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Pennsylvania confirms first fracking-related earthquakes

Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity. In April 2016, Texas-based Hilcorp Energy Company [...]

Residents forced to evacuate after fire at western Pa. gas well pad

As many as 20 homes were evacuated after a fire broke out early Saturday at a Hilcorp Energy natural gas well pad in western Pennsylvania. No injuries were reported. The fire in Shenango Township was the second incident at a Hilcorp site in Mercer County this month. More from The Sharon Herald:  A resident reported seeing 50-foot-high [...]

DEP postpones hearings on forced pooling request in western Pa.

A growing controversy surrounding a company’s request to drill for natural gas without some property owners’ consent has moved the Department of Environmental Protection to postpone a set of hearings on the issue. Hilcorp Energy Company asked DEP in July to approve Utica Shale drilling units for 3,267 acres in Lawrence and Mercer counties – all but 35 [...]

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