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Six years on, Butler County community still without water

A community in western Pennsylvania says families are entering their sixth year without clean water and they blame gas drilling. About 50 people living in the rural Butler County community known as The Woodlands, 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, continue to rely on donated water, according to Lee Dreyer, pastor of the White Oak Springs […]

DEP fines pipeline company $1.5 million for damaging Butler County wetlands

A company constructing a pipeline system in Butler County to connect gas wells to a processing plant will pay $1.5 million for causing a landslide into a stream, and discharging sediment in to a wetland. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Stonehenge Appalachia has entered a consent order with the agency and agreed to […]

Judge strikes down suit against fracking opponents

A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed an attempt by a group of natural gas leaseholders seeking to block environmentalists’ objections to a township’s plans to open itself up to gas drilling. Judge Michael Yeager of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas struck down a lawsuit by a property developer and 12 co-plaintiffs who said that […]

Court backing for zoning change could spur wider gas development, critics say

Reid Frazier Nichole Mazurek, of Middlesex Township, at an anti-fracking protest with her three children, Samantha, 8, Ian, 3, and Alyson 6. Environmentalists attacked a county court ruling that backs one township’s change of zoning rules to promote natural gas development, saying the decision is likely to encourage other municipalities in Pennsylvania to open up […]

ACLU calls on Butler County plaintiffs to drop suit over zoning change

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is urging a group of gas-leaseholders and a real estate developer to drop a lawsuit against opponents of a zoning change that sharply increases the amount of a township’s land that can be used for gas drilling. The ACLU said on Tuesday it has written to Dewey Homes […]

Butler County gas leaseholders sue local opponents of zoning change

A dozen western Pennsylvania residents who have leased their land for gas drilling are suing local opponents of gas development in a case that free-speech advocates say could have far-reaching consequences for critics’ ability to debate the industry’s plans. A suit by the 12 leaseholders and a real estate developer in Middlesex and Adams Townships, […]

Case challenges township’s right to change zoning in favor of gas development

Local rights to zone for oil and gas development in Pennsylvania are being tested by a Butler County case in which plaintiffs claim a township has acted unconstitutionally by failing to protect residents from the effects of a sharp increase in industrial activity. Middlesex Township, about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh, approved an ordinance in August […]

Federal Money Will Build A CNG Fueling Station In Butler County

A federal grant will lead to another compressed natural gas fueling station in western Pennsylvania. The Butler Transit Authority will receive $2.4 million, as part of a $60 million effort funded through the federal Clean Fuels Grant Program. There aren’t too many options for filling up natural gas fueled-vehicles right now, as you can see by clicking […]

Act 13 Ruling Convinces Butler County Township To Keep Its Drilling Restrictions In Place

Commonwealth Court’s decision to throw out Act 13’s local zoning restrictions is already impacting municipal zoning. Cranberry Township, Butler County barred Marcellus Shale drilling from residential zones in 2010. After Pennsylvania’s new Marcellus Shale law mandated drilling be allowed in all types of zones, the township’s Board of Supervisors prepared to re-write Cranberry’s ordinances. But as Cranberry […]

Residents Fed Up with Bad Water Flee Shale Drilling Areas

Gas drilling has turned some quiet rural areas of Pennsylvania into growing industrial zones. Residents complain of increased truck traffic, bad air, and contaminated well water. Some of those residents have turned to activism. Others have filed lawsuits. But a growing number of Pennsylvania residents living near Marcellus Shale sites are also packing up their […]

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