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Wagner (Basically) Fine with Fracking

Jack Wagner, the newest entrant into the crowded race for Pennsylvania Governor, says he's in favor of fracking. But he wants to see it done safely. 

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New York Village Appeals to Sell Water for Fracking

A year ago, environmental groups won a court injunction against the village of Painted Post, New York,  preventing it from continuing water shipments for fracking operations in Pennsylvania. The case is in court, again, and officials from the town are hoping for a different outcome.

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Environmental Groups Rally Against Plan to Expand Drilling in State Forests

A statewide coalition of environmental groups rallied to oppose Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s proposal to expand leasing of state parks and forests for natural gas drilling.

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Republicans Seek Makeovers for Endangered Species Laws

Endangered species laws nationally and in Pennsylvania are facing makeovers by Republican lawmakers.  At issue are a focus on species recovery and decsion-making power about threatened and endangered species listings.  

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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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Freezing Grapes Worry Politicians and Growers

The cold temperatures this winter have been killing off grape buds in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Matt Martin reports that Senator Charles Schumer visited the region to urge the federal government to prepare emergency funds for grape growers.

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Oil Train Derails Outside of Pittsburgh

Twenty-one cars from a train carrying Canadian crude oil and propane to the east coast derailed near Pittsburgh, in the latest in a string of oil train accidents.  Officials said between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of crude oil leaked out of four cars that overturned on an eastbound Norfolk Southern train bound for New Jersey in Vandergrift, Pa.

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Microbeads Ban Proposed in New York

Tiny plastic particles called microbeads have been showing up in testing of the Great Lakes. Lawmakers in New York are proposing a ban on the sale of cosmetics and personal care products which contain microbeads.  

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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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Corbett Budget Proposal Expands Drilling in State Parks and Forests

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett plans to overturn a Rendell-era executive order that placed a moratorium on new gas leases on public park and forest land.

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