December 8, 2016

Amish Oppose Use of Drilling ‘Brine’ Wastewater on Roads

The Amish are worried about their wells, about their water, about the industrial smell, about having to drive their buggies through it, and their health
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 30, 2016

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PA Doctors Call for State Ban on Drilling and Fracking

The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s 300-member House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution calling for the fracking moratorium
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 28, 2016

The Pennsylvania Medical Society has called for a moratorium on new shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing and is urging the state to establish an … Continue reading

Law Unfairly Gave Shale Drillers ‘Special’ Treatment, PA Supreme Court Rules

Court declares that Act 13 is an unconstitutional “special law” that benefits specific groups or industries
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2016

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Range Resources Exec’s Well-Site Remarks Drawing Sharp Criticism

Does Range avoid rich neighborhoods?
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 18, 2016

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Two environmental organizations will ask the state’s Office of Environmental Justice to review Range Resources’ past and future shale gas development practices to determine if the company has avoided drilling Continue reading

PA State Board OKs New Oil and Gas Regulations

Major revisions to strengthen the state’s oil and gas regulations approved
By Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 3, 2016

Pennsylvania’s environmental rule-making body approved major revisions to strengthen the state’s oil and gas regulations on Wednesday at the end of a heated three-hour meeting when critics of the rules called … Continue reading

New Information Surfaces in Washington County Water Well Contamination Complaint

Little is known about tracers, the chemical and low-level radio nuclei added to the fracking process to assess the success of drilling thousands of feet underground
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 16, 2015

Range Resources used chemical and low-grade radioactive isotope “tracers” to chart and analyze the reach of … Continue reading

Study Links Foam in Water Wells to Shale Well Sites

White foam in NE PA water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites
By Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 4, 2015

White foam in northeastern Pennsylvania water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites that have already been blamed for causing natural gas to … Continue reading

Study Finds Those Living Near Shale Wells More Likely to be Hospitalized

Residents of 2 NE PA counties with a high density of active shale gas wells were more likely to be admitted to the hospital for heart, nervous system and other medical conditions than residents in neighboring areas with no drilling
By Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15, 2015

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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