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Judge approves narrower order, barring fracking activist from drilling sites

A Susquehanna County judge issued a revised court order today, aimed at keeping 63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins away from active drilling sites operated by Cabot Oil and Gas. Until today, Scroggins had been under a much broader preliminary injunction from the court. In October 2013, Judge Kenneth Seamans approved the order, which Cabot sought, [...]

Obama administration unveils plan to cut methane emissions

The White House unveiled a plan today to curb emissions of methane– a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It’s released by livestock, landfills, and oil and gas production. Methane accounts for about 9 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution, but it is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as [...]

Discussion forum promises ‘fracking without all the fracas’

Love to talk about hydraulic fracturing or just want to learn more? Next month, StateImpact Pennsylvania partner station WHYY is co-hosting a discussion forum with the Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project in Elkins Park, Montgomery County about the controversial extraction process known as “fracking.” The conversation will focus on the economic impact of natural gas development [...]

Three Mile Island: 35 years later

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. On March 28th, 1979 one of the reactors at the The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County partially melted down. Back then, no one knew exactly what was going to happen. The incident was unprecedented. Former Governor Dick Thornburgh was at the [...]

Pennsylvania’s top drilling trade group going grassroots

Members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition are used to walking past chanting protestors with signs decrying fracking. Now, Pennsylvania’s top gas drilling trade group is embracing the tactics of grassroots organizing with a new advocacy initiative to promote shale development. United Shale Advocates was launched at an event in northeast Pennsylvania last week and is [...]

Report finds each Marcellus gas well costs thousands in road damage

Each shale gas well in Pennsylvania causes between $5,400 and $10,000 in damage to state roads, according to a recent report by researchers at the Rand Corp. From EnergyWire: The damage is largely unseen and may shorten the life span of the highway system. The report comes as the state Legislature is looking for ways [...]

White House ‘welcomes’ natural gas exports

The White House has affirmed its support of American natural gas exports as Europe seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian energy supplies. Energy is playing a major role in the conflict in Ukraine. The European Union has denounced Russia for annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and is now looking to the U.S. to strengthen its [...]

Driller defends court order barring anti-fracking activist from Pa. land

Katie Colaneri/StateImpact Pennsylvania Anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins, center, and her attorney Scott Michelman, left, speak to the media after a hearing in Montrose, Pa. Last fall, a judge signed off on an order barring Scroggins from more than 300 square miles of Susquehanna County or all the land owned or leased by Cabot Oil and [...]

Five protestors arrested at Pa. state forest drilling site

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports five protestors were arrested on Thursday after blocking access to workers at a drilling site in Tiadaghton State Forest in Lycoming County. According to the Sun-Gazette, it took firefighters more than two hours to free the protestors from Marcellus Shale EarthFirst who had chained and cemented their arms to a pipe stretched [...]

Chevron pizza controversy puts southwest Pa. coal town in the spotlight

Bobtown is having its 15 minutes of fame. The small town in southwest Pennsylvania has been on the lips of late-night comedians, Twitter wits and anti-fracking activists. First, in February, a Chevron natural gas well near Bobtown exploded, killing a young worker. Then, the company responded by giving community residents free coupons to Bobtown Pizza. This struck Chevron’s critics [...]

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