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Learning from the Marcellus to drill the Utica


Madasyn Czebiniak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In 2011, Jeffrey C. Dick was approached by a woman on the Garrettsville, Ohio, Board of Public Affairs. She was concerned about five Utica Shale gas wells being drilled nearby. “She was taking an approach to protect their water from potential contamination,” Mr. Dick said. “They’re a village of about 2,000 people, and they get ...

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Marcellus.com top 5 stories of the week 9/8 – 9/12

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Here are the top 5 stories from Marcellus.com during the week of September 8 – 12: 1. Natural gas leads power plant capacity additions in 2014 The Energy Information Administration reported that over half of new U.S. power-generating plants that have come online in 2014 run on natural gas. Read more here   2. Yale, Penn ...

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Poll finds Pennsylvania, New York at odds on fracking


Residents of Pennsylvania and New York differ greatly in their views on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a new public opinion poll has found. StateImpact reports that, according to poll results, 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support “the development of shale gas” while only 29 percent of New Yorkers felt the same. The survey was a joint effort by the University of ...

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Nelson Wolff wants better regulation of flaring in the Eagle Ford

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Josh Baugh | The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff wants the two agencies that regulate oil and gas drilling and pollution in Texas to step up their oversight of Eagle Ford Shale production, which is flaring more gas than any other Texas oil field and creating more air pollution than several oil refineries. A ...

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Kentucky approves new coal-permit rules to protect water, but environmentalists file suit


Bill Estep | Lexington Herald-Leader The state this week finalized new rules on coal-mining permits that include upgraded water-quality standards. Several environmental groups argue the rules aren’t strong enough, however, and are suing over one key provision. The standards are in what is called the general permit for coal. The rules govern discharges of water from mines and coal-processing facilities ...

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Editorial: Don’t Skimp on Gas Oversight in Idaho


Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) Editorial Idaho should learn from the mistakes of others and avoid at all costs shortchanging the regulatory end of the state’s burgeoning natural gas play. Low-cost natural gas is all the rage amid consistently high cost of other fuels. It’s been the darling of those calling for freedom from Middle Eastern oil and spiking heating oil ...

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EPA’s secret maps are scary


Rob Port | Shale Plays Media contributor Many of you have probably heard of the EPA’s push for a new rule titled “Waters of the U.S.” which would expand the agency’s powers of regulation over even very small bodies of water in America including creeks and ditches. Some lawmakers, including North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, oppose this rule feeling that ...

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Fracking public input session Monday in Reidsville, NC


Nicholas Elmes | The Stoke News Local residents concerned about how the state will regulate possible fracking in Stokes County will have a chance to share their thoughts and concerns during a four hour public input session in Reidsville on Monday. The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission’s (MEC) will hold a public hearing, set from 5 p.m. to 9 ...

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PUC appeals ruling that curbed its power to review municipalities’ drilling rules


David Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Regulators want one last shot at convincing the state’s high court that they should have some authority over local ordinances aimed at gas drillers. The state Public Utility Commission asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower court ruling last month that curbed the commission’s power to review municipal drilling rules. It ...

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Can North Dakota regulate its booming energy industry?

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ TIME magazine released an article today outlining the various issues North Dakota has faced concerning the safety of the crude oil it produces. The energy industry has done great things for North Dakota economically, skyrocketing its population, income and employment rate to higher numbers than it has ever seen before.  The regulation of the ...

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