Catch up on this week’s top headlines with our Marcellus Shale news weekly recap. Below are the five stories that received the most page views over the past week. Enjoy!
5. Coal miners PAC backs Portman over Strickland for US Senate
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coal miners’ union influential in Appalachian Ohio is backing Republican Rob Portman over rival Ted Strickland in the closely watched contest for U.S. Senate.
The announcement Thursday by the United Mine Workers of America’s National Council of Coal Miners PAC comes as a political blow to Strickland. The Democrat is a former governor and congressman native to eastern Ohio whose strong relationships with labor have helped him win elections.
4. Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, turns gun on self
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man fatally shot a heating oil company employee who came to his house to do work before trying to kill himself and engaging in an hours-long standoff with police, authorities said.
“What looks like happened is, the homeowner shot a person who came into the home to perform some services, and then he turned the gun on himself, so it looks like it was an intended murder-suicide,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin.
3. Judge again dismisses lawsuit against fracking opponents
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A judge has again dismissed a lawsuit that landowners filed against people and groups who oppose fracking in a western Pennsylvania township.
Natural gas drilling has been delayed in Middlesex, Butler County while some of the rural community’s 800 residents challenge a zoning ordinance that would allow drilling in 90 percent of the rural township.
2. OPEC states fail to reach deal on production
VIENNA (AP) — OPEC countries failed Thursday to agree on measures to influence crude supplies and prices, in a missed opportunity to show the resolve that for decades let them set how much consumers and industries worldwide would pay for gasoline, heating and related necessities.
At the same time, OPEC officials argued the cartel was alive and well, scoffing at suggestions that its authority was eroding to the point where it will soon be negligible.
1. After a year, WVU fracking project a ‘success’
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Those involved in a West Virginia University fracking project are praising its success after the first year.
The Exponent Telegram reports WVU began the Marcellus Shale Energy Environmental Laboratory project last June.
The study is meant to give a look at the hydraulic fracking process over five years.