Anadarko Petroleum offered the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources $15 million for surface use to a section of the Loyalsock State Forest known as the Old Logger's Path. Environmental groups argue that a rare legal clause gives the state the right to deny drillers access to the 18,000 acre portion of the forest.
The state’s first-ever tally of air pollution from the fracking boom shows shale gas activity comprises a fraction of the overall pollution in the state. But the state’s new figures also show that the industry has brought pollution to areas that were largely free of it.
A citizens’ water testing group is finding bromide in local streams that flow into SW PA’s rivers. The high bromide content has led them, and researchers from West Virginia University to suspect that someone is dumping frack waste into mines in that part of the state.
The Department of Environmental Protection announced it would tighten air regulations at natural gas compressor stations. The new standards will reduce emissions from the most common large engines used at these facilities by 75 to 90 percent, the Department estimates.
Rock Run is a crystal clear stream that runs down through Loyalsock State Forest. It drains a part of the Old Loggers Path, one of the state’s best hiking trails. There is drilling to the North, and to the South. But until recently, it looked like trail and the stream would be spared from development in the Marcellus shale.
Pennsylvania’s new Auditor General says his office will look into whether the state has adequately protected water sources in the wake of the shale gas boom.
The Marcellus shale is, of course, most notably tapped for its gas deposits. But one artist has found a very different use for the black gold underground: mosaics. Lynch blends shale with other rocks from our region and colorful glass to create work that is being purchased by gas companies and other aficionadoes of local geology.
It was only a matter of time before someone made a feature movie about fracking. Promised Land is billed as an anti-fracking movie, a movie about the tough choices rural places have to make, and the role of big business in the country’s new energy frontiers. How does it stand up to real life?