Range Resources http://wesa.fm en Range Resources Stores Radioactive Sludge in Washington County http://wesa.fm/post/range-resources-stores-radioactive-sludge-washington-county <p>Two drilling pads in Washington County are storing Marcellus Shale drilling sludge with radioactivity levels that are too high for regular disposal.</p><p>According to John Poister, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman, drilling company Range Resources sent the department a request for a Department of Transportation exemption form March 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>The form would allow Range Resources to move waste that has a “higher than background radiation level” - meaning that it is a higher level than the radiation that is usually found in the environment.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:48:28 +0000 Jessica Nath 29978 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Is A Go, So What Happens Next? http://wesa.fm/post/fracking-under-deer-lakes-park-go-so-what-happens-next <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has signed an ordinance allowing hydraulic fracturing to occur underneath Deer Lakes Park.</span></p><p>Matt Pitzarella, spokesman for <a href="http://www.rangeresources.com/">Range Resources</a>, the company tasked with the drilling, said lawyers from the county and Range are still working out some technical details of the lease, but that it will be finalized soon.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:05:28 +0000 Liz Reid 29088 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Is A Go, So What Happens Next? Allegheny County Council To Vote On Deer Lakes Fracking Tuesday http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-council-vote-deer-lakes-fracking-tuesday <p>Allegheny County Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to drill for natural gas underneath Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>The controversial resolution would allow Range Resources, in cooperation with Huntley &amp; Huntley, to perform hydraulic fracturing under the park, provided that no drilling activities actually occur within the park.</p><p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said if the resolution passes, the county will receive around $7.7 million up front and an ongoing 18 percent royalty on the value of gas extracted.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 23:02:39 +0000 Liz Reid 28738 at http://wesa.fm County Council Hears Pro, Con Testimony On Parks Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/county-council-hears-pro-con-testimony-parks-drilling <p>Members of the Allegheny County Council heard testimony for and against a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park.<br /><br />The council is considering a proposal to allow Range Resources and Huntley &amp; Huntley to drill beneath 1,180-acre Deer Lakes Park from well sites on neighboring properties.<br /><br />Officials say the plan would mean millions of dollars for the county and a park improvement fund.<br /> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:32:25 +0000 The Associated Press 28047 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Outlines Deal to Drill Under Deer Lakes Park http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-outlines-deal-drill-under-deer-lakes-park <p>Allegheny County Council is set to consider a lucrative deal to allow Range Resources to drill for natural gas beneath a Pittsburgh-area park, from well sites on neighboring private properties.<br /><br />County Executive Rich Fitzgerald outlined the deal at a news conference Monday, saying it includes a $4.7 million bonus, a $3 million donation to a park improvement fund, and 18 percent royalties that are estimated to generate $3 million a year.<br /> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:29:59 +0000 The Associated Press 26055 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