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United Mine Workers expects 5,000 at Pennsylvania rally

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America say they expect 5,000 people to rally and march in southwestern Pennsylvania to safeguard pensions and health benefits. The union is concerned because environmental regulations on coal-burning plants have combined with abundant supplies of natural gas to drive down demand for coal at power plants. Earlier this week, Virginia-based Alpha ...

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Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas ...

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More distance proposed: Hearing on oil, gas well setbacks

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — People are getting a chance to tell Wyoming regulators their thoughts about increasing the minimum distance required between homes and oil and gas wells. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the issue at 3 p.m. Monday. The commission proposes to increase from 350 to 500 feet the shortest allowable ...

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White House considering oil train safety upgrades

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry’s voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. A look at what’s rolling on U.S. rails: OLDER TANK CARS “Legacy” tank cars have a shell that is seven-sixteenths of an inch thick, and no shields to protect ...

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Gas field drillers, activists seek statewide rules for wells

There are more regulations for cutting hair than for drilling water wells in Pennsylvania. To cut hair, you must hold a cosmetologist degree, pass an exam and get a license that outlines how you can practice. To drill a well and install a water pump, you need only register drilling equipment with the state. The absence of statewide rules governing ...

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N. Carolina county weighing in on proposed fracking regs

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Ray Gronberg | The Herald-Sun DURHAM — County officials will tell the state its draft regulations for the fracking industry aren’t tough enough, especially when it comes to allowing local governments a place at the table. “The bottom line, we feel, is the proposed rules do not adequately protect human health and the environment, nor do they adequately allow local ...

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Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette From state regulators’ perspective, all the spills, leaks and fires in the Marcellus Shale well field the past eight years were simply part of the learning curve. “Sometimes you need to learn from your mistakes,” said Scott Perry, a deputy secretary with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection who oversees the oil and gas ...

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APNewsBreak: Chevron meets shale drilling rules

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday. The center is a partnership between major energy companies, environmental groups and charitable foundations. Its certification process ...

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Committee taking 45 more days to review fracking rules

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Julie Wernau | Chicago Tribune The Illinois legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will take an additional 45 days to review rules that would govern horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the state, saying they would like time to review the complicated regulations. The 12-member committee met Tuesday in Chicago to review the rules — one of 52 items on its agenda ...

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