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Uncovered DEP data reveals effects of fracking in PA

fracking, water supply, Marcellus Shale

The publicly funded and independent watchdog press Public Herald recently published the results of a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania that it says reveals “widespread and systemic impacts related to ‘fracking’.” The Herald first filed a request for records of complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2011. The DEP declined to release the complaints, telling the Herald ...

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Consol Energy subsidiary agrees to settlement over water usage

Marcellus Shale gas well developer, CNX Gas Co. LLC, has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle state violations alleging it exceeded its water withdrawal limits from a reservoir in north Franklin, Washington County, on multiple occasions from 2011 through 2014. The settlement agreement was announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of environmental Protection, which will receive $345,750, and the state ...

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Bill to open the door to fracking in Florida moves forward

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida could be opened up to fracking under a bill that would require the Department of Environmental Protection to study and set regulations for the method of oil and gas drilling. A House committee voted 9-3 to approve the bill Wednesday despite strong opposition from environmentalists who said fracking could contaminate drinking water and cause health problems. ...

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Plant in Leetsdale blaze blends chemicals for Marcellus shale industry

The oil and gas chemical processor that caught fire Tuesday in Leetsdale was part of a $750 million acquisition by a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Ohio-based Lubrizol Corp. bought the facility in December from Weatherford International to start an oilfield services unit that makes chemical treatments for wells and additives used during drilling and hydraulic fracturing in shale ...

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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities

Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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Pennsylvania will monitor for earthquake activity linked to fracking

Pennsylvania plans to increase monitoring of seismic activity as tremors linked to hydraulic fracking in other drilling states spur calls for stepped up strategies to deal with human-induced earthquakes. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday they will spend $531,000 on a network of seismic activity monitors at 30 stations across ...

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Editorial: Pope’s vision as state policy

Critics of Pope Francis’ view that humanity has an obligation to protect the planet can’t seem to get their heads around the notion that there is a moral dimension to environmental stewardship. They lament that Pope Francis is not a scientist, but he does not need to be a scientist to pose environmentalism as a moral prerogative. The quest for ...

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Clean Power Plan draws mixed reviews

Individuals and business representatives from around the region on Tuesday voiced their opinions on how Pennsylvania should prepare for implementing stricter federal environmental regulations — what some said is anti-business and part of the “war on coal” and a handful said is a critical improvement. As required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection is ...

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Oil and gas group still battling DEP

Sunset on drilling

A state oil and gas trade group set up a legal bout with environmental regulators over requirements for well drilling permit applications in two venues at once this spring — the state Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court. It was knocked out of one but it is still fighting in the other. On Aug. 20, the Supreme Court denied the ...

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Utica and Marcellus activity, August 23-29

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources might have approved 27 new oil and gas leases between August 23 and 29, but hundreds of oil and gas well owners throughout the state reportedly fell short of their responsibilities. This is the first year the DEP has required well owners to submit reports that indicate if a well is structurally sound or ...

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