December 21, 2014

PA Studies on Shale-Site Air Emissions Incomplete

Not only did the DEP not calculate the vast majority of chemical hazards, but its determination that public health would not be harmed was not made by anyone with training in medicine, toxicology or environmental or occupational health
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 20, 2014

Three widely cited state … Continue reading

PA DEP Admits Drilling Probe Error in Range Inquiry

Tainted-water hearing targets Range inquiry
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in … Continue reading

PA: Fracking Waste Tainted Groundwater, Soil at 3 Sites

Leaks of fracking waste water from 3 impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 6, 2014

Leaks of fracking waste water from three impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater, prompting the state to issue a violation notice at one … Continue reading

Weak Records Cited on PA Shale Pollution

Violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 3, 2014

Even when pollution discharges from shale gas well pads and impoundments contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported by state environmental regulators, according to documents filed in the Pennsylvania Superior … Continue reading

Gas Drillers Should Minimize Impact on Nature, Poll Says

A majority of those polled say conservation of natural habitats and water resources should be a higher priority than shale gas development
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 1, 2013

Results of a poll by The Nature Conservancy in the six-state Marcellus Shale gas region of the Appalachians indicate strong … Continue reading

Why do Gas Companies $pend so Much on Politicians?

Shareholders Take On Fracking
By James Browning, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 15, 2013

By now, companies that extract natural gas in Pennsylvania by fracking are used to protests. They’ve got talking points to answer those who complain that fracking fouls drinking water and makes people sick. They’ve devised ways to deflect

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PA Representative Calls for Probe of DEP Water Testing Reports

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, today called on state and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate the DEP for “alleged misconduct and fraud”
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 1, 2012

CLICK HERE:  This article ties fracking and renewable solutions to climate change and calls on political leadership to … Continue reading

PA Parks Director Says He Was Forced Out by Corbett Administration

John Norbeck, head of the state’s award-winning park system, said the Corbett administration forced his resignation last week because of “philosophical differences,” including his opposition to commercial timbering, mining and Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the parks.
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 9, 2012

John Norbeck, head of the … Continue reading

Court Throws Out PA Statewide Zoning for Marcellus Shale Drilling

State cannot require local municipalities to allow gas drilling in areas that would conflict with their zoning rules
By Laura Olson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 26, 2012

HARRISBURG — A Commonwealth Court panel this morning threw out Pennsylvania’s attempt to establish statewide zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling, setting up a likely

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Marcellus Shale driller fighting South Fayette ordinance

By Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Range Resources made a significant move Tuesday in what is likely the first step in a legal challenge to the wave of small-town regulations on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company filed an appeal to the zoning hearing board … Continue reading