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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.

Pa.’s New Jobs Czar Fought Enviro Regs for Years

Pennsylvania's governor has asked C. Alan Walker to promote job growth by helping companies get the permits that they need. But Walker's personal business history raises a crucial question: How might an anti-regulation coal mogul affect the state's environmental regulations for the Marcellus Shale?

Deteriorating Oil and Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water, Homes Across the Country

Oil, gas and tainted water can seep through abandoned gas and oil wells into drinking water sources and sometimes into septic systems. But most states don't have enough money to plug them.

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.

Residents Divided About PA’s Agreement With Gas Drilling Company Over Water Contamination

Residents of Dimock, Pa., are surprised -- and in some cases upset -- by a settlement that state environmental regulators reached last week with Cabot Oil & Gas, which the Department of Environmental Protection says contaminated local water from its gas drilling operations.

Halliburton’s Stonewalling Works in Pa., but Sparks Subpoena at EPA

Halliburton’s refusal to give the EPA a list of its fracking chemicals may seem risky, but its anti-disclosure campaign appears to be working in Pennsylvania.

Pa. Environmental Agency Butts Heads With Gas Drilling Company Over Town’s Water Woes

Environmental regulators in Pennsylvania say they’ll likely end up in court with a gas drilling company they say has contaminated the drinking water supply for families living in Dimock, Pa.

Pa. Governor Apologizes for Tracking Enviro Extremists, but Questions Remain

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said he only learned on Tuesday that a state contractor was listing “environmental extremists” and others as security threats — but we asked his office about the issue last week.

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.

As BP’s Oil Changes the Gulf, Gas Seeps Into Economies Elsewhere

As energy companies ramp up drilling, the promise of natural gas has begun affecting job training and economies in Pennsylvania and other states.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education Secretary Not Mad, Just Disappointed

States are being taken to task for not using stimulus on education reform as intended.

With Natural Gas Drilling Boom, Pennsylvania Faces an Onslaught of Wastewater

Contamination in the Monongahela River has raised questions about how Pennsylvania will handle the volume of wastewater produced by oil and gas wells.

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