- Judge: HYDRANT MUST GO
- Susquehanna County Treasurer vs. Vera Scroggins
- See What NATURAL GAS WEALTH Can Do For You !!!
- DEP Statement on Franklin Forks Methane Migration
- GASLAND II
- Why Anti-Fracking Environmentalists Are Holding Back the U.S.
- FrackNation SCREENINGS
- The Water In Dimock – HA-HA
- HERE WE GO AGAIN
- THE GAS MAN COMETH – spoof
footage from FRACK NATION
FOR SALE: $400,000.00
S O L D : $375,000.00SELLERS: RICHARD & WENDY K SEYMOUR 11239 State Route 3023 Montrose, PA 18801 RICHARD & WENDY K SEYMOUR, WHO CLAIMED CONTAMINATED WATER IN THEIR WATER WELL, PRIVATELY SETTLED WITH CABOT OIL & GAS CORP., PUT THEIR HOUSE UP FOR SALE AND LEFT TOWN.
|Beds||3 bed||Baths||2 bath|
|House Size||3,294 Sq Ft||Lot Size||21.82 Acres|
|Property Type||Single Family Home||Year Built||2002|
- · Status: Active
- · County: Susquehanna
- · Approximately 21.82 acre(s)
- · 2 total full bath(s)
- · 11 total rooms
- · 2 stories
- · Kitchen
- · Master Bedroom is 18×16
- · Living room is 16×18
- · Dining room is 20×26
- · Kitchen is 14×26
- · Laundry room is 7×8
- · 2 fireplaces
- · Cooling features: Ceiling Fan
- · Approximate lot is 299x330x358x589x222x606x1025x765
- · Lot features: Pond, Sloped Lot, Stream
- · Lot size is 20 or more acres
- · Utilities present: Well, Septic Waste
- · Parcel Access: Paved Road, State Road, Dirt Driveway, Gravel Driveway
- · School District: Elk Lake
- · Dining room
- · Den
- · Laundry room
- · MainFloorBedroom
- · Living Room
- · Master Bedroom
- · Parking features: Off Street Parking
Fireplace in Living Room, Brick Faced Fireplace, Gas Fireplace, Wood Burning Fireplace
Electric Heating, Liquid Propane, Oil, Liquid Propane
Slab Foundation, Masonite, Wood
Asphalt Roof, Metal Roof
Eat-in Kitchen, Living/Dining Combo, Pantry, Second Kitchen, Sun Room Unheated, Crawl Opening, Gas Oven/Range, Refrigerator, Lower Level Fireplace, Master Bedroom w/Bath Suite, Concrete Floor in Basement, Concrete Wall in Basement, Bedroom 2 is 16×12, Bedroom 3 is 12×14, Great Room is 24×24, Full Bathroom is 12×12, Main Level is 1650.00 sqft., Second Level is 1644.00 sqft.
Insulated Glass, Landscaping, Outside Fireplace, Pool – Above Ground, Porch – Enclosed, Storage Building
Additional Info: CURRENTLY VACANT, no heat, has been winterized, do not use bathrooms. Use caution-downhill driveway.
Public Remarks: Unique large Contemporary home on 21+ acres, gas lease transfers. Chestnut wood, open handhewn beams & brick fireplaces add to ambiance. Custom commercial kitchen in lower level for entertaining or business. Many gardens, berry bushes, pond & 12×44 harvest shed. Large sunroom w/plenty of windows add to open floor plan. Wood, Ceramic & Bluestone floors with radiant heat.
PA Sellers Disclosure Statement (SEE ITEM #8) ! ! !
NOTE: Pennsylvania Seller Disclosure Requirements
The seller must disclose known material defects in the home’s structure, as well as the following:
- Various systems
- Hazardous substances
- Basements and crawl spaces
- Legal issues affecting title
Your failure to make the required disclosures can expose you to a lawsuit.
Vera Scroggins has been trespassing on our properties for years now, getting photos and video of anything and everything to do with drilling for natural gas in Susquehanna and Bradford Counties, PA. She verbally assaults landowners and industry workers alike in an attempt to sway public opinion. She and Craig Stevens travel around Pennsylvania and the tri-state area in an attempt to stop the wheels of progress towards U.S. energy independence, yet they offer no alternative. We have been blessed with an overabundance of natural gas right beneath our feet and these two residents of Susquehanna County, along with their worldwide environmentalist extremist backers, and a handful of families who were being led by lawyers seeking fame and fortune, are as annoying as a swarm of locust. Everywhere you turn, there they are. Government agencies have catered to them and, the same as us, have found them difficult to deal with.
We apparently can’t get free of them, but we can see them for who they are. Let’s all stop giving them credibility. Watch the video below to get a feel for who they are.
“Now before you watch, please make sure you are not in a public place, there are no young children in the room, and there is no one around you whom you wouldn’t want to hear F-bombs being blared from your computer or phone. The video definitely comes with a “WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE,” caution, as Vera demonstrates “5 Rules of Engagement for the Desperate.”
LINK TO STORY ON EID:
Hello to the 12 litigants that settled (out of court) with Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.
Seeing a picture of the Sautner’s old house in Dimock with DIMOCK PROUD signs in front of it, raises a yet unasked and unanswered question.
What are you all doing for water these days?
We know Ray Kemble is not delivering water to your homes.
We know that only the Sautners’ left town. The Seymour family left Dimock too. The rest of you are still living in your homes. In fact, some people are even living in the old trailer out back of the Carter house and there is a Culligan sign proudly posted out front.
Does that mean that all your water woes have been resolved by the Culligan Man?
