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tax dollars being misspent

Rice Township Supervisors George Venesky and Miller Stella appear to be wasting the township’s funds and abusing their power, again!

In a special meeting these two supervisors approved the hiring of a second law firm to allegedly act as a liaison between them and the township’s insurance company’s attorney.

This action by these two is wasting Rice Township funds! These tax dollars should be used to for all the township’s residents. Instead, the township’s cash appears to being used to finance what appears to be George Venesky’s personal vendetta Marcia Thomas.

George Venesky and/or Miller Stella appear to have discussed the case with Attorney Bobst of the Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald law firm, prior to the hastily scheduled Rice Township Special Board of Supervisors Meeting. Venesky and Miller needed to schedule this meeting to legitimize their actions and pre-determined decision.

They allegedly hired this attorney to act as a liaison between the Townships insurance company’s lawyer and them. However, Rosenn, Jenkins, & Greenwald web site (www.kjglaw.com) list Attorney Borsht’s specialty as ‘Litigation’ Their web site also states the ‘we frequently represent clients in alternative dispute resolution forums such as mediation and arbitration.’ So, who is really representing Rice Twp. in this case?

George Venesky and Miller Stella had to have already agreed to mediation. The mediation would never have been scheduled if Venesky and Miller did not already agree. George Venesky’s Supervisor’s position is up for reelection. With the Primary in May 2013, I cannot help but wonder what part Politics is playing in Venesky and Millers tactics. These two township supervisors do not appear to have Rice Township’s best interest in mind.

I really do not appreciate the Rice Township Supervisors George Venesky and Miller Stella wasting my tax dollars!

Carl Smith

Rice Township

In a letter published in the Times Leader on February 8, John Krohn disputes points regarding the Marcellus shale exploitation that had been made in an earlier letter.

Mr. Krohn criticizes the use of the term “frack pond”, suggesting there is no such thing. The official industry-approved term for the open pits in which used frack liquids are collected is “impoundment.” Despite Mr. Krohn’s claim that there is no such thing as a frack pond, PA DEP issued over 120 violations for improperly constructed or maintained impoundments during 2012. Dangers associated with handling large amounts of toxic liquid exist during all phases, including the temporary storage in open-air pits. The recently enacted Pennsylvania law, Act 13, allows frack ponds to be maintained as close as 300 feet from residences.

Industry spin-doctors use word plays to defend drilling companies’ practices, such as the claim that “fracking” has never caused drinking water contamination. Technically, fracking occurs about one mile below ground level. This very specific stage in the drilling does not have an immediate impact upon either the aquifer or ground water. The water in wells darkens and begins to bubble with extreme amounts of methane and other substances as a result of other aspects of the drilling process.

In Pennsylvania, an average taken over the past three years indicates that over 6% of all new gas wells fail immediately. Even when the well casings function to specification, studies have shown that newly installed casings leak at a 6% rate. Leakage may increase to 50% as the well casings age. Moreover, the outer annulus of cement may not adhere to surrounding layers of rock, which creates new pathways for subterranean substances to follow.

By the industry’s reasoning, any resulting pollution is not due to fracking.

Many concerned citizens freely devote their time and energy to debunking the preposterous claim that shale gas drilling is safe. John Krohn is vice president of FTI Consulting in Baltimore, a corporation hired by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) to manage their public relations campaign known as Energy-in-Depth. Mr. Krohn is also listed as a Communications Director for Energy-in-Depth. IPAA’s purpose in creating the Energy-in-Depth public relations campaign is to promote the natural gas industry’s activities. Is there any limit to what these organizations will say in order to advance their cause?

David Wasilewski

Hunlock Creek

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