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Articles Tagged With “Marcellus Shale”

New York’s Gas Rush Poses Environmental Threat

State regulators are struggling to keep up with complicated efforts to extract natural gas.

Exxon Ad Makes Gas Drilling Seem Simpler—and Safer—Than It Really Is

Exxon's full-page ad illustrates how well pipes are protected with casings of steel and cement. But the picture's not as pretty as the company paints it.

PA Oil and Gas Inspectors Free to Issue Violations Without Approval From Top, Enviro Chief Says

Officials say oil and gas inspectors do not need approval from DEP Secretary Michael Krancer to issue violations to companies drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale, contradicting earlier reports and leaked emails.

Pennsylvania’s Drilling Wastewater Released to Streams, Some Unaccounted For

As gas-drilling operations proliferated in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale over the past couple of years, most of the hundreds of millions of gallons of briny wastewater they produced was eventually dumped into the state’s rivers. Much of the rest is unaccounted for.

Do ‘Environmental Extremists’ Pose Criminal Threat to Gas Drilling?

A state bulletin warns that environmental "extremists" may target public hearings and other events for criminal activity to protest natural gas drilling in rural parts of Pennsylvania, but drilling opponents say the threat is exaggerated.

New York Senate Passes Temporary Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

New York senate passes a bill that could effectively ban most gas and oil drilling until May 15.

For Gas-Drilling Data, There’s a New Place to Dig

A new website lets users post and find information about natural gas drilling and where it is happening.

Cabot Oil & Gas’s Marcellus Drilling to Slow After PA Environment Officials Order Wells Closed

Pennsylvania comes down hard on a natural gas company whose drilling contaminated drinking water.

Broad Scope of EPA’s Fracturing Study Raises Ire of Gas Industry

A new EPA study of hydraulic fracturing is expected to provide a broad look at the natural gas drilling process, including injection spills, leaks and water contamination incidents.

New Yorkers’ Drilling Comments Are In … Now What?

New York State is starting to collate and examine all the comments on its draft environmental review of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Gas Drillers Plead Guilty to Felony Dumping Violations

Two men face possible prison time and steep fines for dumping wastewater into an abandoned oil well in Pennsylvania.

New Gas Drilling Rules, More Staff for Pennsylvania’s Environmental Agency

Pennsylvania is moving faster than other states to keep watch over natural gas production.

Pennsylvania’s Gas Wells Booming—But So Are Spills

Drilling in the Marcellus Shale is increasing in Pennsylvania, but companies are also being fined for more spills of toxic chemicals.

In New Gas Wells, More Drilling Chemicals Remain Underground

Hydraulic fracturing is exempted from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, but new information raises questions about that exemption.

Colorado Towns Take Extra Measures to Protect Their Water From Gas Drilling

With federal land opened for drilling, two wary communities helped to set the terms.

Pa. Residents Sue Gas Driller for Contamination, Health Concerns

Dimock residents seek to stop Cabot Oil and Gas from drilling in the Marcellus Shale, and want a trust fund for medical treatments.

Is New York’s Marcellus Shale Too Hot to Handle?

Wastewater from gas drilling sites is found to be radioactive, leaving big questions about its treatment and disposal.

Pennsylvania Tells Drilling Company to Clean Up Its Act

Cabot Oil and Gas is fined $120,000 and faces stricter regulations after a series of spills and accidents.

Public Gets More Time to Comment on New York’s Gas Drilling Plans

An extra month is allotted for people to study an environmental assessment of drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

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