We want to hear from one of the famous 12 litigants. And . . . .why hasn’t the media raised this same question?
Everybody’s talking about the movie “Frack Nation, an informative factual documentary.
“Even The New York Times describes Frack Nation as “methodically researched and assembled.” While the factual content of Frack Nation stands on its own as a push-back to anti-fracking hysteria, the film is beautifully shot and imbued with a sense of humor. If you missed the premiere Tuesday night, you can catch it again on Saturday at noon, also on AXS TV.” John Kartch, Communications Director, Americans for Tax Reform
The 5 Reasons You MUST Watch Frack Nation
By Erin Haust on Jan 22, 2013 in Featured Posts, Politics
Phelim McAleer is an investigative journalist who has worked in Ireland, the UK and the United States. He is an incredibly intelligent man with a fearless attitude. “Asking the powerful, difficult questions is a great job,” claims McAleer at the start of his new documentary, “and I love it.”
McAleer has a passion for shining light on the inaccuracies in the “green” or environmental movement and makes films like Not Evil Just Wrong, the true cost of global warming hysteria. He made headlines when he called Al Gore to the carpet in a press conference in 2009 after a British High Court ruling that Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth contained significant errors and could no longer be taught in schools throughout the UK.
McAleer’s latest documentary takes on Josh Fox, the director of the movie Gasland and the new Matt Damon flick, Promise Land. He teamed up with Co-Director Magdalena Segieda in the summer of 2011 and began a quest to find the truth when it comes to hydraulic fracking and the sources of funding that fuel the “environmental left’s” obsession with stopping it.
Here are the top 5 reasons to give McAleer and Segieda your full attention when Frack Nation: A Journalis’s Search for the Fracking Truth premiers on Axs TV on January 22nd at 9pm EST.
1. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. The movie is extremely well-made. There are some great bits of humor at Josh Fox’s expense and there are compelling stories of real people that will have your eyes welling up with tears. The movie is engaging and enjoyable.
2. You’ll be able to factually argue with enviro-wackos who say fracking is dangerous. This should probably be the number 1 reason to watch Frack Nation, but this writer can’t get past the quality of the film for having such a small budget.
“People, the majority of Americans, don’t know what fracking is,” says Segieda. The one “take-away” she hopes viewers will have is, “Here it is. Here is the true information from the people who live with it everyday. Then draw your own conclusions.”
You will learn what hydraulic fracking is, what the true impacts are on the environment and human life; and you’ll learn there are some on the environmental left that are denying impoverished peoples a cheap, clean, reliable source of abundant energy. The next time your crazy liberal Facebook friend posts some nonsense about tap water catching fire, you’ll have a fact-based, accurate rebuttal to stop them in their tracks.
3. No Spin. Frack Nation exposes the inappropriate relationships and apparent corruption between government officials and the anti-fracking movement. It displays in vivid color the hypocrisy of those who fight so fervently against fracking, which has been happening safely for decades. You will learn who is funding the left’s fight against fracking (Hint: Is the Cold War making a comeback? What does the UAE have to with it?). McAleer and Segieda brilliantly tell the stories of real people without the spin typically associated with a documentary about fossil fuels.
4. They deserve your support. The makers of Frack Nation went directly to the people for funding. Using a crowd-sourcing website called Kickstarter, McAleer and Segieda appealed to the public for $150,000 to produce the film. In a short internet commercial of sorts, McAleer says he simply wants to set the record straight. The filmmakers took no donations from corporations and the average donation amount was only $50. The response was overwhelming and they made Frack Nation with just over $200,000.
5. Josh Fox, Matt Damon and countless others are liars and deserve to be called out publicly. When McAleer points out that Fox knew “one of the most dramatic scenes in his documentary probably had nothing to do with fracking, but decided not to tell his audience,” Fox’s response is astounding. It was so revealing, in fact, that Fox has successfully gotten the video clip removed from internet sites like YouTube over and over again. What is he hiding? Why wouldn’t he want his audience to know the truth? By producing films that intentionally mislead the public, Fox and Damon have essentially created propaganda. It is disingenuous to portray a movie as fact when it is intentionally inaccurate. Fox and Damon and any others misleading the public are deserving of our scrutiny.
Cheap, abundant, reliable energy that could potentially revolutionize food production, bring industry, heat and a higher standard of living to impoverished peoples all over the world is at our fingertips. Why is there pushback?
Find the answers and enjoy a brilliantly made film about real Americans, farmers and families on AXS TV.
Dimock Deserters Leave Legacy of Lies
In the wake of the water in Dimock being declared clean and safe, well known and VERY loud anti-drilling activists Craig and Julie Sautner, who lived right in the thick of the disputed area, tucked tail, dropped their lawsuit, took a paycheck, sold their home, and moved to NY state.
In their haste to retreat, a couple of very interesting and very telling facts came to pass:
1. The Sautners have long complained about their property value being reduced to “next to nothing” and being rendered “unsellable”. Wrong. They had no problem selling their supposedly valueless home, to the tune of $167,500.00, just weeks after their lawsuit evaporated.
2. The Sautners, who vowed to never settle and never be silenced, realized that their case had degraded to nothing and took a settlement check from the gas company. They also signed a non-disclosure agreement, something they claimed they would never do and sharply criticized others for doing.
3. Supposedly fleeing the horrible perils of gas drilling, the Sautners purchased a property in NY state which…..wait for it……..has a Talisman natural gas lease on the property! So much for fleeing the big bad gas companies!
