PA Superior Court tells Range Resources, Halliburton, et al to divulge fracking fluid ingredients…Again

Superior Court unanimously upholds Nov 2013 order that Range Resources and Halliburton fracking fluid ingredients be divulged.

Bravo Judges Bender, Lazarus, and Mundy ! 04/14/2015

Fracking Disclosure Order

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Local Support For PA State Police Commissioner Brown Grows Via Email

A neighbor of Commissioner Brown’s just sent this. Apparently it’s being circulated through some unspecified “neighborhood email list”. Copied here verbatim, incorrect spellings noted but unedited:


‘I’ve had several people inquire about what is going on. Here is a short synopsis.

The Governor appointee to head the PA State Police lives in Pine Brook. There is a group of people opposed to his confirmation. Last week they surveyed his home, followed him as he left for work (left inappropriate signs near his children’s bus stop to embarrass him and his family) then videoed him removing the signs. Essentially stalking him and his family. This week someone placed mail directly into his mailbox with a derogatory racist message (it was not sent through the US Postal Service) for him, meaning someone was at his house again this week. The Chief of the Hampden township police is a member of this group opposed to his confirmation and has publically (sic) through social media announced he’d do everything in his power to keep him from being confirmed. I called the chief of police, he offered no additional units to pass through the neighborhood but essentially said that “if you see something, call us and we’ll come”. It’s absolutely crazy. I think the chief of police needs to answer for his poor judgment and this bullying must stop. If you Google it, it’s been all over the press in the last couple of weeks. The District Attorney for Cumberland County has taken over the case due to a conflict of interest because Chief Junkin was inappropriate and his arrogance it (sic) inappropriate. Talk to your neighbors, contact the Senators, we’ve spoken to Al Beinstock (township commissioner) who has said it’s an HR matter but would like to hear from the residents of Hampden township. We’ve even written to the Governor. I’ve never taken on such a cause but these actions are frightening, my children are concerned about their safety and I too am concerned about Pine Brooks safety.

There is a FB page – Colonel Marcus Brown Pennsylvania State Police, feel free to like it as many of the neighborhood are already doing.

I’m sure this is the last thing you would expect in our neighborhood. Be vigilant and report anything that is not the norm for your area. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Let your voices be heard. There is a link to a poll from the Morning Call asking if the Governor should pull his support for Marcus. Please take the time to vote (copy and paste the link) for a strong NO! This group appears to stop at nothing to terrorize the neighborhood, like nothing is off limits. Like the FB page!!! Show your support for a strong leader… the PSP obviously needs right now.”


I add the FB Page the email references.

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Derry Township 2015 Primary Update‏

The following is based on the “Unofficial”

Two candidates each party, and chose two (2) for Supervisor, as expected: Incumbents Sandy and Marc Moyer, and Susan Cort and myself.

No primary challenges for Supervisor.  Shameless plug: Here is my campaign website:

=== >>> Steve Todd for Derry Supervisor 2015 <<< ===

Derry Primary Ballot 2015 is Page 10 of 33 of the full Dauphin County Ballot here:

For those who get The Sun online, you can read my article:

“Four Out At DTSD – Primary Candidates File”
By Dave Buffington and Steve Todd

For those who do not, I update you on the unforeseen slam dunk of a Derry School Board race. Note that School Board ballot’s 2 Dem, 2 GOP, 1 Independent (Singer) split almost perfectly mirrors our Derry voter divide. It beats last time: 5 GOP sweep.

I don’t know who the Derry Republicans are endorsing, if anyone. Democratic endorsements are March 18. Neither Maryellen Sheehan nor Andrea Abruzzo have filed, even after circulating petitions.

Five candidates, and chose up to five (5) for School Board. Barring a long shot write in or independent challenge (extremely unlikely, especially given that all 5 have cross filed), the school board race is over before it began.

Meet Derry Township’s five new School Board members, by default:

Christopher S. BARRETT (R)
2130 Southpointe Drive
Hummelstown, PA 17036

Megan HULSE (R)
1215 Stonegate Road
Hummelstown, PA 17036

311 Red Oak Lane
Hershey, PA 17033

Kathy SICHER (D)
940 Front Street
Hershey, PA 17033

Terry SINGER (I)
858 Appenzell Drive
Hummelstown, PA 17036

There are two completely opened seats for Auditor. No one will be balloted, from either major party.

March 31 UPDATE – Derry School Board Race

Former candidates Megan Hulse (R) and Scott C. Schuyler (D) have removed their names from the ballot. There are now two (2) seats open to write-in or third party/Independent challenges. The candidates remaining are:

Christopher S. BARRETT (R)
2130 Southpointe Drive
Hummelstown, PA 17036

Kathy SICHER (D)
940 Front Street
Hershey, PA 17033

Terry SINGER (I)
858 Appenzell Drive
Hummelstown, PA 17036

All are cross registered.  The ballot order of all candidates appears here:

Derry Primary Ballot 2015 revised

Derry Primary Ballot 2015 revised

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Mineral Leases, Eminent Domain and Forced Pooling Leave Mortgage Holders Liable

As this letter from a mortgage lender to their customer clearly states:

Uniform Deeds of Trust, used by most mortgages, defaulted when minerals leased or Rights-of-Way sold or taken by Eminent Domain and Forced Pooling.

Payment in full may be collected by the lender from proceeds.

PNC Letter to Customer

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The Circle Remains Unbroken. We Pay the Costs on Both Sides

Patrick Henderson was Governor Tom Corbett’s lapdog on protecting the Oil & Gas Lobby’s red carpet around hinderances from the citizens who have the nerve to live in PA and own its public lands and infrastructure. On our dime, he was supposedly advising our Governor (also on our dime) about the energy policy best for us.

