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Local Health Project Releases Comprehensive Strategy for Monitoring Private Well Water

MCMURRAY, PA – Amidst growing concerns about the safety of water from private wells near natural gas extraction sites, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPAEHP) is releasing a comprehensive set of guidelines for monitoring and testing private wells. SWPA-EHP is an organization dedicated to addressing the public health needs of Washington County residents who […]

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Water Cleanup Among Those Benefiting From Drilling Boom

Amy Friedenberger       Pittsburgh Post-Gazette       May 29, 2012 A local contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck after watering down the dirt roads to keep the dust down at the Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Claysville, Pa. Theres plenty of money to make in the natural gas drilling industry. And it goes beyond the […]

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Natural Gas Golden Age Is Threatened by Pollution, IEA Says

Matthew Brown       Bloomberg Businessweek     May 29, 2012 An oil drilling rig stands on the Bakken formation in North Dakota, U.S. North Dakota’s Bakken is the center of that boom. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg An oil drilling rig stands on the Bakken formation in North Dakota, U.S. North Dakota’s Bakken is the center of that boom. A […]

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pa municipality support for legal challenge growing 67 municipalities opposing act 13

July 20th PA Municipality Support for Legal Challenge Growing 67 Municipalities Opposing Act 13 Press Release          July 19, 2012 Contact: Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network As the reality of Pennsylvania’s Act 13 sets in at the local level in Pennsylvania, there is a groundswell of disapproval. In customarily deliberate and carefully considered fashion, […]

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PA Court Says Compressor Stations Essential to Production

Zack Needles      The Legal Intelligencer      May 28, 2012 A gas compressor station operation. The Commonwealth Court has ruled that the operation of a compressor station falls within the definition of gas production as used in a townships zoning ordinance, and thus cannot be banned by a township in areas where gas production is otherwise permitted. […]

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Critics Question Shale Gas Researcher, Schools

Kevin Begos      Associated Press      May 25, 2012 PITTSBURGH — A well-known expert on the natural gas boom is again facing criticism over his ties to industry and a lack of transparency in how he presents work to the public, fueling debates over research that’s been published by major universities. Timothy Considine was […]

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Checks from Drilling May Dry Up Amid Low Gas Prices

Erich Schwartzel        Pittsburgh Post-Gazette     May 22, 2012 Royalty checks that start to arrive when a gas company drills on your property can make for some very profitable envelopes in the mailbox. But the low natural gas prices that have disrupted industry balance sheets in recent months could start to cut into those checks. Put it […]

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