Fracking http://wesa.fm en Mars Parents Want Two-Mile Fracking Buffer http://wesa.fm/post/mars-parents-want-two-mile-fracking-buffer <p>The fight over placing a nonconventional gas well about a half-mile from five Mars Area School District schools has moved out of the district’s boardroom and into the boardrooms of a pair of local townships.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:57:52 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 27608 at http://wesa.fm A New Pipeline From PA Fracking Fields Is Stirring Controversy in the Bluegrass State http://wesa.fm/post/new-pipeline-pa-fracking-fields-stirring-controversy-bluegrass-state <p>The land agent first came knocking on Vivian and Dean House’s door in July. They sat on the patio of the retired couple’s 85-acre farm in this Central Kentucky town and chatted.<br /><br />The guy was friendly, the kind of guy Dean could talk to about fishing.</p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:51:46 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 21809 at http://wesa.fm A New Pipeline From PA Fracking Fields Is Stirring Controversy in the Bluegrass State PA High Court Strikes Down Zoning Limits on Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/pa-high-court-strikes-down-zoning-limits-drilling <p>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday struck down portions of a law that stripped some of the powers municipalities have to decide where the natural gas industry can operate — portions that the industry had sought from Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers.</p><p>The justices ruled the 2012 law unconstitutionally restricted the power of municipalities, although the 4-to-2 majority disagreed as to why it was unconstitutional.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:04:09 +0000 The Associated Press 21679 at http://wesa.fm To Clear the Air, Some in Susquehanna County Leave the Fracking Debate Behind http://wesa.fm/post/clear-air-some-susquehanna-county-leave-fracking-debate-behind <p>Two years ago, Victoria Switzer and her neighbors had stopped speaking.<br /><br />Switzer was one of the residents of Dimock who claimed natural gas drilling had ruined their water supplies. The small village in Susquehanna County became synonymous with flaming taps and jugs of muddy brown drinking water.<br /><br />But the media blitz angered her neighbors, the Teels, who said it ignored the economic benefits of drilling.<br /><br />The reporters, the activists and the industry haven’t gone away, but things have started to change.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:02:21 +0000 Katie Colaneri | StateImpact PA 20406 at http://wesa.fm To Clear the Air, Some in Susquehanna County Leave the Fracking Debate Behind Duquesne University Hosts Fracking Conference http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-university-hosts-fracking-conference <p>More than two dozen researchers meet Monday at Duquesne University as part of a symposium on the latest findings regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.</p><p>Foundation-funded researchers from universities including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke and Yale presented their independent research on topics such as air quality, human and animal health, effects on water treatment plants and local government response to shale gas development.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 20271 at http://wesa.fm In Pittsburgh, Corbett Says Shale Opponents Are 'Economic Development Deniers' http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-corbett-says-shale-opponents-are-economic-development-deniers <p>At a shale gas conference in Pittsburgh Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett defended his policies promoting drilling in the state, and defended his own math, too.<br /><br />Corbett, who is running for re-election, said drilling under his watch was responsible for a vast economic lift to the state. "More than 200,000 jobs have either been created, made more prosperous or made more secure" by the drilling boom brought on by fracking in Pennsylvania.<br /><br />“That number of course seems to bother some out there," said Corbett.<br /> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:03:38 +0000 Reid Frazier | The Allegheny Front 19832 at http://wesa.fm Macey: Fracking, Working with New Mayor on County Council Agenda http://wesa.fm/post/macey-fracking-working-new-mayor-county-council-agenda <p>Democrats retained control of Allegheny County Council in Tuesday's election, but they did lose one seat (District 3) and now have a 10-5 majority.</p><p>County Councilman Bob Macey (D-9) won another four-year term and is looking ahead to issues in the upcoming year, including fracking on county property and building a relationship with Pittsburgh's mayor-elect Bill Peduto.