October 21, 2016

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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Damascus Citizens Reviewing Pond Eddy Bridge Permits, Process

Critics have long said the new bridge is not needed, is too expensive and the construction will play havoc with the environment
By Fritz Mayer, The River Reporter, August 4, 2016

The history of the proposal to replace the Pond Eddy Bridge is fraught with groups attempting to halt the … Continue reading

New York Denies Critical Permit for Natural Gas Pipeline

Constitution Pipeline Project Halted,
NYS Denies Needed Permit

“The Department of Environmental Conservation said that in addition to its review of Constitution’s application and supporting materials, the agency also considered more than 15,000 public comments before reaching its decision.”

ALBANY, N.Y. — … Continue reading

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

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

Imagine Living in One of These Houses

Imagine Living in One of These Houses

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

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline After 7 Years Of Review

Obama: “The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States. I agree with that decision.”
By Laura Barron-Lopez and Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post, November 6, 2015

President Barack Obama on Friday rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL … 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

Fracking Chemicals Detected in PA Drinking Water

This is the first case published with a complete story showing organic compounds attributed to fracking found in a homeowner’s well
By Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, May 4, 2015

An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly … 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

Residents of … Continue reading