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Marcellus producers on state land pulled back again in 2014, data show

Shale gas development on Pennsylvania’s public lands slowed again in 2014, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said on Thursday, in the latest sign of an industry slowdown in response to low market prices. The DCNR issued its latest shale gas monitoring update showing that the number of well pads, roads and approvals to [...]

Report criticizes expanded drilling on public land

A report out today from the environmental advocacy group, PennEnvironment, outlines the threats posed to public parks and forests by expanding natural gas development. “Sadly, politicians from both sides of the aisle—Democrats and Republicans alike– have used their positions of power to press for opening up these public lands,” says Lina Blount, a field associate [...]

On public land, a gas company takes private control

On any given day Bob Deering doesn’t know how much trouble he’ll have getting to and from his home. He lives on a mountain in Lycoming County and he’s routinely stopped and questioned by security guards. It’s been happening for the past six years– ever since the natural gas boom began. “I’ve been coming up here [...]

DCNR releases first Marcellus monitoring report

How is Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling affecting Pennsylvania’s state forests? A new report released Wednesday by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources offers mixed results. “First and foremost is that shale-gas production on state forest lands is neither benign nor catastrophic,” Dan Devlin, acting deputy secretary for Parks and Forestry, wrote in the [...]

DEP fined oil and gas companies $2.5 million last year

Oil and gas companies were fined $2.5 million by Pennsylvania environmental regulators last year for violations at well sites and pipeline routes. The 2013 total was the third highest in the three decades of oil and gas penalties the Department of Environmental Protection tracks in its public compliance report. Oil and gas companies were fined [...]

Poll: Most Pennsylvanians support gas drilling, but not in state forests

A new poll out this week from Franklin and Marshall College has found that most Pennsylvanians support natural gas drilling, but do not want to see operations expand in state forests. More than two-thirds or 68 percent of the participants said they oppose opening more state forest land to drilling, while 64 percent said they [...]

What’s in a name? Addresses for drilling sites include tall men and dead pigs

If you’re walking in Sproul State Forest and come upon a brown sign with white lettering that reads, “Little Texas Lane”, you can safely assume the path leads to a Marcellus Shale gas well. That’s because a two-year-old law requires Marcellus sites to have official addresses and clear signage. It’s an effort to improve safety, [...]

U.S. Geological Survey Documenting Land Disturbance From Natural Gas Drilling

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) published a pair of reports today, which are part of larger series aimed at documenting and quantifying the landscape disturbance from Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling industry. The USGS-funded project has been underway for a little over two years and has documented a reduction of Pennsylvania’s interior forests–  habitats for [...]

More State Land To Be Leased For Drilling

3,000 acres of state game land in Bradford County are being leased for natural gas drilling. Environmental advocates have bemoaned drilling in Pennsylvania’s state forests, worrying the clearings, well construction and truck traffic will permanently damage the wildlife. But Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser takes a different approach in an interview with the Towanda Daily [...]

Pennsylvania Forests Certified As Well-Managed

Environmental advocates have worried natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania’s state forests could harm their status as “well-managed,” but as the Post-Gazette reports, the forest have been certified for the fourteenth-straight year.

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