</p><p>Macey said the decision to drill for natural gas on Allegheny Airport property is a great chance to observe the benefits fracking could bring to the region.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 19384 at http://wesa.fm Discussing Municipal Bans on Fracking http://wesa.fm/post/discussing-municipal-bans-fracking <p>In 2010, Pittsburgh was the first municipality in the nation to institute a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Many others have followed suit, including the boroughs of Baldwin, West Homestead and Wilkinsburg, as well as State College, PA.</p><p>Now citizens in Youngstown, Ohio are looking at the structure of Pittsburgh’s fracking ban in shaping a their own ordinances. PublicSource reporter Natasha Khan recently wrote about the <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/youngstown-debates-ban-fracking">ongoing debates</a> in Youngstown as it pertains to jobs and environmental concerns.</p><p>Opponents of the Youngstown ban say it’s unconstitutional for a municipality to regulate beyond state and federal law. Similar objections have also been raised in Pennsylvania. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:05:29 +0000 Heather McClain 17071 at http://wesa.fm Discussing Municipal Bans on Fracking Ferlo Calls for Fracking Moratorium in PA http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-calls-fracking-moratorium-pa <p>When lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week they will be faced with a new proposal to put a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced that he is introducing legislation during a news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse Wednesday.</p><p>Senate Bill 1100 would also create a commission to analyze the agricultural, economic, environmental and social effects of Marcellus Shale drilling.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:41:24 +0000 Tim Camerato 16753 at http://wesa.fm How Could OSHA’s New Silica Rules Impact The Natural Gas Industry? http://wesa.fm/post/how-could-osha-s-new-silica-rules-impact-natural-gas-industry <p>Federal labor officials are proposing new rules to help prevent an old hazard of the trade: diseases caused by breathing in silica dust. Silicosis has long been a plight of workers in construction and manufacturing, but concerns have shifted in recent years to those who toil in the growing natural gas industry.<br><br>Sand is an important ingredient in most fracking fluid recipes. It’s mixed with chemicals and water and blasted deep underground where the tiny grains help keep cracks in the shale rock open for all that natural gas to come through.<br> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:34:43 +0000 Katie Colaneri | StateImpact Pennsylvania 15653 at http://wesa.fm Group to Urge County Council to Reject Fracking Proposals for Allegheny County Parks http://wesa.fm/post/group-urge-county-council-reject-fracking-proposals-allegheny-county-parks <p></p><p>Nothing has been decided yet, but Allegheny County Council is considering an offer to develop natural gas found under Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>A new group made up of several grass roots organizations is planning to urge the group to say “no.” Members of Protect Our Parks will deliver their message at Tuesday’s County Council meeting.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:52:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15094 at http://wesa.fm Rising Marcellus Shale Production Might Not Benefit Natural Gas http://wesa.fm/post/rising-marcellus-shale-production-might-not-benefit-natural-gas <p class="p1">Despite a declining number of wells, Marcellus Shale gas production in 2013 is up 50% from 2012. According to Nick Nanos, President and CEO of Nanos Research, this can be attributed at least in part to a shift of focus.</p><p class="p1">“The focus has been on higher quality drills and wells that can yield a greater value,” Nanos explains. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:33:51 +0000 Reid Carter 14992 at http://wesa.fm Rising Marcellus Shale Production Might Not Benefit Natural Gas Shale Roundtable Makes Recommendations for Marcellus Industry http://wesa.fm/post/shale-roundtable-makes-recommendations-marcellus-industry <p>A group charged with examining the Marcellus Shale industry in a comprehensive, unbiased manner has made <a href="http://www.iop.pitt.edu/shalegas/">several recommendations</a> regarding the development, distribution and research of natural gas.</p><p>The Shale Gas Roundtable released its final report, and any further action is up to industry leaders, lawmakers and environmentalists.