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PA Senate Confirms Controversial Job Czar Nominee

C. Alan Walker, a former coal baron and prominent Republican donor, gained unanimous support to oversee the PA’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

The controversial nominee to head Pennsylvania’s economic development agency was approved Tuesday night by the state Senate. C. Alan Walker, a former coal baron and prominent Republican donor, gained unanimous support to oversee the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development. In March, Gov. Tom Corbett also gave Walker’s department authority to intervene in any agency’s permitting process.

Earlier this week, ProPublica detailed Walker’s long history of fighting regulation of his industry, including cases where his companies polluted the state’s waters.

It’s very disheartening to see how utterly anti-environment the GOP and their corporate masters are… they will stop at nothing to rip a buck out of whatever they can… How can they not see that the environment and the economy go hand in hand? In for a quick buck and out before the damage is noticed… that is the GOP’s unspoken motto!

You really can hate the GOP for their anti-environmental desires and the greed and corruption they don’t care about for corporations.  Americans are sadly not well informed and are very foolish about the true determination of republicans for power to do the work that corporate lobbyists want and not the people in America.

You know what I wish?

I wish we could get some expert opinion from, say, the people at the University of Ulster’s Environmental Sciences Research Institute…who just happen to be studying (from

“[...] carbon dioxide sequestration and have obtained funding to investigate the potential hazards associated with the injection of fluids into critically-stressed rock masses. Such injection is known to induce earthquakes which have a finite hazard potential and well as the potential for contributing to fluid loss from storage…”

Now this layman’s eyes see cross-applicability in the movement of fluids - whether those fluids are water, liquified carbon dioxide, or some other carbon-laden fluid - as well as in the interplay between seismic events and the anthropomorphic destabilization of rock strata, whether the latter be unintentional, as in the case of carbon sequestration, or intentional - as in hydraulic fracking.

And the movement of gases is also obviously applicable to both cases.

lolll…Ulster could probably use some funding, too, before Big Energy does what they do with “scientists” here in the U.S. and buys their silence with mega-bucks.

This article is part of an ongoing investigation:

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat

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The country’s push to find clean domestic energy has zeroed in on natural gas, but cases of water contamination have raised serious questions about the primary drilling method being used. Vast deposits of natural gas, large enough to supply the country for decades, have brought a drilling boom stretching across 31 states. The drilling technique being used, called hydraulic fracturing, shoots water, sand and toxic chemicals into the ground to break up rock and release the gas.

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