PITTSBURGH — Critics say a new order from Gov. Tom Corbett will pressure state employees to more quickly approve environmental permits, including Marcellus Shale gas wells and projects that involve sensitive wetlands or ecosystems. The order, signed July 24, is ...Read More »
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania appellate court panel on Thursday struck down provisions in a new law regulating the state’s booming natural gas industry that opponents said would leave municipalities defenseless to protect homeowners, parks and schools from being surrounded ...Read More »
PITTSBURGH — In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too. Critics of fracking often raise alarms about groundwater pollution, air pollution, ...
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PITTSBURGH — A new Department of Energy study may provide some of the first solid answers to an extremely controversial question: Do gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water? Department spokesman Richard Hammack says a gas ...Read More »
OAKLAND — The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is urging state regulators to expedite their study of methods for safely extracting natural gas from shale deposits in far western Maryland. The Cumberland Times-News reported in its Friday edition that the ...Read More »
HAGERSTOWN — A panel studying the impact of natural gas drilling in western Maryland is getting more time to produce its second set of recommendations. Chairman David Vanko said Tuesday that Gov. Martin O’Malley has given the Marcellus Shale Advisory ...Read More »
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s first ban on a hotly debated natural gas drilling technique that involves blasting chemical-laced water deep into the ground. The Democrat, surrounded at a Statehouse ceremony by ...Read More »
ANNAPOLIS — Failure to pass legislation that would have forced energy companies to fund gas drilling studies could mean more delays for those wanting to tap in the natural gas lurking in western Maryland. Members of a commission created to ...
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is issuing the first-ever standards to control air pollution from gas wells that are drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but not without making concessions to the oil and gas industry. The ...Read More »
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it is creating a high-level working group to coordinate federal oversight of natural gas production, amid industry complaints that excessive regulation could stymie a natural gas boom that has pushed prices to 10-year ...Read More »