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Marcellus.com Top 5 stories of the week 9/15 – 9/19

Here are the top 5 stories of the week of September 15th through the 19th on Marcellus.com:

1. Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

delicious water

A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead. Read more here

 

2. EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan

oh no smoke

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. The agency said it was still aiming to finalize the rules by next summer. Read more here

 

3. Advocates say NC energy group hired homeless to tout fracking

a college

A North Carolina energy firm is accused of paying a group of homeless men to attend a state hearing on hydraulic fracturing in order to make public support for the practice seem stronger. Read more here

 

4. Pennsylvania Power plants big polluters

aaaaahhh pollution

The state’s power plants produce 47 percent of Pennsylvania’s carbon emissions. And the 1,700 megawatt Conemaugh Generating Station in New Florence ranked as the state’s second worst offender. Read more here

 

5. Pennsylvania DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine

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Range Resources will pay penalties totaling $4.15 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County that caused soil and groundwater contamination. Read more here

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