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Uncovered DEP data reveals effects of fracking in PA

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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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Activity up, hiring increases in the Bakken

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Oil companies are hiring in the Bakken, and more jobs are expected to open up next year, according to the Bismarck Tribune today. Job Service North Dakota announced six oil companies are looking for workers to man fracking crews in the new year, said Cindy Sanford, customer service office manager of Job Service’s Williston branch. She said she couldn’t reveal ...

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Reports says fracking ban would hurt PA jobs

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Any federal ban on fracking for oil and natural gas would cause fuel prices to surge, leading to job losses, higher electricity and gasoline costs and an increased cost of living, especially in top gas-producing states like Pennsylvania, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a report issued on Friday. Four days before the presidential election, the Chamber’s report focused ...

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British government OKs fracking at 1 site despite opposition

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LONDON (AP) — The British government has approved fracking at a site in northern England despite opposition from the local county council. The landmark decision by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid Thursday means the shale company Cuadrilla will be able to proceed with plans to develop a site in Fylde, 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of London. The government stopped short ...

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Helis Oil & Gas halts St. Tammany Parish drilling project

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas Co. has abandoned its plans to drill in St. Tammany Parish. Following a lengthy review of the geologic, engineering and other data from its exploratory well in rural St. Tammany Parish, Helis has concluded that it will not proceed with further operations at the site northeast of Mandeville, the company said in ...

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Judge dismisses challenge to 180-day limit on ballot drives

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has dismissed a challenge to restrictions on how long ballot drive organizers have to collect voter signatures. The Committee to Ban Fracking wants to use more than 200,000 already-gathered signatures to help qualify for the 2018 statewide ballot. It sued to challenge the constitutionality of Michigan’s 180-day time period for signature collecting. Court ...

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Fracking Enters U.S. Presidential Race as an Independent

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Today, in a dramatic announcement, Fracking launched an independent bid for the presidency. The announcement was made in a 60 second ad on social media.  Americans across the country viewed the video on mobile devices and computers – all made possible by the candidate’s work. Fracking – who was born near Hugoton, Kan., in 1947 – has been praised by ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

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CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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The Latest: CEO denies fracking will harm endangered belugas

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an environmental group’s contention that hydraulic fracturing under Alaska’s Cook Inlet will harm endangered beluga whales: 9:28 a.m. The chief executive officer of a Texas company that plans to drill below Alaska’s Cook Inlet says there’s no threat to endangered beluga whales from proposed hydraulic fracturing. Benjamin Johnson of Fort Worth-based BlueCrest Energy ...

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Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

An Encana operated drilling rig surrounded by a sound wall active in Colorado's Denvery-Julesburg Basin. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp.)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The ...

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