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Gas industry challenges new drilling rules in Pennsylvania

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The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is challenging new state regulations that govern surface development of shale gas wells, saying they threaten jobs and investment by adding up to $2 million to the cost of drilling a well. Energy companies in the Marcellus Shale, the nation’s largest natural gas field, filed suit against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and ...

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Appeals court: State can weigh impact of gas drilling wells

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says state environmental regulators can continue weighing the effects gas drilling wells have on public and natural resources. The court ruled Thursday in favor of the state Department of Environmental Protection and against the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association. The industry group includes hundreds of members mainly involved in conventional drilling ...

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Fayette residents seek drilling ‘rules’

A proposed zoning amendment in Fayette County would impose a bevy of new restrictions on gas and oil wells, including those for the Marcellus shale industry. The county planning commission Thursday will hear the proposal, which was introduced by a group of citizens who include David Headley of Springhill. Headley, 55, said the group doesn’t want to halt drilling or ...

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Public concern high over drilling rules for shale gas

We can’t recall seeing this kind of concern about a North Carolina environmental issue. We hope lawmakers are taking note, because it’s clear that this state’s residents — who are also voters — are deeply concerned about fracking. The state’s Mining and Energy Commission has been swamped with public comments on the standards it’s writing for shale-gas drilling. Commission members ...

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