Category: Pennsylvania

Fracking & Flaring BLOOPERS 2009

From a fish kill in our public park, to a torched impoundment liner and decimated creek on Labor Day, these three 2009 bloopers added to local excitement! CROSS CREEK COUNTY PARK: BUFFALO, PENNSYLVANIA: DUNKARD CREEK FISH KILL: Sometime around September 1, 2009, there was… Continue Reading “Fracking & Flaring BLOOPERS 2009”

TALE OF TWO TOWNSHIPS: A Decade of Fracking Issues in America

Southwestern PennsylvaniaIn the Spring of 2011, Chesapeake Appalachia LLC was the first oil and gas producer to drill an unconventional Marcellus Shale well in Union Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Yet, while large drilling sites are multiplying in Union Township, there are still no unconventional… Continue Reading “TALE OF TWO TOWNSHIPS: A Decade of Fracking Issues in America”

Expectations from PA Gov Shapiro, Lt Gov Davis on Environmental, Energy Issues?

There were stark differences between the positions taken by Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and his opponent during the gubernatorial campaign just concluded. Photo: Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and Lt. Governor-elect Austin Davis By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog During the campaign Shapiro outlined… Continue Reading “Expectations from PA Gov Shapiro, Lt Gov Davis on Environmental, Energy Issues?”

Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard for Pennsylvania Nov 12-18, 2022

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog To give the public a better understanding of the compliance record of oil and gas industrial facilities in Pennsylvania, PA Environment Digest developed this feature summarizing the more serious violations DEP reports through its Compliance… Continue Reading “Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard for Pennsylvania Nov 12-18, 2022”

Residential Gas Prices over the Marcellus Shale

We continue to experience natural gas price increases in Pennsylvania, partly due to increased LNG exports, even though we sit above the Marcellus Shale, and reside in one of the most heavily fracked counties in Pennsylvania. Below is a chart comparing prices year-over-year, from… Continue Reading “Residential Gas Prices over the Marcellus Shale”

PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm

A new 55,000 solar panel farm will provide the Pittsburgh campus with nearly one-fifth of its electricity through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Pitt signed a 20-year agreement with Vesper to purchase all of the electricity produced on the site. Aurora Sharrard, Pitt’s… Continue Reading “PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm”

Massive Leak at Gas Storage Area in Western PA

The Rager Mountain Gas Storage Area leak in Cambria County is proving difficult to stop, while bringing worrisome comparisons to the Aliso Canyon and Powhatan Point incidents, where huge volumes of methane reached the atmosphere. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas that contributes… Continue Reading “Massive Leak at Gas Storage Area in Western PA”

Shell Cracker Plant: Aerial Views Oct 2021 & Oct 2022

From an October 1, 2021 flight, to a second flight a year later on October 21, 2022, we see further development at Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex along the Ohio River north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: VIDEO: Ethane Crackers & Associated Health Impacts MORE NEWS: Shell’s… Continue Reading “Shell Cracker Plant: Aerial Views Oct 2021 & Oct 2022”

Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022

The following DEP notices were published in the November 12 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups — Lower Mount… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022”

Proposed Pipeline Expansion in WV, Ohio & PA – Comment Period Open

FERC is taking public comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) until 5:00pm ET on November 21, 2022 Mike Tony reports in the October 26, 2022 Charleston Gazette-Mail: Equitrans LP, subsidiary of Mountain Valley Pipeline lead developer Equitrans Midstream Corp., has proposed construction… Continue Reading “Proposed Pipeline Expansion in WV, Ohio & PA – Comment Period Open”

Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV

Our home electric and gas utility bills arrived in late October. Total: $38.67 Image: Electric bills for 12 month period = $290.44$24.20 average per month includes EV charging It’s been over a year since we upgraded our home heating and cooling system from an… Continue Reading “Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV”

Old Well / New Well Communication Possible in South Strabane Twp PA?

Story by Karen Mansfield of the Observer-Reporter on November 8, 2022 reports: Two South Strabane Township homes test positive for methane November 8, 2022 – South Strabane Township Department of Fire and Emergency Management and the Washington County Department of Public Safety on Sunday… Continue Reading “Old Well / New Well Communication Possible in South Strabane Twp PA?”

LANDMARK LAWSUIT: Latkanich v Chevron, EQT, PFAS Defendants

Lawsuit filed October 28, 2022 in Washington County, Pennsylvania Washington County Courthouse Latkanich v. Chevron et al PFAS: The latest toxic concern for those near fracking By Kristina Marusic | Environmental Health News | August 4, 2022 For more than a decade, Bryan Latkanich… Continue Reading “LANDMARK LAWSUIT: Latkanich v Chevron, EQT, PFAS Defendants”

EPA awards $4 million for new air monitoring in Pennsylvania

Funding came partly from federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Reid Frazier reports on November 4, 2022 in StateImpact Pennsylvania: EPA awards $4 million for new air monitoring in Pa. environmental justice areas The grants will pay for 11 projects around the state, totaling $4.27… Continue Reading “EPA awards $4 million for new air monitoring in Pennsylvania”