Like we’ve said for a LONG time… this wasn’t about the water. This was about the lawsuit, and the paychecks that could have came with it. This was about hobnobbing with celebrities and being on national television. This was about 15 minutes of fame. Now that the lawsuit is gone and the 15 minutes are up, we can plainly see that the emperor has no clothes. Someone get him a robe!
DO YOU WONDER WHERE THE SAUTNER’S WENT?
458 FORD HILL RD BERKSHIRE NY 13736-2136
Purchase Date: August 21, 2012
Purchase Price: $212,500.00
DETAILS: 2,630 sq. ft . Contemporary Home; 4 Bedroom; 2 Bath
Year Built: 1982
Private Water Supply
Fuel type: NATURAL GAS !!!
10 × 55 Deck
24 × 24 Garage
24 x 50 Shed
Purchased House from: Darrell E. Murray
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 8, 2012:
THE SAUTNER FAMILY LEFT TOWN!
Craig & Julia Sautner sold their house on Carter Road. On August 30, 2012, a moving van arrived and the Sautner’s left town.
QUESTION FROM JULIE & CRAIG SAUTNER:
What is your problem? I suggest you remove our name and the other the family’s name from your site, they are contacting their Lawyer as are we, we never personally attacked you or your family’s, your are so clever aren’t you? well I can be too, I hope you are proud of yourself, I also will be calling Jason Legg and the sheriffName: julie and craig
Time: Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
ANSWER FROM DIMOCK PROUD:
Here we go again – now you’re threatening us with lawyers. You say you never personally attacked me or my families?? Well, read on Julia…. I can honestly say that I have never publicly called you anything other than by your first and last names. When you do contact your lawyer, tell him/her that the following are only two (2) of the many internet comments you have posted about me:
YOUR DEROGATORY COMMENT #1:
“YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT TRASH YOU OL BITCH”Time: Sunday September 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
ANSWER FROM DIMOCK PROUD:
Never answered – put in the TRASH until now.
and . . .
YOUR DEROGATORY COMMENT #2:
bunch od cry babies if you ask me! then you have the (ol wringle bag) with the good looking mannequin boyfriend….haaaah!Website FrackNation | Facebook www.facebook.com/FrackNation?filter=2Cached
ANSWER FROM DIMOCK PROUD:
Funny you should mention the mannequin, which actually amused most people that drove past our house on Route 29. The mannequin was stolen in the middle of the night on Saturday, July 28, 2012. (???) So, contact the District Attorney of Susquehanna County (Jason Legg), and the Sheriff (Lance Benedict), but don’t stop there. While you’re at it, you should probably contact the NY DEC and your friends at the EPA to test your well water in New York. Just in case . . .
Judge: Hydrant must go
BY STACI WILSON
A hydrant used to fill a water truck must be removed from the residential lot where it was installed last year.
The hydrant, installed in Jan. 2012 by Pennsylvania American Water Company for anti-drilling activist Craig Stevens is located on a property owned by Dr. Monica Marta at 12 Jessup St., on a “conditional use” lot in Montrose Borough’s residential zone.
Stevens appealed a December 2012 decision against the hydrant by the borough’s zoning hearing board to the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas.
Susquehanna County President Judge Kenneth Seamans handed down his order, Wednesday, May 8, upholding the zoning board’s decision.
Judge Seamans determined that the existence of the hydrant on the Marta property was an unpermitted use and further ordered Stevens and/or Marta, with the assistance of PAWC to remove the water hydrant, piping and concrete barriers within 45 days.
According to the decision handed down by the judge, the conditional use on the property is only for a light commercial customer service establishment.
“No where in permitted uses, conditional uses or special exceptions is permitted a water transfer station such as (the one) maintained by Mr. Stevens on the Marta property,” noted Judge Seamans.
Continuing in the decision, the judge stated: “The appeal must be denied in that no permit was applied for and hence no permit was ever granted by the Montrose Zoning Hearing Board for the use of the property of Marta in a residential district… to build and maintain a water distribution system for the purpose of transporting potable water outside the borough limits by truck.”
Stevens’ appeal to the Court of Common Pleas was the result of a notice of violation for maintaining an unpermitted water distribution system. The notice of violation was issued to Marta in August 2012 by James Smith the borough’s zoning officer.
Stevens and attorney Kevin Boylan, and solicitors for the zoning board and the borough, Paul Litwin and Marion O’Malley appeared April 25 in the Court of Common Pleas.
Judge Seamans allowed for arguments of the issues raised in the appeal but, after admitting the transcript of testimony from the zoning hearing, ruled that no further testimony in the form of evidence would be taken by the court on that day.
Following the April 25 court date, Stevens and his attorneys also attempted to consolidate non-traffic citations filed in Montrose District Court against Marta by the borough zoning officer with his appeal of the zoning hearing board findings.
On May 1, the Judge Seamans denied the consolidation of the cases, noting that Marta was not a party to the zoning hearing board appeal; and the District Court citations had been filed against Marta as the property owner and not Stevens.
Marta appears in District Court
Marta appeared before District Judge Jeffrey Hollister on Thursday, May 9, on the zoning citations. Attorney Boylan also represented Marta.
Boylan asked that the citations be dismissed, citing a “stay” he said was in effect when the citations were filed in January by the zoning officer.
Borough solicitor Marion O’Malley argued the “stay” was only in effect pending resolution of the issue by the zoning hearing board.
O’Malley said that with the December board decision regarding the hydrant, the issue had been “long resolved.”
She noted to Judge Hollister that Marta was not involved in the zoning hearing board appeal lodged in the Court of Common Pleas; and that the citations were property brought.
