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Pennsylvania College Students Tell Wolf: No New Pipelines, Green Jobs Now

On Monday, students from 19 Pennsylvania colleges and universities delivered a statement to Governor Tom Wolf’s Capitol office demanding no new natural gas pipelines and immediate investment in green jobs. The students are attending Pennsylvania Student Power Spring Break near Harrisburg, an alternative spring break program for students working on social, economic, and environmental justice issues across the state. The…

Katie McGinty: Bad for the Environment, Health

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, but many voters don’t know about her destructive past. McGinty profoundly supports the practice of hydraulic fracturing, worked to bring “fracking” to Pennsylvania as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, and then left her post to work for the same industry she was in charge of…

John Quigley’s Fracking Legacy in Pennsylvania

On Friday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection John Quigley announced he was resigning. Criticisms have been launched at him from both polluters and environmentalists throughout his professional life. His ouster is allegedly due to e-mail communication he initiated with statewide environmental groups he asked to push harder on state legislators who were blocking some environmental reforms in Harrisburg.…

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Getting Trade Readjustment Allowance for Shalefield Workers

In 1974, The Trade Adjustment Act was passed, establishing a benefit for workers separated from their jobs due to foreign trade, Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA). Here is a brochure from the Department of Labor with an overview of the program (Link). The TRA benefit has been modified over the years, but currently includes extended unemployment benefits (normal unemployment compensation only extends…

Donate To The Gerhart Fight Against Sunoco’s Mariner 2 Pipeline!

The Gerhart family needs your support! Please call District Attorney David Smith and urge him to drop the criminal charges. Also, please share this page and donate if you can using the button below.   ACTION: Please call the Huntingdon County District Attorney’s office and urge D.A. David Smith to drop criminal and contempt charges against Elise and Ellen Gerhart,…

Dimock Families Go to Federal Jury Trial Over Water Contamination

PRESS KIT WITH PHOTOS, TIMELINE OF CASE   Please contribute to support the trial costs! Check or money order – Make out to “Action Center Inc”(our 501(c)(3) umbrella) with “Dimock” in the memo line and mail to: Energy Justice Network 1434 Elbridge St Philadelphia PA 19149 Givlet One-time or recurring donation. (Scranton, Pa.) – Dimock PA families with water contamination from drilling…

Donate to Support the Fight Against Constitution Pipeline

Energy Justice Network is fiscally sponsoring a fund for supplies, legal expenses, and costs associated with challenging and monitoring Constitution Pipeline construction for environmental and safety violations. Urgently, in order to defend the Holleran/Zeffer family successfully in federal court from Williams’ and Cabot’s motions (see below), there are legal and logistical costs associated with a short timeframe for filing responses, admitting…

PA FAMILY OPPOSES GAS PIPELINE TREE CUTTING THROUGH MAPLE SYRUP OPERATION

NEW MILFORD, PA – Constitution Pipeline Company received federal permission to cut trees Friday afternoon on properties in Susquehanna County, including those obtained by eminent domain condemnation and through a commercial maple syrup operation. A partial Notice to Proceed with non-mechanized tree cutting was issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday afternoon for the Pennsylvania portion of the…

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Un-Fracking Councilman Curtis Jones’ Twilight Zone Tour

Today, a tour sponsored by Marcellus Shale Coalition members and Philly Councilman Curtis Jones embarked on a journey to Susquehanna County to see shale country, as reported in Philadelphia Magazine. According to the twilight zone tour invitation, the stops included two crime scenes, err…gas sites where Cabot Oil & Gas and Williams Pipeline Partners really screwed up in recent years. However,…

Candidate Katie McGinty: The “Environmentalist” For Fracking Fact Sheet

Former PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, gas industry consultant, and governor’s chief of staff Kathleen McGinty is planning a run for US Senate against sitting Senator Pat Toomey and primary challenger Joe Sestak. She says she’s an “environmentalist”, but voters ought to know her relationship and ties with the shale gas industry before the primary polls open in April 2016.…

Donate to Help Milford & Easton Residents Appeal Two Compressor Station Permits!

