First Letter 2 Arlington Mayor Williams = PA Gov Letter 2 Chamber on Sustainability

“Creating billions $ fossil fuel subsidies = neglecting sensible long-term solar/wind investments ~ a choice w/consequences 4 our children..” was the gist of my first communication attempt with our new Arlington TX mayor.
It was welcomed delight to get our old mayor‘s email response…not that he ever responded to me on email.
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The remainder of that email starts off with comments from a Ft Worth citizen who has mentored me in this frack fight who is a retired physicist/engineer and then he forwards along the RDA news letter from the group who posted the Pennsylvania governor’s letter to the Chamber of Commerce on subsidizing and sustainability.
Here is the letter that was sent to Jeff Williams, our new Arlington mayor….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; Robert Rivera <>; Robert Cluck <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Robert Shepard <>; Lana Wolff <>; Charlie Parker <>; Jimmy Bennett <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Don Crowson <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; Jim Parajon <>; Cindy Powell <>; Bridgett White <>; Tony Rutigliano <>; Collin Gregory <>; “” <>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 9:12 AM
Subject: Subsidizing Unsustainability letter to Chamber from Gov Wolf PA/response to TX ban on fracking bans
Creating billions $ fossil fuel subsidies = neglecting sensible long-term solar/wind investments ~ a choice w/consequences 4 our children..Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF
From: “Jerry lobdill
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 6:05 AM
Subject: [BarnettShale_GassedNGastly] Fw: Subsidizing Unsustainability

The most disturbing thing for the future of Texas (and indeed, for every state) I’ve heard this week is seen below–the signing of the bill enacting a law prohibiting municipal and county governments from banning fracking. This law makes it impossible for cities to protect its residents from having to live next to a drilling pad, a gas gathering line, produced water holding tanks, gas processing plants, compressors, and the cancer-producing fumes these installations inevitably emit, and the dangers of pipeline explosions. 
This is the final death blow to the concept of home rule for municipalities, a concept that has been enshrined in the state constitution of Texas and most other states since the nation was founded. The logic behind home rule is that the local government, acting for the protection of its citizens from dangerous commercial activities, knows best what activities must be prohibited in proximity to homes, schools, churches, parks, and other places where people gather. It has been recognized that people have a inalienable right to be secure from industrial activities that are dangerous, a nuisance, or otherwise deemed generally incompatible with public health or public safety. This is the bedrock upon which the power of zoning in cities is based.
What the new law permits is the unrestricted power of a dangerous private enterprise to install whatever it wants next to our homes, and this power, if regulated at all, will be regulated by the state of Texas by decision makers whose lives, liberties, health, and property are not threatened by any decision they make in Austin, far from the activities they permit. 
It is argued by the flannel-mouthed lawyers for the oil and gas industry that this law prevents the majority in an area from denying a willing landowner his God-given right to profit from his real property regardless of any burden it may place upon his neighbors. This is a false argument that probably would be a loser before the US Supreme Court. This new law should be appealed to that highest authority without delay.
Jerry Lobdill

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Responsible Drilling Alliance <>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 4:32 AM
Subject: Subsidizing Unsustainability


Subsidizing Unsustainablility
May 22, 2015
Fossil fuel in the foreground and alternative energy in the background,
seen in this photo and in government-subsidized energy policies. Photo credit: Brooke Woodside
Subsidies: your tax dollars at work improving the bottom line of private corporations.
What would Pennsylvania’s future look like if the playing field was leveled and energy subsidies removed from the equation? One thing is certain; the risk of placing so many eggs in the fossil fuel basket would be blatantly evident. In PA, the fossil fuel industry gobbles up $3.2 billion, nearly the entire energy subsidy pie. Read more in this week’s feature story.
Such is not the case with government subsidies in many other countries and states. While PA’s DEP has issued 16,319 drilling permits, New York and Hawaii have a different outlook on the future. Hawaii recently passed legislation that would require 100% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2045. What would subsidizing a sustainable energy future look like? One thing is certain, it would not look like forests and landscapes fragmented by access roads and well pads or hundreds of miles of new pipelines. It would not include the 1,790,382,904 (yes, that’s nearly 2 BILLION) gallons of liquid waste generated to date by PA gas wells.
Along with hundreds of other petroleum-loving business folks, Williamsport Chamber of Commerce president Vince Matteo received a letter from Governor Tom Wolf this week. One thing is certain; Vince did not agree with the letter. You can decide who you agree with, as we share Governor Wolf’s letter with you in article #2 this week.
A ban on bans? “In Other News” links to a story by Russell Gold of the Wall Street Journal about Texas Governor Abbott (R) signing a law prohibiting municipal and county governments from banning fracking. One thing is certain; this is all part of a broader legislative and judicial effort backed by the oil industry to limit local governments’ ability to regulate drilling.
The window for comments on DEP’s proposed rulemaking for oil and gas operations has now closed. RDA joined with many other NGO’s and submitted our final comments, which can be accessed by clicking here. RDA offers a sincere thanks to all of our members who submitted comments on these crucial regulations.
One final thing is certain, there’s a lot to learn in this week’s newsletter.
Thanks for staying informed.
Barb Jarmoska
RDA Board of Directors
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Report:  PA dishes out $3.2 billion in fossil fuels subsidies while state faces $1.5 billion deficit
by Natasha Khan – Public Source – 4/15/15
A new report says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at a time when the state carries a $1.5 billion budget deficit and very little investment in the renewable energy industry.
“This report is about transparency,” Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture’s Energy Center, the group that put out the report, said in a statement. “Creating billions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies while neglecting sensible long-term investments is a choice that has consequences not only for the citizens of Pennsylvania today but for our children and future generations.”

