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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 [...]

Pennsylvania case studies mirror EPA’s national fracking report

A federal investigation into links between fracking and drinking water contamination in Bradford and Susquehanna Counties found some private water wells had been damaged by methane and ethane migration caused by nearby fracking. But the report found no evidence that homeowners’ private water wells and springs had been affected by frack fluids or waste water. In [...]

Critics say EPA fracking study offers little to advance public debate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited report on fracking and drinking water is short on new research, and avoids discussing some high-profile cases where gas development is alleged to have contaminated water, analysts said. The report, issued on June 4, some four years after the EPA began its investigation, was immediately hailed by both the [...]

EPA: Fracking water problems not widespread

The Environmental Protection Agency says fracking can cause water contamination, but the problems are not widespread. The EPA released its long-awaited draft study today on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water supplies. Speaking on a conference call with reporters, the EPA’s science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of the office of research and [...]

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 [...]

EPA boosts rules for methane reporting by oil and gas producers

The Environmental Protection Agency has moved to require oil and gas operators to improve how they measure methane leaks. Climate scientists and environmentalists increasingly worry about the warming aspects of methane. Although carbon dioxide has been the focus in the fight against global warming, methane is actually more potent in the short run. And as [...]

EPA hearings put Pittsburgh in the crosshairs of climate war

  Note: This story is from The Allegheny Front, a public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania.    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings today in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups [...]

EPA withholding release of report on earthquakes linked to disposal wells

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding back the release of a report on earthquakes related to drilling and related operations, EnergyWire reports.  A team of EPA officials has been looking into concerns that deep injection wells – where wastewater from oil and gas drilling is disposed underground – have caused a spate of earthquakes in [...]

EPA asks for more time to review Cove Point LNG terminal

The Philadelphia office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency has requested an additional a 30 days to review the environmental impacts of a proposed export terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Lusby, Maryland. Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concluded that the Cove Point LNG terminal will “not result in significant cumulative impacts” to [...]

EPA: new emissions rules for refineries would protect neighboring communities

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new emissions rules for refineries aimed at protecting neighborhoods nearby from toxic pollutants, the department announced today. Refineries would be required to measure concentrations of benzene at the fence lines that separate the industrial facilities from the surrounding communities and to make the data publicly available. According to the [...]

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