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Agencies ask FERC to extend pipeline review

State and federal environmental agencies are urging government regulators to extend the public comment period on a bulky report analyzing how the Constitution Pipeline would impact the land and streams it would cross. The additional time to weigh in on the controversial natural gas transmission line is being sought by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Department of the ...

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With United Shale Advocates, the Marcellus Shale Coalition bets on a ‘citizens’ movement’

Laurel Gardner

By Laura Legere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — An apron-clad Laurel Gardner stands behind a counter in a video shot in her northeastern Pennsylvania restaurant and explains why she supports Marcellus Shale natural gas development. “When the workers come into our town, they bring jobs, they bring their families, their families spend money here,” she says. She repeats herself, strays ...

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Anti-Fracking Activist Banned From Pennsylvania Land Heads To Court


By David DeKok  HARRISBURG, Pa., March 24 (Reuters) – An anti-fracking activist is set to ask a Pennsylvania judge on Monday to lift an injunction that bars her from her local hospital, grocery and other properties that sit atop vast lands leased by a Texas-based company for shale gas extraction. A five-month-old injunction prohibits Vera Scroggins, 63, of Brackney, Pennsylvania, ...

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Residents ask county council to consider bill of rights

DALLAS — A group of residents concerned about natural gas-related activity in the county are asking council to consider a measure they believe would help protect people’s health and the environment. They are drafting a proposed Luzerne County Bill of Rights, with help from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, that will give residents more say in major projects, including ...

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Allegheny County councilman cancels meeting on gas drilling law

An attorney who challenged Act 13 zoning regulations for natural gas drillers before the state Supreme Court was scheduled to give a presentation today to members of Allegheny County Council’s education committee, but the talk has been canceled. Charles Martoni, D-Swissvale and chair of the committee, said he had a scheduling conflict and added that the talk “seemed so one-sided.” ...

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City, county consider hydrofracking regs

PLATTSBURGH — Although the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing is not taking place in the City of Plattsburgh, Councilor Michael Kelly wants to make sure it never does. “There is shale here, so it could happen,” Kelly (D-Ward 2) told the Press-Republican recently. Kelly said he will offer a resolution before the City Common Council that would prohibit any hydrofracking ...

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Company hopes to drill new gas wells

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By David Beard Northeast Natural Energy, which operates two Marcellus shale wells at the Morgantown Industrial Park, has applied to drill four more horizontal gas wells in Monongalia County. Two proposed wells, called Yost Heritage 5H and 9H, would be located on a pad above the Marion County line north of Fairview along W.Va. 218, Daybrook Road, according to information from ...

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Residents: Quakes, fracking are linked


By Laura Arenschield, The Columbus Dispatch NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The first time Judy Pack felt the earth move, she was asleep in her house in rural Mahoning County, just a few houses from the Pennsylvania state line. A natural-gas processing plant had recently been built across the street; Hilcorp Energy, a Texas oil company, had started drilling and fracking for ...

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Bill to block Bluegrass Pipeline from using eminent domain is approved by Ky. House


FRANKFORT — A bill that would prevent the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline from crossing private property against landowners’ wishes was approved Friday by the state House by a 75-to-16 vote. House Bill 31, which proceeds to the Senate, would specify that the owners of pipelines carrying natural gas liquids do not enjoy the same right to condemn land through the use ...

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Update on ethane ‘cracker’ petrochemical plant good news for Beaver County, leaders say


State and Beaver County officials can’t wait for Royal Dutch Shell to decide whether it will build a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Now neighbors won’t have to wait to see intensified activity around the potential ethane “cracker” site. Company officials met with about 30 leaders in a private gathering in Hopewell on Thursday evening to update them ...

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