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Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

Top Marcellus Shale news stories – May 28 – June 3

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

In this file photo, Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio) speaks during a ceremony in which President George W. Bush nominated him to be the next U.S. Trade Representative during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room Thursday, March 17, 2005. (Image courtesy of White House)

In this file photo, Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio) speaks during a ceremony in which President George W. Bush nominated him to be the next U.S. Trade Representative during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room Thursday, March 17, 2005. (Image courtesy of White House)

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.

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4. Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, turns gun on self

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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. Photo: Pixabay.

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.

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3. Judge again dismisses lawsuit against fracking opponents

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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.

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2. OPEC states fail to reach deal on production

General view of a meeting of oil ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

General view of a meeting of oil ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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.

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1. After a year, WVU fracking project a ‘success’

A new state-of-0the-art low emission coil tubing assisted fracture stimulation system was used to hydraulically fracture one of the new production wells. The other production well will use a more traditional plug and perforation design. These two wells will be studied and compared and will offer a direct comparison of the well treatment methods. (Image courtesy Marcellus Shale Energy Environmental Laboratory)

A new state-of-0the-art low emission coil tubing assisted fracture stimulation system was used to hydraulically fracture one of the new production wells. The other production well will use a more traditional plug and perforation design. These two wells will be studied and compared and will offer a direct comparison of the well treatment methods. (Image courtesy Marcellus Shale Energy Environmental Laboratory)

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.

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