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Indiana County township ‘afraid for the water’ fights waste well


David Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The residents of Grant Township barely outnumber the gas wells dotting strip-mined hills of their northern Indiana County community. Energy companies long have pulled resources from the 26 square miles south of Little Mahoning Creek with few complaints from the 700 or so people who live in the township’s rural communities of East Run, Rochester ...

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Researchers examining fracking and in-utero health risks

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Preliminary studies examining the potential health risks for children born near oil and gas wells has shown that there is reason for concern, but further study is still needed, according to a recent report from Bloomberg News. The hydraulic fracturing process involves pumping millions of gallons of chemical laced water deep underground. Information regarding ...

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Crop shipments still stranded in North Dakota as oil-by-rail dominates

North Dakota’s economy has traditionally been dominated by agriculture, but rail traffic has been crowded since oil from the Bakken shale has pushed the state’s rails to the limit. Ron Nixon from the New York Times writes: …reports the railroads filed with the federal government show that for the week that ended Aug. 22, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway — ...

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Companies, Aggies pushing for saltwater usage in fracking wells

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Emily Wilkins | The Eagle (Bryan, Texas) Oil-and-gas exploration companies and Texas A&M students are all working to prevent drinkable, fresh ground water from being used for fracking. One fracking well uses enough water to cover a football field in 13 feet of water, and about 90 percent of water used for hydraulic fracking is fresh groundwater, according to a ...

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Flares emitting more pollution than refineries

By JENNIFER HILLER and JOHN TEDESCO | San Antonio Express-News Amber Lyssy used to love driving to her family’s Wilson County farm. “I would roll my windows down and smell the fresh country air,” Lyssy said. But lately, she’s not sure what she’s breathing as oil wells and natural gas flares from the Eagle Ford Shale boom creep up to the ...

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Plan mandating cleaner gas for 7 Maine counties awaits EPA approval


Dennis Hoey | Portland Press Herald Seven counties in southern Maine will be required to sell reformulated gasoline next year if a proposal before the federal Environmental Protection Agency is approved. The proposal, which was requested by the state of Maine, would become effective next year in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Lincoln and Knox counties. It would require fuel ...

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Pennsylvania board rejects student’s petition to limit greenhouse gases


Laura Legere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s environmental rulemaking board rejected a Westmoreland County college student’s petition to significantly limit the state’s greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, agreeing with the Department of Environmental Protection that the state can’t act alone to create the conditions for a safer climate. The 20-member Environmental Quality Board voted not to urge DEP to ...

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Ignoring climate change is risky business

Conor O’Sullivan | Breaking Energy A report on risk of inaction unlikely to change those still in denial The messenger of the news is sometimes as important as the message, if not more so. In that context, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and former hedge fund manager and environmental activist Thomas Steyer ...

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Diesel is used in fracking without permits, report says

Neela Banerjee | LA Times WASHINGTON – Energy companies have used thousands of gallons of diesel to frack for oil and gas without obtaining the necessary permits required under federal law, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project. The watchdog group’s review of industry and federal data from 2010 to 2014, released Wednesday, found 351 wells in ...

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