September 2, 2014

Pittsburgh Ban on Natural Gas Fracking Faces Challenge from State Authorities

In 2010, Pittsburgh adopted a first-in-the-nation ordinance banning corporations from extracting natural gas within the city using the controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” over human health and environmental concerns. However, state officials now say the ban on fracking fails to comply with Pennsylvania law and has encroached … Continue reading

Anti-Fracking Protesters Confront PA Gov During Kayaking PR Trip on Endangered River

Posted every few miles on the river’s banks were groups of protestors, challenging the governor’s pro-drilling policy with signs and chants.
By Nora Eisenberg, AlterNet, August 24, 2012

At just after  8 am on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett got into a blue kayak in Beach Lake, Pa  to begin … Continue reading

PA Act 13 Injunction Granted

PA Act 13 municipal zoning and setback waivers for gas and oil well placement are null, void and unenforceable until the PA Supreme Court’s decision on the Commonwealth’s appeal of the July 26 decision. Municipalities do not have to make any changes while awaiting the Supreme Court decision.
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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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In PA, 3,355 Marcellus Violations between 2008 and 2011

On Verge of Historic Marcellus Shale Vote, PennEnvironment Study Finds 3,355 Marcellus Violations between 2008 and 2011

As the Pennsylvania state House takes up contentious Marcellus Shale legislation today, the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center released a new study uncovering environmental violations by gas drillers in Pennsylvania over the last

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STOP PA House Bill 1659 – A BAD DEP Permitting Bill

PA lawmakers to vote on allowing natural gas industry to approve its own permits

You’ve heard of the fox running the henhouse, right? Usually, that’s an expression. It’s usually not “exactly” the case. But, if PA House Bill 1659 goes through, then the Marcellus industry will be in charge of … Continue reading

Gov. Corbett Turns Up Pressure on Neighbors

Lobbies states to open up Delaware River basin for gas drilling
By Tim Darragh, The Morning Call, June 18, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has been lobbying neighboring states to approve regulations to open the Delaware River basin to natural gas drilling, a plan that came to a screeching halt … Continue reading

Inventory of Oil and Gas Well Stray Gas Cases

Department of Environmental Protection

Bureau of Oil and Gas Management

Stray Natural Gas Migration Associated with Oil and Gas Wells

Click here to download the PA DEP document

Commercial oil production started in Pennsylvania in 1859 when Colonel Drake drilled the famous Drake well in Titusville .   From there, petroleum … Continue reading

PASA Asserts its Position in Favor of a Moratorium on Unconventional Gas Extraction

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Urges a Moratorium on Unconventional Gas Drilling
June 11, 2012

PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Promoting Profitable Farms that Produce Healthy Food for All
People while Respecting the Natural Environment
Statement on Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction
Adopted: June 11, 2012

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Report Reveals Few Penalties for Violating Gas Drilling Rules in PA

9 out of 10 drilling violations in 2011 received no fines from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
By Clean Water Action

(Harrisburg) – Clean Water Action released a report today examining the enforcement actions taken in 2011 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) against Marcellus Shale natural gas … Continue reading