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Lieutenant governor candidate pushes for pause in drilling

March 5, 2014

No more new natural gas drilling — that’s what Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski said he would advocate if he wins the Democratic bid for lieutenant governor....

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CitizenSane

Mar-10-14 1:44 AM

"We can't put the genie back in the bottle," Pat Foote said. It's true we can't undrill the wells that have already been drilled, but that doesn't mean we need to add to the problems we already have. The gas industry is only 6% into their intended development. That means we can still save the other 94%. You don't drown by falling in the river. You drown by not getting out.

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MisMac

Mar-06-14 4:01 PM

Born here, the answer to your question is two-fold, first being that we are equal to a living experiment, test lab, you know, as in guinea pig. Secondly, they knew that this area would jump at the chase to become "millionaires", as they sold this industry under the guise of lies and deceit.

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MisMac

Mar-06-14 1:52 PM

I have only one question for Brad Koplinski. Why are you not running for Governor?? You would have the crucial benefit of being the ONLY Democratic candidate morally-conscionable enough to do the right thing. Thank goodness for the Green Party for being commited to stopping the frack attack on our state.

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nobud74

Mar-06-14 7:37 AM

Rick, we will have to disagree. If we have enough energy to flood the market and hurt Russia, we have enough to sustain ourselves at home.

You and the rest of the far left grouse about exports and how it hurts the poor. Well, you export what you have that others want. We export millions of tons of grain and other foodstuffs every year, which drives up the price at home, but nobody blinks an eye at that because the farmers are making a living--which they should. The reasons for the propane shortages are not a neat and simple as you would like, unusual weather patterns also played a part over the past year as did a wet harvest and a cold 2013 spring. We have had a 27% increase in production over the past 5 years that would not have happened if not for the exports. Texas is sitting on a glut of propane, but there is no easy way to get it to those who need it. (Maybe we need more pipelines???) If you choose not lease, that is your decision. Free country still, for a while.

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BornHere

Mar-06-14 4:08 AM

This is interesting.

EIP Report: Anadarko Safety Record "UNSUITABLE" For Major Natural Gas Development In Pennsylvania's Loyalsock State Forest.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Cited for 246 Violations from 2009-2013. Water Pollution Ranks 7th Worst Among 600 Operators in Pa.

See: istockanalyst 2-4-2014

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rick424

Mar-05-14 7:09 PM

Nobud, "We have the ability to ween ourselves from foreign energy..."

Just saw a story wher Boehner wants to expand natural gas exports to weaken Russia's hand. So much for energy independence.

Nobud, " Add to that the increased price of nat gas for homeowners and businesses and power companies and you have even more difficulties for the poorest."

Export all that gas and the price goes up and there will be shortages. Just look at propane. Price is sky high and there are shortages due to record exports over the last three years.

Nobud, "The fact is they didn't "get theirs" and so everyone should suffer."

Totally not true. I for one turned it down. So have others. Some who did sghn leases are very unhappy they did. I really think you are in the minority now unlike five years ago when the industry was waving money and lying to the people.

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BornHere

Mar-05-14 4:12 PM

Funny thing Buck's and Montgomery Counties here in Pa. have a moratorium against drilling until 2018 so they can study the impacts of this industry in Pa. Why wasn't the same study performed on the rest of Pa. before any drilling started? What makes the people living in these counties so special that they can have a study of the effects of drilling and the rest of Pa. did not?

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nobud74

Mar-05-14 3:56 PM

If fracking has been used commercially since 1949 and we are currently running about 500,000 wells across the US (many more have opened and closed in that time) and if there have been about 1000 complaints filed by 2012 it would seem that fracking is not the Armageddon predicted by many. Does anyone want to see pollution or contamination? NO, of course not. But, everything goes back to the money. Always follow the money. It is easy for many to point to the energy industry and say that's where the money is and that is why we need to fight them. But, there is lots of money to be made fighting the energy industry. That would be an interesting money trail to follow. Only God is/was a true altruist. Humans always act, as do all animals, in their own best interest, including money.

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BornHere

Mar-05-14 3:19 PM

Steelman, there is another case look up Mr. Parson's water well it is a document EPA case.

Drilling might have been around for decades but it has been since 2005 with the Energy Policy Act that the "Halliburton Loophole" was established exempting the oil and gas industries from Federal laws.

