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UPDATED: How Does Chevron Say Sorry for Gas Explosion? $1,200 Worth of Pizzas

Photo courtesy of nofrackingway.us

Photo courtesy of nofrackingway.us

Editor’s Note: What follows is not satire. I telephoned Bobtown Pizza Monday after reading about the issue on two other blogs. On Tuesday, Raging Chicken Press confirmed the letter and gift certificates with Chevron. You can read about that here: http://www.ragingchickenpress.org/2014/02/18/breaking-chevron-confirms-that-it-is-responsible-for-pizza-and-soda-party/

The gentleman who answered the phone at Bobtown Pizza in Greene County on Monday said he was surprised how quick word got out about gift certificates Chevron bought from the shop and distributed locally.

Word got out so quickly, he said, that the pop that goes along with the one-large-pizza deal hasn’t even gotten a chance to chill.

That was reportedly how Chevron, the operator of the gas well in Greene County that exploded, killing a man, apologized to local folks.

A form letter, and a gift certificate for a pizza and pop combo.

The cost of the “hey, we’re a good neighbor and we’re trying to prove it” effort? $1200.

Yes, you read that right. The company that earned $21.4 billion in profit last year (that’s billion with a “b”) bought 100 of the gift certificates – each with a retail value of $12.

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PA Man Petitions State to Ban Frack Ponds, Asks for Your Help

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By Amanda Gillooly

Pennsylvania resident Rob Slabe thinks frack pits are a travesty, a Marcellus Shale industry practice that serves as a “source of toxic waste-waters and cancer-causing agents (that) pollute our environment through leakage, spillage, and evaporation of toxic volatile organic compounds.”

His goal? To have them banned in the Keystone state.

Slabe started an online petition to that end – and as of Friday morning, more than 1,400 people had signed.

The petition reads:

Frack pits are a danger to animal, plant, and human life and have no place in our Commonwealth.

In place of the frack pit, all gas operators should be required to use some form of a closed loop system for waste storage.

We, the undersigned, demand an end to the open impoundment or frack pit and demand PA place the health and welfare of its citizens above all other interests.

To allow the continued existence of frack pits in our Commonwealth is unconscionable.

The petition will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board, which is now accepting comments on proposed regulations.

A western Pennsylvania lawmaker, state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, last year introduced legislation that would ban the use of frack ponds.

That legislation is now pending, and is before the House Environmental Resources Committee.

The new Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which includes industry partners Shell, Chevron, CONSOL and EQT, have identified eliminating waste water impoundments as one of their performance standards.

Impoundments, or frack pits, are banned in North Dakota and are not used in Texas.

For more information or to sign the petition, click here.

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UPDATED: Shale Lecture at Washington & Jefferson Explores “Social License” to Drill

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 5:22 p.m. to include information provided by W&J College about the event. -amanda

I wanted to pass along some information on a lecture happening TONIGHT at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.

The lecture, titled “Obtaining a Social License to Operate in the Unconventional Shale Domain,” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Yost Auditorium.

Here’s how the W&J website describes the event:

The new Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), formed by a coalition of natural gas producing companies, philanthropies, and environmental groups, is a center of excellence for shale gas development. Its goal is to support continuous improvement in industrial practices through performance standards and voluntary certification. Join Andrew G. Place, Corporate Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, EQT Corporation, and Acting Interim Director of the CSSD, and Davitt Woodwell, Senior Vice President, Western Region, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, as they discuss the goals and plans of the CSSD and the challenges it faces.

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development is a nonprofit organization based n Pittsburgh. Here is a little bit of info about its mission from its website, which can be accessed here:

Focused on shale development in the Appalachian Basin, the Center provides a forum for a diverse group of stakeholders to share expertise with the common objective of developing solutions and serving as a center of excellence for shale gas development.

Funded by philanthropic foundations and participating energy companies, CSSD is intended to promote collaborative efforts by industry and its stakeholders called for by the Shale Gas Production Subcommittee of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

A news release from the nonprofit indicates that it was formed this past March. Here’s what Robert Vagt, president of The Heinz Endowments, had to say in the release:

“CSSD is the result of an unprecedented effort that brought together a group of stakeholders with diverse perspectives, working to create responsible performance standards and a rigorous, third-party evaluation process for shale gas operations.This process has demonstrated for us that industry and environmental organizations, working together, can identify shared values and find common ground on standards that are environmentally protective.”

While companies such as Chevron, EQT, Shell are strategic partners in this newly formed nonprofit, it appears from the website that Range Resources and MarkWest, which conduct much drilling activity in Washington County, are not among those participating.

Need more info on the nonprofit? A fact sheet can be found here.

Thinking of attending? Here’s what you need to know about getting there.

The lecture, part of an ongoing energy program at the college, is free and open to the public.

Here’s what a W&J release indicated about tonight’s event:

This evening’s lecture looks at the important issue of how natural gas producers in the Appalachian Basin achieve a social license to operate. In other words, how do they develop trust –based relationships with all of their stakeholders and with the communities within which they operate so that the communities accept or approve the producers’ ongoing presence? Recently, a coalition of natural gas producers, environmental groups and philanthropies formed the CSSD as a center of excellence for shale gas development with the ultimate goal of achieving a social license for operators in the Appalachian Basin.  The CSSD’s mission is to support continuous improvement and innovative practices through collaboratively developed performance standards and a third party certification to those standards. Representatives of the CSSD will discuss the goals of the CSSD and the challenges it faces in achieving those goals,” said Diana Stares, director for the CEPM.

Registration is suggested. Please register at http://www.washjeff.edu/center-energy-policy-management

Upcoming lectures of the Energy Lecture Series:

·         Feb. 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: “Thirst for Power: The Nexus of Energy & Water”

·         March 26, 2014, 6:30 p.m.: “A Vision for Coal” 

-amanda

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