O’Malley also told the court that a decision had been handed down Wednesday on Stevens’ zoning board appeal with the Court of Common Pleas which ordered the spigot removed from the Marta property.
Specifically on the issue of the “stay,” O’Malley said no petition for a stay was ever filed.
Zoning Officer James Smith took the stand, testifying that he sent a notice of violation to Marta. He told the court that he was subsequently contacted by Marta’s husband, Scott Ely.
Smith also told the court that he advised the property owner to see if a permit or variance was needed for the spigot.
But, he told the court, the borough never received an application for a change of use permit. Smith said, “(They) went forward without borough permission.”
He told the court the hydrant was still located on the property but that he did not know if it was currently being used.
In cross examination, Boylan asked Smith if somebody needed to make money in order for a property to be considered commercial.
Smith answered, “No,” saying the hydrant was, in fact, a water distribution center.
Boylan also asked Smith if he had contacted PAWC about the hydrant.
“No, that’s not who I would be enforcing,” answered the zoning officer.
Smith also testified that violation notices issued to Marta, prior to the Aug. 21 violation, had been withdrawn by him because they had not been “worded correctly.”
He also reiterated to the court that Marta’s Montrose property was located in a residential zone and had been granted a conditional use variance before he became the zoning officer.
Montrose Borough Secretary Erin Jenner also took the stand. She presented a spreadsheet prepared at O’Malley’s request of the legal costs incurred by the borough connected with the hydrant.
O’Malley said if the court determined violations occurred that – in addition to daily fines – the borough would also be seeking reimbursement on legal fees as allowed in the municipal planning code and also the Montrose borough code.
Boylan argued that the legal fees were not just applicable to Marta’s alleged zoning violations but also included fees arising from Stevens’ zoning board appeal.
Jenner told the court that the borough had amassed $13,572.85 (as of May 9) in fees resulting from the hydrant issue.
Boylan asked to see the invoices from the attorneys connected to the cases but O’Malley argued that privileged information is often included on the invoices.
“I think we have a right to see what the bills are for if we’re being asked for legal fees,” Boylan countered.
O’Malley responded that all of the expenses incurred by the borough were the result of Marta allowing the hydrant to operate on her property.
Boylan offered only Craig Stevens as a witness.
Stevens told the court he moved to Susquehanna County in 2010 and met several Dimock residents. He said he was concerned when Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation was no longer required by the state to provide water to Dimock residents and that is when he opted to have the hydrant installed to supply them with water. On the stand, Stevens attempted to testify about his dealings with the Montrose Borough Council, including a walk-out of council members in February 2012 when an audience member said she planned to videotape the meeting.
The hydrant issue was listed on council’s agenda to be discussed during that meeting.
O’Malley told Judge Hollister that Stevens’ appeal had run its full course in the Court of Common Pleas and was now a matter of record but that the citations against Marta did not exist until earlier this year.
“I was told I would get my day in court and I didn’t,” Stevens said on the stand.
In summation, O’Malley said that no testimony to refute the existence of the violations by Aug. 21, 2012, had been presented by Marta.
She also noted that Marta did not appeal the notice of violation and had not offered any defense. O’Malley asked the District Court to impose penalties, including the fine of $500 per day, reasonable attorney fees and court costs.
In his closing, Boylan argued that the nearly $14,000 in legal fees was unreasonable for citations that did not exist until January of this year when the citations were filed; and that the penalty should be no more than $500 per occurrence.
Judge Hollister said he would review the evidence and would notify both parties when he reached a decision in the matter.
Judge rules hydrant must be removed from Montrose property
BY STACI WILSON (Staff Writer)
Published: May 11, 2013
MONTROSE – A hydrant used to fill a water truck must be removed from the residential lot where it was installed last year.
The hydrant, installed in January 2012 by Pennsylvania American Water Co. for anti-drilling activist Craig Stevens, is located on a property owned by Dr. Monica Marta at 12 Jessup St., on a “conditional use” lot in Montrose’s residential zone.
Mr. Stevens appealed a December decision against the hydrant by the borough’s zoning hearing board to Susquehanna County Court.
President Judge Kenneth Seamans handed down his order Wednesday upholding the zoning board’s decision.
Judge Seamans determined the hydrant was an unpermitted use and further ordered Mr. Stevens and/or Dr. Marta, with the assistance of PAWC, to remove the hydrant, pipes and concrete barriers within 45 days.
According to the decision, the conditional use on the property is only for light commercial customer service.
In the decision, the judge stated: “The appeal must be denied in that no permit was applied for and hence no permit was ever granted by the Montrose Zoning Hearing Board for the use of the property of Marta in a residential district to build and maintain a water distribution system for the purpose of transporting potable water outside the borough limits by truck.”
Mr. Stevens’ appeal was the result of a notice of violation for maintaining an unpermitted water distribution system. The notice of violation was issued to Dr. Marta in August by James Smith, the borough’s zoning officer.
Contact the writer: swilson@ independentweekender.com
Montrose: Hydrant, Water Deliveries Violate Zoning
By By Dave Greber
April 20, 2012 Updated Apr 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM EDT
Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A controversial spigot in the borough of Montrose that’s supplied water to residents in Dimock Twp. since early this year, has been ordered to be ripped out, and the deliveries stopped.
It’s just the latest in a series of issues that have poured from the hydrant, which is owned by Craig Stevens, of nearby Silver Lake Twp.
Stevens pays for the water, and since January, has delivered thousands of gallons to residents in Dimock Twp., who say natural gas drilling polluted their water.
