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Pipelines’ paths remain a risky mystery beneath our feet

This story began with a simple task: Let’s make a pipeline map! Everyone wants to know where all the new Marcellus Shale gas pipelines are or will be. The new proposals have been piling up.  Many have poetic names like Atlantic Sunrise, Mariner East, and Bluestone. There got to to be so many they started [...]

Protest Planned at Pipeline Talk

Public meetings over the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline have drawn the ire of opponents in Lancaster County. This time, an activist group is planning to protest a meeting between the pipeline company and the local chamber of commerce. The group, Lancaster Against Pipelines, says it’s organizing the protest to call attention to the environmental and [...]

Mystery continues over radioactivity in Western Pa. stream

On the banks of Ten Mile Creek, a stream that snakes through Greene County, Ken Dufalla looked out at one of his favorite fishing spots. “That’s probably one of the best walleye fishing there is in the evening you can find. I’ve caught muskies, walleyes, saugers,” Dufalla said. Four years ago, Dufalla, who leads a [...]

Marcellus producers on state land pulled back again in 2014, data show

Shale gas development on Pennsylvania’s public lands slowed again in 2014, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said on Thursday, in the latest sign of an industry slowdown in response to low market prices. The DCNR issued its latest shale gas monitoring update showing that the number of well pads, roads and approvals to [...]

PennEast Pipeline surveyors blocked from mapping land in New Jersey

via NJ Spotlight Mercer County is joining the list of landowners trying to block PennEast Pipeline LLC from surveying property — part of a county park — in order to build a highly contentious natural gas pipeline. The county, which has opposed the project since last year, told PennEast yesterday that the company would no [...]

Pipeline opponent guilty of disorderly conduct for speech at public meeting

A Lancaster County woman has been found guilty of disorderly conduct for speaking out of turn at a public meeting. She was arrested in April for failing to follow special meeting rules, which permitted people to ask questions but barred them from making statements. 54-year-old Kim Kann is a Conestoga Township resident who has been a [...]

Parents protest fracking near schools

Reid Frazier Nichole Mazurek, of Middlesex Township, at an anti-fracking protest with her three children, Samantha, 8, Ian, 3, and Alyson 6. More than 50 protesters stood in front of the Mars Area High School in Middlesex Township, Butler County on Wednesday, bearing signs that said “Ban Fracking Now” and “Stop Fracking by Our Schools”. [...]

Study shows increased hospitalizations in Pennsylvania shale gas region

A study released today in the journal PLOS ONE shows a rise in hospitalization rates that researchers say correspond to an increase in the number of shale gas wells in Northeast Pennsylvania. The report used information from the Department of Environmental Protection along with data from the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council between 2007 to [...]

Project would bring 400,000 tons of drilling waste to Pa.’s ‘Grand Canyon’

As Marcellus Shale gas drilling has proliferated, so has the amount of waste it generates. Last year in Pennsylvania, over two million tons of drill cuttings were sent to landfills. Cuttings are the waste dirt and rock that comes up from drilling wells. The material contains naturally occurring radiation, heavy metals, and industrial chemicals. Over the [...]

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