Marcellus Life: One Greene County Man’s Encounter with a Landman

Leigh Shields refused to allow seismic testing for natural gas on his 88 acres in Spraggs, Greene County. He thought if he said no to the company asking, that would be the end of it.

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The Marcellus Shale, in Poetry

WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf about her foray into "docupoetry." Kasdorf is a Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State University. She visited areas of Pennsylvania affected by Marcellus Shale development, and is completing a collection of documentary poetry.

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Dept. of Fracking: Three Studies Examine Drilling Risks

A slate of recently released scientific studies show what aspects of natural gas development are of concern to the environment and public health, and what aspects might not be.

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Regulators Take a Listen to Gas Compressor Stations

How much noise pollution is caused by natural gas development? It depends on what you’re hearing: drilling, fracking, or processing gas. This summer state regulators are trying to get a handle on one of the most persistently noisy places—compressor stations.

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Gov. Corbett Praises Airport Drilling, Others Concerned

At the kickoff of a natural gas drilling project at Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said the energy produced will lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil. Clean water advocates say that claim is unsubstantiated.

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EPA Faulted for Failing to Regulate Fracking with Diesel

A new report reveals natural gas drillers could be using diesel to frack wells without the mandated federal permits. Unlike other chemicals used in gas drilling, Congress requires extensive oversight if diesel is present.

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On Public Land, a Gas Company Takes Private Control

A state court is set to decide if more natural gas leasing can occur in Pennsylvania’s public forests. So far, much of the debate has focused on impacts to plants and animals. But some gas companies have been blocking people from accessing public roads and forests.

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Gov Watcher Turns 'Frack Fic' Writer

Fiction writers have begun to delve into the world of unconventional oil and gas—and maybe a new sub-genre is in the making—fracking fiction, or “frack fic” for short. One of the writers pioneering this new genre is James Browning, author of “The Fracking King.”

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Report: DEP Fails to Consider Health Impacts of Shale

Earthworks, an environmental advocacy group, charges that the state’s Department of Environmental Protection left many Marcellus wells uninspected, doesn't consider health impacts of shale gas, and prioritized speedy permitting over enforcement. The DEP says the report is biased and relies on old data.

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Commonwealth Court Throws Out Some Challenges to Act 13

Pennsylvania doctors have nothing to worry about when it comes to the so-called “gag order” on chemical exposures from oil and gas drilling. That’s the message from the Commonwealth Court in a much-anticipated ruling on provisions of the state’s two-year-old oil and gas law.

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