Pennsylvania parks director says he was forced out by Corbett administration – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania parks director says he was forced out by Corbett administration – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Environmental Dangers of Hydro-Fracturing Dr. Robert (Bob) Myers’ Website

Dr. Robert (Bob) Myers’ Website.

The Environmental Dangers of


Policy On The Development Of Oil And Gas Resources in State Parks and Historic Sites in NY

PolicyOnTheDevelopmentOfOilAndGasResources.pdf (application/pdf Object).

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation
and Historic Preservation

Waterfront project seeks input from residents | Press & Sun-Bulletin |

Waterfront project seeks input from residents | Press & Sun-Bulletin |

Waterfront project seeks input from residents

5:33 PM, Aug. 6, 2011  |
Written by
Debbie Swartz

Those who have an opinion about the recreational use of area rivers are invited to participate in a survey that will be used for future planning of the region’s waterways.

The online survey is part of the Broome County Intermunicipal Waterfront Project, which seeks input on recreation use along the Chenango, Delaware, Susquehanna, and Tioughnioga rivers. The survey was developed by the BU Center for Applied Community Research & Development, according to Project Administrator Ruth Lewis.

The survey will be posted throughout the month of August and can be accessed at either the Town of Vestal Parks Department website — Four Rivers Recreational Survey– or at

The survey was developed as a result of the demographic data provided by the project consulting firm, Lewis said.

“By conducting this survey,” she said, “we are hoping to collect current information that applies specifically to the people of Broome County and the Southern Tier, rather than to a census-based population group that Broome County falls into. We are hoping that if a sufficient number of people participate in the survey, we’ll have a more accurate picture of local outdoor recreational practices and preferences.”

The more accurate and comprehensive the data collection, Lewis said, the better able planners will be able to develop long-range plans that are responsive to the needs and wants of the public.

“Thus, we are encouraging everyone to spend a few minutes taking the survey and sharing their views,” she said.

The Broome County Intermunicipal Waterfront Project is funded by a grant from the state’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Twenty-two municipalities on four rivers are participating in the project, which is an economic development endeavor. The Town of Vestal, working in conjunction with Broome County, is lead agency for the project.

For questions about the waterfront project or the survey, contact Lewis at 748-1514, ext. 388, at 749-4541 or at

Drillers sue to operate in Allegheny National Forest

Drillers sue to operate in Allegheny National Forest.


FishandBoatPart1.pdf (application/pdf Object).


Mission: To protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic
resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities

Hiking the Marcellus trail –

Hiking the Marcellus trail –




An educational seminar on natural gas exploration is scheduled for

Monday April 11th, from 7pm to 9pm at the New York State Grange Headquarters in Cortland, NY.

The seminar will focus on the issues associated with natural gas production in shale formations and lessons learned by our neighbors in northern Pennsylvania (PA).

With over 400 wells, Bradford County, PA is considered to be at the forefront of development in the Marcellus shale “natural gas play”. When the race for natural gas development in shale formations came to PA, the State and Bradford County were not as prepared as they would like to have been. The PA Department of Environmental Protection was quick to issue permits for extracting gas through the use of horizontal hydrofracturing. Horizontal hydrofracturing brought a wide range of opportunities and impacts to the local communities.

With the current moratorium on horizontal hydrofracturing in New York State, local communities have an opportunity to hear firsthand what is happening in northern PA in order to be better prepared for natural gas development, should it come here. With over 30 years of experience at the Bradford County Conservation District, Manager Mike Lovegreen knows every nook and cranny of his county and has seen firsthand the impact this industry can have on small rural communities. Mike will be discussing his experiences relating to the natural gas industry and what the Conservation District and local municipalities roles are regarding issues such as water quality monitoring, roads, economic development, etc. He will discuss the importance of maintaining a good working relationship between local government, the gas industry and the community. All landowners, local officials and community members are invited to attend this informational seminar focusing on Bradford County’s experiences with the natural gas boom of recent years.

This seminar is sponsored by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and is free and open to the public. If you have any questions about the seminar or any of the services or programs provided by the SWCD please call 607-756-5991 or visit the SWCD website at


Previous presentation

Mike Lovegreen, Bradford County Conservation District Manager, spoke at the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 22 on first-hand experiences there. He had a lot of interesting things to say — some expected, some not. The boom town information is worth a look. Please see the article in the current issue of OCCA’s newsletter, “The Lookout.” A video is available, and there is a link to his PowerPoint presentation on the OCCA website homepage.



Most of what has happened in Pennsylvania is a good lesson – in what not to do:

1. The major assets – the gas wells themselves – are tax exempt from property (ad valorem) tax in Pa.

The schools, counties, towns get nothing from them = zero.

Pa. is perhaps the only (?) state that exempts gas wells from local property tax.

Payoffs in Harrisburg that keep it this way.

No money for regulation, no money for EMS, for roads, nada

2. The product – natural gas –  is tax exempt under Pa. law – one of only 2 states (with gas production) that exempts it

Because Pa. has the best politicians that money can buy. No money for regulation, for roads, for nada

3. Since most of the producers, suppliers and crews are from out of state,  most of the money leaves the state tax free

4. The fracking flowback ends up on the roads and rivers in Pa. because there is no safe place to dispose of it in Pa.

The closest disposal wells are across the state line in Ohio.

