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Court permanently bars activist from gas sites

A Susquehanna County judge has ruled that 63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will be permanently barred from setting foot on Cabot Oil & Gas sites. Scroggins has been a thorn in the company’s side for years. She hosts a lot of citizen gas tours around Susquehanna County where Cabot has most of its operations. The [...]

In Fracking Fight, a Worry About How Best to Measure Health Threats

Note: This story is from ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water. How the Pennsylvania Department of [...]

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 [...]

Pa. towns with no zoning rules unlikely to limit gas drilling

It seemed like a game-changer late last year when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court restored the power of local communities to limit natural gas development within their borders. After all, three out of every five municipalities on the Marcellus Shale have zoning laws to that would apply. However, in the state’s rural Northern Tier, where drilling [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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