Governor Tom Wolf’s Fracking Legacy

Photo by Governor Tom Wolf from Harrisburg, PA Governor Wolf Portrait, CC BY 2.0, Source In one of his final acts as Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf signed a huge, multi-billion dollar taxpayer giveaway, in large part to the oil and gas industry. Stephen Caruso… Continue Reading “Governor Tom Wolf’s Fracking Legacy”

7 Questions to Ask Candidates about Gas Development & Public Health

Environmental Health Project Blog (Note: Images and Bob’s comments have been inserted into the original blog found here) If you’re like most people, you want to be healthy. You want pure drinking water and clean air. You want rivers, streams, and oceans that are… Continue Reading “7 Questions to Ask Candidates about Gas Development & Public Health”

‘EYES ON SHELL’ virtual meeting tonight

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 7:30PM EDT Just in from BC-MAC: Have you registered yet? If not, there’s still time! REGISTER HERE Shell’s Final Air Permit: Title VHow Can We Protect Our Community? The Proof is in the Permit; join us to discuss the upcoming… Continue Reading “‘EYES ON SHELL’ virtual meeting tonight”

VIDEO: Creating a Healthy Home with Shale Gas Development Nearby

On-Demand Webinar: Creating A Healthy Home And Community With Shale Gas Development In Your Neighborhood By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | November 1, 2022 Center for Coalfield Justice, the Environmental Health Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility, FracTracker Alliance, and Mountain… Continue Reading “VIDEO: Creating a Healthy Home with Shale Gas Development Nearby”

SPECIAL PROTECTION WATERSHEDS: Victims of Repeated Abuse and Lingering Pollution in PA

David Hess published a story October 29th about microplastics being found in ALL of Pennsylvania’s BEST trout streams tested. This disturbing news revived my memories of repeated fracking spills into our county’s Special Protection watersheds, over one 4 year period. Here are both our… Continue Reading “SPECIAL PROTECTION WATERSHEDS: Victims of Repeated Abuse and Lingering Pollution in PA”

Learn About the New National EV Infrastructure Grant Program

November 1st Webinar and In-Person Stakeholder Sessions By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | October 12, 2022 On October 12, the Department of Transportation announced resources are now available to help businesses and organizations to prepare in advance of the National… Continue Reading “Learn About the New National EV Infrastructure Grant Program”

PA DEP Posted 52 Pages of Permit-Related Public Notices in Oct. 22 PA Bulletin

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the October 22 PA Bulletin—  — DEP/SRBC Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities  [PaEN]   — DEP Posts Formal Notice Of Availability Of Abandoned Mine Land,… Continue Reading “PA DEP Posted 52 Pages of Permit-Related Public Notices in Oct. 22 PA Bulletin”

PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals

Passed in Hours with No Public Accountability or Environmental Safeguards By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog | October 27, 2022 On October 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out House Bill 1059 (Hickernell-R-Lancaster) after amending it to provide $106.6 million in annual… Continue Reading “PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals”

Bucknell University Dedicates 1.76 MW Solar Energy Facility in Central PA

By Michael Taromina, The Bucknellian On October 6, 2022, Bucknell University formally dedicated its new 1.76 MW solar energy facility in Union County, Pennsylvania.  The article first appeared in The Bucknellian on October 7, 2022 Bucknell University is known for many things—stellar academics, superb… Continue Reading “Bucknell University Dedicates 1.76 MW Solar Energy Facility in Central PA”

U.S. SENATE RACE: Oz and Fetterman Both Support Fracking, But To What Extent?

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate candidates clarified their views on shale gas extraction during last night’s one hour debate. During the debate, John Fetterman referenced his 2019 support for a proposed fracking site at a steel mill near his home, while also repeating his support for… Continue Reading “U.S. SENATE RACE: Oz and Fetterman Both Support Fracking, But To What Extent?”

Webinar: Creating a Healthy Home with Gas Development in Your Neighborhood

The Center for Coalfield Justice, the Environmental Health Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility, FracTracker, and Mountain Watershed Association will host a webinar on October 25 on ‘Creating A Healthy Home And Community With Shale Gas Development In Your Neighborhood‘ from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.… Continue Reading “Webinar: Creating a Healthy Home with Gas Development in Your Neighborhood”

Environmental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Dr. Oz flip-flopped on the fracking issue in Pennsylvania. Is he now ignoring his health education and medical knowledge, just to garner votes? Kristina Marusic of Environmental Health News posted an excellent guide October 24, 2022 on the unique environmental health challenges facing Pittsburgh… Continue Reading “Environmental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania”

New Federal Climate, Energy Law Makes Going Solar Well Within Reach

By Sharon Pillar, Executive Director PA Solar Center | October 4, 2022 The recently passed [federal] Inflation Reduction Act offers a number of incentives that make transitioning to solar power very attractive to homeowners, businesses, and other organizations. It offers financing tools and opportunities… Continue Reading “New Federal Climate, Energy Law Makes Going Solar Well Within Reach”

