Gas Boom Hits Home for Residents of Southeastern Pa.

In the past few years, the Marcellus Shale has rapidly become one of the most productive gas plays on the planet.  But for many people in Southeastern Pennsylvania—the state’s most populated region—the boom has been out-of-sight and out-of-mind.  That is, until now.

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3 Things to Know About Shale Drilling This Week

Impacts of drilling in Pennsylvania's state forests, methane levels at drilling sites and the costs and benefits of natural gas development made headlines this week in Marcellus shale drilling news.

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Is Fracking Making Air Quality Better or Worse?

Pennsylvania is reporting some types of air pollution from natural gas drilling are on the decline. But a new study in Washington County, Pennsylvania finds those living near gas drilling may be experiencing high spikes in air pollution.

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Democratic Hopefuls Push Tax on Gas Drilling

Registered Democrats in Pennsylvania will decide their party’s candidate for Governor in about six weeks.  In recent polling, Democratic voters say they’re most concerned about education and the economy. But the four Democratic candidates are tying these issues in with energy and the environment.

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Trains Bring Oil Spills, and Worries Over Safety

An Exxon Valdez worth of oil is now shipped on the rails every day in the U.S. In the middle of a fracking boom, trains have become a necessary way to get oil from drilling hotbeds to markets. But accidents like one that caused an oil spill of Canadian crude near Pittsburgh last week are on the rise.

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Lawmakers Praise DEP Response to Gas Well Fire

The first budget hearing of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection this year focused less on the budget and more on the department’s rapid response to recent environmental accidents.

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Halliburton Fined for Fracking Chemical Violations

The company that practically invented fracking was fined heavily for years of violating state law. Earlier this month, Halliburton agreed to pay a $1.8 million fine leveled by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for hundreds of fracking violations.

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Fracking Debate Could Go Local

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision on the state's Act 13 fracking law means battles over fracking could take on a decidely local feel. The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports that in one Pittsburgh suburb, the next stage in the battle may have already begun.

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Enviros: Forest Driller Gets Poor Marks

An environmental group gave Anadarko Energy poor marks for its environmental violations in a new report. The group is fighting the company's plan to drill in Loyalsock State Forest. 

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Historian Makes Case for Tougher Fracking Laws in PA

How to regulate fracking only became common cause for debate in recent years, but regulating other types of oil and gas drilling has proved challenging for ages in our region. Carnegie Mellon University professor Joel Tarr has been studying the history of natural gas drilling laws, and says Pennsylvania should create tougher regulations at drilling sites.

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