A letter sent to the owner of the property where the spigot is located, Monica Marta, is signed by borough Zoning Officer James Smith. It says they’re in violation of a borough zoning ordinance, although it orders the deliveries to stop, and the hydrant to be torn out.
Stevens says the letter is yet another attack on him, and what he’s trying to do.
“Within days of setting it up, we were attacked by the borough, by the neighbors,” Stevens said. “Now, they’ve made it their their to get that thing shut down and removed, and for what reason, I don’t know. It makes me sick because I understand their position on bulk water sales. That’s a different issue. We’re trying to help people with this, and that’s all this is. Nothing’s charged for it. It’s a voluntary service.”
Stevens says if the hydrant does have to be torn out, he’ll look for another spot.
Meanwhile, Marta said Friday she has turned the matter over to her attorney.
Treasurer confronts activist over Chinese film crew visit
Posted by Independent Weekender Editor on 5/01/13
BY STACI WILSON
County Treasurer Catherine Benedict confronted local, anti-gas advocate Vera Scroggins during the public comment portion of the April 27 county commissioners meeting.
Scroggins was in attendance at the meeting.
Benedict questioned Scroggins regarding a film crew she brought into the county courthouse on Friday, April 19. Scroggins said she was accompanied by a journalist from China TV and they were looking at the economic impacts of natural gas development.
Benedict said, “You brought foreign nationals to the courthouse and dumped them off in (the treasurer’s/tax claim) office?”
She said that Scroggins had brought the crew there and then left the building. Benedict said she was not present in her office at that time but her staff had reported that they were uncomfortable with the situation.
“You are either the most naïve or the most stupid person in the world,” Benedict admonished Scroggins. County Commissioner Alan Hall called for order to be restored to the meeting at which time Treasurer Benedict left the room.
Audience member Edna Paskoff called the elected official’s outburst, “shameful.” “A public official should never say a member of the public is stupid,” Paskoff said. “It’s wrong, crass and should never happen.”
BEFORE AFTERABOVE: The REAL ABOVE: The NEW & IMPROVED Scott Ely of Scott Ely of Dimock, PA Dimock, PA . . . or is it an imposter at the Tribeca Film Festival?
Will the REAL Scott Ely PLEASE STAND UP !!!!Compare the BEFORE and AFTER PHOTOS of Scott Ely to see what natural gas wealth can do for your appearance.
Website Dimock Proud Contact Form Submitted
APRIL 29, 2013
From: Susan Oliver
Comment: DEP Statement on Franklin Forks Methane Migration Determination
After a 16-month investigation, the Department of Environmental Protection has determined that high levels of methane found in three private water wells in Franklin Township, Susquehanna County, cannot be attributed to natural gas drilling activity in that geographical area. DEP’s extensive investigation started in December 2011and included evaluation of the nearest natural gas wells, isotopic testing and analysis of historical water data to determine the origin of the methane.
The testing included water samples taken from three private water wells to compare with samples taken from natural gas wells located nearby and with water samples taken from the spring and private water well at Salt Springs State Park, which historically contains naturally occurring methane. The spring is approximately one mile from the affected homes. The testing determined that the water samples taken from the private water wells contained gas of similar isotopic makeup to the gas in the water samples taken from Salt Springs State Park. Additionally, the water wells and spring exhibited similar water chemistry, including the constituent’s barium, iron, total dissolved solids (TDS), chlorides, manganese and aluminum. DEP’s testing also determined that the gas in the water samples taken from the private water wells was not of the same origin as the natural gas in the nearby gas wells.
Additionally, agency staff evaluated information from a nearby mobile home park public water supply file relating to the its abandonment of a water source in 1998 due to elevated levels of methane, chlorides and TDS. The mobile home park is located approximately 2.3 miles from Franklin Forks, and this water well exhibited similar water chemistry to that of the three residential water supplies being investigated.
The owners of the private water wells affected by this investigation have been notified of DEP’s determination.
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The real story on fracking, say scientists, is that the risks are small and the rewards immense.
John Stossel | March 13, 2013
Celebrities are now upset about fracking, the injection of chemicals into the ground to crack rocks to release oil and gas. With everyone saying they want alternatives to foreign oil, I’d think celebrities would love fracking.
I’d be wrong. Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and their group, Artists Against Fracking, don’t feel the love. Yoko sang, “Don’t frack me!” on TV.
Stopping fracking is the latest cause of the silly people. They succeeded in getting scientifically ignorant politicians to ban fracking in New York, Maryland and Vermont.
Hollywood gave an Oscar to “Gasland,” a documentary that suggests fracking will shove gas into some people’s drinking water, so the water will burn. It’s true that some water contains so much natural gas that you can light it.
But another documentary, “FrackNation,” shows that gas got into plumbing long before fracking came. There’s gas in the earth. That’s why it’s called “natural gas.” Some gets into well water. Environmental officials investigated the flames shown in “Gasland” and concluded that the pollution had nothing to do with fracking.
“FrackNation” director Phelim McAleer tried to confront “Gasland” director Josh Fox about this, but Fox wouldn’t answer his questions. Instead, he demanded to know whom McAleer works for. He also turned down my invitations to publicly debate fracking. Many activists don’t like to answer questions that don’t fit their narrative.
Even some homeowners who filed a lawsuit claiming that their water was poisoned by fracking weren’t happy to learn that their water is safe. I’d think they would be delighted, but “FrackNation” shows a couple reacting with outrage when environmental officials test their water and find it clean.
