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Report: DEP Fails to Consider Health Impacts of Shale

Earthworks, an environmental advocacy group, charges that the state’s Department of Environmental Protection left many Marcellus wells uninspected, doesn't consider health impacts of shale gas, and prioritized speedy permitting over enforcement. The DEP says the report is biased and relies on old data.

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Fracking Has Arrived in Amish Country

The cyber technologies that we rely on are something the Amish live without in their traditional way of life. But some Amish are saying yes to one very modern, very industrial technology: fracking. In Ohio, some of the best pockets of oil and gas in the East run right under Amish country. The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier found the drilling boom is already changing the way Amish there live.

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Mr. Hanger Goes to Harrisburg?

John Hanger -- former secretary of Pennsylvaniaメs Department of Environmental Protection - announced in November that he is running for g

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PA's Top Environmental Cop Says State Doing the Job

How much regulation for shale gas is too much?

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Shale Photo Documentary Shows Faces, Landscapes in Marcellus Land

Marcellus Shale drilling has brought Pennsylvania intensive economic development along with questions about environmental safety, but what does that promise and controversy look like? A new exhibit at Pittsburgh Filmmakers takes a photographer's look at the impact. 

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Fracking in New York at a Crossroads

Earlier this month, New York announced it would put on hold a decision about whether to lift a moratorium on shale gas drilling while off

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Industry-backed Study Draws Fire Toward Penn State

Claims of cover-ups and a lack of transparency have shrouded Penn State over the last year. And this month brings another complaint about the school's disclosure policies. As The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports, this time it has nothing to do with the school's football program, but its research into natural gas.

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Bill: Voters Choose State's Top Environmental Cop

One lawmaker in Pennsylvania wants to make environmental protection an election issue--but not in the way you might think.

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Bill: Voters Choose State's Top Environmental Cop

One lawmaker in Pennsylvania wants to make environmental protection an election issue--but not in the way you might think. Jesse White, a state representative in Washington County, says he wants the state's top environmental regulator to be an elected official. The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier reports.

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Local Drilling Law under State Scrutiny

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission or PUC this week told a Pittsburgh area suburb it would review their local law limiting drilling in the township. It's the first review of its kind, and could test the state's power to oversee drilling under Act 13, Pennsylvania's landmark Marcellus shale legislation.

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