gas drilling 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 Is Oil & Gas Shipment Hurting Pennsylvania? http://wesa.fm/post/oil-gas-shipment-hurting-pennsylvania <p>In light of a recent train derailment and fire in Greene County; is gas drilling endangering the people, property and public lands of Western PA?</p><p>Cindy Dunn, president and CEO of the Statewide Environmental Advocacy organization <a href="http://www.pennfuture.org/">PennFuture</a> believes that gas drilling may have come on a little too quickly, contributing to the rate of accidents. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:28:09 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24650 at http://wesa.fm Is Oil & Gas Shipment Hurting Pennsylvania? 1 Injured, 1 Missing in Greene County Well Explosion http://wesa.fm/post/1-injured-1-missing-greene-county-well-explosion <p>One worker has been injured and another is missing after a natural gas well explosion and fire in southwestern Pennsylvania, within miles of the West Virginia border.</p><p>Chevron spokesman Trip Oliver says the fire was reported at about 6:45 a.m. at the Lanco 7H well in Dunkard Township, near Bobtown. That's about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. Oliver says one person is reported hospitalized and another is currently unaccounted for.</p><p>Oliver says Chevron personnel immediately responded to the fire and called in assistance from Wild Well Control.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:17:56 +0000 The Associated Press 24234 at http://wesa.fm Water Protection, Notification Guidelines Among Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations http://wesa.fm/post/water-protection-notification-guidelines-among-proposed-oil-and-gas-regulations <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is collecting public comments on a set of proposals meant to give further consideration to parks and wildlife, prevent spills and manage waste in oil and gas drilling operations.</p><p>These would be implemented under Act 13, the law that governs the oil and gas development in the state. Provisions of the act are being challenged in court, but others are going forward.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:21:40 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23079 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 New Organization Will Independently Certify Shale Companies for Pollution Standards http://wesa.fm/post/new-organization-will-independently-certify-shale-companies-pollution-standards <p>A new Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization has been created to independently certify companies that develop shale natural gas based on their adherence to 15 pollution control standards.</p><p>The Center for Sustainable Shale Development was created with funding and input from southwestern Pennsylvania foundations, gas companies and environmental groups.</p><p>"Unusual bedfellows in this day and age, to be sure," said Robert Vagt, president of the Heinz Endowments.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:01:23 +0000 Noah Brode 4181 at http://wesa.fm Should Gas Companies Be Able to Use Acid Mine Drainage for Fracking? http://wesa.fm/post/should-gas-companies-be-able-use-acid-mine-drainage-fracking <div class="field-item even"><p>Acid mine drainage is the most widespread water pollution problem in Pennsylvania. When water wells up inside abandoned coalmines, it leaches the iron compound ‘pyrite’ from the rock to form an acidic, sulfuric brine — called “yellowboy” for its color. As the pressure builds in the empty, underground mines, it often begins to seep out, the risk of a blowout increases, and, at times, the yellowboy could end up flowing into the nearest stream and killing&nbsp;wildlife.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:16:41 +0000 Noah Brode 2044 at http://wesa.fm Should Gas Companies Be Able to Use Acid Mine Drainage for Fracking?