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PA expands particulate monitoring as federal study finds high level in one location

Pennsylvania is stepping up its monitoring of air contamination by fine particulates at sites near natural gas compressor stations. The move comes on the heels of a federal government study of one site in Susquehanna County, which found levels of the particulate matter known as PM2.5 that researchers say could be harmful for people who [...]

Constitution Pipeline Accuses NY of ‘Flagrant Misstatements’ in Denying Permit

The builders of the proposed Constitution Pipeline hit back at New York State on Monday after state officials denied a water-quality permit, halting construction of the controversial natural gas line from northeastern Pennsylvania into New York State. The pipeline builders, led by Williams Partners of Oklahoma, said the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation had made [...]

New York State denies permit to Constitution Pipeline, halting construction

New York State on Friday denied a crucial water-quality permit to builders of a controversial natural gas pipeline, halting its construction through about 100 miles of that state and another 25 miles of Pennsylvania. The decision was hailed as a big victory by environmental campaigners, who have argued that the Constitution Pipeline would destroy swathes [...]

Williams delays construction of Constitution Pipeline

Updating with comments from critics, Sunoco Construction of the controversial Constitution Pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York State has been delayed by about six months because its developer, the Williams Companies, is unable to complete tree cutting by a March 31 federal deadline that is designed to protect migratory birds, the [...]

Maple syrup trees cut to make way for the Constitution Pipeline

Megan Holleran lost the latest round of her long-running battle with the natural gas industry on Tuesday when men with chain saws began to fell trees on her family’s property to make way for an interstate pipeline. The felling crew took down about one and a half acres of trees on the 23-acre Susquehanna County [...]

Judge restarts tree-felling for construction of Constitution Pipeline

A federal judge has set rules for the resumption of tree-felling to make way for a natural gas pipeline to be built from Susquehanna County into New York State. Judge Malachy Mannion of the Middle District of Pennsylvania said the builders of the proposed Constitution Pipeline could return to a property in New Milford Township [...]

Landowners brace for start of tree-felling by Constitution Pipeline builders

Landowners in Susquehanna County prepared for a last-minute confrontation with tree-felling crews who were expected to begin clearing forest on Friday to make way for the planned Constitution Pipeline to take natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale into New York State. Opponents of the tree-clearing plan said three landowners in New Milford Township have not [...]

Study: Shale gas related water contamination top-down, not bottom-up

Contaminants related to shale gas production found in well water in Northeast Pennsylvania likely results from surface spills and leaks, rather than fluid migrating up from fracked wells, according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study also found a correlation between detectable hydrocarbons and [...]

Study shows increased hospitalizations in Pennsylvania shale gas region

A study released today in the journal PLOS ONE shows a rise in hospitalization rates that researchers say correspond to an increase in the number of shale gas wells in Northeast Pennsylvania. The report used information from the Department of Environmental Protection along with data from the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council between 2007 to [...]

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 [...]

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