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Five protestors arrested at Pa. state forest drilling site

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports five protestors were arrested on Thursday after blocking access to workers at a drilling site in Tiadaghton State Forest in Lycoming County. According to the Sun-Gazette, it took firefighters more than two hours to free the protestors from Marcellus Shale EarthFirst who had chained and cemented their arms to a pipe stretched [...]

DCNR releases drilling company’s proposed Loyalsock development plan

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released a drilling company’s proposal to develop natural gas from a contested section of the Loyalsock State Forest after the Office of Open Records ruled that the public has a right to review at least portions of the plan. DCNR has described details of Anadarko Petroleum’s Loyalsock [...]

Drilling Opponents Pack DCNR Meeting On Loyalsock State Forest

After facing months of public pressure over the possibility of expanding natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) held a public meeting on the issue. DCNR estimates between 400 to 500 people turned out tonight to Lycoming College in Williamsport. The meeting ran an hour [...]

Hardcore Fractivists Prepare to Raise the Stakes

Last summer we reported on a group of anti-drilling environmentalists who climbed trees in the Moshannon State Forest to protest gas drilling operations by EQT energy. The activists built barricades, and shut down operations for several hours. The incident ended relatively peacefully. But it may have just been a practice run. E&E News published a [...]

‘We’re Dealing with an Insurgency,’ says Energy Company Exec of Fracking Foes

On Tuesday, we reported on a story first published by CNBC, where several Pennsylvania gas drilling executives recorded on tape say their companies use military tactics to counter drilling opponents. Speaking at an industry conference in Houston, Texas, the men encouraged their colleagues to look to counter-insurgency techniques. An environmental activist attending the conference recorded [...]

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