The settlements went to eight families who began complaining about their water quality in early 2011, shortly after Rex began drilling gas wells near their homes. Some still get theirs from donations at a nearby church.
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A company is building a shale gas well a few hundred feet from the route, and hikers can’t help but notice it. But the trail already skirts roads, power lines, and a coal ash pile.
Pennsylvania moved to regulate the greenhouse gas as the Trump administration tries to roll back federal methane rules. The state permits apply to new and modified wells and related compressor stations, but not to the state’s 11,000 existing Marcellus shale gas wells.
Pennsylvania has ended what had become common practice for municipalities that wanted to suppress dust on unpaved roads. A study found that some chemicals wash away during rain — and that when the road dries, contaminants can get into the air.
The golden-winged warbler’s population is plummeting, fueled in part by habitat loss. Fire can help create the young forests the birds need to nest.
The group says Gov. Tom Wolf promised to help people who say they’ve been harmed by fracking, and hasn’t delivered. A spokesman said Wolf has taken a ‘balanced approach’ to the industry.