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:46:40 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14947 at http://wesa.fm Shale Roundtable Makes Recommendations for Marcellus Industry Marcellus Gas Production Rising Fast in PA, West Virginia http://wesa.fm/post/marcellus-gas-production-rising-fast-pa-west-virginia <p>Marcellus Shale natural gas production is rising even faster this year than energy experts had predicted, and that's having a national impact on energy.<br><br>Bentek, a Colorado company that analyzes energy trends, said 2013 production in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is up about 50 percent compared with last year. Figures for the pipelines that take gas out of the Marcellus show that in the first six months of the year, Pennsylvania produced about 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, with projections for a year-end total of about 3.2 trillion cubic feet.<br> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:05:06 +0000 The Associated Press 14916 at http://wesa.fm Lifelong Gag Order Imposed on Two Children in Western PA Fracking Case http://wesa.fm/post/lifelong-gag-order-imposed-two-children-western-pa-fracking-case <p>Two young children are forbidden from speaking about Marcellus Shale or fracking for the rest of their lives. The court action stems from a settlement in a high-profile Marcellus Shale lawsuit in western Pennsylvania.</p><p>The two children were 7 and 10 years old at the time the Hallowich family settled a nuisance case against driller Range Resources in August 2011. The parents, Chris and Stephanie, had been outspoken critics of fracking, saying the family became sick from the gas drilling activity surrounding their Washington County home.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:29:46 +0000 Susan Phillips | StateImpact Pennsylvania 14141 at http://wesa.fm Leaked EPA Fracking Report Reports Leaks http://wesa.fm/post/leaked-epa-fracking-report-reports-leaks <p>A PowerPoint presentation leaked to reporters at the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-epa-dimock-20130728,0,4847442.story">LA Times</a> and other news agencies implies that methane from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, did contaminate wells in Dimock, PA.&nbsp; The report comes from a regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many believe the information was not disclosed as a result of pressure from lobbyists and political figures at the national level.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the PowerPoint, the regional mid-Atlantic office of the EPA did not agree with the national decision to close the investigation in Dimock. Susan Phillips, Energy Reporter for StateImpact PA and <a href="http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/2013/03/pa-dep-considers-fracking-in-dimock.html">shale gas reporter and author, Tom Wilber</a> explained the difficult nature of regulating fracking and natural gas.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14076 at http://wesa.fm Leaked EPA Fracking Report Reports Leaks CEO of Marcellus Shale Coalition Stepping Down http://wesa.fm/post/ceo-marcellus-shale-coalition-stepping-down <p>After nearly four years, the head of Pennsylvania’s leading natural gas industry group will be stepping down.</p><p>The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced Friday its CEO Kathryn Klaber will be leaving the group this fall and will stay on during a nationwide search for her replacement.</p><p>Klaber, a Beaver Falls native, will be representing the MSC at upcoming events in Australia and London and will host the group’s third annual Shale Insight conference in Philadelphia in September.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:31:40 +0000 Michael Lynch 13817 at http://wesa.fm Federal Study: No Evidence Fracking Taints Aquifers http://wesa.fm/post/federal-study-no-evidence-fracking-taints-aquifers <p>A landmark federal study on fracking shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.</p><p>After a year of monitoring, the researchers at the Department of Energy in Pittsburgh, found that the chemical-laced fluids used to release natural gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water. That's according to geologist Richard Hammack.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:03:26 +0000 The Associated Press 13419 at http://wesa.fm Report Shows PA Fracking Requirements Inadequate http://wesa.fm/post/report-shows-pa-fracking-requirements-inadequate <p>The fracking debate continues.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.pennenvironment.org/sites/environment/files/reports/The%20Costs%20of%20Fracking%20vPA_0.pdf">study</a> released Tuesday by an environmental activist group shows Pennsylvania’s bonding practices are inadequate to cover the cost and range of damage from drilling and fracking activities.