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Ban On Fracking Waste Clears CT Committee

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 by Gregory B. Hladky, The Hartford Courant HARTFORD — State lawmakers worried about toxic byproducts from natural gas drilling wells in other states persuaded the legislature’s judiciary committee Monday to approve a ban on “fracking” waste coming into Connecticut for storage or treatment. The panel voted 34-6 in favor of the measure, which now heads to the Senate. The legislation faces ...

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Shale gas limits debated

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by Timothy B. Wheeler for The Baltimore Sun Maryland regulators are weighing some of the strictest limits in the country on shale gas drilling, but a scientist Monday suggested they still may not go far enough to protect drinking water wells from contamination by methane leaking from drilling sites. Gas drilling rigs would generally have to be at least 2,000 feet ...

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Pittsburgh company helps homeowners save on energy bills

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By Stephanie Ritenbaugh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette That drafty hallway. The bedroom that’s always cold. The rain gutters that sprout icicles in the winter. For many homeowners, these are the quirks that come with a house. But South Side nonprofit Conservation Consultants Inc. says these can be solved — often with simple fixes like a caulking gun or new furnace filter — and ...

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Regulators: No interruption after utilities hacked

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By Stephen Singer, Associated Press HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — Electric, natural gas and major water companies and regional distribution systems in Connecticut have been penetrated by hackers and other cyber attackers, but defenses have prevented interruption, state utility regulators said Monday in their first report on cyber security. Security challenges are constantly evolving and “becoming more sophisticated and nefarious” and ...

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Marcellus operators looking for space underground

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By Laura Legere, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Federal regulators have issued four permits for oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in Pennsylvania in the past six months, and those are unlikely to be the last. Industry groups and researchers are renewing their efforts to find sites in the state where the salt- and metals-laden waste fluids produced from ever more shale gas ...

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Md. ponders disclosure of gas-drilling chemicals

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The Oklahoman OAKLAND, Md. (AP) – An advisory panel is considering a state proposal that would require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The proposal is up for discussion at Monday’s meeting in Oakland of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. The panel is developing recommendations for state regulation of natural gas drilling in western Maryland. ...

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Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest. A state investigation of five small tremors in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, last month ...

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Texas company enlarging effort to tap oil from Ohio’s Utica shale

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A Texas-based company is expanding a new initiative to get oil from Ohio’s Utica shale. The EnerVest Ltd. companies have won approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to drill two wells near Uhrichsville in southern Tuscarawas County. Those two wells, both in Clay Township, are part of a growing effort to tap what’s called volatile oil from the ...

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DEP issues Chevron nine citations in fatal gas well blast

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Sean D. Hamill, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For two days after a Marcellus Shale natural gas well exploded into flame in February in Greene County, the well owner, Chevron, refused to allow state investigators onto the property, in violation of oil and gas laws, the state said today. That conflict, along with other problems that resulted from the fire that began Feb. ...

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DEP releases emissions data from natural gas production

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania carbon monoxide emissions increased in 2012, possibly because of increased natural gas industry, according to a state report. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last week released 2012 annual emissions data for the natural gas industry, which included emissions from natural gas production, processing operations and compressor stations. The emissions report found a 7.27 percent increase from ...

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