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Mexico City temporarily restricts all cars after smog alert

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Metropolitan authorities on Wednesday temporarily ordered all cars to remain idle one day a week in response to this notoriously smoggy capital’s worst air-quality crisis in over a decade. Until now vehicles have been exempt from Mexico City’s “no circulation” rules if owners obtain a holographic sticker from a smog-check center certifying them as lower-emission. But ...

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No fracking pits allowed under new DEP regs for oil and gas industry

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday made available thousands of pages of documents outlining new rules for the oil and gas industry. Among the trove of public documents are increased regulations for unconventional drillers, which apply to companies extracting natural resources from the Marcellus Shale. All of it can be found here. Some of the biggest changes include ...

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Estero goes frack free

Estero is a “frack free zone.” The village council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that prohibits hydraulic and acid fracturing, known as fracking, which use chemicals to dissolve rock below the ground. Councilor Don Brown was absent due to medical reasons. By doing so, Estero has joined the city of Bonita Springs in banning an oil drilling and exploration method ...

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NY releases final environmental review of fracking

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York regulators have released the final version of an environmental impact review of shale gas development that’s expected to lead to a state ban on fracking. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in December that he would defer to the judgment of his health and environmental conservation commissioners, who said they’d recommend a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. ...

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Dallas doctor gets no answers on frack fluid ingredients

DALLAS TWP. — After his failed attempts to fight the state’s oil and gas law in court, Alfonso Rodriguez, M.D., is ready to sign a nondisclosure form to view a full list of ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluid. If only someone could tell him where to find it. Since 2010, the kidney specialist has been trying to obtain information on ...

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Water boil order remains in Divide and Burke counties

BISMARCK, N.D. — A boil order for tap water in communities in Divide and Burke counties will remain in place at least until Tuesday. Residents of communities including Crosby, Fortuna, Noonan and Columbus were told last weekend to boil tap water or use bottled water after a break in a Western Area Water Supply Authority pipeline underneath a wetland. A ...

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Cleaner air tops Allegheny County Board of Health nominee’s priorities

Oil and gas operations bringing concerns about health

Caroline Mitchell remembers growing up in Pittsburgh and keeping the windows closed. Otherwise, the bottom of the curtains would turn black from dirty air. “We are so much better than we were, but we still have issues,” she said of the county’s air quality. Mitchell, a retired lawyer, Carnegie Mellon University chemical engineering lecturer and licensed EMT, could tackle air ...

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Illinois and hydraulic fracking


When looking at Illinois in the oil and gas industry, the state mirrors New York in several aspects, but also has one huge difference:  Illinois allows fracking. Yet, with allowing fracking Illinois is facing some consequences: lawsuits. Illinois and New York have common traits when it comes to how each state approached oil and gas shale development.  Both states have ...

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Shale gas drilling OK’d, but with strict regulation

Maryland will allow shale gas development, so called fracking, in Western Maryland and elsewhere, but will set strict conditions to check health and environmental impacts from the practice. The draft final report of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative panel released Tuesday found the risk of developing the shale gas, by drilling deep underground then sideways for sometimes a mile ...

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Shale gas report due date debate

ALBANY — The end-of-the-year due date for the completion of the Health Department’s report on the potential impacts of hydrofracking isn’t Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadline. Clarifying what the governor said in last week’s gubernatorial debate, his office on Tuesday said that acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was the one who determined the timeline for the submission of his agency’s work ...

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