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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. Dewey ...

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Wolf supports drilling moratorium in Delaware River Basin

Gov. Tom Wolf supports a moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, his spokesman confirmed a day after the issue came up in a legislative committee hearing. “This is a regional decision between Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware and (Mr.) Wolf supports it,” spokesman Jeff Sheridan said in an email Thursday. On Wednesday, state Department of ...

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Energy industry says it’s on top of methane leaks, but environmentalists want oversight

Harnessed and burned, methane can power a city — but when it leaks from a well into the air, methane pollutes badly. That cost-benefit balance is a cornerstone of debate between environmentalists who say emissions from gas drilling are rampant and dangerous, and the oil and gas industry that says it’s under control. The dispute reignited this month when the ...

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Washington County residents speak against gas drilling

Gas well drilling companies can’t be counted on to follow the raft of ordinance changes being proposed in Peters, claim a group of Washington County residents who imparted what they said were their experiences with Marcellus Shale drilling to council Monday. “This is a cautionary tale,” said JoAnne Wagner of Mount Pleasant Township, where the first Marcellus well was drilled ...

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Arlington has reached tentative deal with Chesapeake on royalties

Max B. Baker | The Fort Worth Star-Telegram The city of Arlington appears to have reached a proposed settlement of a lawsuit it filed against Chesapeake Energy that accused the gas-drilling giant of improperly calculating royalties for natural gas being pumped from under 1,900 acres of public land. The Arlington City Council is scheduled to approve the proposed settlement with Oklahoma ...

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Plea change hearing for Ohio wastewater official


CLEVELAND (AP) — A change of plea hearing has been set for the former senior official of a northeast Ohio wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act. Authorities allege that Ben Lupo ordered an employee at Hardrock Excavating LLC to repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater intended for an injection well into a storm sewer. Lupo has pleaded not ...

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Brighton suspends oil, gas drilling applications


BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The Bright City Council says the city won’t accept new applications for oil and gas drilling until July 15. City officials said the suspension was adopted Tuesday to give members of the council and planning commission time to revise regulations and learn about oil and gas development. The suspension also gives officials time to review new ...

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Opinion: Low government salaries hamper US oil drilling, especially in ND


LONDON(Reuters) – Personnel shortages at the U.S. Department of the Interior are causing delays in issuing oil and gas drilling permits as well as missed targets for important oversight work, according to a government performance audit. “Interior continues to face challenges hiring and retaining key oil and gas staff – particularly petroleum engineers, inspectors and geologists,” the Government Accountability Office ...

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