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Following fracking scandal, state Rep. Jesse White loses House seat

A Pittsburgh area Democrat and vocal fracking critic lost his state House seat last night. Rep. Jesse White (D- Allegheny) was caught last year in an online bullying scandal by Pittsburgh’s local CBS affiliate. In May 2013 the TV station reported White had been using pseudonyms to bully online commenters who express support for shale gas development. He later [...]

Reports: Range Resource admits it doesn’t know makeup of fracking fluid

EnergyWire reports a Pennsylvania judge has ordered a major drilling operator to disclose the full chemical composition of its fracking fluid. Turns out, that’s not an easy task, according to court documents that show Range Resources does not know the makeup of the products it uses to extract natural gas from shale. More from EnergyWire: Range [...]

Gas Industry Supporters Don’t Accept Rep. Jesse White’s Apology For Online Bullying

An exposé by the Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA has revealed state Rep. Jesse White (D- Allegheny) used a variety of aliases to bully online commenters who were supportive of gas drilling, including a 64-year-old woman he impersonated. White has been an outspoken critic of the gas industry. Although he refused to acknowledge his behavior on camera, he [...]

Rep. Jesse White Apologizes for Online Bullying of Shale Gas Supporters

KDKA-TV reports state Rep. Jesse White — a Pittsburgh area Democrat and vocal critic of the natural gas industry –has been using pseudonyms to bully online commenters who express support for shale gas development. Although he declined to comment on camera to KDKA, White issued an apology today: On occasion, I have exercised my First [...]

Krancer Responds To Claims State Withheld Water Contamination Data

Last week, we told you about a Department of Environmental Protection employee’s deposition testimony claiming the state does not report complete lab results, when testing for water contamination near natural gas drilling sites.  ”The heavy metals left out of one particular report back to a resident of Washington County,” we reported, “included cobalt, silicon, tin, [...]

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