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Pa. voters back fracking, but not in state parks


Thomas Fitzgerald, Philidelphia Inquirer By a wide margin, Pennsylvania voters support drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale but they draw the line at fracking beneath state parks and forest lands, according to Quinnipiac University poll results released Friday. Gov. Corbett’s order opening state parks and forests to some gas exploration could be a drag on his reelection effort, ...

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Fracking earthquakes in Colorado?

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media As hydraulic fracturing continues to drain and pump fluids from and into the earth’s surface, many are beginning to feel the effects of mining vibrating all around them. Last week, Greeley, Colorado registered an earthquake that was reported to have reached 3.4 on the Richter magnitude scale. As communities across the nation scramble to ...

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Michigan AG charges Chesapeake with racketeering and fraud


ATLANTA (Reuters) – The state of Michigan filed felony racketeering and fraud claims against Chesapeake Energy Corp <CHK.N> on Thursday, in the latest legal fallout from Chesapeake’s ambitious attempt to acquire drilling rights amid the U.S. fracking boom. The charges, filed in Michigan state court in Cheboygan, allege the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States canceled hundreds of land leases ...

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Advisory panel on fracking calls for full disclosure on chemicals


Cathy Dyson, The Free Lance-Star (Richmond, Va.) RICHMOND — Several members of a new advisory panel, including King George County’s attorney, want companies to disclose every chemical they plan to use when drilling for natural gas. And they want the information made available before the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, begins, not after the work is done. Currently, operators ...

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Panel reviewing Va. natural gas drilling rules

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RICHMOND (AP) – An advisory panel is scheduled to begin its review of Virginia rules on so-called fracking for natural gas. The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has assembled the review panel, which is set to meet Wednesday in Richmond. The review comes amid growing interest by energy companies in the Taylorsville Basin in eastern Virginia. It contains 1 ...

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McCrory signs fracking bill


John Murawski, News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory signed major energy legislation in a public ceremony Wednesday, predicting the new law will clear the path to shale gas exploration in North Carolina. McCrory signed the law at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus flanked by key lawmakers and cabinet secretaries who are involved in developing an energy exploration ...

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Wolf lobbies lawmakers to pass shale-gas tax before summer


Brad Bumsted, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review HARRISBURG — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf is one big step from the governor’s mansion but he has started to lobby lawmakers for one of his priorities: levying a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas drilling. Wolf, of York County, sent a letter to the General Assembly’s 253 members on Tuesday, urging them to “put ...

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NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court is expected to decide by the 4th of July whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing within their borders. The seven-member Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases where a midlevel appellate court unanimously concluded last year that state oil and gas law doesn’t ...

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Lawyer: Pipeline firm has local drilling leases


By Joe Mahoney, The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY) A company partnering in the Constitution Pipeline secured dozens of gas leases approximately 25 years ago from Delaware County owners of parcels close to what is now the preferred pathway for the proposed transmission line, according to documents sent to federal regulators. The Delaware County leases were acquired by Cabot Oil and ...

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