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Pennsylvania Fracking

Former Health Secretary: 'Don't BS The Public' About Fracking

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nat...

Fracking Company Tries To Buy Off Pennsylvania Residents

ProPublica | Naveena Sadasivam | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on ProPublica. For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling...

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according...

Neighbors Bicker Over Forced Gas Drilling

AP | KEVIN BEGOS and MARC LEVY | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green

NEW BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling unde...

Fracking Giant's $5 Billion Shuffle

Posted 03.14.2014 | Green

ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports: This story was co-published with The Daily Beast. At the end of 2011, Chesapeake Energy, one of the nati...

Chevron Pizza 'Scandal' Isn't One In Small Town

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green

BOBTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, ...

Some Anti-drilling Activists Change Tactics, Tone

AP | KEVIN BEGOS and MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 10.07.2013 | Green

PITTSBURGH -- PITTSBURGH (AP) — For years, activists have warned that fracking can have disastrous consequences — ruined water and air, sickened p...

For Democrats Nationwide, Pennsylvania Offers a Lens on the Widening Rift Over Fracking

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Wenonah Hauter

As President Obama's misguided reign over our nation's energy policy ebbs on, Democrats that seek to succeed him would be wise to pay heed to the widening chasm over fracking that is increasingly dividing the party.

Obama's Former PR Flack: Thread Tying Keystone XL, PA Gov's Race Together

Steve Horn | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Pennsylvania Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Kathleen "Katie" McGinty, has hired powerful PR firm SKDKnickerbocker for her campaign's communications efforts.

Surprising Conclusion In Fracking Study

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green

PITTSBURGH -- A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process mo...

A Major Blow To Frackers In Pennsylvania

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green

Two energy companies are pulling out of northeastern Pennsylvania, where a three-year moratorium on gas drilling has infuriated landowners who say it'...

The Downwinders

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green
Ellen Cantarow

As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name: downwinders. Now, a new generation of downwinders is getting sick as an emerging industry pushes the next wonder technology -- in this case, high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Former Governor Fails To Disclose Industry Ties In Fracking Op-Ed

Posted 03.29.2013 | Green

ProPublica's Justin Elliott reports: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell took to the New York Daily News op-ed page Wednesday with a message to loc...

Artists Against Fracking Posts Plea For Frack-Free New York (VIDEO)

Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.05.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome again to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback or ideas for environmental health topics via email or Twitter. With only weeks...

The Fracking Front Lines: Here's What 13 Pennsylvania Residents Have To Say About Shale Drilling

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.06.2013 | Green

Do Pennsylvanians love or hate fracking? Yes. The nationwide release of "Promised Land," Gus Van Sant's drama about the natural gas industry and it...

'Frackers' pull a fast one?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Alexandra DuszakThe Center for Public IntegrityWhen Pennsylvanians agreed to a massive increase in natural gas drilling in the state, they were t...

Charities Funding Fracking Research In Pennsylvania And Other States

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 12.07.2012 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Citizens groups and nonprofits around the nation are asking questions about environmental and health impacts of natural gas hydrau...

To Frack or not to Frack? -- Biblical Wellsprings, Water in Our World

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The three Abrahamic traditions all emerged in a region of our planet where rain is scarce, water is precious, and wellsprings are miraculous.

State Permit Order Threatens Environment, Critics Charge

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 10.13.2012 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Critics say a new order from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will pressure state employees to more quickly approve environmental per...

New Fracking Study Makes Surprising Claim

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — New research on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania may only add fuel to the debate over whether the industry poses long-...

Methane Reported In 2 Northern PA Water Wells

AP | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green

CANTON, Pa. (AP) — State environmental regulators say methane had to be vented from a pair of private drinking wells near a northern Pennsylvania na...

NY Landowners Assert Right To Frack

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 07.09.2012 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of upstate New York landowners seeking to lease land for natural gas drilling pressed state officials Wednesday to c...

Doctors Ask Gas Drilling Companies What They Have To Hide

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.04.2012 | Business

The pressure is mounting on gas companies to reveal what they know about the possible health side effects of their activities. More voices are cal...

Gas Company Disregards PA Township Order To Stop Work

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green

DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Chesapeake gas drilling company is refusing to obey a cease-and-desist order issued by a western Pennsylvania township in a d...

Did Fracking Actually Contaminate This Town's Water?

Posted 03.21.2012 | Green

ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports: When the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that tests showed the water is safe to drink i...