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Foes: Pa. state permit order threatens environment

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 ...

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Zoning limits in Pa. gas drilling law struck down

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 ...

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Experts: Some fracking critics use bad science

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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Can fracking pollute water? Study tries to answer

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 ...

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Md. gas-drilling panel’s report deadline extended

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 ...

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Vt. becomes first state to ban hydraulic fracturing

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 ...

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Without funding, Md. fracking could face delay

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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Obama creates working group on gas drilling

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 ...

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