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1.5 million at risk in PA for crude oil derailment

Photo by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The aftermath of the CSX Bakken crude oil train derailment in Mount Carbon, W. Va. In Pennsylvania, nearly 1.5 million people are in potential danger if a train carrying crude oil derails and catches fire, according to a PublicSource analysis. That is about one in every nine Pennsylvanians, [...]

Improvements planned for fracking chemical disclosure website

The groups managing the national fracking chemical disclosure website, FracFocus, say they are planning improvements to make information more transparent. EnergyWire reports the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission are responding to criticism from environmental groups and open government groups. Pennsylvania is one of 14 states that requires gas drillers to use [...]

Activist faces fines, jail time for getting too close to Cabot site

A Susquehanna County judge has found anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins in contempt of court for getting too close to a Cabot Oil & Gas site last month. She now faces a fine and possible jail time. This latest ruling was a win for Cabot in its protracted legal battle against the self-described “gas tour guide.” [...]

A bottom up and top down approach to methane detection

Scientists looking to figure out how much natural gas leaks from shale gas production sites are taking both a bottom up and top down approach. Using NOAA aircraft usually reserved for flying through hurricanes, researchers from the University of Colorado flew over shale plays in Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to measure how much methane [...]

Heavy flaring at Philadelphia refinery sends black smoke into the air

Some Philadelphia residents woke up to a large plume of black smoke drifting up through the sky, wondering what was on fire. But it turns out it was a flare coming from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in southwest Philadelphia. PES is the single largest consumer of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota. The refinery [...]

After fracking ban, some New York towns want to secede

A group of towns in New York’s Southern Tier is looking into the possibility of seceding and joining Pennsylvania, according to WBNG-TV. The Upstate New York Towns Association cites property taxes, low sales tax revenue, and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. From WBNG:

Chesapeake Energy faces another royalties lawsuit

More than 50 landowners have filed a federal lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It’s the latest in a slew of lawsuits directed at the Oklahoma City-based driller, alleging it fraudulently withholds gas royalty money. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Chesapeake, which has more than 700 producing shale wells in the state, declined [...]

Oil trains on Pa. tracks getting more scrutiny after W. Va. explosion

The fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia on President’s Day, which forced the evacuation of nearby residents and sent Bakken crude into the Kanawha River, has environmentalists and local lawmakers taking a more critical look at the oil trains running across Pennsylvania’s tracks. The burning CSX rail cars in the West Virginia accident carried [...]

Cabot continues legal fight against fracking activist

Houston, Texas-based Cabot Oil & Gas is headed back to court again next week in an ongoing legal battle with an anti-fracking activist. The year-and-a-half long feud between Cabot and 64-year-old Vera Scroggins appeared to be over last fall, when Susquehanna County judge Kenneth Seamans ruled she would be permanently barred from Cabot sites and must observe [...]

DEP holds public hearing on natural gas liquids pipeline

The state Department of Environmental Protection held a public hearing Tuesday night in Lebanon to discuss infrastructure related to a interstate natural gas liquids pipeline. Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics is re-purposing an existing line to ship natural gas liquids, such as propane and ethane, from western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook refinery in Philadelphia. The so-called [...]

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