Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 7/23/12

PA Marcellus News Digest 
July 23, 2012

Release: AFL-CIO and Sierra Club Endorse Hays (see complete text following articles)


Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells
i Watch News
Center for Public Integrity
Alice Su
June 28
When Pennsylvania passed a state law that stripped local authority over where potentially hazardous natural gas wells could be drilled, cities and townships decided to take matters into their own hands.

Hempfield unlikely to take a side on Act 13’s shale well fees
Pitt Trib
Richard Gazarik
July 20
The Hempfield Township supervisors likely will not take a position on controversial Act 13, which imposes impact fees on Marcellus shale drillers, at least until the Commonwealth Court rules on the law’s constitutionality.

The Right to Know, the Responsibility to Protect: State Actions Are Inadequate to Ensure Effective Disclosure of the Chemicals Used in Natural Gas Fracking
OMB Watch
July 9
Do you know how many natural gas wells are operating in your state or near the watershed that supplies your drinking water? You should.

When It Comes To Energy, Corbett Is Willing To Spend Big
State Impact
Scott Detrow
July 20

Proposed West Wyoming compressor station in remote area
Citizens Voice
Elizabeth Skrapits
July 19
WILKES-BARRE - Luzerne County Planning Director Adrian Merolli is not sure where to post notice of an upcoming zoning hearing for UGI Energy Services' proposed natural gas compressor station in West Wyoming so that neighbors would be able to see it.

Travel drops at airport; drilling slowdown blamed
Michael Iorfino
July 20
Enplanements, the number of passengers boarding flights, dropped 8.2 percent, from 21,485 in June 2011 to 19,733 in June 2012, said airport director Barry Centini.

US Chamber of Commerce touts benefits of Pennsylvania gas drilling
July 19
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania business and government leaders are teaming up to promote the economic benefits of natural-gas drilling in the state.

Shale still yields jobs, panel says
Pitt Trib
Joe Napsha
July 20
Despite the drop in natural gas prices that has slowed drilling in Pennsylvania, plenty of jobs remain available related to the gas production in the state’s vast Marcellus shale reserves, panels of government and business representatives said Thursday.

First Marcellus Summer Camp Held
NorthCentral PA
July 19
MANSFIELD, PA—The first ever Marcellus Summer Camp was held at Mansfield University July 8-10.
Twenty one students in grades 10-12 from Tioga, Bradford, Clarion and Indiana Counties in Pennsylvania were joined by students from New York State for an introduction to the natural gas industry and possible career paths.

AFL-CIO and Sierra Club Endorse Hays
July 19
(full text below)

Contact: Mike Hays
Phone: 215.353.6142

AFL-CIO and Sierra Club Endorse Hays

Mike Hays, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 26th District, is
pleased and proud to accept the endorsements of the PA AFL-CIO and Sierra Club of

In response to the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, Hays said:

"The endorsement of the AFL-CIO demonstrates my commitment to the working
families of the 26th district and the Commonwealth. The hard-working men and
women of Pennsylvania are struggling. I stand firmly with these Pennsylvanians and
their families. Pennsylvania workers deserve jobs that pay a living wage capable of
supporting a family. I will fight for those jobs and the rights of those workers."

"The current leadership in Harrisburg has failed to make creating family-sustaining
jobs a priority. Their priority is multi-billion dollar giveaways to the gas industry, not
investing in Pennsylvania. We must invest in education funding, transportation
funding and strong economic development programs to create a brighter future for our
Commonwealth. This is the priority of the residents of the 26th, and it is my priority. I
look forward to going to Harrisburg to work with the AFL-CIO to fight for Pennsylvania's

The Sierra Club announced their endorsements this week. Mike Hays was one
of the State House candidates endorsed in Chester County. Regarding the Sierra Club's
endorsement, Hays made the following statement:

"Environmental protection is an issue that is becoming more important in Pennsylvania
everyday. I know that ensuring a safe, healthy environment is important to the voters
of the 26th, and I am pleased that the Sierra Club has recognized my dedication to our
common goal. As the natural gas industry continues to grow, we must make sure that
we focus as much on protecting our environment from the potential negative side effects
of fracking as we do maximizing the positive economic impacts of this new industry.

I recognize the huge economic potential of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania.
There is no doubt that it is creating jobs that Pennsylvanians need. However, the
approach of the governor and legislative leadership fails to maximize the economic benefits of the gas industry,
and fails to adequately and appropriately deal with the
environmental problems that come along with it. I will work to make sure we handle the
growth of the gas industry responsibly in order to preserve our environment for current
and future generations of Pennsylvanians. I look forward to working with the Sierra
Club on these important issues."

“Furthermore, I will work as a legislator to reinstate local zoning control of natural gas drilling.
The preservation of open space – one of Chester County's ongoing legacies – should be supported.”

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