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Thursday, May 5, 2011


"Get fracked!" That's Governor Tom Corbett's message to the people of Pennsylvania. He's decimating the budgets of public school systems from kindergarten thru college and refusing to fund public workers' pension funds. His answer to everything? Drill for natural gas. Fracking is going on. Sadly, it is no joke. Corbett's answer to everything?..."He wants schools to drill for natural gas right on their campuses. This despite the devastating effects on people's health and the environment where ever fracking is going on. Corbett's answetr to everything? Get in deeper with the drillers. He even refuses to tax them or charge a user fee for all the damage their trucks and rigs are doing to our roads. We should call him "Creepy Corbett the Crony".

Hey Governor, Pennsylvania is a commonwealth. That means the resources belong to all of its citizens, not some international energy giants. Let me repeat, that's common wealth -- not common thief!

If there were any decent rich people left in the world, someone would be funding a recall drive against this criminal fascist.

Meanwhile, the Delaware River Basin Commission, a body set up by U.S. Supreme Court decree to protect and administer the resources of the Delaware River watershed, is trying to pull another fast one on behalf of the energy companies.

In case you've missed it in the past -- Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas was exempted for the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts by a special loophole created by Dick Cheney in the 2005 energy plan. This is not the same hydraulic fracturing that has gone on since the 1940s. Now, energy companies pump tons of proven carcinogenic chemicals (including benzene) into the ground. Onl;y 10% of the gas released is captured for use. The rest escapes into the air, causing air pollution and massive ozone depletion.   

Here's the news from Catskill Citizens United for Safe Energy, and then from the Delaware Riverkeeper:

Tell the DRBC to Say No to ExxonMobil!
Exxon Wants a Half Billion Gallons of Special Protection Waters for Fracking (Even Though High-Volume Fracking Isn't Allowed!)

Although neither the Delaware River Basin Commission nor New York State permits high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the DRBC is considering an application by Exxon subsidiary XTO to withdraw up to a quarter of a million gallons of water a day from Special Protection Waters to support fracking operations in New York's Broome and Delaware Counties. This "cart-before-the-horse" approach to fracking stunned the environmental community, which was given only two weeks to respond the plan.

The only hearing on the matter will be held on May 11th in West Trenton, New Jersey-200 miles away from the location of the proposed water withdrawal. If you can attend the meeting (see Upcoming Events on our homepage) please do. If not let the DRBC know it should not permit Exxon to turn hundreds of millions of gallons of Special Protection waters into poisonous fracking fluid. Take Action!

Maryland Sues Chesapeake

On Monday, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler notified Chesapeake Energy that his state would sue the energy giant for violating the Clean Water Act and other federal environmental statutes. The suit was triggered by the April 19th fracking disaster in Bradford County, PA, which spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of poisonous fracking fluid into the environment. Farmland was contaminated, families were forced to flee their homes, and the fluid contaminated a tributary of the Susquehanna River, which supplies more than six million Americans with drinking water.

"Companies cannot expose citizens to dangerous chemicals that pose serious health risks to the environment and to public health," said Gansler. The AG promised to use "all resources available to hold Chesapeake Energy accountable for its actions."
And CWCWC sues the NYS DEC
On the very next day the Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition announced that it was suing the New York State DEC to declare that high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in state forests would violate the New York State Constitution and applicable environmental laws.

These two lawsuits come just weeks after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned the Delaware River Basin Commission that New York would sue if the DRBC went ahead with plans to permit fracking without first conducting a study to determine how this could affect the drinking water of fifteen million Americans.
For years the gas industry has been telling us that fracking would create lots of new jobs. They never us told many of those jobs would end up going to lawyers.


EMERGENCY: Tell DRBC - No water withdrawal for gas drilling!

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) plans to vote on a water withdrawal application by XTO Energy (ExxonMobil Corp.) for natural gas development in Broome and Delaware Counties, New York at their regularly scheduled meeting May 11, 2011.  They have set a public hearing on the application at the 1:30 pm meeting, West Trenton Fire Company, 40 W. Upper Ferry Rd., West Trenton, N.J.
XTO Energy wants to take 0.25 million gallons of water per day from Oquaga Creek, a trout stream that flows to the West Branch of the Delaware River in Broome and Delaware Counties to develop gas wells they plan to drill there.  The withdrawal site is on land owned by the Town of Sanford, which has given them access.  There is no permit required by NY State; the DRBC is the only review of this withdrawal.

Approval of this application is SO WRONG for many reasons including: wrong for the Oquaga Creek and the Delaware River; wrong because there is amoratorium on drilling in the Delaware River Watershed and on horizontal drilling/hydrofracking in New York; wrong because the public is shut out of the process... 
Please ATTEND the DRBC May 11 Hearing, tell DRBC to hold a Hearing in the Broome County area and extend the public comment period to at least 60 days, and send a letter NOW to the DRBC by going to our website – we only have a few days to speak up!
For more information and to send a letter to DRBC go to: 

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