Monday, January 28, 2013
A call to prohibit fracking in Montco.
Monday, January 28
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men." —Rachel Carson Natural gas drilling by horizontal slickwater fracturing (often called fracking) is a monumental environmental issue PA is facing that impacts everyone’s future. Often referred to as a “bridge to cleaner energy” our governor is supporting drilling any and everywhere possible in Pennsylvania to capitalize on the gas drilling boom. Since the Marcellus Shale does not underlie Montgomery County, I think many of us assume this is not our problem because it’s not in our neighborhood or 500 feet from our schools, but it could be coming our way. As previously published in Patch, http://ambler.patch.com/articles/fracking-debate-comes-to-montgomery-bucks-…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Montgomery County will receive $678,613.66 in impact fees derived from natural gas drilling.
Montgomery County will have a $678,000 check in hand soon as a share of the state's more than $204 million accrued from natural gas drilling impact fees. Gov. Tom Corbett announced this week that the $204.2 million in funds, available through Act 13, would be shared among the state's 67 counties. The state's 35 counties and 1,485 municipalities which host Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling will share $108.7 million. Legislators earlier this year approved a moratorium on natural gas drilling in Montgomery and Bucks counties. Regardless if natural gas drilling is permitted or not, all 67 counties will share a $72.5 million fund earmarked for competitive grants for water and sewer, local bridge improvements, local community park and …
Friday, August 3, 2012
New report from USGS shows basin includes space in local region.
Natural gas drilling has troubled residents and lawmakers in Pennsylvania in recent years as large gas deposits have been discovered in most of the state. But despite a recent find of a new deposit beneath Montgomery and Bucks counties, it’s unlikely the controversial industry will touch the region anytime soon. Natural gas drilling -- also called hydraulic fracturing or fracking -- recently became a more immediate concern for Montgomery and Bucks counties after a U.S. Geology Survey published in June revealed a large natural gas reserve lies beneath the densely populated region. The South Newark Basin, which stretches across central New Jersey into eastern Montgomery County, may contain up to 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The issue of tolling 422 is dead since legislators who make the call on this have already come out against it. So Tuesday night, I enjoyed a bit of Kabuki theater.
Tuesday night Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150), used the Pope John Paul II High School auditorium to present on the topic of 422 tolling. I am glad that there were no striking teachers outside. I would not have attended the meeting if I had to cross a picket line. With Vereb were GOP representatives, most from districts that border this roadway: Warren Kampf (R-157), Tom Quigley (R-146) and Marcy Toepel (R-147). Also attending were Democratic County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, the Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Barry Seymour (I think he has to be politically neutered before speaking) and an editor/GOP political operative of a local newspaper. Who was not there was just as interesting. GOP State Sen. John …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Marcellus Shale drilling tax takes center stage at a breakfast meeting on Monday.
State government representatives and advocates for a Marcellus Shale drilling tax hosted a breakfast meeting Monday at Lehman United Methodist Church in Hatboro. The meeting was one of four statewide gatherings hosted by Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) to discuss the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling and why it believe drillers should be levied with higher taxes. Marcellus Shale is a type of rock that runs under the state and contains large pockets of untapped natural gas. In Pennsylvania, politicians and environmentalists alike have debated whether or not drillers should pay more in taxes. “They need to play by the rules and pay their fair share,” said Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of PennFuture. The message shared by …