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Looks like the EPA has no intention of standing by and letting Gov. Corbett’s contributors foul our waterways:

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is doing more than looking over the shoulder of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. The EPA is apparently not satisfied with the way the DEP is handling an investigation into last week’s spill in the Marcellus Shale.

Chesapeake Energy has maintained that malfunctioning equipment caused fracking fluids to flow like a geyser at one of its well in Bradford County.

Officials with the EPA say the DEP is still in control of the investigation, but federal authorities are on the ground asking tough questions and seeking data. It is rather strange since no one was injured and it does not appear that the leak caused irreversible, long term, damage to the environment.

Oversite like this did not occur during former DEP Secretary John Hanger’s watch. Has the Department of Environmental Protection’s reputation fallen that much in the days in the few months since Hanger departed?

Hanger told the Patriot-News, “It means that the gas-drilling industry in Pennsylvania will be regulated in practice by both DEP and EPA, at least in some cases and respects.”

The EPA maintains that the course of action is routine, but this is the first time it has conducted such an inquiry in the Marcellus.

Thousands of gallons of fracking fluid leaked into the ground and a tributary before Chesapeake managed to seal it.

“We want a complete accounting of operations at the site to determine our next steps in this incident and to help prevent future releases of this kind,” EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said in a statement.


Paul Ryan is flipping out that town hall attendees aren’t going to follow his command to “play nice” in front of the media. Can you imagine the sheer arrogance? Do you think he told Tea Party members to behave nicely during last year’s health care town halls? Seems like people are just too stubborn to swallow the right wing talking points anymore!

What a little weasel he is:

KENOSHA – Protesters waited for Congressman Paul Ryan outside a listening session at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, many of them were seniors holding preprinted signs that read ‘Hands Off My Medicare.’

They chanted, “Ryan stop lying!”

There was capacity crowd inside the school’s Madrigrana Auditorium.

“Do not renew the Bush tax credit for the wealthy,” one man said during the public comment period, even giving out his phone number in front of everyone. “I’ll debate these issues with you anytime, just call me.”

At times, the Janesville Republican sounded more like a referee than a lawmaker.

“If you’re yelling, I just want to ask you to leave,” Ryan requested. “If you’re going to scream out like that, it’s just not polite to everyone. We’ve got media here. Let’s prove to them that Wisconsinites can be cordial with one another.”
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Last night’s show

I have this great music trivia book, “Rock and Roll Heaven Entrance Exam.” So I got the idea to have Will Bunch, Charlie Pierce, Molly Ivors and Steve Simels on Virtually Speaking Susie for a music trivia night, because we’re all such music geeks.

So last Friday night, I start looking for the book and can’t find it. Bright idea: order it from Amazon Prime (two-day shipping) and after I use it, I can always give it as a present. I order the book (Amazon promises me it will be here Tuesday).

Nope. Never shows up.

Turns out that, through a horrible chain of events that are FUBAR, Amazon has me down as having two accounts — and only one of them has two-day shipping. WTF? I make another desperate search for the original copy, but no luck. So I discover there’s an iPhone app which makes the book into a game, and spring for the $.99.

Then I get an email from Simels. He’s sick, he can’t do it. But it’s okay, because after all, I have three other guests.
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Strongest weakness

Bonnie Bramlett:

You want your Egyptian moment?

Keep May 6th and May 12th open.

Details Thursday.

Fool in the rain

Led Zeppelin:

Spending caps

Let me give you the short version: With spending caps, every time there’s another war and/or fiscal and/or natural catastrophe, everything else gets cut. Progress!

Seriously, it’s really, really bad and it’s one in a series of reasons why I don’t trust Clare McCaskill.

What to do

People keep asking me, “What can we do?”

If you have a Republican congress member, check their website — most of them are having town halls over Easter break. Go to the town hall and act just like the tea baggers did when they threw their tantrums over health care reform! Oh, and make sure you bring your video camera and upload the hilarity to YouTube.

If you already missed it, call their office and let them exactly know what you think of Paul Ryan’s budget, and the attacks on Medicare and Social Security. Be as loud and angry as you want, just don’t make threats of physical harm.


By the way, this is Rep. Dan Webster, the fundie nut who spent a fortune to beat Alan Grayson.


Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, 53.

Virtually Speaking Susie

On tonight’s show, Will Bunch, Charlie Pierce and Molly Ivors will slug it out in my music trivia quiz, 9pm EST. Click here to listen!

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