</p><p>The report from the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center examined Pennsylvania’s financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drilling operations and found that the state’s requirements are lacking.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:47:10 +0000 Michael Lynch 13212 at http://wesa.fm $23 Million Available for Growing Greener Grants http://wesa.fm/post/23-million-available-growing-greener-grants <p>Pennsylvania’s Act 13 Marcellus Shale impact fees from the state’s 6,000 wells so far amount to $400 million: $204 million for 2011 and $198 million for 2012 (because the price of natural gas declined).&nbsp;</p><p>A fixed amount goes to agencies that oversee the industry, and the rest goes to local entities.&nbsp;</p><p>Counties where drilling takes place get 60 percent of the remainder, while 40 percent goes into the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which is accessible to all.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:37:38 +0000 Charlee Song 12139 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Reporter Tom Wilber Screens Gasland II http://wesa.fm/post/fracking-reporter-tom-wilber-screens-gasland-ii <p></p><p>Journalist <a href="http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/">Tom Wilber</a> has been reporting on hydraulic fracturing since 2008. He’s been our guest in the past to discuss the issue and help us sort fact from fiction when documentaries on the topic come out. He recently attended a screening of Gasland II, in his hometown of Binghamton, New York.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:50:54 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11731 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Reporter Tom Wilber Screens Gasland II Gasland Director Previews Part II http://wesa.fm/post/gasland-director-previews-part-ii <p></p><p>Filmmaker <strong><a href="http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/about-the-film/team">Josh Fox</a> </strong>joins us to talk about his HBO documentary "<a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/gasland/index.html">Gasland II</a>," a followup to 2010's "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1558250/">Gasland</a>." Fox says his latest film demonstrates how the stakes have been raised in the controversial method of natural gas and oil extraction in the last three years.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11675 at http://wesa.fm Gasland Director Previews Part II Drilling Opponents Pack DCNR Meeting On Loyalsock State Forest http://wesa.fm/post/drilling-opponents-pack-dcnr-meeting-loyalsock-state-forest <p>After facing months of public pressure over the possibility of expanding natural gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) held a public meeting on the issue.<br><br>Nearly 250 people turned out Monday to Lycoming College in Williamsport. The meeting ran an hour over its scheduled time slot, due to the number of people who wanted to comment.<br> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:37:36 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 10733 at http://wesa.fm Drilling Opponents Pack DCNR Meeting On Loyalsock State Forest How Do You Gather Community Consensus on Fracking? http://wesa.fm/post/how-do-you-gather-community-consensus-fracking <p></p><p><a href="http://allegheny.edu/">Allegheny College</a>, located 90 minutes north of Pittsburgh, has been nationally recognized for its <a href="http://sites.allegheny.edu/green/?utm_source=footer&amp;utm_medium=web&amp;utm_content=Sustainability&amp;utm_campaign=HomePage2013">sustainable</a> initiatives. But could the green campus get a black eye if it leases land for hydraulic fracking? Right now it's the campus is considering whether or not to open portions of the college's land to the option of shale gas drilling.</p><p>http://youtu.be/W7SwC0J9X7I</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 00:33:55 +0000 Heather McClain 10452 at http://wesa.fm How Do You Gather Community Consensus on Fracking? Lovers of PA’s Loyalsock Forest Fight to Limit Drilling There http://wesa.fm/post/lovers-pa-s-loyalsock-forest-fight-limit-drilling-there <p>Deep in the Loyalsock State Forest, where no cell phone signal reaches, the sounds of rushing waterfalls and forest birds are suddenly interrupted by the sound of a helicopter.<br><br>Paul Zeph of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society says the noise could be related to gas drilling. Drillers will often drop seismic testing equipment into remote areas that are difficult to reach by roads. And that leads Zeph to cite one of the many worries that naturalists and outdoors lovers have with plans to expand drilling in the Loyalsock.<br> Fri, 24 May 2013 14:15:02 +0000 StateImpact Pennsylvania 10146 at http://wesa.fm Lovers of PA’s Loyalsock Forest Fight to Limit Drilling There