So it gets dumped illegally or sold as “de-icer”. They catch some dumpers – most they don’t.

“Recycling/re-use” simply increases the toxicity with  each pass.

“Processing” simply separates the toxic radioactive sludge from the toxic radioactive water.

So far as shale gas development is concerned, Pa. is a bad joke.

More like a 3rd world country.

Suggest you treat any “expert” from Pa. accordingly. . .

James Northrup

Lancaster Online : State geologist discusses Marcellus Shale in talk here

Lancaster Online : State geologist discusses Marcellus Shale in talk here.

State geologist discusses Marcellus Shale in talk here
Posted:  03/10/2011 11:17 PM
Caption: “In this file photo, a natural gas drill sits atop a ridge near Knoxville, Pa.”Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania will not be denied, predicts the man responsible for natural gas leases in state forests and state parks. 

“The reason Pennsylvania is hot, hot, hot is because we potentially have the largest gas field on planet Earth in Pennsylvania, situated in the middle of the largest integrated gas market on planet Earth. Transportation costs are virtually nil. You couldn’t ask for any better situation,” said Teddy Borawski, chief oil and gas geologist for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“This thing is going to go on for 50 years,” Borawski said, adding that Marcellus natural gas from Pennsylvania alone could supply all the country’s needs for 20 to 25 years.

Controversy swirls around aspects of the just-taking-hold natural gas boom in Pennsylvania. But Borawski predicts the northern and western portions of the state will become pocked with gas wells over the next five decades.

Specifically, he said, the number of wells to be drilled on both public and private land will increase from about 6,400 wells today to 120,000 wells, perhaps even 180,000.

He said he thinks that can be done safely, with constant vigilance.

And the manager of subsurface programs for the state Bureau of Forestry made some other bold predictions, such as Williamsport rivaling Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as an economic hub in the state.

Also, he said, the extent of the Marcellus Shale reservoir of gas, and other untapped formations here and in other states, will move the United States to a natural gas-driven economy.

“Because it’s there and it’s going to be cheap and plentiful,” he said.

Borawski gave an hour-plus rundown on Marcellus Shale on Thursday in Neffsville before about 50 attentive members of the Pennsylvania Dutch Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society.

Among the audience were at least two representatives of out-of-state energy companies currently operating Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania.

Borawski’s former boss, former DCNR secretary John Quigley, said last August that the 2.2-million-acre state forestlands couldn’t withstand any more gas pads without environmental damage.

Asked about that, Borawski replied, “I have no comment I can make.”

But referring to a de facto hold on additional gas leases on public land that former Gov. Ed Rendell made in the last few months of his administration, Borawski said Rendell “wanted to push companies as hard as he could” in seeking a severance tax on gas drilling.

Gov. Tom Corbett has removed those roadblocks, is opposed to a severance tax, and wants to get gas extraction running full-tilt.

Borawski did say he hoped Corbett doesn’t seek “wholesale leasing” of gas on state forests. There is room for expansion and to generate revenue for state coffers, he said. “We can do that, but let us do that on our own terms. But we’re subject to what the governor tells us to do.”

Borawski, who has been involved with oil drilling on the Gulf Coast, was asked about the recent documentary “Gasland,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary made partially in Pennsylvania that portrays drilling as harmful to the environment and residents.

“Joseph Goebbels would have been proud,” Borawski replied. “He would have given him the Nazi Award. That, in my opinion, was a beautiful piece of propaganda.”

Borawski also was asked about a recent New York Times series of stories that painted a picture of lax environmental laws and enforcement in Pennsylvania regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.

“It confused the situation and was very poorly written technically,” Borawski said.

But he said the story raised legitimate issues about water concerns.

Water needed for gas drilling will not cause water shortages anywhere and currently uses much less than the state’s golf courses, he said.

But, he added, “Where we have a problem is where you are taking it from and when you are taking it. And flowback being treated.”

He said state regulators will have to remain vigilant in protecting the state’s water resources because if unguarded there always will be companies looking to take shortcuts.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is doing a study on the impacts of hydraulic fracking and will use Bradford and Susquehanna counties as study areas.


Chris Burger at Lake Como Jan 22, 2-3:30pm

How will it impact people who enjoy the outdoors: hunters, fishermen, hikers, snowmobilers, cross country skiers?

An Afternoon with Chris Burger*

 Lake Como Inn, Jan 22, 2-3:30pm

A presentation on Marcellus Shale Gas, covering history of how gas is formed and extracted, and how the build up and gas extraction process impacts our outdoor activities.

You might want to come early to snowshoe or ski the beautiful trails in nearby Bear Swamp State Forest.  Then buy some of Al’s soup or chili to warm you up back at the Lake Como Inn.

 Sponsored by the Tri-County Skaneateles Lake Pure Water Association

For more info and future events in the Skaneateles Lake watershed

*Chris  Burger owns Horizon Enterprises; is Co-founder and Chair of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition; and is a member of: the Broome County Government Gas Drilling Education Committee, the Center for Civic Engagement , the NYS Sierra Club Gas Task Force,  NYS Council of Churches Public Policy Commission, and the Southern Tier East Regional Development Strategy Committee.