April 18, 2014

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

Ridge’s Firms to Get $900,000 for Pushing Marcellus Drilling

Ridge’s firms to get $900,000 for pushing Marcellus drilling
By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Monday, August 02, 2010

HARRISBURG — Former Gov. Tom Ridge and a team of other officials at his two consulting firms will be paid $900,000 for a one-year contract as strategic advisers to the Marcellus Shale … Continue reading

Report: Well drilling violations near 1,500 for Marcellus Shale

Report: Well drilling violations near 1,500 for Marcellus Shale
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A new report by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association said the state has identified 1,435 violations by 43 Marcellus Shale drilling companies since January 2008, prompting environmental groups to call for quick legislative action to protect … Continue reading

1,200 hear Marcellus Shale debate

EPA hearing in Southpointe one of four nationwide
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Concerns about the risk of water contamination and public health problems from Marcellus Shale drilling dominated a sometimes loud U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Southpointe attended by 1,200 people Thursday night.

Although EPA officials told those … Continue reading