EQT Halts Fracking for Christmas

treeGary and Georgeann Baumgardner may have their Christmas wish.

Sources report the Baumgardners received a phone call from EQT informing them there will be NO fracking on Christmas.
(see: Merry FRACKmas from EQT)

The fracking site on the Trax Farm, next door to the Baumgardners has been shut down for the past two days due to noise complaints. The local ordinance states that any time there is a noise complaint; EQT needs to do a sound study within 7 days.

The sound study shut down conveniently coincides with the Trax Farm opening to the public this weekend for cutting and selling of Christmas trees.

EQT and The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) was created in 2013. It’s an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA . The CSSD performs audits on natural gas corporations operating in the gaslands using CSSD created standards.

(see: Fracking Center and Fluffy Kittens)

For a cost of approximately $30,000, an unsustainable fuel operator will be audited by CSSD and receive a certificate. Participation is voluntary. There are no state or federal or local ordinances, regulations, laws or rules which require an unsustainable fuel operator to be certified by CSSD.

EQT is a “strategic partner” of CSSD.

EQT CSSD

David L. Porges, EQT CEO is a member of the CSSD Board of Directors, and for a short time, Porges was also CSSD’s Interim Director. Porges had this to say about CSSD:

“During our 120 years of operation, we have learned an important lesson: preserving the environment is good business and EQT sets high standards when it comes to the safety of our operations and protection of the environment.

As a leading natural gas producer in the Appalachian basin, EQT Corporation has worked hard to refine and improve our production techniques so that our region and our country can benefit from natural gas resources, while protecting our environment. During our 120 years of operation, we have learned an important lesson: preserving the environment is good business and EQT sets high standards when it comes to the safety of our operations and protection of the environment.

We need to work together to establish our region as a center of excellence in new natural gas development. For that reason, EQT Corporation is proud to be one of the founding members of The Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which will establish a voluntary, independent evaluation and certification process to recognize companies that achieve and maintain high standards of performance. EQT Corporation is committed to assuring that shale development is approached in a manner that is considerate to our neighbors, respectful of the land and its heritage, and responsible and accountable to future generations.” ~ David L. Porge, CEO, EQT Corporation.

The CSSD website doesn’t provide a list of unsustainable fuel operators who have actually signed up for and/or is going through the “certification audit”. For what it’s worth, to date, only Chevron has “earned” a CSSD certification.

CSSD’s “performance standards” comprises of a 14 page document with 15 performance standards related to water and air. In contrast, a recently released report, “Unsafe & Unsustainable”, prepared for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, comprises of 92 pages and explains why the CSSD performance standards do not and cannot make shale gas extractions safe or sustainable.

Whether it’s due to the selling of Christmas trees, or the need to perform a sound study, the Baumgardners will have few silent nights, at least through the Christmas season from fracking at the Trax Farm. After that, the nights won’t be silent.

 

©2014 by Dory Hippauf

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