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Natural gas may burn cleaner than gasoline, but add production emissions and it could be dirtier

By at August 4, 2011 | 11:09 am | 69 Comments

Natural gas may burn cleaner than gasoline, but add production emissions and it could be dirtier

Natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels – when it is being burned as fuel. But not necessarily when it is being produced, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has proposed new regulations it says will reduce or eliminate pollution-causing emissions from the natural gas production process, from the well to […]

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Marcellus drillers, 1; Pa. residents, wait and see

By at July 18, 2011 | 10:14 pm | 67 Comments

Marcellus drillers, 1; Pa. residents, wait and see

The Marcellus Shale industry voted Friday to recommend it be given access to Pennsylvania’s state forests in its quest for natural gas currently stored nearly two miles below the Commonwealth’s surface. In its final meeting before submitting its recommendations to Gov. Tom Corbett, the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, on which the industry is predominantly represented, […]

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at May 19, 2011 | 8:30 am | 2 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock the Capital Minute; RTC’s John Messeder follows the tortured trail it takes to assemble a green car. In Japan, Prime Minister Naoto Kan says nuclear regulators need more independence, and starting today, gas drillers in Pennsylvania can no longer dump contaminated water at municipal treatment facilities.

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Susquehanna Tops the List of Most Endangered Rivers

By at May 17, 2011 | 3:38 pm | 2 Comments

Susquehanna Tops the List of Most Endangered Rivers

The Susquehanna is scenic, wild, and now the most endangered river in America.

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Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking

By at May 11, 2011 | 1:04 pm | 122 Comments

Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking

The research was conducted by four scientists at Duke University. They found that levels of flammable methane gas in drinking water wells increased to dangerous levels when those water supplies were close to natural gas wells. They also found that the type of gas detected at high levels in the water was the same type of gas that energy companies were extracting from thousands of feet underground, strongly implying that the gas may be seeping underground through natural or manmade faults and fractures, or coming from cracks in the well structure itself.

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Pressure or Common Sense at Pennsylvania’s DEP

By at May 5, 2011 | 12:59 pm | 0 Comment

Pressure or Common Sense at Pennsylvania’s DEP

Is it political pressure, or common sense that once again prevails at Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection? The DEP is backpedaling on a policy change it made only a few short weeks ago that hamstrung inspectors in the Marcellus Shale and cast a jaundiced eye on DEP’s, then Acting Secretary, Michael Krancer. Krancer has since been appointed to the position.

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Stacking the Deck on the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

By at April 27, 2011 | 12:00 pm | 115 Comments

Stacking the Deck on the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

Tom Corbett has given environmentalists more openings than they will ever need to question the legitimacy of decisions or policies adopted by the governor’s newly created Marcellus Advisory Commission

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Oversite like never before in the Marcellus

By at April 26, 2011 | 3:42 pm | 164 Comments

Oversite like never before in the Marcellus

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is doing more than looking over the shoulder of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. The EPA is apparently not satisfied with the way the DEP is handling an investigation into last week’s spill in the Marcellus Shale

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 8, 2011 | 10:30 am | 0 Comment

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveils his proposed spending plan, and surely there is plenty of hurt to go around. RTC’s Scott Paterno stops by with a piece on — where are you Mr. Governor, and the DEP says it found normal levels of radiation in rivers near gas drilling in the Marcellus.

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Suing to Pull the Land out from Beneath the feet of Gas Drillers

By at February 25, 2011 | 3:41 pm | 0 Comment

Suing to Pull the Land out from Beneath the feet of Gas Drillers

A Camp Hill environmental group is legally challenging Governor Corbett’s plan to overturn a moratorium for gas drillers. It would open up hundreds of thousands of prime acres for drilling, and according to the DCNR it also has the potential to contaminate watersheds, and jeopardize already endangered species.

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