Sunday, May 02, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1169, May 2nd, 2010



State Senate candidate John Yudichak will preview a new ad Sunday night on “60 Minutes” Yudichak has been campaigning like a virtual whirlwind invading Plains Township yesterday for a polka party with John Stanky and the Coalminers.


State Representative Phyllis Mundy released a position paper called "Understanding the implications of Marcellus shale drilling". She said, "I am encouraging area residents and landowners to educate themselves about natural gas drilling as more and more companies seek to lease acreage to extract natural gas from Pennsylvania's share of the Marcellus shale formation. Companies are eyeing Luzerne County and other parts of the state because our portion of the formation is believed to hold an estimated economic value of $1 trillion in natural gas. The formation's implications are profound and landowners need to be aware of their rights should they be approached to lease their land. It is dually important that residents understand the potential hazards to groundwater at and around drilling sites. In Jackson Township alone, some 2,400 acres have been leased by Encana Corp., a natural gas developer with operations in the United States and Canada. Landowners should seek legal advice before signing any lease or agreement authorizing drilling into the Marcellus shale on their property. Poorly written leases can tie up land for decades and make it less valuable. Also, all the up-front bonuses and royalty payments in the world cannot replace potential environmental damage to property. A process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to cut through the rock during drilling, and has the potential to contaminate ground or surface water. Residents in southwestern Pennsylvania recently reported odors they believe are emanating from gas well drilling facilities, prompting the state Department of Environmental Protection to conduct air quality tests. The growth of Marcellus shale drilling in Pennsylvania will create many opportunities and raise many questions. It is a new industry and people need to know what to expect so that there are no surprises. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Eyes on Drilling" hotline allows people to anonymously report suspicious well activity. The phone number for the hotline is 1-877-919-4372 and complaints can also be made via e-mail at In addition, landowners and municipalities can sign up to receive notices when DEP receives drilling permit applications by subscribing to the department's e-mail notification service. That website is


President Obama is sending all good Democratic boys and girls a message to get behind Arlen Specter. This came off the e mail machine box:
Arlen Specter came to Washington to fight for the working men and women of Pennsylvania -- and he has a distinguished record of doing just that.He cast a deciding vote in favor of the Recovery Act that brought our economy back from the brink and created more than 120,000 jobs in Pennsylvania in just the first three months of this year.He fought hard for health insurance reform, and because of that victory 1.3 million uninsured Pennsylvanians will now have access to affordable care -- including more than 140,000 with pre-existing conditions.And he's been a champion of Wall Street reform and combating climate change, two crucial parts of my agenda that won't happen without Arlen's support.But now, he needs your help. He's in a tight race for the Democratic nomination for Senate, and the primary is coming up soon on May 18th.Vice President Biden and I need him in Washington, fighting alongside us --
will you sign up to help out his campaign today?Re-electing Senator Specter is going to take the same effort I needed from you two years ago -- reaching out to friends and neighbors, knocking doors, making phone calls.And the first step to ensuring that happens is making sure he wins the primary that's just three weeks away.Arlen has an impressive record of fighting for Pennsylvanians over the last 30 years. Let's make sure he can keep it going.Please sign up to volunteer for him today:
Thank you for all you do,
President Barack Obama


At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shilling for Specter. What a shame! Both the yonkstur and the obamstur have lost their way.

At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the tide in this race is shifting toward Yudichak. I could be wrong but he seems to be outpacing the good Mayor. However, let's never unestimate the bloc of votes (we'll call it the Amesbury factor) coming out of Wilkes Barre city.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Herself said...

Good for Phyllis for cautioning against drinking the natural gas Kool Aid (now that doesn't sound like a lovely cocktail!) and sticking up for the landowners and senior citizens who they probably ARE going to rob blind paying pittances for leases that are worth millions in profits to them that those property owners will see pennies of. All while devaluing the property and causing environmental damage we don't know the implications of that will end up costing us more than this temporary fix to our economic and energy problems, in the long run. Gas companies should only be allowed to drill in Marcellus if they agree to start converting right away to producing truly clean energy such as wind and solar, and they should be taxed and that revenue should go to building wind and solar production and plants in our state (which will provide tons of jobs). If what has happened in the Gulf isn't enough to make us wake up and realise we can't keep relying on mining and drilling for fuels such as coal, oil, and yes--natural gas!--then maybe we deserve to go extinct.

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But in Wilkes-Barre I am seeing Yudichak signs as well thats how you know the Mayor is in trouble. Plus the Yudichak people are all over Wilkes-Barre knocking on doors. People I talk to in WIlkes-Barre are spilt some voting for the mayor and others voting for Yudi. Yonk have you had any canidates or volunteers hit your neck of the woods.

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Bill Goldsworthy said...

Better late than never--you can tell it's election time--Phyllis is being "REACTIVE" again!! This should have been sent to her constituents BEFORE they all signed their gas leases--she even says over 2400 acres has already been leased in Jackson Twp. That's why we need "PROACTIVE" people in Harrisburg-I will continue to be Proactive as I have been as the Mayor of West Pittston. They have been drilling in Pennsylavania for over 20 years..and NOW we're changing the regulations, and NOW we're finally going to tax the gas drilling companies...where have you been Phyllis??

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Democrats.....make sure you vote for sabrina mclaughlin, "herself" for Democratic State committee.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

.....make sure you vote for sabrina mclaughlin, "herself" for Democratic State committee.

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm for Sestak. Specter has failed many time to do the right thing. And I could care less what the party's leaders may want.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Pizza Pete said...

I guess those Yuddi voters are OK with the per diem private house ayments and the pay rasie donations t ohis own charity. But then again, these are the same people who gave us Skrep and gang.

Goldworthy is throwing stones at Phyllis for giving her constituents a warning like it is a bad thing but he has yet to speak out against the drilling but I understand that, it is his Republican supporters who are doing the drilling. Gold may not tarnish but Goldsworthy certainly does. How about if we tag Goldy with a new name .... "Goldy come Lately".


At 3:34 PM, Blogger Pizza Pete said...

Darn it, I forgot. 2 Free Pizzas for Mayor Tom, one for the work he did cleaning up the former mayor's mess and the second Pizza for his willingness to give up a good job in WB to represent us in Harrisburg. I have to say, I haven't been this xcited over a candidate since Truman pulled it off in the last minute. Let's have a Pizza Party to Thank Mayor Tom for ssaving us from Yuddi the Per Diem Guy.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Herself said...

Thanks for the props and the pizza, guys haha.


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