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Eco-group working to make invisible air pollution from Ohio’s Utica Shale visible to everyone

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BARNESVILLE — Peter Dronkers of Earthworks makes invisible air pollution from shale drilling visible to everyone. The viewfinder of Dronkers’ special infrared gas-recording camera shows billowing clouds or wispy leaks. What appears in the videos as wind-blown plumes of smoke are really pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye. Earthworks, a national environmental group based in Washington, D.C., quietly ...

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Gas route fuels concern for landowners in pipeline’s path

BUCKHORN — Linda Quodomine fights back tears and shakes off a tremble in her voice as she tells of how a massive natural gas pipeline threatens to shutter her horse veterinary practice in Buckhorn, the culmination of her life’s work. Should the 183-mile Central Penn extension be laid as planned by the Williams energy company, it will temporarily cut off ...

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Andover residents dig in against pipeline

ANDOVER — The anti-pipeline crowd at the Yachnin family’s home was warmed by more than the hardwood logs burning in the fireplace when David Yachnin announced the state Attorney General’s comments from earlier in the day. AG Maura Healey, citing an energy study her office commissioned last summer and released Wednesday said Massachusetts doesn’t need natural gas pipelines to meet ...

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Hempfield safety seminar puts focus on Bakken crude

Emergency responders from four counties gathered in Hempfield on Saturday to learn how to better respond to rail incidents, particularly those involving Bakken crude oil. The highly flammable crude is transported from the Bakken Formation, an area encompassing parts of Canada, Montana and North Dakota, to oil refineries, some of which are on the East Coast. There’s been an increase ...

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Group wants ‘bomb trains’ rerouted around Limerick plant

Montgomery County, Pa. A Tri-County environmental advocacy group has asked federal, state and local officials to reroute railroad tracks that carry crude oil near the Limerick Nuclear Generating station to prevent a disaster in a derailment. Norfolk Southern and Limerick officials counter that there are safety features in place to respond to fires and other derailment hazards. Alliance for a ...

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Judge upholds Pennsylvania township’s pro-drilling ordinance

VALENCIA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has upheld a township’s gas drilling ordinance over the objections of some residents and environmental activists. The Middlesex Township zoning hearing board originally upheld the ordinance allowing drilling in much of the mostly rural community about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. The residents, the Delaware Riverkeeper network and the Clean Air Council ...

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Fliers’ request taken into consideration in $10M renovation at Pittsburgh International Airport

After grabbing their tickets, passing through security and heading up the escalators at Pittsburgh International Airport, travelers are greeted by a new $4 million pastel and steel-colored terrazzo floor at the center of the Airside Terminal. This is the landing for weary, busy or nervous passengers — and it’s also one of the main areas of focus for airport officials ...

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Torn-up Pittsburgh riverfronts amid sewer system overhaul a concern


Massive tunnels under Pittsburgh’s rivers planned as part of a federally mandated sewer system overhaul could tear up the city’s riverfronts, a group critical of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority’s Wet Weather Plan said Wednesday. The Clean Rivers Campaign, which has pushed for more green infrastructure in the plan and a customer assistance program to help people pay increasing sewer ...

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Foes challenge proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio — Opponents are pushing back as a federal agency again considers requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. The Buckeye Forest Council, Sierra Club, Athens County Fracking Action Networks and other advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to conduct a “full-scale environmental report” before allowing drilling ...

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