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Charges dismissed against Wolf inauguration protesters

Disorderly conduct charges were dismissed Monday against two of the eight protesters arrested for shouting “Ban fracking now!” during Governor Wolf’s inauguration ceremony in January. The remaining six activists had already pleaded guilty and paid $413 each in fines and court costs. About 200 other protesters obeyed instructions from law enforcement to remain in a grassy [...]

Marcellus production led U.S. gas fields in 2013, EIA says

The Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and West Virginia produced far more natural gas in 2013 than any other field in the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Friday. The EIA report said that Marcellus operators produced 2.86 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in 2013, sharply higher than the Barnett Shale of [...]

Activist fined $1,000 for violating order to stay off gas sites

A Susquehanna County judge has fined anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins $1,000 for getting too close to a natural gas site earlier this year. The money will cover part of the legal fees incurred by the region’s biggest gas driller– Cabot Oil and Gas. The company has repeatedly sought to have her held in contempt of [...]

Air pollution increases at Pennsylvania’s natural gas sites

Sulfur dioxide emissions jumped 57 percent from 2012 to 2013 at the state’s natural gas production sites, according to data released today by the Department of Environmental Protection. Sulfur dioxide contributes to acid rain, and causes respiratory problems including asthma.  Other air pollutants that contribute to public health impacts also increased. These jumps in emissions [...]

In New Jersey, open space sacrificed for cheaper natural gas

Open space is a rare commodity in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the country. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation says a proposed natural gas pipeline could cut through about 4,500 acres of undeveloped land preserved with public dollars. If built, backers of the PennEast pipeline say it would feed cleaner fuel to [...]

Law Would Offer New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin

Federal lawmakers on Tuesday stepped up efforts to conserve the Delaware River Basin when they reintroduced a bill that would enhance federal protection for the 300-mile watershed between upstate New York and the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act would charge the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with coordinating the [...]

New study raises possible link between gas drilling and radon levels

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY A drill worker covered in mud, shale, and drill cuttings seals off a well and cleans the blowout preventer at a Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill site in Kingsley, Pa. Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, [...]

Are Marcellus drillers cheating the state? Agencies take a closer look

People who leased their land for Marcellus Shale drilling have been complaining for several years that some companies are cheating them out of gas royalty money. It turns out the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is having the same problem. But the issue is so complex and convoluted, the state doesn’t even know how much money it’s [...]

Study: Gas utilities reduce leaks but more work needed

Some gas utilities are doing a better job of reducing methane leakage but need to do more to stop the escape of the potent greenhouse gas from their pipelines, according to a new study. The report from Washington State University found methane emissions at 13 utilities were 36-70 percent lower than last time they were [...]

Worker dies in accident at Sunoco’s Delaware County refinery

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an accident at the Sunoco Logistics plant in Marcus Hook, which left one man dead. An OSHA spokesperson says the man worked for the engineering firm AECOM, a contractor at the site. Sources told StateImpact the worker died from multiple blunt force injuries after a 1200 foot pylon [...]

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