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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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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

fracking, asthma

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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Scientists to report results of fracking air pollution study

DENVER (AP) — Scientists are about to report the results of a three-year study of air pollution from western Colorado fracking wells. The research being released Tuesday doesn’t measure the effects of the emissions on human health, but the findings will help state health officials devise such a study later. The $1.7 million western Colorado study looked at how methane ...

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Exxon, facing heat over climate change, holds annual meeting

New Hampshire

DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil is holding its annual shareholder meeting as it faces volatile crude prices and investigations into what it knew and allegedly didn’t disclose about oil’s role in climate change. Shareholders are scheduled to vote Wednesday on resolutions including a policy to limit global warming, put a climate expert on the board, and report on the drilling ...

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Colorado’s battle over regulating fracking shifts to ballot

Colorado's battle over regulating fracking shifts to ballot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s battle over who should regulate fracking — and how much — now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules. The court ruled Monday that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with ...

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State investigating 2 earthquakes near Pennsylvania fracking site

Several earthquakes recorded in pennsylvania

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation. DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site at about noon Monday. That was about 12 hours after the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude-1.9 earthquake and ...

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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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Texas oil and gas regulator dashes Army Corps’ drilling rule

Texas oil and gas regulator dashes Army Corps' drilling rule

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — Texas’ oil and gas regulator has challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authority to ban hydraulic fracturing and limit injection wells near a North Texas dam. In a letter sent to the corps on Thursday, Texas Railroad Commission Executive Director Kimberly Corley questioned restrictions the corps announced last week that would ban fracking within ...

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The Latest: Trump says fracking approval can help him win NY

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he arrives during a rally at Wexford County Civic Center, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Cadillac, Mich. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all Eastern Standard Time): 9:15 p.m. GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he thinks he can win New York, despite Democrats’ significant voter registration advantage, because he’s in favor of a practice called fracking. Trump tells an audience in New Orleans on Friday night that “New York has been let down” because ...

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County restricts gas drilling in Deep Creek Lake watershed

Deep Creek Lake Maryland

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County Commissioners have adopted a watershed management plan that limits natural-gas drilling on nearly 41,000 acres around Deep Creek Lake, a popular vacation destination in western Maryland. The three-member board voted unanimously Monday to adopt the plan. It prohibits natural gas wellheads within the watershed but allows companies to drill horizontally from wellheads located ...

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