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Survey: Majority of scientists oppose expanded use of fracking

A new survey out this week from the Pew Research Center finds scientists have a more negative view of fracking than the general public. Among scientists, 31 percent favor the increased use of fracking, while a majority– 66 percent– are opposed. The general public is slightly more positive, 39 percent of adults favor it, while about [...]

Gov. Wolf bans new drilling in state parks and forests

Governor Tom Wolf fulfilled a campaign promise today by reversing course from his predecessor Tom Corbett and imposing a moratorium on leasing any more state park and forest land to Marcellus Shale drillers. Standing in a cold and windy meadow at Benjamin Rush state park, in the northeast section of Philadelphia, surrounded by a handful [...]

Penn State to hold Marcellus Shale classes for adults in Lancaster County

Researchers from Penn State University are gearing up for a series of informal educational classes for adults who want to learn about natural gas development. “We use the context of Marcellus Shale to teach about science and energy,” says project coordinator Terry Noll. “We are neither pro nor against gas development, but because that’s creating [...]

Fracking protests grow in North Africa

Some of the earliest protests against fracking, and natural gas drilling, began here in Pennsylvania. They spread to New York, and then overseas to Europe. Like New York state, countries like France, Germany, and Bulgaria responded with fracking bans. Others like South Africa, have moratoriums. Now, the oil and gas rich nation of Algeria has [...]

Federal regulators postpone two scoping meetings on PennEast pipeline

Update at 2:15 pm: Wednesday’s scoping meeting in Bucks County has also been postponed. This story has been updated to reflect this new information. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has postponed its first two scoping meetings on the PennEast pipeline “due to unforeseen circumstances,” the agency wrote in a public notice. The hearings were originally [...]

Chesapeake Energy to pay $119 million in Oklahoma royalty case

Chesapeake Energy will pay $119 million to royalty owners in Oklahoma under a preliminary settlement that will go before a judge in April, according to The Oklahoman. The deal would resolve royalty disputes dating back more than a decade. Landowners accused Chesapeake Operating LLC of improperly withholding royalty money and charging them for the costs of processing [...]

Anti-drilling group settles surveillance litigation with state

An anti-gas drilling group from northeastern Pennsylvania has reached a settlement agreement with state law enforcement officials, after it accused them of conducting unconstitutional surveillance on its members. The litigation stems from 2011 when the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Homeland Security issued intelligence bulletins labeling the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC) as a potential [...]

8 fracking protesters arrested at Wolf inauguration

Anti-fracking protesters followed through on their promise to disrupt Governor Tom Wolf’s inauguration ceremony Tuesday. Eight people were arrested after they interrupted Wolf’s speech by shouting and whistling from the audience–  urging him to ban fracking. Six of the people arrested were Pennsylvania citizens. One was from Ohio and another person was from New Jersey. [...]

Company wants to drop charges against 8 pipeline protestors

Lancaster Online reports PPL, the utility company that owns the property where eight pipeline protestors were arrested last week wants the charges to be dropped. They were part of a group of about 40 demonstrators who temporarily shut down a testing site for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. More from Lancaster Online: “It was not PPL’s request [...]

Climate protesters gather at GOP retreat in Hershey

Climate change protesters gathered outside a meeting of national Republican leaders in Hershey today. GOP congressional members from the House and Senate are in town for a three-day conference. Typically each caucus meets separately, but for the first time in a decade they’re holding a joint meeting. About 50 people attended the protest, which was hosted [...]

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