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Balance conservation, gas drilling in Marcellus Shale

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The natural gas drilling industry has come into Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region in full force. We clearly have examples of streams and water supplies degraded by drilling activities.

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on Sep 14, 2010 at 04:50 AM
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Are Pennsylvania's Fracking Opponents Really Environmental Extremists? Police Think So

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photo: Stevie Rocco via flickrOnce again, law enforcement professionals seem to conflate activism and extremism: A new piece over at Pro Publica reveals that a confidential intelligence bulletin by the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security warns that "environmental extremists" are a threat to the energy sector and references opponents to

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 08:50 AM

Increased gas drilling has impact on schools

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Pennsylvania school leaders want to make sure school districts get a share of the money that may be generated by a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 05:20 AM

Pennsylvania Senate might reach deal on natural gas tax

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For the first time since talk of taxing the methane beneath Pennsylvania bubbled up two years ago, the Republican-led Senate appears ready to join Gov. Ed Rendell and the House's Democratic majority in ending the state's status as the largest natural-gas producing state without such a tax.

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 05:20 AM

State website gives peek at shale gas production

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So far it's just preliminary, but state environmental officials have developed an online method for people to check how much natural gas is being produced by each Marcellus Shale well around the state.

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 04:50 AM

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection chief defends regulation of Marcellus Shale drilling

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The state Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it is investigating a new instance — this one in Bradford County — of natural gas suddenly appearing in people's water wells after Marcellus Shale drilling nearby.

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 04:50 AM

Marcellus shale drilling execs may fill the sky

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As the Marcellus shale natural gas industry takes off in Pennsylvania, air traffic is growing with it. Increasingly, officials say, executives are flying into local airports on corporate jets, chartering flights and hiring helicopter pilots to fly them over the vast Marcellus region to hunt for potential drilling sites and view work by their companies and competitors.

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 04:50 AM

Legislature unlikely to break new ground with election nearing

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A proposal to tax natural gas extracted from the Marcellus shale is the top ticket item but an array of issues, from pension reform to an independent fiscal office, will compete for attention in the General Assembly this fall as the 2009-10 session nears an end.

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 04:50 AM

Lawmakers debate how to get piece of natural gas cash

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State lawmakers are wrangling over how to get a share of the multibillion-dollar Marcellus shale gas industry.

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on Sep 13, 2010 at 04:50 AM

Gov. Ed Rendell is not confident Pennsylvania can enact a tax on natural gas by Oct. 1

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State lawmakers and Gov. Ed Rendell agreed, as part of this year's state budget compromise, to hammer out a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction by this fall. But with lawmakers poised to return to Harrisburg in the next two weeks, Rendell said today he is optimistic, but not confident, that a severance tax will be enacted.

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on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:20 AM