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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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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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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 31, 2011 | 10:42 am | 1 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute, excessive radiation is turning up as far as 25 miles from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, but Japanese authorities are still telling folks within an 18 mile radius to abandon their homes. The level of radiation is also rising in seawater. In Pennsylvania, inspectors with the DEP first have to get approval from DEP Secretary Michael Krancer before issuing citations. This is a sudden departure and it is unprecedented. Environmental groups are extremely concerned about the changes.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 22, 2011 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant returned on Tuesday to find water in a fuel rod pool near boiling point. The Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania has ordered the immediate shutdown of a waste water hauling company near Pittsburgh, following allegations that it has illegally been dumping contaminated gas drilling water. And today is World Water Day.

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PA Governor Gives Energy Executive Supreme Authority Over Environmental Permitting

By at March 11, 2011 | 2:26 pm | 1 Comments

PA Governor Gives Energy Executive Supreme Authority Over Environmental Permitting

Wait till you see the dots ProPublica connects from Governor Corbett to his new head of Department of Community Economic Development.

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Caught in the FracNet

By at November 9, 2010 | 11:32 am | 0 Comment

Caught in the FracNet

Drivers hauling wastewater from the Marcellus Shale are still learning that their trucks better be in tip-top shape. The Pennsylvania State Police inspected more than 1,400 trucks of those roughly 1600, 75% of the drivers were cited for faulty equipment. Police set up what has become known as “Operation FracNet,” pulled more than 200 trucks […]

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A town vows to keep its water finger licking free of Fracking

By at October 29, 2010 | 3:20 pm | 2 Comments

A town vows to keep its water finger licking free of Fracking

Licking has a long, tortured environmental history, which is why the Town Board of Supervisors is determined to find a way to protect its future. The Pennsylvania town is located in an extremely rural area about 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Licking has always had what others want. In the 19th century, it was iron ore, and by the time that dried […]

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