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NY Court of Appeals Upholds Local Drilling Bans

In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York’s highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year court battle over bans passed in the towns of Dryden and Middlefield. 

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In Leftover Marcellus Rocks, a Threat to Water Supplies: Radiation

Drill a hole in the ground and you're left with a pile of dirt and rocks called drill cuttings.  Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale drillers produce a lot of these, and it's a problem because the dirt is naturally radioactive. There's a risk the radiation can get into water supplies if it isn't properly treated.  New York has a moratorium on drilling, but its landfills are taking in plenty of solid waste from Pennsylvania's gas boom.

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New Study Finds High Methane Emissions from Gas Drilling

A new study has found “alarmingly high” levels of methane leaking out of natural gas wells in Utah, adding fodder for a simmering debate over the fracking boom’s potential to alleviate climate change.

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Flamethrower: Gasland II Stokes the Flames of Fracking Debate

Josh Fox, a documentary filmmaker, introduced the country to hydraulic fracturing with his Gasland documentary. Now Gasland II premieres on HBO next month. How will audiences react?

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In Gas Drilling, Fracking May Not Be The Only Threat to Well Water

Critics blame fracking fluid for contaminating water supplies.

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Gas Drilling to Start Near Dunkard Creek

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is approving two permits that will allow natural gas drilling near Dunkard Creek

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Safety, Environmental Fears Surround Proposed OH Gas Pipelines

Just as in Pennsylvania, landowners and environmentalists in other states are concerned about the environmental impacts of drilling natur

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Another Green Presence at Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade

Environmental groups added a new shade of green to this year's St. Patrick's day festivities.

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Industry Group Wants Gasland Pulled From Oscar Vote

The documentary Gasland is up for an award at this year's Oscars.

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Book Examines Myth, Legend, Reality, of PA Oilman

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the building of the world's first commercially successful oil well.

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