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Anti-fracking activist and gas company head back to court

63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will be back in court next week facing fines and possible jail time in an ongoing fight with one of Pennsylvania’s biggest gas drillers, Cabot Oil & Gas. Cabot wants Scroggins to be held in contempt of court for allegedly violating an order to stay at least 100 feet away [...]

Final hurdle cleared for Marcellus gas exports

A federal regulatory agency has approved plans to ship Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania overseas. The decision clears the way to begin converting a former import terminal in the Chesapeake Bay to export liquefied natural gas. Dominion Energy’s Cove Point plant can now move forward with plans to export more than 5 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas each year. [...]

Pennsylvania gas production continues to break records

Drillers in Pennsylvania continue to produce record-breaking amounts of natural gas, according to new numbers released this week from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Companies operating in Pennsylvania produced nearly 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in the first half of 2014. If they continue at this pace, Pennsylvania is on track to produce [...]

Gas driller Cabot wins Governor’s Community Impact Award

Governor Tom Corbett recognized Cabot Oil and Gas with a Community Impact Award at a ceremony today in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The award goes to companies that “[exemplify] the tenet of ‘doing well by doing good,’” according to the Department of Community and Economic Development’s website.  Spokesman George Stark said Cabot was nominated by the Northern [...]

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 [...]

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