Now watch him lamely try to tear me apart for noticing preferential treatment the Oil & Gas Lobby buys itself from those elected of, by and for us…in theory anyway.

My points:

Henderson’s apologist letter for the O&G Lobby which at that time he did not work for:

My counter to the inaccurate statements by Henderson:

Flash forward to after he and Corbett were defeated in the 2014 landslide

…and…That was fast. One week after his public service ends. Almost like it was discussed beforehand or something.

Corbett Yes-man on #Fracking, Patrick Henderson, now Marcellus Shale Coalition Director Of Regulatory Affairs.

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2015 PA Progressive Summit in Harrisburg

I co-presented on Sat, 2/7, 1:45 pm Session II – The Realpolitik of Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy.  Thanks to all who filled every seat in our presentation; sorry to those many who peeked in, saw no seats and left.

I focused on the political barriers to progress.  In other words, nothing will be allowed of, by and for We The People until we cut the purse strings held by the few who benefit from harming us and our planet Earth.

In this clear-eyed look at how our changing energy profile affects the economy, we explored the economic, political, scientific and environmental issue which must be addressed as the US and other developed countries migrate to low-carbon energy sources. We focused on environmental realities and priorities, positive and negative economic impacts of our changing sources of energy, scientific and technological limitations and enablers of change, and the political barriers to progress.


Joshua Low, Deputy Policy & Legislative Director, Voices for Progress

Shaughnessy Naughton, President; Naughton Publishing Inc; and Executive Director of 314PAC

Steve Todd, PE, LEED AP, Executive Director, Todd Engineering LLC, Director, Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna, Precinct 12 Derry Township, Dauphin County Committee Member

Ritchie Tabachnick, President, Equipment & Controls Africa, LLC, Director, Breen Energy Solutions LLC, and Chairman of the Board, Keystone Progress!agenda/cjg9


2015 PA Progressive Summit, Harrisburg, PA - Sold Out

2015 PA Progressive Summit, Harrisburg, PA – Sold Out

I was honored to have presented at this year’s summit, which for the first time ever sold out the Harrisburg Hilton.  Here is my full narrative, from which I spoke for about 15 minutes during our fine group’s presentation:

Prog Panel Presentation: “WHAT’S OUR EXCUSE? – Political Barriers to a Low Carbon Energy Conversion”

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Bush and Clinton are Fine…No, Really

My latest in PennLive “Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton 2016? Yawn. Give me Ted Cruz v. Elizabeth Warren.”

The larger point is not that HRC and Jeb aren’t qualified. Their fine.

But on Oct 27, 2012 I submitted the following to PL for publication. It never ran, and that is to bad. That single third party debate covered more important issues than all the countless Obama / Romney debates, watched by few outside those whose minds were already made up:


From: Steve Todd
Sent: Sat 10/27/12 1:13 PM
To: Jeanette Krebs, Patriot Editorial Page (; Letters to Patriot Editor (; Patriot As I See It (
Subject: Letter/Op-Ed Request: Three’s a Crowd

On Oct. 23, I watched the Presidential Debate on C-SPAN. I reported live on my Twitter feed – @stevenwtodd. Mainstream Media barely mentioned this awesome debate!

Obama and Romney were invited, but did not attend. All other announced candidates – Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Jill Stein, Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, and Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson – gave a nice mix across the political spectrum.

No one promised to cut my taxes. No arguing over who loves military actions more, without mentioning who pays for such passion. All said they would reduce the military and the drug war, with three promising to end the drug war. No arguing over who loves burning coal, gas and oil more, without a peep on how the planet will survive. Climate change was discussed by three of the four candidates. All would level the field to qualify for, and minimize private cash in, elections. Three want term limits, two enough to amend the constitution. Three would give our LGBT citizens equal rights; two want to amend the Constitution so corporations are no longer people. All would have vetoed NDAA and warrantless wiretaps, one calling indefinite detention the “definition of tyranny”. One called both the Democratic and Republican parties “militarist-corporatists”, a claim hard to dispute, given the actions and finances of both. None would allow drone bombing, one called the military-industrial complex “treason.”

Compare this to the discussions during the three Obama/Romney debates, to which only they were invited (Stein was arrested trying to enter one such exclusive function). Perhaps that fact lead Gary Johnson to say: “Whether Obama or Romney is elected, a heightened police state and military presence, and further monetary collapse, are givens.” [280 words]

Steve Todd


Case in Point – The Huge Elephant (and Donkey) in the Room

While a vote for say Jeb Bush is a vote to continue failed American interventions, I hope a vote for HRC is not as well. But I do NOT get a better feeling from her.

Jeb Bush co-signed the Statement of Principles of 1997’s little known, and never discussed “Project for the New American Centuries” (PNAC). For context, perpetual neocon blowhard William Kristol, who somehow has more pressing matters to attend to when it comes time to bleed in a ditch in some country few Americans can find on a map, was Co-founder and Chairman.

The premier Who’s Who of modern neocon hypocrisy signed that cheerleading document for #EndlessWar. Signers besides J Bush include Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Steve Forbes and Scooter Libby. Many of them were either in the administration, or publicly supportive, of W Bush’s war-first, questions-later invasion policy.

PNAC, though, is just a continuation of the failed #EndlessWar and foreign policy of every POTUS since Eisenhower (with the arguable exception of Carter), and maybe before. And thus my fears for an HRC administration. I don’t see her having the ability to question much less challenge such foolish waste of lives and of my family’s tax money. Given the laundry list of her biggest funders, it is impossible to imagine.

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