The real story on fracking, say scientists, is that the risks are small and the rewards immense. Fracking lowered the price of natural gas so much that Americans heat our homes for less, and manufacturing that once left America has returned. For those concerned about global warming, burning gas instead of oil or coal reduces CO2 emissions.
“Skeptical Environmentalist” author Bjorn Lomborg points out that “green” Europe promised to reduce emissions, but “only managed to cut half of what you guys accidentally happened to do when you stumbled on fracking.”
Still, the process sounds dangerous. It requires chemicals and explosions. So fracking is now scapegoated for the usual litany of things that peasants feared when threatened with curses centuries ago: livestock dying, bad crop yields, children born with deformities.
None of it is backed by scientific evidence. Even environmentalists who usually are too cautious (by my standards) see little danger. President Obama’s first EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, told Congress that the EPA cannot show “that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater.”
One of the more outlandish fears is that fracking will cause earthquakes. Silly people at MSNBC say fracking creates “a skyrocketing number of earthquakes.” Yes, cracking rocks does cause vibrations. But then, so does construction with dynamite or jackhammers — not to mention trucks on the highway.
Time and again, as humans make a good-faith effort to find new, cleaner ways to produce the energy a growing population needs, environmentalists find a reason — often very small or non-existent — that makes the new method unacceptable.
They say coal is dirty and normal oil production might overheat the planet. Hydroelectric dams kill fish. Nuclear plants could suffer meltdowns. Windmills kill birds.
Some won’t be happy unless we go back to what we did before industrialization: burn lots of trees and die young.
Nothing is completely risk-free. Companies make mistakes. Chemical spills happen.
But those risks are manageable. They are also far preferable to the risk of paying more for energy — thereby killing opportunities for the poor.
So far, most regulators outside New York, Maryland and Vermont have ignored the silly people. So thanks to fracking, Americans pay less for heat (and everything else), the economy is helped, new jobs get created, we create less greenhouse gas, and for the first time since the 19th century, America may become a net exporter of energy.
Good things happen if the silly people can’t convince all politicians to ban progress.
Hearing board judge lets Dimock water appeal continueBy Laura Legere (Staff Writer) Published: February 13, 2013
A state Environmental Hearing Board judge has denied a natural gas drilling company’s motion to throw out a recently reinstated appeal by two Dimock Twp. families who object to the state’s remedy for their methane-tainted water supplies.
Judge Bernard A. Labuskes Jr. rejected Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.’s argument that the families had forfeited their right to appeal by accepting payments that the company had put into escrow accounts for them. The money had been set aside as part of a Department of Environmental Protection order that required the company to restore or replace 18 damaged water supplies.
The families have argued that the remedy outlined in the order – payments tied to the value of their homes and a now-expired offer to install treatment systems – is not sufficient to permanently replace their water wells and would not remove contaminants other than methane. Cabot denies that its operations affected the water supplies.
The two families, the Elys and Huberts, are the last of 12 that initially appealed the state’s order with Cabot. The others withdrew their hearing board appeals after they settled a separate lawsuit they brought against the company in federal court.
The Ely and Hubert appeals were briefly withdrawn by their former attorneys without their consent in an “unauthorized, inaccurate, ineffective, and void” action Judge Labuskes said was made by “attorneys who no longer had [the families'] interests at heart.”
In his ruling on Friday, Judge Labuskes upheld the reinstatement of the two families’ appeals and found that their receipt of the escrow payments did not preclude them from continuing their case.
“So long as a party is aggrieved by a Departmental action, it may pursue an appeal, even if its receipt of some benefits make it less aggrieved than it otherwise might have been,” he wrote.
He also pointed out that Cabot had committed “very clearly” to the board in the past that it would not take the position that the families waived their rights or any claims against the company, including their right to continue with the appeal, if they accepted the escrow funds.
“Somewhat remarkably,” he wrote, Cabot “has now taken that very position.”
In a separate motion filed last week, Cabot offered to install effective treatment systems at the homes if the board agreed to stay or dismiss the appeal and the families agreed to certain conditions, including not having access to the systems without a Cabot representative present and signing a confidentiality agreement that bars them from photographing the system, discussing it with the press or disclosing water sampling results until after the testing phase of the installation is over.
The families’ attorneys have until Tuesday to file their response to Cabot’s motion.Contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: This means that:
The Ely family collected $153,008.00 from the monies held in escrow by the PA DEP. The Ely family no longer lives at the 8.28 acre property in question. They’ve built and live in a 7,000 sq. ft. new house on Mr. Ely’s deceased father’s land. They did not accept a free water treatment system.
The Hubert family collected $25,112.00 from the monies held in escrow by the PA DEP. They do not have a dwelling on the 2.93 acre parcel. It is an empty lot. They did not accept a free water teatment system. Not even sure if there’s a water well on the property.
Open PDF file: escrow-collected
The “Gas Man” Never Leased Natural Gas
2013 February 7
by EID Guest Blogger
New anti natural gas video, “Gas Man,” offers a humorous look at natural gas leasing, but misses the mark completely on accuracy of the process for landowners.
We were recently sent this letter from a supporter formerly associated with one of the several trade associations supporting natural gas who wishes to remain anonymous. It’s about a new video circulating where a folk singer attempts to describe the process of leasing for natural gas development on one’s property. According to the writer, the video is humorous, sure, but when it comes to accuracy it couldn’t be further from the truth.
(The above video makes as much sense as our video does:)
February 5, 2013 from: Diane Jeffer
Comment: The Binghamton Press chose not to print my letter, but I thought you might be interested in hearing about our experience with Mayor Ryan last November.
