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Fracking: Health, Environmental Impact Greater Than Claimed

By at March 22, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Fracking: Health, Environmental Impact Greater Than Claimed

 (This is Part 2 of 3. Part 1 looked at a state gag order on physicians; Part 3 examines why Pennsylvania is giving special consideration to the natural gas companies.)   The natural gas industry defends hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, as safe and efficient. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy […]

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A new species is growing in Pennsylvania’s forests

By at July 30, 2011 | 12:05 pm | 364 Comments

A new species is growing in Pennsylvania’s forests

A new invasive species is growing in Pennsylvania’s state forests. I found it this week while hiking in Loyalsock State Forest with Rock The Capital Editor Tom Owad. Loyalsock was created in 2005 from a portions of Tiadahton, Wyoming and Tioga state forests, in the north central region of the state, near the Grand Canyon […]

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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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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 April 26, 2011 | 9:11 am | 2 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; as RTC’s John Messeder learned when it comes to education there is no such thing as free. The EPA is in Pennsylvania doing more than just looking over the DEP’s shoulder, and Governor Corbett signs Act 1, which goes well beyond killing the mandatory installation of sprinklers.

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Cease, but not Desist in the Marcellus

By at April 20, 2011 | 11:36 am | 1 Comments

Cease, but not Desist in the Marcellus

Governor Tom Corbett says he will protect Pennsylvania’s waterways and now he ‘s trying to live up to his words. Corbett instructed acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer to shut the door on gas drillers that send wastewater to 15 treatment facilities.

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A Knock on Fracking’s Footprint

By at April 13, 2011 | 10:39 am | 43 Comments

A Knock on Fracking’s Footprint

Researchers at Cornell University are blowing apart the notion that natural gas is the cleanest energy source behind solar and wind. Robert Howarth and his team sized up the greenhouse footprint of natural gas.

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Running Relatively free of Radiation

By at March 8, 2011 | 11:29 am | 2 Comments

Running Relatively free of Radiation

The DEP says its recent tests of more than a half dozen rivers near the Marcellus shale show no increase in the level of radiation. The tests were conducted over the past few months. The DEP says the results are based on science.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 3, 2011 | 4:35 pm | 1 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this episode of RTC Minute, Eric Epstein asks is Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro church God. Scott Paterno wants to know why the US Attorney General is so fixated on the issue of race, and some water companies in Pennsylvania are going to start testing water for radiation.

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