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June 1, 2013

Public Input Wanted on Fracking Loyalsock State Forest

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is hold a public meeting in Williamsport, PA on June 3 to discuss the possible plan to allow drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, on or near the Old Loggers Path.

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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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Loyalsock Forest--A Guided Tour of the Next Drilling Frontline

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.


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Scientists Square Off Over Fracking's Impact on Climate

Robert Howarth at Cornell University published a controversial paper about fracking in the journal Climatic Change which touched off a heated debate. So much so that both sides accuse one another of bias, advocacy, and practicing politics, not science. 

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Searching for Methane Leaks from Shale Gas

Scientists question how much gas is leaking from shale gas wells. To gauge whether fracking is heating the planet, scientists are getting up close and personal with drilling rigs. We tag along on one such field trip and find some results that stunned researchers. 

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