for the drilling company and he won't tell them what the chemicals are due to wanting to keep his job.

Gas drilling activities behind the Vo-Tech school in Houston, Pennsylvania

I brought up the point that it is 100% un-American, but these companies have so much political and financial power that maybe they should consider moving in order to safeguard themselves and their children especially. That is so screwed up that I hated to mention it, but she said that it was alright since they are already looking into getting out of the town that they thought would be their home for the rest of their lives. WTF is wrong with this country?????

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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Oct 15th 2009, 08:56 AM
This state seems to have decided that saving and protecting the environment pales in comparison to the amount of money that can be made by allowing the destruction of the environment.

Local LTTE on the subject of allowing expanded areas in the state forests of Pennsylvania to be opened to gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale fields.

While there is a need for additional sources of energy, there are still many unanswered questions concerning the drilling methods and the potential destruction that might be inflicted in order to obtain the gas that is locked in the shale. /

Add in the fact that thousands of miles of waterways are already dead or dying from 200 years of mining and other causes, and you have a disturbing pattern of destruction that seems as if I am living in a third world country. /

And then you have this distinction:
Pennsylvania is already the largest importer of garbage in the nation.
This is one time that you don't want to be #1. One of the most common sights around here are semis full of garbage from other states heading to an ever increasing number of landfills. /

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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Sep 18th 2009, 02:04 PM
This was a recent letter to the editor. I know that this type of health care is "off the table". We've had so many things taken off the table by our leaders that I think we should get them jobs bussing tables.
This was written by a local college professor. I just thought that this
was a great LTTE.

Recently, I was in Luxembourg (a tiny country nestled between France, Belgium and Germany) for a conference, and I needed emergency surgery.

I had an infected cyst - not a life-threatening emergency. Nevertheless, I was seen by a doctor within 30 minutes of arriving in the emergency room and was operated on immediately.

I spent an hour on the operating table and returned in the next several days for two follow-up visits. For this, I was charged a grand total of $300.

My local emergency room estimated that the same operation would cost $5,700 to $16,300, and that was just for the hospital, not including the surgeon and the anesthesiologist.

Read more:
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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Sep 03rd 2009, 05:09 PM
The candlelight vigil scheduled for last night in Altoona PA was cancelled due to death threats and monetary threats.
This is truly stomach turning hatred. The worst part is that I've known Greg Morris almost my entire life AND he's run for public office as a Democrat.
Read more and be glad that you don't live here.
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Posted by Altoid_Cyclist in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 30th 2009, 10:33 AM
My sister sent me this email a few days ago and I thought that it might be of interest with the current events. My BIL recently had surgery that is going to require an extended hospital stay. I left out the personal parts but this is the part that's interesting.

But he won't be home for a while. This is certainly one good thing in Germany. We have to pay around 10 dollars a day for his stay in the hospital (the point being that he would have expenses at home, too, for food and things). And we have one bill from the doctor for about 20 dollars. We shouldn't have to pay much more than that. And he gets full pay for 6 weeks. After that it drops to around 75%, but we have extra insurance that will make up some (but not all) of the difference. Of course we still have other expenses, but at least it's not too much of a financial burden.

The system in Germany might not be perfect, but is an interesting comparison to what we have here.
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