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Department of Environmental Protection considers rules on tremors and fracking

Department of Environmental Protection considers rules on tremors and fracking

By Laura Legere / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The closest earthquakes presumably caused by hydraulic fracturing stirred about a mile west of the Pennsylvania border, but regulators felt the reverberations in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is considering creating rules for the first time for wells in “seismic hazard areas” — places that may be […]

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Letter From Dr. Jerome A. Paulson to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Filed in E-Library, Health Impacts by on July 14, 2014
Letter From Dr. Jerome A. Paulson to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Dear Secretary Abruzzo, I am writing in regard to decisions that your office will be making about unconventional natural gas extraction (UGE). Some of these decisions may relate specifically to children, such as decisions about setbacks between UGE sites and schools. Other decisions may relate to UGE in a broader sense. As a physician with […]

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Weak records cited on Pa. shale pollution

Filed in E-Library, Water by on April 14, 2014
Weak records cited on Pa. shale pollution

Even when pollution discharges from shale gas well pads and impoundments contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported by state environmental regulators, according to documents filed in the Pennsylvania Superior Court case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s oil and gas law, Act 13.

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New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water

Filed in E-Library, Studies by on February 17, 2014
New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water

New research has concluded that salty, mineral-rich fluids deep beneath Pennsylvania’s natural gas fields are likely seeping upward thousands of feet into drinking water supplies.

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Bombshell Study: High Methane Emissions Measured Over Gas Field “May Offset Climate Benefits of Natural Gas”

Filed in E-Library, Studies by on February 17, 2014
Bombshell Study: High Methane Emissions Measured Over Gas Field “May Offset Climate Benefits of Natural Gas”

A major 2011 study by Tom Wigley of the Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) concluded that unless leakage rates for new methane can be kept below 2%, substituting gas for coal is not an effective means for reducing the magnitude of future climate change.

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Response to PA Gas Well Accident Took 13 Hours

Response to PA Gas Well Accident Took 13 Hours

When Chesapeake Energy lost control of a Marcellus Shale gas well in Pennsylvania on April 19, an emergency response team from Texas was called in to stop the leak. By the time the team arrived more than 13 hours later, brine water and hydraulic fracturing fluids from the well had spewed across nearby fields and […]

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New EPA Rules Could Prevent ‘Fracking’ Backlash

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
New EPA Rules Could Prevent ‘Fracking’ Backlash

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday released new rules to limit methane emissions from natural gas production, a rare set of regulations that may serve the industry well, even if it cuts into producers’ profit margins.

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Mortgages for Drilling Properties May Face Hurdle

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
Mortgages for Drilling Properties May Face Hurdle

The Department of Agriculture is considering requiring an extensive environmental review before issuing mortgages to people who have leased their land for oil and gas drilling.

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Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas

Energy Information Administration, which is responsible for quantifying oil and gas supplies, has said it will slash its official estimate for the Marcellus Shale by nearly 80 percent, a move that is likely to generate new questions about how the agency calculates its estimates and why it was so far off in its projections.

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Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

Energy executives, industry lawyers, state geologists and market analysts voice skepticism about lofty forecasts and question whether companies are intentionally, and even illegally, overstating the productivity of their wells and the size of their reserves.

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