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Where Fracking Waste Spills, Concern for Groundwater

A gas company recently got slapped with a record fine after fracking wastewater leaked out of storage ponds in Pennsylvania. What’s in this wastewater, and what happens when it gets on the ground? Communities around drill sites and scientists are asking those questions.

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PA Governor Final Debate: Candidates Differ on Environment and Fracking

The candidates for governor of Pennsylvania met for their third and last scheduled debate, televised live from Pittsburgh. The two clashed over Marcellus shale drilling, and whether the state is doing enough to protect the environment. 

 

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gas Drilling Spills Go Unnoticed

Shale gas drillers spilled waste water and other liquids 137 times in seven years in Pennsylvania, and a lot of those times the companies didn’t even notice. An ongoing series of investigative reports in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores these spills.

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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 and Groundwater Contamination? It's Complicated

In one Pennsylvania town, locals say gas drilling ruined their water. But the state has said drilling had nothing to do with the bad water. What happened? Scientists are still trying to figure it out. This is the latest part of our series 'Exposures.'

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Fox-check: Interview with Josh Fox on Gasland II and Fracking

Josh Fox's first movie, Gasland, made fracking a household name. Three years later, the sequel is re-focusing attention on the fracking controversy.  We caught up with Josh Fox at his premiere in Pittsburgh. Because his movies are so controversial, we added some links to fact-check of many of Fox's claims.

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Policy Expert Takes a Hard Look at Energy and Climate

Michael Levi, the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, recently released a new book titled The Power Surge, which provides significant insight into his thoughts on energy and climate.

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What Happens When a "Green" College Considers Fracking

Just 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, Allegheny College, a private, liberal-arts college, has won national awards for green initiatives.  Now, the school touted in the Princeton Review’s guide to green colleges as a leader of environmental friendliness, is talking about leasing land for fracking.

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New York Town Weighs Ups and Downs of Gas Business

The City of Elmira is just seven miles from the Pennsylvania border. And for four years, the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier crossed over the border and boosted Elmira’s economy. But now that boom has slowed down.

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In Sunbury, Drilling Waste, Politics, and a Pile of Dirt

A pile of dirt has sparked controversy in the city of Sunbury, Northumberland County. A recent city council meeting devolved into a shouting match, as the city, miles from gas wells, has become deeply divided over the drilling industry’s influence on its community.

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