JLCNY Says Appeal of Article 78 Lawsuit Decision is “Very Likely”

court gavelNew Yorkers continue to react to the dismissal of a court case brought by the 70,000-member Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) and Norse Energy against state officials to force them to release six-year-delayed fracking regulations (see NY Pro-Drillers Lose 2nd Important Shale Drilling Court Case). Below we have reaction from the JLCNY, which says it’s “very likely” to appeal the ruling from the lower NY court in Albany County, along with copies of the court decisions…
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EPA Extends Public Comments for Frack Chemical Disclosure Rule

In May MDN told you that the federal EPA is making another power play to regulate fracking via the back door–by potentially requiring drillers to disclose chemicals used in drilling to the EPA, using the federal Toxic Substances Control Act as its excuse (see Rogue Federal EPA Tries New Power Play to Regulate Fracking). In May, the EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) which included a 90-day public comment period. The agency has just extended it another 30 days–to 120 days of public comment…
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PA Fish & Boat Commission Wants $1M for Marcellus Investigators

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission wants its own Marcellus Shale pollution police force and its asking PA lawmakers to cough up $1 million to make it happen. For that $1M the Commission would hire seven people, one chief and six Indians–who would be tasked with investigating suspected cases of pollution related to drilling activities…
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Scranton Landfill Gets Permission to Process Liquid Frack Waste

MDN has long covered stories about PA’s third busiest landfill, the Keystone Sanitary Landfill, near Scranton. Why? Because they accept drill cuttings (leftover rock and dirt) from shale drilling. In March 2012 the landfill was allowed to increase their daily intake of Marcellus drill cuttings from 600 to 1,000 tons per day (see Scranton Landfill Request for More Shale Cuttings Approved). Then in October 2012 they filed to double capacity again, from 1,000 to 2,000 tons per day (see Scranton Landfill Wants to Double (Again) Shale Cuttings). The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection approved that request as well. In April of this year Keystone filed a request that they be allowed to accept liquid fracking waste–so they can separate and landfill the solids, and return the water to the driller to be reused. That request has just been approved too…
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DEP Sec. Abruzzo Says Budget Bill Means Delay in New Drilling Regs

On Monday, MDN asked the question and explored the issue of whether or not the recent language slipped into the PA budget bill (that was passed and signed by Gov. Corbett) to separate conventional and unconventional drilling regulations would require the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and their Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to go back to the drawing board with new regulations stipulated by the Act 13 law (see Is PA’s Act 13 Law on Last Legs with Passage of PA Budget?). DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo tackled that issue head-on yesterday…
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NY Antis Release So-Called Compendium of Fracking Health Risks

Apparently anti-drillers in New York State are tired of waiting for the State Dept. of Health (DOH) to release its findings on public healthy implications from proposed new fracking rules from the Dept. of Conservation (now six years overdue). So a group of anti-drillers calling themselves Concerned Health Professionals of New York (mostly it’s New York’s own anti-drilling diva Sandra Steingraber) put a couple of summer interns to good use and compiled a so-called “report” of alllllll the damage done by shale drilling–a compendium of its evil, nasty, vile effects. (Just don’t tell anyone in PA, WV, OH, TX, OK, CO, CA, ND or any other state where shale drilling is heavily done–those residents don’t realize they’ve been damaged)…
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PTI Welcomes First Class of Welding Associate Degree Students

Responding to the urgent and ongoing need for skilled welders in the Marcellus and Utica Shale, Pittsburgh Technical Institute announced yesterday a new associates degree in welding to train pipe and structural welders. The first class in the new degree program will begin on July 21 and another cohort will begin in October. PTI says they expect both classes to be filled to capacity…
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