  Please use the “Donate” button above to contribute to our legal fund!    To Our Friends And Family, We are writing to you as both residents and the appellants challenging the PA Department of Environmental Protection air quality plan approvals of the Milford and Easton Compressor Stations. In order to proceed with technical settlement negotiations and a full legal…

In His First 100 Days, Tom Wolf’s DEP Is On Pace for Nearly 700 Fracking Permits

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection is approaching its 100th day and as of April 23rd, has issued 631 fracking permits. With a week remaining, it’s likely the Wolf DEP will get very close or exceed 700 permits. There have been 66 business days in that time, which means the Wolf DEP is issuing 9.6 permits per business…

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Narrative of the Shalefield Tour – Energy Justice Shale Convergence

  Shalefield Tour [March 14, 2015] As we left camp, there is a major gathering pipeline right of way that is clear-cut going east to west connecting well pads that host multiple wells per pad. The pipeline is buried underground, which requires trenching through sensitive wetlands and streams. The right of way is also 100 feet wide, but pipeline right of…

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Wolf’s Wells: DEP Issues Four Fracking Permits for State Game Lands 30, McKean County

For those of us who enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and other recreation in our prized State Game Lands, the outlook is bleak. The administration of Governor Tom Wolf has issued its first four fracking permits on public land, which he was lauded for protecting in January. On February 11th and 12th, four permits were issued to Seneca Resources for a…

Wolf Administration: 128 Fracking Permits in 15 Days, On Pace for 8,600 in First Term

PERMITS: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection has issued 128 shale gas well permits in his first 15 business days. That is a rate of one fracking permit every 56 minutes that the PA DEP is open. This puts Wolf on pace to issue 8,568 permits in his first term with 989 business days left. (1/21 – 2/10,…

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Constitution Pipeline Threatening 7 PA Landowners With Un-Constitutional Eminent Domain

Yesterday, we accompanied Susquehanna County, PA landowners to the hearing on “quick take” eminent domain condemnation Constitution Pipeline is seeking against them. The pipeline company is a joint partnership led by Williams Partners LLC, also owner of the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Pennsylvania. Partners in the project include Cabot Oil & Gas and Washington Gas & Light. Constitution Pipeline…

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PA Gov. Wolf Issued 73 Fracking Permits in Two Weeks, On Pace for 7,300 in First Term

In his first two weeks, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection issued 73 fracking permits. According to the Permits Issued Report on PA DEP’s website, in the first 10 business days from January 21 to February 3, the rate of permitting is about one shale gas well permit per hour. Using TimeAndDate.com’s business day calculator, there are 1,004…

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Pa. Governor Tom Wolf is on Pace to Permit Almost 8,000 Shale Gas Wells

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Permit totals in his first full week indicate Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is on pace to issue almost 8,000 fracking permits in his first term. In his first five business days (1/21-1/27), PA Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection issued 38 shale gas well permits, about one permit per hour, eight hours a day. At this rate,…

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Bad Call: PA Governor Wolf Pursues Drilling on 700,000 Acres of State Land

“Keeping 700,000 acres of our public lands on the table for the drillers is like letting quarterback Tom Brady keep his deflated footballs for the Super Bowl. This is the Big Game and Tom Wolf is blowing it. I have a front row seat.” – Ray Kemble, Dimock PA. “The compendium of scientific studies that convinced New York Governor Andrew…

Call to Action: Disrupt Tom Wolf’s Inauguration

On January 20th, Pennsylvania will swear in a new Governor Tom. As a candidate, Tom Wolf pledged his full support for fracking and its related infrastructure. As Governor-elect, Tom Wolf selected a transition team that includes the Marcellus Shale Coalition and its gas industry members. We know fracking is harmful to humans and the environment. That is why we have…

Join Us! 2015 Fellowship & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities Energy Justice: Shale Initiative organizes with community leaders to stop specific gas projects, generate media content, research environmental and socioeconomic impacts, engage with students and other outside constituencies, conduct water and air quality monitoring, and support the direct needs of communities on the frontlines of shale gas extraction. We have volunteer opportunities at our house in Susquehanna County,…

We offer tours of drilling, fracking, compressor stations, power plant construction, waste facilities, and other nearby gas infrastructure.

Energy Justice: Shale Initiative & Sierra Club Outing in NEPA

    On a chilly autumn weekend, members of several environmental groups came to the shalefields of Montrose, Pennsylvania to learn more about the process of drilling and “fracking” for shale gas and to explore the region to discover what sacrifices are being made to make way for this extreme energy extraction. They joined Energy Justice: Shale Initiative (EJSI) and…

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Rise Together Week of Action

From August 16th to August 24th students, organizers, activists, and movement-builders alike joined forces to form the Rise Together week of action. Highlighting the climate change and exploitation problems we are seeing with natural gas, coal, and oil, this week included actions of all varieties in locations all across the United States, fighting the expansion of extreme fossil fuel extraction.…

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People’s Public Hearing on the Milford Compressor Station

