Pennsylvania to plans increase roadside inspections of waste haulers, reports Truckinginfo. It has been suggested that much of the reported contamination may not be a direct result of well operation, but instead may be from illegal dumping or improper transport. The state is also investigating a spill of gas well drill cuttings near a stream in Stueben County NY, on the PA line. Environmental groups claim that the cuttings are radioactive. A more realistic problem from disposal of such cuttings would be pyrite in the shale producing an acid drainage problem. Guess this is what we get for increasing geological ignorance.
Democratic gubenatorial candidate Dan Onorato attacked challenger Tom Corbettover the latter's opposition to a severance tax on Marcellus drilling. Corbett claims the tax would drive the industry out of the state. Yeah right, they're not going to walk away from money and the tax would be chump change for them. John Felmy on GoErie.com tried the same line of BS. Of course, he is the chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute, so what should we expect? This is the same organization to orchestrated a "rally" to oppose plans to get rid of industry tax breaks and impose unlimited liability for oil spills.
ThePennsylvania Cable Network this week will air call-in Q&A and a "town meeting" on the Marcellus shale natural gas issue. This will be Tuesday, Weds, and Thursday. If you're like me and do not get cable you'll miss out. I'll try to find out what, if anything, happens.