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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, [...]

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 [...]

Court bars anti-fracking activist from more than 300 square miles of Pa.

A judge has signed off on an order which bars an anti-fracking activist from setting foot on more than 300 square miles–or nearly 40 percent–of Susquehanna county. It’s all the land owned or leased by the area’s biggest driller, Cabot Oil and Gas. Although Cabot asked for the court order, a spokesman for the company says [...]

Pennsylvania shale production continued to grow in 2013

Pennsylvania’s annual gas production swelled last year, with drilling companies pulling 3.1 trillion cubic feet of gas from the Marcellus Shale and other unconventional formations in 2013, according to new data released by the state. The production data is reported by operators and is not verified before it is posted online by the Department of [...]

To clear the air, some Susquehanna County residents leave the fracking debate behind

Two years ago, Victoria Switzer and her neighbors had stopped speaking. Switzer was one of the residents of Dimock who claimed natural gas drilling had ruined their water supplies. The small village in Susquehanna County became synonymous with flaming taps and jugs of muddy brown drinking water. But the media blitz angered her neighbors, the Teels, [...]

Battleground Dimock property sold, deed bars owners from building home there

No one will ever live at 1101 Carter Road in Dimock again. The 3.6-acre property is one of 18 in the Susquehanna County village where state environmental regulators in 2009 traced methane contamination in the water supplies back to faulty natural gas wells drilled by Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. The last residents, Craig and [...]

Marcellus Shale Gas Production Numbers Surge

Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale produced over 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas during the first half of 2013, according to new data released by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The numbers show a 57 percent increase in gas production compared to the same time period from last year. The DEP releases the data twice a year. [...]

Silenced Critic of Dimock’s Water Problems Switches to Air Pollution Concerns

One of Dimock’s most outspoken critics of gas drilling in Northeast Pennsylvania says she has shifted gears and changed tactics by networking with industry. Victoria Switzer says she wants to persuade drillers to use the best available technologies that reduce air emissions beyond current regulatory requirements. Switzer may be best known for her witticisms shaming [...]

Cabot Gas Well Linked To Methane Leakage Will Be Plugged

A natural gas well in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, that has been the subject of a state investigation into methane leakage will be plugged after the investigation is completed, according to The Scranton Times Tribune. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has deemed the Cabot Oil and Gas well “unviable”: DEP has not identified [...]

Dueling Fracking Films Battle for Pennsylvanian’s Hearts and Minds

courtesy of filmmakers A dairy farmer from Calicoon, NY who is campaigning to lift the moratorium on gas drilling in New York, appears in Fracknation. The pro-fracking answer to “Gasland” is on the road in Pennsylvania and will be screened in hostile territory tonight — the Philadelphia suburbs. “Fracknation,” a film by Phelim McAleer and [...]

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