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Truth Exposed on New Fracking Law

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Truth Exposed on New Fracking Law

Sierra Club

On March 12 the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club launched a new tool in the fight against the Mad Rush to Drill Act or Act 13. The Mad Rush to Drill Act Mythbuster Factsheet is designed to not only discredit industry talking points but also cite specific pieces of the law that promote dangerous fracking practices.

“As the industry looks to begin fracking in other states it is important for everyone to know what is happening in Pennsylvania,” said Deb Nardone, director of Sierra Club’s Natural Gas Reform Campaign. “This new law shows how deep industry claws are dug into Pennsylvania. The PA mythbuster resource provides the facts that every state with potential for fracking should read before they let this dangerous industry take control.”

“Pennsylvanians deserve to know the truth about what the future of the state will look like with this fracking law in place,” said Jeff Schmidt, director of Sierra Club’s Pennsylvania Chapter. “The gas industry and the law’s supporters like to make claims that it promotes safe and responsible drilling but the text of the law shows the very opposite. This resource gives the public the facts they need to fight back against this terrible law and protect the health of our communities and environment from fracking.”

The Mad Rush to Drill Act Mythbuster Factsheet provides the truth on fracking fluid disclosure requirements, municipal rights, setbacks of fracking from houses and many others. The Mythbuster Factsheet can be found by clicking here.

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A plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest is seen from downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.

High winds, gusting up to 80- to 90 miles per hour in some parts of the state, are expected to last through Wednesday evening. Nearly the entire state has been in a drought for months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which, alongside summerlike temperatures, has left vegetation dry and flammable.

Utilities Southern California Edison and PG&E, which serves the central and northern portions of the state, warned it may preemptively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of electrical fires sparked by trees and branches falling on live power lines. The rare January fire conditions come on the heels of the worst wildfire season ever recorded in California, as climate change exacerbates the factors causing fires to be more frequent and severe.

California is also experiencing the most severe surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with hospitals and ICUs over capacity and a stay-at-home order in place. Wildfire smoke can increase the risk of adverse health effects due to COVID, and evacuations forcing people to crowd into shelters could further spread the virus.

As reported by AccuWeather:

In the atmosphere, air flows from high to low pressure. The setup into Wednesday is like having two giant atmospheric fans working as a team with one pulling and the other pushing the air in the same direction.
Normally, mountains to the north and east of Los Angeles would protect the downtown which sits in a basin. However, with the assistance of the offshore storm, there will be areas of gusty winds even in the L.A. Basin. The winds may get strong enough in parts of the basin to break tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages and sparks that could ignite fires.
"Typically, Santa Ana winds stay out of downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin, but this time, conditions may set up just right to bring 30- to 40-mph wind gusts even in those typically calm condition areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.

For a deeper dive:

AP, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Weather Channel, AccuWeather, New York Times, Slideshow: New York Times; Climate Signals Background: Wildfires, 2020 Western wildfire season

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