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Drill Bits: Another Town Could Reverse Drilling Ban; PA Withdraws From Air Quality Lawsuits

Another WV Community Could Override Drilling Ban Tonight “The Wetzel County town voted to ban Macellus drilling in and one mile outside the city limits earlier this summer. The goal was to protect New Martinsville’s water supply from possible contamination.” But shortly after that ban was put into place, city council realized their decision was not very popular. The gas industry came down hard on them, so did many business owners who felt council was driving away jobs. (

WSJ: Obama’s Ozone Announcement Could Impact Natural Gas Production “It is amusing that Washington, of all places, gets to regulate emissions of hot air. But natural-gas producers aren’t laughing.” (

More Scientists Dismiss Link Between Fracking And VA Quake “You’ve only got a very small volume of rock that you’re taking out of there (with fracturing),” said Anthony Crone, a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. “The only conceivable thing that could happen is that hole could close up, so it would only have a very narrow sphere of influence.” (

Pa. withdraws from air-quality lawsuits “The Department of Environmental Protection said the administration will work on improving air quality but considers litigation a last-resort option.” (


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