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In New Jersey, open space sacrificed for cheaper natural gas

Open space is a rare commodity in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the country. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation says a proposed natural gas pipeline could cut through about 4,500 acres of undeveloped land preserved with public dollars. If built, backers of the PennEast pipeline say it would feed cleaner fuel to [...]

Law Would Offer New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin

Federal lawmakers on Tuesday stepped up efforts to conserve the Delaware River Basin when they reintroduced a bill that would enhance federal protection for the 300-mile watershed between upstate New York and the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act would charge the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with coordinating the [...]

New study raises possible link between gas drilling and radon levels

Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY A drill worker covered in mud, shale, and drill cuttings seals off a well and cleans the blowout preventer at a Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill site in Kingsley, Pa. Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, [...]

Are Marcellus drillers cheating the state? Agencies take a closer look

People who leased their land for Marcellus Shale drilling have been complaining for several years that some companies are cheating them out of gas royalty money. It turns out the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is having the same problem. But the issue is so complex and convoluted, the state doesn’t even know how much money it’s [...]

Study: Gas utilities reduce leaks but more work needed

Some gas utilities are doing a better job of reducing methane leakage but need to do more to stop the escape of the potent greenhouse gas from their pipelines, according to a new study. The report from Washington State University found methane emissions at 13 utilities were 36-70 percent lower than last time they were [...]

Worker dies in accident at Sunoco’s Delaware County refinery

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an accident at the Sunoco Logistics plant in Marcus Hook, which left one man dead. An OSHA spokesperson says the man worked for the engineering firm AECOM, a contractor at the site. Sources told StateImpact the worker died from multiple blunt force injuries after a 1200 foot pylon [...]

Williams submits application for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams has filed a formal application with federal regulators to construct nearly 200 miles of a new interstate natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania. The Atlantic Sunrise project is designed to carry Marcellus Shale gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to markets along the eastern seaboard, including the Cove Point export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. Williams [...]

EPA releases first part of frack study, an analysis of chemical disclosure

The Environmental Protection Agency released an analysis of frack water on Friday, based on data that drillers supplied to the website FracFocus. The EPA’s report is just one part of the agency’s long awaited fracking study, which will assess the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water supplies. The full report is due out this [...]

Preparing for the worst, Delco first responders simulate oil train accident

The increasing number of rail cars carrying crude oil through Pennsylvania means a rising risk of accidents. Recent derailments caused trains to explode and incinerate areas along tracks in Illinois and West Virginia, threatening waterways. So far, Pennsylvania has been lucky. Within the past year and a half, oil trains traveling through the state derailed [...]

Measuring the climate trade-off between coal and natural gas

President Obama’s plan to combat climate change relies heavily on replacing coal with natural gas as a way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide electric power plants pour into the atmosphere. But natural gas comes with it’s own climate problems.     Methane, the main component of natural gas, is also a powerful greenhouse [...]

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