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Debra Winger presents anti-fracking doc at Nevada City’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Debra Winger

Words matter to Debra Winger. Like “frack,” the gas-industry diminutive for hydraulic fracturing that does not sound attractive in any context. “That word is a gift that can never be repaid,” Winger, calling from New York City, said with a laugh. Her voice carries the same raspy playfulness of her 1980s Hollywood heyday, deepened with time. “We could not have ...

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Merkley: Climate change action required

Global impact

Environmental and climate change activists sporting matching T-shirts and tags packed Sen. Jeff Merkley’s town hall Sunday at the Carnegie Building in downtown Medford. The generally supportive constituents of Oregon’s junior senator peppered him with comments and questions concerning natural gas exploration and delivery systems, and the effects of carbon emissions. Extracting natural gas via fracking presents many issues, he ...

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Shale study falls short


CHARLESTON — A WVU study of horizontal gas well drill cuttings and other waste going into landfills provided little useful information, but the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking steps to protect landfill workers from potential radiation exposure. There has been ongoing national discussion about bringing naturally occurring radioactive materials to the surface during horizontal shale drilling and ...

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Firefighters offer winter safety advice

safety warning

It’s silent, it’s odorless and it will kill you if you don’t treat it with caution. We’re talking about carbon monoxide. When the temperature drops and the snow starts building up, this poisonous gas poses a grave danger at this time of year, area firefighters warn. North Andover firefighters went to a home yesterday where the level of carbon monoxide ...

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If you oppose pipelines, you support train derailments

oil pipeline

By: Rob Port Between the Christmas and New Year holidays North Dakota got a wake-up call. Two trains, one carrying crude oil from the Bakken oil fields, collided near Casselton resulting in massive explosions and mushroom clouds. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but the potential for tragedy was there. If the derailment had happened in Casselton, instead of outside it, or ...

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Fracking opponents commemorate quake, renew push

door to door for petitions

YOUNGSTOWN — Amid a fresh push to win over public support, supporters of a charter amendment to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits Tuesday commemorated the second anniversary of a New Year’s Eve earthquake that was linked to fracking. Members of FrackFree Mahoning Valley and supporters of the Community Bill of Rights have put the measure on the ballot twice ...

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Train carrying crude oil derails near Casselton ND

train derails Cassleton, ND

Photo by: Tyler Spriggs CASSELTON – At least seven oil train cars have burst into flames here after a BNSF train carrying crude oil derailed and was then hit by another train. A 106-car long BNSF train carrying crude oil was headed eastbound when it derailed just west of Casselton at about 2:10 p.m., said Amy McBeth, a BNSF spokeswoman. ...

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Study finds fracking for natural gas saves water

clean water

CARLSBAD — The Permian Basin, which stretches from West Texas into Southeast New Mexico, was one of the first proving grounds for the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing. The recent economic boom in the area can be attributed to the growth of the oil and gas industry, which produced 1,405.2 trillion British thermal units of natural gas in 2011 ...

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DEP simplifies well data access with new mapping tool

oil industry

A new state Department of Environmental Protection mapping tool allows online users to look up well-by-well information across the commonwealth. Users can access a slew of oil and gas information using the tool, available at www.depgis.state.pa.us/PaOilAndGasMapping. Using the tool, which went live Thursday, users can view unconventional wells, the majority of which tap Marcellus Shale, as well as conventional, vertical ...

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Governor candidate Hanger criticizes DEP drilling probe


WILKES-BARRE — Former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger is calling on the state agency to take another look into methane contamination of residential water wells in Franklin Forks. Hanger, who is one of six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, stopped by DEP’s northeast regional office on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday morning to decry its ...

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