NEWS AND VIEWS

Are Leaking Wells Letting Methane Get into Dimocks Water?

Laura Legere           Times Tribune      September 30, 2012 More than two years after the state halted a natural gas drillers operations in a corner of Dimock Twp., the right answer to a last question is all that stands between drill bits and earth. Are leaking wells still allowing gas to escape into residents drinking water? Water […]

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Proprietary Fluid Leaks Into Pine Creek

Morgan Myers      RDA Newsletter      Sept. 26, 2012   A boom placed in Pine Creek catches contamination WATERVILLE, PA A Minuteman Environmental Services truck released 3,600 gallons of HydroRecovery LPs Hydraulic Stimulation Fluid into Pine Creek after crashing into a cliff along Route 44 yesterday afternoon. Firefighters placed booms in the creek to mitigate contamination. By […]

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Drilling Opponents Target Penn State’s Academic Accreditation

Susan Phillips        StateImpact PA  / NPR         September 18, 2012   Penn State stu­dents play fris­bee in front of Old Main on cam­pus, State Col­leg A group of gas drilling oppo­nents based in North­east Penn­syl­va­nia is ask­ing author­i­ties to scru­ti­nize the University’s aca­d­e­mic cre­den­tials in light of stud­ies issued by their pro­fes­sors. The Respon­si­ble Drilling Alliance […]

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As Gas Industry Heats Up, Potentially Radioactive Waste Materials Are Shipped Out – But At What Cost ?

The Columbia Gas well in Beaver County is located at the Blackhawk Storage Facility in South Beaver Township, about 30 miles southeast of Youngstown. Beaver County’s lone well is different from the wells in Ohio. Columbia Gas stores gas it purchases in the well in the summer, then withdraws the gas to sell in the […]

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Fracking Is Safe—Except in Wyoming

Mark Drajem      Bloomberg Businessweek      September 06, 2012   It smells like diesel Louis Meeks, a hay farmer in Pavillion, Wyo., holds a mason jar under a faucet in his house and turns on the water. It’s a demonstration he’s given to a slew of neighbors and government officials. The water, drawn from his backyard […]

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More Gas “Plumes” Documented In Bradford County

Scott Detrow    StateImpact/NPR       September 10, 2012 Some of the con­se­quences of stray methane leak­ing from nat­ural gas wells are eas­ier to spot than oth­ers. Over­flow­ing water wells and bub­bling methane pud­dles are easy to doc­u­ment. But methane plumes are odor­less and invis­i­ble, so you need some sophis­ti­cated equip­ment to track it. Equip­ment like the “portable […]

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Loyalsock Creek Pipeline Construction Spill Caught On Camera

Scott Detrow      StateImpact PA / NPR     September 5, 2012 On Fri­day, what a Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion employee described as a “sig­nif­i­cant amount” of sed­i­ment and mud from a pipeline con­struc­tion project spilled into Sul­li­van County’s Loy­al­sock Creek. When Dean Mar­shall heard about the spill, he drove to Loy­al­sock State For­est to doc­u­ment the dam­age. Here’s […]

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