A fossil fuel subsidy is “any government action that lowers the cost of fossil fuel energy production, raises the price received by fossil fuel energy producers, or lowers the price paid by fossil fuel energy consumers,” according to the International Energy Administration.

PennFuture, a state environmental advocacy group, said the cost of these subsidies equals about $724 per Pennsylvania taxpayer.

Subsidies have increased recently, too. A previous PennFuture report for fiscal year 2011-2012 showed annual fossil fuel subsidies were $2.9 billion. The new report looked at fiscal year 2012-2013.

“We need to evaluate the total costs of ongoing subsidies, especially with respect to unconventional shale gas development,” said PennFuture President and CEO John Norbeck in the statement, “in the hopes of avoiding the historical remediation and reclamation costs the state, and taxpayers, have endured on abandoned oil, gas and coal extraction sites. We can’t go down that road again.”
From the report:

Most federal fossil fuel subsidies are directed toward the “extraction and production” phase of the fuel cycle, essentially improving the economics of fossil fuel extraction. In Pennsylvania, the majority of state-based subsidies are directed toward the “end use” phase of the fuel cycle, making use of fossil fuels more attractive to users in the state.

The report laid out several recommendations moving forward, including further research needed on potential subsidies and the long-term liabilities of unconventional shale gas development, and having a non-partisan governmental group develop a comprehensive report on fossil fuel subsidies.

Reach Natasha Khan at or 412.315.0261. Follow her on Twitter @khantasha.


Governor Wolf Tells PA Chamber to Stop Putting Oil and Gas Interests Ahead of Children and Schools
Harrisburg, PA – 5/18/15 – Governor Tom Wolf today sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry regarding their misguided opposition to a commonsense severance tax in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania remains the only major gas-producing state in the country without a tax on natural gas.

Since the introduction of Governor Wolf’s budget, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has repeatedly put oil and gas interests over the interests of children and fixing our schools. Instead of working with the governor on shared priorities including greater investments in education, manufacturing, workforce development, as well as major business tax cuts that will enable companies to invest in Pennsylvania and grow here these groups are simply supporting the status quo.

Governor Wolf sent letters to business leaders at the following organizations:

· The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
· America’s Natural Gas Alliance
· Associated Pennsylvania Constructors
· Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania
· Consumer Energy Alliance
· Manufacturer & Business Association
· Marcellus Shale Coalition
· National Federation of Independent Businesses
· Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association
· Pennsylvania Business Council
· Pennsylvania Builders Association
· Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council
· Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association
· Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
· Independent Oil and Gas Association
· Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association
· Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association

Below is the full text of Governor Wolf’s letter:

Dear _____________:

As a businessman and a former member of the board of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and the former president of my local board, I am disappointed that you have come out in opposition to a commonsense severance tax that will help to fund Pennsylvania’s schools and achieve many of our shared priorities. Furthermore, it seems that your decision is based less on the facts and our shared policy goals, and more on your need to appease oil and gas special interests.

When I crafted my budget, I took many ideas from the business community including increased funding for schools to produce a strong workforce, a lower corporate net income tax, an end of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, and an investment in manufacturing and workforce development. Politics aside, I know from my experience in business that these ideas work and as business people yourselves, you know the same.

Your organizations support lowering the Corporate Net Income Tax, phasing out the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, investing in manufacturing and our workforce, and most importantly, funding our schools and making sure that you have a strong workforce to draw from. But instead of working together to achieve our shared goals, you have chosen to side with corporate special interests who simply seek to oppose progress and real economic development.

The facts you outlined in your letter are simply talking points from the oil and gas drillers. It is bogus rhetoric, and it does nothing to change Pennsylvania, fix our schools, or create jobs. You know that the severance tax I’ve proposed is critical to getting Pennsylvania back on track, and it will do so at minimal cost to Pennsylvania citizens. You know that since Pennsylvania exports a significant amount of the natural gas it produces, an estimated 80% of the tax will be paid by non-Pennsylvanians. Furthermore, despite false claims to the contrary, natural gas companies remain strongly profitable. Last year the value of natural gas severed in Pennsylvania was nearly $11 billion, up from $4 billion in 2011. Moreover, natural gas prices, which have been depressed both nationally and locally, are expected to improve significantly by the time the severance tax takes effect next year.

