Monthly Archives: June 2011

Speak Out

June 1, 2011
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stub-white

  Graffitti mural in the Pajama Factory courtyard

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Editor’s View

June 1, 2011
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A few weeks ago I attended a meeting in Hillsgrove.  Chesapeake Gas & Oil has applied for a permit to extract water from the Loyalsock Creek in Hillsgrove, and this meeting was intended to allow Hillsgrove residents to hear from and put questions and comments to representatives of Chesapeake and the two government agencies that…

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No longer our dream

June 1, 2011
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It may seem strange to get a gas drilling story from Lancaster County, but the industry has changed our lives.  For years my wife and I made regular trips to Lycoming County to visit family and get away from the cities.  Neither of us care too much for life down here.  There’s too much flat…

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A Texsylvania Experience

June 1, 2011
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I had the opportunity to attend the Oil & Gas Expo held at the Hughesville Fairgrounds on May 7th, and felt it worth reporting on. I noticed right off that there is a definitive cultural aesthetic that is openly pursued by industrial fossil fuelers. The expo was a great case study of this crafted image,…

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By the Numbers: June 2011

Annual cost per capita for public broadcasting in the U.S. as of 2008 … $3.75 Annual cost per capita to Canadian government for public broadcasting, 2008 … $30 Annual cost per capita to Australian government for public broadcasting, 2008 … $34 Annual cost per capita to U.K. government for public broadcasting, 2009 … $90.70 Percent…

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RALLY & LOBBY DAY

June 1, 2011
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Tuesday, June 7. Rally at the Capital at noon. Join us in Harrisburg and SPEAK OUT! Let our Legislators know that we need them to take action NOW! Contaminated drinking water, pollution in our rivers, hazardous air pollution, safety problems, and destruction of our state forests are just some of our problems. We need protection…

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An honest answer

June 1, 2011
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Barb Jarmoska

I was shaken by his honesty, as we were talking on the phone. I had called the DEP offices in Harrisburg and dialed the extension of the person serving as the public comment liaison on the application of one of thousands of gas industry permits. The DEP worker was kind; rapport came easily, and we…

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Pennsylvania residents speak out on gas drilling

June 1, 2011
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A GAS INDUSTRY WORKER SPILLS The Williamsport Guardian had the following conversation with a young man who has worked as a floorhand on several drilling rigs in Bradford and Tioga Counties.  He also worked for a well emergency clean-up, containment, and rig moving company.  He asked that we not publish his name. Q: What goes…

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Scarnati gets it wrong again

June 1, 2011
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State Senator Joseph “Super Bowl” Scarnati, along with Senator Eugene Yaw, among others, introduced Senate Bill 1100 (SB1100) last week. The bill, “An Act Amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes,” imposes a natural gas impact fee tied to a model zoning ordinance. Watchdog groups around the state quickly dissected the…

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Eureka! They fined it: DEP fines downtown Williamsport air pollutor

June 1, 2011
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On April 27 a consent order and agreement was signed between Eureka 1, LLC and the PA DEP regarding violations of the Pennsylvania Code of rules and regulations. Eureka is a Delaware corporation operating a gas well water treatment facility at 417- 419 Second Street in Williamsport. As part of their operation, Eureka utilizes three…

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My Two Cents on The Death of Osama Bin Ladin

June 1, 2011
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I’m usually known for writing about light and happy things, but the death of Osama bin Laden is so very important that I feel compelled to write about that instead. First, some history.  On 9/11/2001 I was going to surprise my wife with tickets to “The Producers.” I was going to go to the half-price…

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A Day at the Marcellus Commission

June 1, 2011
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If you want to learn what your state government plans to do about gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, you need look no further than the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.  This is a group of thirty white men and one white woman, average age maybe 55, which meets in the Rachel Carson State Office Building…

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The biggest lie of all: Is the Affordable Care Act “a government takeover of health care?” Not hardly.

June 1, 2011
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Recently, Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney did a little rhetorical dance around health reform, arguing that his Massachusetts plan was good, but the federal law signed by President Obama was an evil “government takeover of health care.” The language echoed the Republican mantra of 2010 promulgated by GOP strategist and Fox News “analyst” Frank Luntz…

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Top 10 Reasons To Visit The Williamsport Growers Market

June 1, 2011
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Farmers Market

Our editor, Anna Alford, visited the Williamsport Growers Market one Saturday morning to ask people why they liked to come to the market. Here is a summary of their responses.           1.  Fresh, organic vegetables, flowers and fruit 2.  Local meat, cheese, eggs, and baked goods 3.  Meeting friends and the…

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The Susquehanna Riverlands

June 1, 2011
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The Susquehanna Riverlands, along Route 11 about seven miles north of Berwick, is operated by PPL in conjunction with its Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township. The preserve, encompassing 1,200 acres on both the east and west banks of the Susquehanna River, has been providing the residents of north central Pennsylvania with quality recreation,…

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