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Marcellus Shale

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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Organic Farmer Rallies Against Gas Compressor Station

One of western Pennsylvania’s largest organic farms rallied customers to oppose a proposal for a nearby natural gas compressor station.  But other residents say the development ensures regional prosperity, and even keeps the land from less desirable commercial development.  

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Shale News: Advocates March in Harrisburg; Fracking in Deer Lakes Park

While shale advocates marched on Harrisburg, the Allegheny County Council approved of a measure that would allow fracking under Deer Lakes Park, near Pittsburgh.

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Gas Royalties Bill Remains Controversial in Harrisburg

A proposal aimed at ensuring Pennsylvanians are paid properly for the natural gas on their property is facing strong opposition from the oil and gas industry.

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Lancaster County Residents Criticize Pipeline Proposal

A proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through several nature preserves in Lancaster County is angering many residents.  It was standing room only as concerned residents packed a public meeting between the county of Lancaster and Oklahoma-based Williams Partners.

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With No Health Registry, PA Doesn’t Know the Impact of Fracking on Health

After more than five years and about 6,000 wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale boom, public-health experts say the need to collect information near fracking operations in Pennsylvania is urgent.  How will anyone in the state know the possible health impacts of hydraulic fracturing unless information is collected?

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Chevron Pizza Controversy Puts Southwest Pa. Coal Town in the Spotlight

In February, a Chevron natural gas well near the small southwest Pennsylvania town of Bobtown exploded, killing a worker. The company responded by giving community residents free coupons to Bobtown Pizza, causing a barrage of media scrutiny. While this struck Chevron's critics as outrageous, some residents have a different response to the company's gesture.

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House Dems, Environmentalists Seek to Block Drilling in Loyalsock State Forest

State House Democrats and environmental advocates are asking the Corbett administration to block natural gas drilling in a state forest that straddles three counties in the thick of Marcellus shale country.

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Pennsylvania's New Rush: Universities Compete to Study Shale

The gas boom in the Marcellus shale has set off another rush in Pennsylvania—colleges and universities trying to study fracking. Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State, and others have set up centers designed to attract funding to study shale gas. 

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