What Happened to DCNR’s $6 Million Marcellus Monitoring Report?

After spending more than three years and $6 million to monitor how gas drilling is affecting public forests, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has yet to release the information, and environmental groups are beginning to raise questions.

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NY Environmental Commissioner Says Fracking Delay Will Continue

One day after President Obama touted the hydro fracking of natural gas as a “bridge fuel”, New York's environmental commissioner says it’s “extremely unlikely” that permits for drilling wells will be issued in that state in the next year.

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New Pipeline from PA Fracking Fields Stirs Controversy in the Bluegrass State

Kentucky is the land of Thoroughbreds and Bourbon, but it’s also in the middle of a very big pipeline project. The Bluegrass Pipeline would take natural gas liquids from Pennsylvania and Ohio, and bring it to the Gulf coast. That’s where many of the country’s petrochemical plants are located.  The pipeline would pass through the backyards of thousands of rural Kentuckians.

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Pennsylvania DEP Seeks Input on Overhaul of Drilling Regulations

Five years into Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom, the state is overhauling environmental regulations for drillers.  StateImpact Pennsylvania's Katie Colaneri reports the proposed rules would change the way the industry operates above ground.

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The Fracking of Act 13: How the Supreme Court Torpedoed Marcellus Law

How an amendment from the early days of the environmental movement gave the court ammunition to strike down Act 13. 

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Shale To Solar: Farmers Use Gas Money to Build Solar Arrays

Dwayne Bauknight and Duane Miller have almost nothing in common—except for a row of gleaming new solar panels on their farms. For very different reasons, they're using gas money to invest in renewables.

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Corbett: Opponents of Shale are 'Economic Change Deniers'

At a shale gas conference in Pittsburgh, Gov. Tom Corbett defended his policies promoting drilling in the state, and defended his own math, too. Corbett, who is running for re-election, said drilling under his watch was responsible for a vast economic lift to the state.

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Fracking News: Treatment Plant Lawsuit, New Well Inspections

Keeping polluted fracking wastewater out of the Allegheny River is one of the Marcellus Shale topics award-winning energy reporter Laura Legere's been keeping an eye on.  She's also looking into new Pennsylvania shale gas well inspections.  Legere spoke recently to The Allegheny Front about her work and the latest in shale news.

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U.S. Coast Guard Publishes Proposed Policy on Moving Frack Wastewater by Barge

The U.S. Coast Guard, which regulates the country’s waterways, will allow shale gas companies to ship fracking wastewater on the nation’s rivers and lakes under a proposed policy published Wednesday.

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PennFuture Says Loyalsock Drilling Plan Too Secretive

An environmental group wants to see details about a drilling plan for Loyalsock State Forest. But it says the independent state agency charged with managing public records is keeping too much of the plan a secret.

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