1. Safe Drinking Water Act

2. Clean Water Act

3. Clean Air Act

4. Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act

5. Resource Conservation & Recovery Act

6. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act

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leaningright

Mar-05-14 3:18 PM

The only people who will end up paying any additional taxes levied against the gas companies will be the landowners through their royalties, your not going to ruin the gas companies party with added expenses, the gas companies will simply rob it or steal it from the landowner. They already do this in other ways.

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Steelman

Mar-05-14 2:09 PM

“It's a shame that laws were not passed and more information was available before ANY drilling started in Pa”………………………….BornHere

The technique has been around for decades. One million American wells have been fracked since the 1940s

“knowing what poisons the drillers are putting into our soil”…………………TheMoe

In fact, after years of investigation the EPA has only substantiated one case of frack fluid migration up to a water table in Pavilion, Wyoming, at a well site that should not have been fracked in the first place

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nobud74

Mar-05-14 2:04 PM

SGlurker, I hope you have calmed a bit. What you have to understand it the reason so many people are against the gas industry or any other industry that provided good jobs, tax revenues and is constantly targeted by feel good groups. The fact is they didn't "get theirs" and so everyone should suffer. We have the ability to ween ourselves from foreign energy, provide good paying jobs and increase tax revenues, but there are many against it because they don't think they are getting a piece of the pie. They are duped into following the tree huggers by lies and distortions. They fail to see that when more people are better employed that everyone benefits. They fail to see the billions paid in taxes by the companies and their employees. They fail to see all the good these companies do for charities. They fail to see that producing our own cheap energy will allow those less fortunate to be able to heat their homes and run their lights. They just don't get it.

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SGLurker

Mar-05-14 12:35 PM

The gas companies "come in, hurt the roads, the environment ... and leave us holding the bag," Koplinski said.

Are you f$%king kidding me? This guy is uninformed as to what the gas companys actually do.

They do not come in and hurt the roads. I worked for a construction company that rebuilt roads that used to be old dirt roads and are now paved roads.Who paid for it? NOT THE TAX PAYERS, THE GAS COMPANYS PAY FOR EACH AND EVERY PART OF A NEW RECLAIMED ROAD. They do not hurt roads, they do not let the environment go to waste and they do not let us in knee hi sh!t.

People who are too f#$king stupid to realize what help this means to our economy can move. Move far away because you are in fact incoherent as to what is going on.

THis is a great time for this part of the region, for this country. Future procedures will only better our future lives and you people want to shut that down? FINE LET'S ALL JUST BUY OUR BLOOD OIL AND CONTINUE ON THAT PATH. LETS PAY OUTRAGEOU

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BornHere

Mar-05-14 11:47 AM

It's a shame that laws were not passed and more information was available before ANY drilling started in Pa. but this is how they wanted it.

Everyone was so money hungry that the most important things were overlooked. Other industries in Pa. must abide by the laws set forth by the state the gas industry is no different.

Being an Independent I would vote for this gentleman, Pa. needs to be given back to the people, instead of handing it over to Corbett and the gas industry and their stockholders.

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scottc

Mar-05-14 11:24 AM

Youtube search "Marcellus Shale Reality Tour Part 10 Bad Vibes Revised" to see the video I just mentioned

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scottc

Mar-05-14 11:23 AM

With episodes like this being allowed, we need a candidate like Brad to control the destruction or our resources. *******youtu.be/iS_xhJ_AY9g

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TheMoe

Mar-05-14 10:16 AM

I see that nobud and woolrich are more concerned with politics than knowing what poisons the drillers are putting into our soil and water. Typical ignorant people from the area.

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pinecr

Mar-05-14 10:01 AM

I like this guy too!

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rick424

Mar-05-14 9:57 AM

I like this guy

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nobud74

Mar-05-14 8:38 AM

We can't garner enough tax revenue in this state for all the spending we have and these morons want to reduce that revenue stream even further. Add to that the increased price of nat gas for homeowners and businesses and power companies and you have even more difficulties for the poorest. Hey, pols, why don't you work to encourage growth instead of stifling it? Putz.

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Woolrich

Mar-05-14 8:29 AM

If your so concerned about the roads, then make that your priority. At least that is a tangible goal. Little steps first and if you can complete that, then move on to other tasks. I don't believe a Democrat can honestly fulfill any promises. Good intentions and failing seems to be good enough for the Democratic Party.

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