Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Governor Rendell: "I was a good protector of the industry"

After six years of permanent damage to our environment Fast Eddie the Sham Wow guy says.....

"The five challenges, and every state has these challenges:

1) How to divert the millions of gallons of water that are necessary to operate the drilling?

Eddie, What the hell do you even mean by divert. Did you mean to say "permanently destroy"? Because that's what really happens.

2) How to prevent gas migration?

Eddie, Don't puncture, perforate and crack the layers of protective rock.

3) What do we do with the frac water – how do we dispose of it or beneficially reuse the frac water?

Eddie, Ever hear of nuclear waste. Because that's what this 'waste water' is. It's radioactive plus. It's ultra polluted.

4) What about the infrastructure? What about the roads with the heavy truck traffic that’s coming in and out of shale drilling areas – mostly in our northern tier itself which is a fairly undeveloped part of Pennsylvania?

Stop! When you destroy the infrastructure you kill all commerce.


5) How do we protect the natural beauty of the state? Pennsylvania was given by the Lord an incredible bounty of natural and wild lands. There are more natural and wild acres in Pennsylvania than the entire states of Connecticut and Rhode Island put together. And Pennsylvanians feel very strongly about that. We’re a great sportsmen’s state – fishing and hunting; and our wild and natural areas are very treasured." Gov. Ed Rendell

Natural beauty Eddie? From my perspective the only thing that you find beauty in, is power and manipulation. Did somebody write that question for you Eddie?

Eddie, Let me tell you something. So far these drillers have gone after the thinnly populated areas of the state. Watch and see what happens when they get a rig in North Strabane withing 500 feet of hundreds of new homes. I think the 'natives' are going to get pretty hot about this Eddie.

Drill, Baby, Drill!

The inside story of Ed Rendell's plot to pillage Pennsylvania's forests, consequences be damned. Quote from Michael DiBerardinis, Former Sec. DCNR;
by Isaiah Thompson

On March 27, 2009, Michael DiBerardinis, secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), dispatched an unusual memo to his boss, Gov. Ed Rendell.
"Wholesale leasing will damage our state forest landscape," DiBerardinis cautioned. "It would scar the economic, scenic, ecological, and recreational values of the forest — especially the most wild and remote areas of our state." This "rush to drill," he continued, threatened to further overburden an already frayed DCNR staff, which would struggle to keep up with its oversight obligations: "Our ability to sustainably manage our state forests is threatened by unplanned, excessive leasing activity."
"Finally, and perhaps most importantly of all, is the environmental legacy you want to leave," the secretary concluded. "One hundred years ago, the land that would become the state's forests was a denuded landscape that was scarred by rampant resource extraction. Our state forest system ... grew from a visionary effort to reclaim this landscape and restore Pennsylvania's citizens their natural birthright. A rush to drill places the state forest and all its benefits at great risk."

One week later, after nearly 15 years of working for Rendell, DiBerardinis resigned as DCNR secretary. Whether Rendell's plan to expand drilling led to DiBerardinis' departure is unclear; DiBerardinis, who now heads Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation Department, declined to comment.

Rendell didn't withdraw his request to lease the forest land. In fact, within a few weeks, he doubled it, to 80,000 acres. And, last week, his office confirmed to City Paper that Rendell intends to lease even more land for drilling this year — some $120 million worth of it. The governor has the authority to do so, with or without the legislature's consent; he could act in a matter of months, if not sooner.
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