Hoeffel for Governor Campaign Announces Two Western PA Endorsements

Joe Hoeffel Picks up Two More Endorsements from Western Pa.

April 19, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Democrat Joe Hoeffel, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, has picked up two new endorsements from Southwestern Pennsylvania, demonstrating that momentum is builidng statewide for his candidacy. Last week, the 4th Congressional District chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America announced their unanimous decision to endorse Hoeffel. He picked up the vote from Pittsburgh’s 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club yesterday.

The 4th CD Progressive Democrats of America Chapter, centered in Beaver County, sent an announcement of their decision to members in a letter from Tina Shannon, pointing out his positions on numerous issues important to the region, including the fact that “Joe has called for safe drilling practices in the Marcellus Shale and a gas extraction tax.”

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Texas Mayor visits Pittsburgh to Expose Predatory Gas Drillers: Everyone in Dish, Texas is Sick from Toxic Gases

Dish Mayor Calvin Tillman, shown Monday, stopped construction of a pipeline compressor station planned by Crosstex Energy until the company secures permits to build inside town limits

by Bob Schmetzer

April 19,2010

 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA

The Mayor and a resident of Dish, Texas came to town to inform Pennsylvanians of some problems their community experienced from fracking style drilling that is now coming to Pennsylvania.

Mayor Calvin Tillman and Tim Puggiaro explained with a slide show and examples what made the people in their town sick. The community leaders complained to Texas state agencies for over a year about foul air.

The state let the drillers try to find out what the problem was. The drillers claimed the smell was from the odorizers. The problem got worse.

It took 2 years for the state to go to the compressor sites for air monitoring. 94 sites at 44 locations showed benzene was present and an imminent danger. A continuous air monitor was installed.

A health questionnaire was distributed to the residents. A biological test was given to 75 households who participated. What were found in their blood and urine were the chemicals coming out of the drill site. They were Chloroform, 1,4 Dichlorobenzene, toluene, styrene, oxylene, ethylbenzene, and others. 

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