HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection today ordered C.C. Forbes, of Washington, PA, to suspend all post-hydraulic fracturing activities on Marcellus Shale wells in the state immediately as it continues its investigation into a June 3 well blowout in Clearfield County.
DEP Secretary John Hanger said EOG Resources -- the company that owned the well in Lawrence Township -— hired C.C. Forbes as a contractor to provide post-hydrofracturing services at the site.
Hanger said DEP’s order also requires C.C. Forbes to provide site and equipment records specific to the well, including any written, photographic and video documentation.
The company must also furnish the names of its employees who were working at the site or have knowledge of the equipment used there. The secretary said those employees must be made available to the department for questioning.
“We need to fully investigate the equipment used by this company to ensure that other sites in Pennsylvania are not in danger …
Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):
“I am pleased the Senate came together today in a bipartisan manner to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA has proven to be extremely effective in protecting Pennsylvania women and supporting victims of abuse and assault, and I call on the House to quickly pass this legislation so that these critical protections are not lost. I am particularly encouraged by the inclusion of my provisions to combat sexual violence on college campuses so that college campuses are safe and secure places to learn and work.”
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At just aftern 5 o'clock this afternoon New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a new package of gun regulations to fortify the state's existing assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets in magazines and strengthen rules that keep the mentally ill from owning firearms.
The measure is the nation's first gun-control bill since last month's school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
State Senator Cathy Young voted against the measure saying it goes too far in penalizing law-abiding gun owners who are not part of the problem, and doesn't go far enough to address the root causes of violent crimes.
She says untreated mental illness of those who are dangerous is not adepquately addressed. Young says while she's glad parts of Kendra's Law were passed, too many people will still fall through the cracks and there will be more victims as a result.
Kendra’s Law allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for mentally ill people who won’t…