As gas drillers look for more places to drill, their wells edging closer to schools—in some cases less than 1000 feet. This doesn't sit well with many parents.
Governor Tom Wolf made good on a campaign promise with a proposed a 5 percent tax on natural gas drilling to increase funding for public education.
An organization started in Doddridge County, W.Va. has been teaming with scientists to try to get a better handle on the impacts of horizontal drilling and the ancillary processes that support it. WV Host Farms brings together landowners, researchers, students, and news reporters to take a close look at what is locally referred to as “ground zero” of Marcellus shale fracking.
Loyalsock State Forest consists of more than 100,000 acres of pristine wilderness 120 miles north of Harrisburg. Now it's at the center of a fight between environmental groups and state regulators over whether, where and how Marcellus gas drilling should be allowed there.
Last week, a court ruling invalidated the ban on horizontal drilling with fracking that the city of Morgantown enacted in June.
An appeal filed this week marks the most recent attempt by Marcellus drilling companies to contest local drilling rules. The Allegheny Front's Ann Murray has more about the legal wrangling over where deep shale gas wells can be located in one small community south of Pittsburgh.
The impacts on air quality from power plants and other sources of pollution have kept the Pittsburgh metropolitan area at the top of the