Registration Open for Ohio River Basin Alliance Summit

November 17-18, 2022 at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | October 3, 2022 Registration is now open for the 2022 Ohio River Basin Alliance Summit to be held on November 17-18 at Marshall University… Continue Reading “Registration Open for Ohio River Basin Alliance Summit”

Susquehanna River Basin: No Exclusion Zones for Water Withdrawals from Streams

Lack of restrictions includes Exceptional Value (EV) and High Quality (HQ) streams subject to water quality antidegradation rules By David E. Hess Former Secretary, PA Department of Environmental ProtectionPA Environment Digest Blog | October 17, 2022 When considering natural gas industry or other water… Continue Reading “Susquehanna River Basin: No Exclusion Zones for Water Withdrawals from Streams”

NO SPECIAL PROTECTION in Northeastern Pennsylvania

The ‘Exceptional Value’ Loyalsock Creek in Lycoming County, PA is Dammed & Damned (Photos: Top- Overview of water withdrawal site at beginning of construction; Photos taken on October 13, 2022 during another muddy sediment plume event in the Loyalsock Creek.) Video Dispatch From The… Continue Reading “NO SPECIAL PROTECTION in Northeastern Pennsylvania”

Marcellus Shale Photos in 2013

Compilation of Hundreds of MARCELLUS AIR aerial photos of the Marcellus Shale Infrastructure Buildout in 3 States Long before most people were even aware of the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale buildout, that had already been underway for several years, this collection of hundreds… Continue Reading “Marcellus Shale Photos in 2013”

EHP Addresses “Mischaracterizations” by Senator Bartolotta with PA Dept of Health Secretary

Media Advisory from the EHP Communications Manager Scott Smith: Please be aware of a 10/14/22 letter EHP sent to Acting Secretary Johnson of the PA Department of Health (DOH) regarding mischaracterizations PA Sen. Camera Bartolotta made in a 9/21/22 letter urging the DOH to… Continue Reading “EHP Addresses “Mischaracterizations” by Senator Bartolotta with PA Dept of Health Secretary”

PA Moves Gas Well Emissions Rule to Beat Costly Federal Deadline

The regulation meets 2016 standards set by the federal government, and if the rule isn’t finalized by December 16th, Pennsylvania faces around $500 million in highway funding sanctions in the next year. (See YouTube video below) DEP estimates the regulation could reduce VOC emissions… Continue Reading “PA Moves Gas Well Emissions Rule to Beat Costly Federal Deadline”

PA DEP Permit Notices: Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities

The following DEP notices were published in the October 15 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | October 14, 2022 Land Recycling… Continue Reading “PA DEP Permit Notices: Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities”

US STEEL: Is ‘Serial Stinker’ in Pittsburgh’s Mon Valley Beyond Reproach?

Allegheny County Exec & Health Officials Remain ‘Mum’ on Latest Stench as U.S. Steel’s Appeal of $1.8 Million March 7, 2022 Enforcement Order Lingers Like a Bad Fart Hydrogen Sulfide Pollution Remains BAD for Days on End in the Monongahela River Valley From October… Continue Reading “US STEEL: Is ‘Serial Stinker’ in Pittsburgh’s Mon Valley Beyond Reproach?”

MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More

OPINION: Joseph Otis Minott | Clean Air Council | October 6, 2022 Big gas has throttled Pennsylvania’s economy and that of the wider Ohio Valley for the last fifteen years. While gas executives like Energy Transfer’s Kelcy Warren and Chesapeake’s Aubrey McClendon managed to… Continue Reading “MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More”

Pennsylvania Missing Out on Millions of Dollars

RGGI, Inc.’s third carbon-allowance auction of 2022 generated more than $301 million in revenue for reinvestment Pennsylvania is missing out on millions of dollars in revenue from carbon-allowance auctions that are part of a multi-state initiative to combat climate change as legal challenges to… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania Missing Out on Millions of Dollars”

Radioactive TENORM Waste from Fracking Operations in PA

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | October 4, 2022 (NOTE: Images, documents and a video have have been added to the original blog) Shale gas fracking operations in Pennsylvania sent nearly 236,000 cubic feet [8,741 cubic yards] of radioactive TENORM… Continue Reading “Radioactive TENORM Waste from Fracking Operations in PA”

Common Sense: Radon Testing and Remediation in PA Schools

West Virginia tests their schools for radon, why not Pennsylvania? Reporters Deb Erdley and Megan Tomasic wrote a story in the TRIB on Sunday October 9, 2022, Some say radon legislation in Pa. comes down to politics; others say it’s the money. That story… Continue Reading “Common Sense: Radon Testing and Remediation in PA Schools”

PA Bills Establish Incentives for Fossil-Fuel Vehicles While Eliminating Hybrids and EVs

Senator Gene Yaw of northeastern PA is at it again! Promoting climate changing fossil fuels, while kneecapping renewables. He’s joined by another political shill for the Oil & Gas industry from western PA, Senator Camera Bartolotta. Here’s the latest: Bills Establishing Incentives for Using… Continue Reading “PA Bills Establish Incentives for Fossil-Fuel Vehicles While Eliminating Hybrids and EVs”