You have repeatedly called for major reductions in our Corporate Net Income Tax rate. My budget cuts the CNI in half. Why aren’t you supporting me on this?

You have long said we have to end the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax. My budget does so on Jan 1. Why aren’t you working with me to end the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax?

You have called for a stronger education system. Education is the cornerstone of my budget. And the investments we will make in our schools will come from a commonsense severance tax. Why aren’t you working with me to fix our schools?

You have called for workforce development and a focus on manufacturing. My budget will support the growth of manufacturing in Pennsylvania and it will do so in part by strengthening our workforce. Why aren’t you working with me to create new manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania?

We cannot keep doing the same thing and expecting different results in Pennsylvania. Instead of working with me to address our shared priorities, you are standing with oil and gas special interests and opposing progress for Pennsylvania. You are ignoring your own priorities and you are hurting businesses, schools, and the people of Pennsylvania who desperately need change. It is simply unacceptable.

Now is the time to do big things in Pennsylvania. That’s what I’m trying to do. What you’re doing is ignoring your own goals and your own priorities and in the process, you’re letting down our commonwealth.

Tom Wolf

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116

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In Other News InOtherNews

Texas Governor prohibits cities and towns from banning fracking

Last year, a city in Texas banned fracking. State lawmakers want to make sure that never happens again.
“It’s a bad situation when city leaders’ hands are tied,” said Councilman Kevin Roden. “There seems to be an attitude that big state government knows better than the citizens of a city. I just think-conservative or liberal-that is something you don’t do in Texas.”
Other critics of the bill said the balance of power between cities and the energy industry had been tilted toward drillers.



PA Natural Gas Drilling Permits and Violations 


The following were discovered through the Sky Truth website:
5-13-15 – Drill & operate well permit Issued – Shrewsbury Twp, Sullivan County (Exco Resources PA llc)
5-11-15 – Defective casing and cementing – Moreland Twp, Lycoming County (Range Resources Appalachia llc)
5-11-15 – 35-40 gallons of frack fluid was spilled and cleaned up – Anthony Twp, Lycoming County (Range Resources Appalachia llc)
5-05-15 – Drill & operate well permit issued – Loyalsock Twp, Lycoming County (Inflection Energy (PA) llc)

Merchants of Doubt
Friday, May 29, 7 pm
Campus Theatre
413 Market St, Lewisburg
This documentary focuses on the public relations business and how the same tactics used by the tobacco industry for “doubt” about cancer, are used by the gas and oil industries.
Immediately following the film, a panel will answer questions and offer insight on climate change.
Merchants of Doubt is sponsored by the Rivertown Coalition, Keystone Progress, Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club, and the Susquehanna Valley Progressives.

Support Clean Energy in Pennsylvania
Today, under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants, Pennsylvania has an unprecedented opportunity to transition away from dirty fossil fuels and towards a cleaner, healthier future based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. By developing a strong plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan, Pennsylvania can save thousands of lives while creating jobs, lowering electric bills, and preventing the worst effects of climate change.
Tell Governor Wolf to protect the health and future of all Pennsylvanians by developing a plan that promotes zero-emitting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Respect Our Voices on Oil and Gas Oversight
If the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gass Association (PIOGA) had their way, PA shalefield residents and public interest groups would “have no place” on oil and gas oversight bodies.
Tell PA Governor Tom Wolf and DEP Secretary John Quigley that shalefield residents and public interest groups should be front and center in overseeing the oil and gas industries.

Tell Congress: America’s Public Lands are Not for Sale
This latest assault on America’s public lands is at the hands of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the new Republican chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Her amendment, which passed by two votes and is now a part of the Senate’s official budget, would fund state efforts to seize America’s public lands and then sell them off to the highest bidder.
Under state control, these public lands would likely be sold off for real estate or fossil fuel extraction. Hundreds of millions of acres of pristine public lands in the American West that are the cradle of future national parks, monuments, and preserves would instead be sacrificed to dirty oil drilling and fracking companies.
According to New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, who stands in opposition to these attacks, “selling off America’s treasured lands to the highest bidder would result in a proliferation of locked gates and no-trespassing signs in places that have been open to the public and used for generations.”

Ban Fracking on Public Lands
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan re-introduced the bill to ban fracking on public lands (Earth Day – 4/22/15).
Fracking has already caused serious damage to our public lands, particularly in the areas that serve to buffer America’s most precious national parks and monuments. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land, and over 200 million more acres are currently being targeted for drilling.

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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