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Negative publicity does more damage to Marcellus Shale drilling companies than fines

Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The state Department of Environmental Protection fines drillers to try to get them to change behavior, but to giant Marcellus Shale drilling companies, $10,000 or even $100,000-plus fines are inconsequential. For them, the worst part of a well-site accident is bad publicity. “The fine is nowhere near as damaging as the press coverage and the ...

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Pennsylvania Natural Gas Emissions Down, Report Shows


John Bestoloffe , Shale Plays Media This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released its natural gas emissions inventory for data collected in 2012. This is the second annual report measuring air emissions, and the findings showed that Marcellus shale emissions from Pennsylvania decreased sharply. Data was collected from 56 different operators running 8800 natural gas wells and 70 ...

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Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

Bruce & Jody Clingan

by Kevin Begos, Associated Press NEW BEDFORD, PA. — An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a Pennsylvania community and raising the possibility that lawmakers will have to take sides. Houston-based Hilcorp seeks to use a 1961 Pennsylvania ...

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Bill to open the door to fracking in Florida moves forward

A bill that would allow for hydraulic fracturing oil and gas development in Florida is moving forward

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida could be opened up to fracking under a bill that would require the Department of Environmental Protection to study and set regulations for the method of oil and gas drilling. A House committee voted 9-3 to approve the bill Wednesday despite strong opposition from environmentalists who said fracking could contaminate drinking water and cause health problems. ...

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