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Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I’m honored to have been selected by Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf as his nominee to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania as their Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, starting on January 20, 2015. I’m deeply honored, humbled, and excited by this opportunity.

The position is subject to confirmation by the Senate of Pennsylvania.

With my return to public service, I’m suspending this blog.

Thank you for reading.

Until we meet again.

Monday, December 29, 2014

As I've been saying

This Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article reports on the ongoing search for and testing of waterless fracking technologies. And this sponsored article reports on a plasma technology being applied to existing wells.

Frequent readers of this blog will find the material familiar - especially the comment by one service company official who told the Trib that his company's "technology can compete economically with water-based fracking when the cost of sourcing and disposing of water and potential environmental impacts are factored in."

I think that when it comes to deploying waterless fracking technologies, full recognition of and accounting for all of the costs and risks associated with the use of water and chemicals in fracking is the key. It's also the key to smart regulations governing the practice.