WCDems speak up for communities resisting fracking industry

West Chester Dem Committee letter to Governor Wolf, below. For more on Grant and Highland municipalities’ resistance against the fracking industry and PA DEP, see “The Rights of Nature Movement Goes on Trial” in Rolling Stone, 1/10/18, and “How a Small Town Is Standing Up to Fracking” also in Rolling Stone, both by Justin Nobel. […]

Companies persecute lawyers defending environmental rights

And what is the state doing to protect the citizens’ rights to fight off environmental contamination? Unfortunately, the PA Department of Environmental Protection has itself sued Grant and Highland municipalities for trying to fend off fracking waste injection through their Home Rule Charters. Our state protecting the polluters: totally unacceptable! Press release from CELDF, Jan […]

Mayor Comitta’s testimony on oil and gas well standards

West Chester Public Hearing Proposed Chapter 78 Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites Regulations before the DEP January 9, 2014 Testimony Carolyn T. Comitta, Mayor Borough of West Chester Good evening members of the DEP. I am Carolyn Comitta, Mayor of the Borough of West Chester. Thank you for the opportunity […]

Barb—on hydrofracking and our water supply

As a former owner of a water conditioning company, I know how toxins can adversely affect the quality of our water supply. Gas companies employing a form of drilling known as “hydrofracking” have contaminated PA’s water supply with benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and other dangerous contaminants in the process; dumped under-treated wastewater in rivers and streams […]