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Feds expect decline in shale gas production


A new federal government study released Wednesday predicted the nation’s shale gas production will begin to wane starting next month. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly “Drilling Production Report” projected a nearly 1.5 percent production decrease at the country’s seven major sale regions. This should not come as a shock to industry watchers. In April, the administration warned that the ...

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Philly Mayor takes part in climate action plans

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined two other mayors to urge cities across the U.S. to take part in implementing climate action plans. On Tuesday, Nutter joined Houston and Los Angeles mayors to speak out to other U.S. cities about setting carbon emission targets, developing climate action plans and setting protocols for carbon offsets in municipalities, reports State Impact Pennsylvania.  Together, ...

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Pipeline opposition march scheduled for Saturday in Keene

A march and rally against a proposed natural gas transmission pipeline project is scheduled for Saturday in Keene. ECHO Action and Stop the NH Pipeline officials announced Wednesday they’re organizing a pipeline awareness march to start at Ashuelot River Park in Keene at 10 a.m. From the park, the march will travel east along West Street to Central Square, according ...

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Groups to sue EPA in effort to better regulate disposal of fracking waste

Eight environmental organizations announced today they intend to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to set new and tighter standards for disposal of oil and gas drilling and fracking waste that they say threatens public health and the environment. The groups, in a notice of intent to sue filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., allege ...

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Marcellus: Methane and water do not mix

According to state environmental regulators, three natural gas drilling companies have found out the hard way as to what happens when methane and drinking water mix together. Regulators shared that the three companies together contaminated 17 different drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga Counties in north central Pennsylvania.  Combined, the companies so far have paid nearly $375,000 in ...

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Solar: Penn State takes the cake when it comes to solar funding

Pennsylvania State University researchers have been granted part of a $24 million federal fund to develop more efficient solar panels. The solar panels are being developed as part of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which is the president’s plan to battle climate change and cut emissions.  Penn State will be receiving $2.9 million for the project, before which is one of ...

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Utica and Marcellus activity in Ohio, August 16th through August 22nd

Permit activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to the last well activity update, but when it comes to fracking-related issues on ballot proposals, things are getting very heated. Last week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that residents of Fulton, Medina and Athens Counties in Ohio are filing a lawsuit again Ohio’s ...

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Africa’s squandered commodity boom erodes U.S. trade promise

JOHANNESBURG/DAKAR – A fresh U.S. trade pact could provide relief to African economies buffeted by the commodities slump but a failure to reform during the boom years has left many countries unable to profit from tariff-free access to the world’s largest market. In an effort to boost trade under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), renewed by Congress for ...

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BOC working on fracking issue

“We are doing it as fast as we can, just have a little faith in us.” That was the response of Stokes County Board of Commissioners Chair Ronda Jones after listening to close to an hour of public comments from concerned citizens demanding the board enact ordinances that could limit the impact of of potential fracking operations in the county ...

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