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False positive results of radioactivity suspected in Greene County stream

New test results from a Greene County stream show much lower levels of radioactivity than state samples revealed last year, leading one researcher to suspect the state came up with a false positive. More tests are expected in the coming months to determine if high levels of radium are seeping out of an abandoned mine [...]

Mystery continues over radioactivity in Western Pa. stream

On the banks of Ten Mile Creek, a stream that snakes through Greene County, Ken Dufalla looked out at one of his favorite fishing spots. “That’s probably one of the best walleye fishing there is in the evening you can find. I’ve caught muskies, walleyes, saugers,” Dufalla said. Four years ago, Dufalla, who leads a [...]

DEP slaps Vantage Energy with massive fine for landslide and dumping

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined the Colorado-based Vantage Energy almost $1 million for more than a dozen violations of the state’s Clean Streams Law and the  Oil and Gas Act. The sanction stems from a landslide at the company’s Porter Street well site in Franklin Township, Greene County. But it turns out the landslide [...]

OSHA will not fine Chevron for fatal well fire in southwest Pennsylvania

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has wrapped up its investigation into the death of a worker at a Chevron natural gas well site in southwest Pennsylvania. The agency announced in a brief statement Tuesday it will not issue citations or fines for the incident. On Feb. 11, Ian McKee, 27, was killed when a well [...]

Pa. faults Chevron for lack of oversight, poor communication in fatal well fire

In a new report out today, the Department of Environmental Protection says Chevron was “too guarded” in its communication with state regulators and the media, and did not provide adequate information after a fatal well fire in southwest Pennsylvania. The DEP admits it is also to blame for the poor communication and that the agency did [...]

Family of worker killed in southwest Pa. gas well fire sues Chevron

The family of a worker who was killed in a February explosion at a Chevron natural gas well site in Greene County has filed suit against the company. Ian McKee, 27, was a contract worker with Texas-based Cameron International. On the morning of Feb. 11, McKee was participating in a safety meeting on the site in [...]

DEP says residents not exposed to harmful air pollution during Chevron well fire

Nearby residents and emergency crews that responded to a February explosion at a natural gas well site in southwest Pennsylvania were not exposed to harmful air pollution, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. In a report released Wednesday, the department said it collected air samples near the Chevron well site in Dunkard Township, [...]

Chevron blocked access to DEP after fatal well fire in southwest Pa.

When a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Greene County, killing a worker, the company blocked personnel with the state Department of Environmental Protection from accessing the site for nearly two days. The DEP acquiesced, despite its regulatory authority. Now, that issue is one of nine violations the DEP outlined in a letter to Chevron [...]

Chevron pizza controversy puts southwest Pa. coal town in the spotlight

Bobtown is having its 15 minutes of fame. The small town in southwest Pennsylvania has been on the lips of late-night comedians, Twitter wits and anti-fracking activists. First, in February, a Chevron natural gas well near Bobtown exploded, killing a young worker. Then, the company responded by giving community residents free coupons to Bobtown Pizza. This struck Chevron’s critics [...]

Pa. DEP says radiation levels ‘normal’ after Greene County gas well fire

The Department of Environmental Protection says residents were not exposed to unsafe levels of radiation in the days following last month’s explosion and fire on a Chevron natural gas well pad in Greene County. On Feb. 13 and 14, the Bureau of Radiation Protection collected samples from three spots in Dunkard Township to make sure [...]

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