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Greene County gas well blast did not foul air, state says

By Tribune-Review 6:41 p.m.
An explosion and fire that killed a worker at a Chevron gas well in Greene County did not foul the air, state regulators said Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection took air samples from several locations around the Marcellus gas well in Dunkard for nine days after the Feb. 11 …

Proposal to drill in West Deer and Frazer draws comments from both sides

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Council on Tuesday heard from nearly 50 speakers about a proposal to drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park in West Deer and Frazer. Energy companies Range Resources and Huntley & Huntley want to drill under the …

Truck crash causes fracking water, diesel spill into Chartiers Creek

By Tom Fontaine
State environmental officials don’t believe a tanker spill early Monday in Washington County polluted Chartiers Creek. Authorities confined almost all of the 1,300 gallons of …

Shale oil, gas drilling boom wins favor with labor unions, thwarting environmentalists

By The Associated Press
Amid early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica shale oil and …

DEP investigating drilling wastewater leak in Washington County

By Jason Cato
Salts from fracking water that seeped into the ground at a Range Resources facility in Washington County will land the energy company a violation notice and possibly a fine, the Department of Environmental Protection said on Friday. “We, of course, …

Deer Lakes Park drilling debate veers into ethics complaint

By Aaron Aupperlee
A group seeking to block a proposal to drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park wants Allegheny County Council Vice President Nick Futules to …

Shale pioneer hires Chesapeake for drilling job

By Bloomberg News
Aubrey McClendon, the pioneering shale wildcatter who helped usher in America’s energy renaissance, has hired the company that fired him to drill wells for his latest natural gas venture. A subsidiary of McClendon’s American Energy Partners LP is paying between …

Group wants Consol to adhere to terms of Greene County mining permit

By Tribune-Review
The Washington, Pa.-based Center for Coalfield Justice on Thursday filed a petition to intervene in a permit battle between Consol Energy Inc. and the state regarding a proposed expansion of a Greene County mining operation. The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board …

Meetings on proposed Shell ‘cracker’ plant in Beaver County lure 1,000

By Tom Fontaine
More than 1,000 people flocked to two informational meetings on Wednesday to hear about Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed petrochemical plant in Beaver County, but they …

State reaps $582M windfall on gas drilling in state forests

By Adam Smeltz
Private natural gas and oil wells in state forests pumped $582 million into Pennsylvania budgets in five years, more than tripling the combined revenue of the prior 60 years, state forestry officials said on Wednesday. Royalty and lease payments for …

Would-be drillers quizzed by Allegheny County Council committee

By Aaron Aupperlee
What will likely be a lengthy discussion between Allegheny County Council members and the energy companies asking to drill under Deer Lakes Park started on Wednesday. Barry Osborne, a vice president with Range Resources, and Ed Valentas, a land manager …

Supporters surface at hearing on Deer Lakes Park drilling

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Council members have heard comments from residents opposed to drilling for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park since August. But at a public hearing on Tuesday, they heard for the first time from dozens of residents and businesspeople …

Methane emission levels by shale natural gas drillers disputed by EPA, researchers

By David Conti
Increased regulations and improvements in the natural gas industry continue to drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government said Tuesday, although a study shows regulators might be missing some measurements. The Environmental Protection Agency issued its annual …

West Newton Council approves seismic testing for natural gas — without trucks

By Joe Napsha
An oil and gas services company received permission on Monday to install recorders in West Newton to collect seismic data from underground explosions to determine whether the land underneath the 1.1-square-mile borough contains pockets of natural gas. West Newton Council …

Attorney not permitted to speak about Deer Lakes Park drilling

By Aaron Aupperlee
The chair of the Allegheny County Council Parks Committee denied a request to have an attorney who successfully challenged Act 13 before the state Supreme Court speak to council members about Pennsylvania’s gas-drilling law. Councilwoman Sue Means, R-Bethel Park, asked …

Ohio geologists link quakes to fracking

By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s …

State: Greene well operator blocked regulators from explosion site

By David Conti
The owner of a Greene County gas well blocked state regulators from the site when a wellhead exploded and killed a worker, the Department of …

Federal judge allows seismic testing in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling
A Westmoreland County township can’t interfere with a Texas company when it uses public roads to conduct seismic testing this month, a federal judge ruled Thursday. ION Geophysical of Houston sued Hempfield after the township’s board of supervisors voted to …

Shale gas drilling approaches Deer Lakes Park entrance

By Aaron Aupperlee
Drilling for natural gas near Allegheny County’s Deer Lakes Park isn’t just a possibility. It’s happening. Range Resources and Huntley & Huntley, the two Western Pennsylvania-based energy companies trying to lease the county’s mineral rights at the park, have drilled …

Community officials worry enacting Pa. shale gas tax will diminish impact fee revenue

By David Conti
A push in Harrisburg to enact a tax on companies pulling natural gas and oil from Pennsylvania shale has some community leaders worried about losing the pipeline of impact fee money flowing to townships and counties. Act 13, the 2012 …

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