I recently made arrangements for property owners in our lake community in Silver Lake Township, PA to have a private tour of the gas drilling rig near our lake which is operated by WPX Energy. To my surprise, two gentlemen slipped into our group after our tour had begun and began asking questions of our tour guide. My surprise turned to disbelief when I learned that one of these men was Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton.
I’m not sure how Mr. Ryan learned about our private tour, but I’m pretty sure that he knew that he had not been invited and that it was not a public event. Given his high-profile role in the Binghamton community, it is inconceivable that he did not realize that it was inappropriate for him to crash our private tour. This behavior was dishonest and sneaky to say the least.
Mr. Ryan, for your information, the people touring the rig on Friday have spent more than two years asking questions and doing our own research. Representatives of the gas companies working in Silver Lake Township have taken time to attend our Lake Association meetings and have always been available to answer any questions we have posed.
Our lake community includes many families that have owned property in Silver Lake Township for multiple generations. We are all protective of our pristine lake environment and have done our homework regarding the impact of gas drilling near our lake. Our private tour was not the proper forum for your agenda-driven questions and comments.
Sincerely, Diane Jeffer
Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC received Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission certificate to natural gas to the public in Susquehanna County
Thursday September 27, 6:30 pm ET
HARRISBURG, PA—Sep. 27, 2012 –
At its public meeting today the Pa. PUC approved Leatherstocking’s application 5-0. Chairman Powelson and Commissioner Gardner both had positive written statements they summarized stating they were “very pleased to support the application,” emphasizing that local gas for local customers is a great idea, and that it is a “win” for businesses and residents in the application territory. Chairman Powelson stated that he “applauds Leatherstocking’s management” (mentioned Corning and Mirabito as well known and well run companies) for investing in PA.
Under Docket No. A- 2011- 2275595 LGC can provide service to the Townships of Bridgewater, Forest Lake, Great Bend, Harmony, New Milford and Oakland and the Boroughs of Great Bend, Hallstead, Lanesboro, Montrose, New Milford, Oakland and Susquehanna Depot. The new service territory is approximately 210 square miles.
LGC will begin constructing natural gas distribution networks in the summer of 2013. Initial construction will be from existing gathering lines in the region to larger volume anchor customers such as hospitals, schools, commercial areas and municipal buildings. The Company will connect residential customers along the initial route. Customer demand in the form of received applications and transportation agreements will provide future development. Company official believe providing one of the area’s most abundant natural resources to the people living above it makes good business and environmental sense. The company will be able to provide a lower cost cleaner burning energy source to the people of the region. This will create the greatest benefit for the most people.
Company officials are pleased with the news and excited about the prospect of serving customers in 2013. LGC would like to thank local and state legislators and business officials with the help they have provided throughout the filing process. Leatherstocking CEO Mike German stated “the level of support provided by the community has been outstanding. We feel obligated on a personal level to provide gas service as quickly and economically as possible”.
LGC currently has gas supply agreements in place with Cabot Oil & Gas and Williams. The company will continue to expand its supply portfolio in the region with other producers and energy marketers. The LGC system will be an open access system that provides customers to opportunity to purchase gas supplies from the most economical provider.
Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC is a joint venture between Corning Natural Gas Corporation (“CNGC”) and Mirabito Holdings Inc. (“MHI”). The Joint Venture was formed in November of 2010 with the purpose of providing natural gas distribution service to currently un-served or underserved regions of central New York State and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. The company currently has 6 municipal franchises in central New York along the I-88 corridor. Currently corporate headquarters are 49 Court St. Binghamton, NY 13902. The company will open operational centers through the service territory as the distribution network develops.
Thanks to natural gas, market forces, technology, and private sector activity, C02 emissions drop to a 20-year low
From the Associated Press comes this story “CO2 Emissions In US Drop To 20-Year Low“:
In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.
Many of the world’s leading climate scientists didn’t see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.
Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said the shift away from coal is reason for “cautious optimism” about potential ways to deal with climate change. He said it demonstrates that “ultimately people follow their wallets” on global warming.
“There’s a very clear lesson here. What it shows is that if you make a cleaner energy source cheaper, you will displace dirtier sources,” said Roger Pielke Jr., a climate expert at the University of Colorado.
In a little-noticed technical report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said this month that energy related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels (see chart above). Energy emissions make up about 98 percent of the total. The Associated Press contacted environmental experts, scientists and utility companies and learned that virtually everyone believes the shift could have major long-term implications for U.S. energy policy.
While conservation efforts, the lagging economy and greater use of renewable energy are factors in the CO2 decline, the drop-off is due mainly to low-priced natural gas, the agency said.
The International Energy Agency said the U.S. has cut carbon dioxide emissions more than any other country over the last six years. Total U.S. carbon emissions from energy consumption peaked at about 6 billion metric tons in 2007. Projections for this year are around 5.2 billion, and the 1990 figure was about 5 billion.
MP: Unlike renewable energies like solar and wind that reduce carbon emissions but are uneconomical even with billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars, the shale gas revolution has made a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions to a 20-year low without the direct taxpayer subsidies and loans that have been directed to renewables like solar. And it wasn’t even part of any intentional energy policy from Washington or any regulatory directive from the EPA. As the article points out, it was market forces and private sector activity, not government policies, that brought CO2 emissions down to 1992 levels. Another great example of how society is “cleaned by capitalism.”
