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Environmental group accuses AG’s office of inaction in Health Department probe

An environmental advocacy group is accusing the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office of failing to conduct a promised investigation into allegations that the state’s Department of Health neglected complaints from people who said their health had been damaged by fracking. Food & Water Watch said the AG’s office agreed about a year ago to look into [...]

Water quality not impacted by drilling, according to new report

A new report shows no correlation between shale gas development and watershed impairment in the Marcellus region between 2010 and 2013. This is the third such analysis from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. The multi-state compact is made up of representatives from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and the U.S. governments. It oversees the water withdrawals gas [...]

Sunoco seeks to calm fears of Mariner East pipeline project in Chester County

Sunoco Logistics took its pipeline-promotion show on the road to Chester County on Monday, seeking to calm residents’ concerns surrounding the construction of a of a major new natural gas liquids pipeline from the Marcellus Shale of southwestern Pennsylvania to a processing plant at Marcus Hook near Philadelphia. Company officials sought to offset fears over [...]

Sunoco to host public forums on Mariner East 2 pipeline in southeast Pa.

Courtesy: Sunoco Logistics Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 project involves constructing two new pipelines parallel to their predecessor, Mariner East 1. The pipelines will carry natural gas liquids such as propane and ethane. Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics will host two public forums in southeast Pennsylvania this week to discuss its proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline project. [...]

Clean Air Council challenges state panel to adopt new building codes

Environmentalists are suing Pennsylvania in an effort to force the adoption of updated building codes that would result in significant energy savings and help the state meet new federal standards on CO2 emissions. The suit by the Clean Air Council against the Department of Labor and Industry says a department-administered panel that reviews national building [...]

Fracking health complaints received little follow-up from the Department of Health

Newly released documents from the Pennsylvania Department of Health on fracking-related health complaints reveal a lack of follow-through and inaccurate record-keeping. The telephone logs, which span four years from 2011 to 2015, were gained through a Right-to-Know request by the environmental group Food and Water Watch. The documents include about 87 separate complaints from residents [...]

New fracking jobs number likely more accurate, say economists

Pennsylvania’s new way of counting jobs related to Marcellus Shale drilling is probably more accurate, say economists who study the industry. Last week Governor Tom Wolf’s administration changed the way the state Department of Labor and Industry tracks gas jobs. Approximately 30,000 people work directly in oil and gas sectors. Under the old method, the [...]

What happened to 160,000 fracking jobs? Under Wolf, the numbers change

Somehow Pennsylvania lost 160,000 gas industry jobs overnight. What happened? Did drillers flee at the specter of a new tax on production? Not quite. Although companies have been laying off workers and cutting costs– lackluster market conditions don’t explain this shift. Instead, it was a decision made under Governor Wolf’s new administration. Last week the state [...]

Bradford County considers royalties lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy

Pennsylvania’s most drilled-on county is exploring the possibility of joining one of the many lawsuits that have been filed recently against Chesapeake Energy. The Oklahoma City-based company has been widely accused of cheating landowners out of royalty money from natural gas drilling. The Bradford County commissioners asked their solicitor to look into the matter and will [...]

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