Last night Energy Justice Summer headed east to Milford, a small town in Pike County in northeast Pennsylvania. The reason? Nothing big — only tons of Milford residents turning out to say NO to a proposed compressor station expansion. Energy Justice Summer has been supporting the efforts of No Milford Compressor Station Expansion, a community group in Milford, PA, working…

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EJS Workshop: Community Organizing & Public Relations

Last night Energy Justice Summer hosted a great workshop at Snow Hollow Farm, teaching participants the basics of Community Organizing & Public Relations. EJS Fellow Alex Lotorto led most of the interactive training session, while EJS Fellow Collin Rees pitched in a bit on social media and using digital tools to compliment offline organizing tactics. Attendees included a local activist…

A Window into Energy Justice Summer

Living in Northeastern PA has been a blast, but sometimes life gets to be a bit absurd. Today was one of those times. This morning I sat on the couch and worked through email while listening to a speakerphone voicemail left by a man named Lizard, the leader of a biker gang who wants to come tour fracking infrastructure. Next week, we’ll…

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EJS Campaign Success: Crowdfunding Scott Ely’s Hydrologist

Hi all, I wanted to give a quick update on the great success of one of our first official EJS campaigns – raising money for Scott Ely’s federal court case against Cabot Oil & Gas. Scott needed to raise funds to compensate expert hydrologist Paul Rubin for the studies he contributed, and move forward with his case against Cabot with strong,…

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Flaring: A Continued Injustice in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Last week in the early morning of June 19, when one of our housemates stepped out on the porch of our farmhouse in Silver Lake Township, Susquehanna County PA, the sky was fiery orange. Knowing exactly what it was, he said, “They’re flaring over there.” We hopped in a car and drove about two miles to Carrizo O&G’s well pad…

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Updates from Energy Justice Summer after Week 1

It’s been an exciting first week for Energy Justice Summer. We moved in June 1, and since have been hard at work setting up our research, outreach, and organizing programs. We currently have seven resident organizers in the Energy Justice Summer house. From left to right is Sarita, Allison, Collin, Spencer, Adam, and Maria. Alex Lotorto, the seventh organizer, took…

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Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast PA

Hey y’all. A lot of you have been wondering what Energy Justice Summer is doing for the summer. Currently, I’m freelance writing for Inhabitat and I’m fighting shale gas extraction in Montrose, Pennsylvania on the front lines. The work that’s been happening here is super inspiring and we’re making some awesome waves. We’ve even got our first industry fan, Tom Shepstone (and…

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Promised Land State Park in the New York Times!

by Alex Lotorto Thank you for everyone who so graciously gave already to our IndieGoGo fundraiser! It means a lot to receive support from so many of my friends and people across the country. In addition to directing you to our updated calendar and our Facebook page for sharing, I wanted to point out an article in the New York Times this week about my hometown…

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This summer, I’m joining the movement for Energy Justice.

Imagine a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential. A society where all people have access to sustainable energy and have met their basic human needs. A civilization in global ecological balance. This is the future I seek: a thriving, just, and sustainable world. Now look at the world in which we live. Mental…

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Fighting Fracking by pushing the PA candidates for Governor

On Monday, our friend Liz Arnold interrupted the final PA Governor’s Debate to ask the candidates to address the question of fracking in Pennsylvania. The PA state Democratic party platform supports a moratorium on fracking, yet all four of the Democratic candidates for governor still do not acknowledge the health and climate consequences of natural gas extraction. The interruption did…

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Methane Leakage and Climate Impacts

Yesterday, Cornell climate scientists Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea presented an update on the climate science of methane. Their conclusions are stark: given the short timeline to act on climate, we can’t just regulate fracking. To prevent climate tipping points, we need to stop fracking completely. The scientists’ conclusions include: 1) The EPA is underestimating the short-term warming of methane…

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Introducing Energy Justice Summer

We’re working in solidarity with communities on the frontlines of fracking. We are young organizers who care deeply about social justice and human rights. We seek a world where everyone has access to sustainable energy and no one suffers unjustly because of our fossil fuel economy. We believe that fracking presents a grave threat to people everywhere, especially those on…

Our Frack University program can be booked by college clubs, faculty departments, or public school teachers for a variety of topics.

Shale Gas: Not the Wise Choice for Pennsylvania

I was asked to submit this piece by the Northeast Pennsylvania Energy Journal, a pro-fracking magazine funded entirely by gas industry ads that’s inserted in our local newspapers. The piece will be printed with an industry representative’s counter argument that shale gas is good for Pennsylvania and the climate. From www.energyjustice.net. Shale Gas: Not the Wise Choice for Pennsylvania by…