Welcome to the shale gas revolution.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Comment: I came upon your website sort of accidentally, by way of research…and I’m glad that I did. I’m a student who lives in Los Angeles, and I’m writing a research paper for my Environmental Christian Ethics class on fracking. I’m currently reading Seamus McGraw’s book, though I doubt I will have it completed before my report is due. I knew very little about fracking, but in my research I’ve discovered that there seems to be an overwhelmingly negative response to it. Fracking is the latest cause celebre. Even my professor (originally from Texas) speaks of it as if it is a personal affront to mankind and the environment. Although I’m still somewhat confused as to whether it’s harmful, if nothing else I can see that there really is two sides to every story. After reading through the stories and blogs on your website – from RESIDENTS, I can understand your anger and frustration. I just wanted to say “thank you” for putting your side out there. I’m going to use some of the information from your site (don’t worry, I will cite it!) in my paper. Hopefully, my professor won’t grade me down because of her personal convictions. This website is something that EVERYONE needs to see…
Does anyone know who the thief is that took the mannequin from Jim Grimsley’s front yard?
What have 18 families been offered by Cabot Oil & Gas – and what have 11 families refused to accept?
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Comment Received 07/19/2012: Probably right around now the water pipeline from Montrose to Dimock would be just about finished. How about some sort of Thank You to all the people who stood up and said No. How many people would have had their lawns and driveways torn up. They would have probably been forced to hook up or pay road frontage. Developers would have been thinking how many homes can I squeeze onto a farm?. For what? The liar litigants who never needed the pipeline? The liars who refused testing and treatment? The ones who once they permitted testing found out that the contaminate in their water comes from their septic.? They have been permitted to bully and push people around for quite a while. They are more than happy to toss around the “I have a lawyer” phrase. Everyone including the supervisors who stood up and said NO should be thanked.
These people have been receiving water for free for almost 4 yrs now. (Yes, they continue to get it even though they don’t need it). Have they ever thanked the people who used their hard earned money to buy it? Did they thank the children who collected it? I doubt it. Do they thank the truck driver that comes almost every day with the water and the driver of the escort truck? Probably not. Where are the media now to expose them? They created these monsters they should expose them for what they are. Everyone who has ever stood up to any of them should be thanked.
UPDATE OCTOBER 26, 2012:
Another $70 Million of OUR DOLLARS went out the window. What the . . . .
The following e-mail was sent to email@example.com:
Has anyone had problems with their Dimock Proud signs being destroyed or stolen??? I’m on my 4th sign. I proudly post the signs on MY property. This only leads me to believe the Anti’s are removing them from MY property and trespassing in order to do so. I guess I’ll have to p/u another handful of signs and maybe place some at the end of Carter Road as I’ve been told the owner of the property the old school house sits on (across from Carter Rd) is with US!
Unfortunately, Dimock, PA, is not the only area with an undeserved reputation. Pavillion, Wyoming, is also suffering similar image abuse. Below is an excerpt from the Casper Star-Tribune written by Jeremy Fugleberg:
CASPER, Wyo. — Jon Martin’s letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is worn and folded in thirds, its words underlined with a pink highlighter past its prime.
The letter, water well testing results, should be Martin’s ticket to retirement — proof his water is fine and his land and home east of Pavillion worth selling.
Yet potential buyer after potential buyer has turned away because of the town’s reputation, now stained with international perceptions of polluted water and environmental conflict.
“Everybody who walked in my door would say, ‘Tell me about your water,’” Martin said. “I would let them read that EPA letter, but it didn’t seem to make any difference because of the perception that’s out there, that the water in Pavillion is bad. Period.
“That’s the perception, but it’s not the truth.”
The town and surrounding area in west-central Wyoming, home to only a few hundred people, has found itself the center of global attention after several residents living in a natural gas field outside the town said they feared nearby gas wells had ruined their well water.
The area is now stuck with a reputation for water gone bad because of energy development. That reputation has driven away both customers and land buyers, hindered loan financing and driven a wedge between neighbors.
While those with concerns continue their quest to find out why their water is bad, some of their neighbors are fed up with the negative publicity and the damage done.
“We were quiet too long,” said Martin, sitting at neighbor Steve Hugus’ table. “We just thought the story would go away. And it didn’t.”Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/some-pavillion-residents-rue-being-caught-in-fracking-controversy/article_76a5d57f-6c92-566a-9d08-3f0546fdda6c.html#ixzz1noqloPIx
Comment from J&D:
I would like to know how a handful of people can continuously get away with misleading individuals, Government Agencies, politicians, actors, the media, etc. into believing lies and false information. Our wonderful media does not portray the truth about what has been going on with the litigants from Carter Road. We the people of Dimock township are fed up with the media referring to any incident reported as problems in Dimock. The only problem Dimock township has is the small handful of people on Carter Road. They have single handedly torn our township down. People nationwide think Dimock Township is a disaster zone. They have devalued our property and ruined the reputation of a very beautiful area in Pennsylvania. This whole farce has caused stress, anguish and heartache for the entire community because of a few individuals’ greed. They have used any vehicle they could for their own personal agenda, which is a get rich scheme of becoming instant millionaires. They are using the lie of tainted water to reach their goal as they carry around a milk jug of dirty water from who knows where. If they really wanted better water, they would have cooperated with DEP and Cabot Oil in drilling new water wells and installing filtering systems (at no cost to them – free of charge) like their neighbors did. They are not fooling us, we all know the truth! Unfortunately, it seems to me when issues like this arise, no matter what the results, industry HAS to be the blame! Now that EPA has come into the area to do more extensive water testing at our expense what type of results are they looking for to determine that Cabot and fracking ISN’T the cause of the litigants claim? What is it really going to take? A thought to ponder…….Enough is Enough! Media Request?: