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Attorney general files suit against natural gas producer Chesapeake and affiliates

Chesapeake Energy Corporation's 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Sisney

The state attorney general’s office has filed suit against the nation’s second largest natural gas producer. In the suit filed Wednesday in Bradford County Court, the AG’s office accused Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its affiliates of using “unfair and high-pressure sales tactics” to coerce Pennsylvania landowners to sign leases for oil and gas rights. The 65-page lawsuit also says ...

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Study: Marcellus shale industry has ‘modest impact’ on creating local jobs


Up to half of the drilling jobs associated with the Marcellus shale industry don’t go to local residents, and the industry has had only “modest impact” on overall employment numbers in the state, a new study commissioned by a Penn State University economist suggests. Tim Kelsey studied tax data from the state Department of Revenue from 2002 to 2011, the ...

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Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water wells

A new study says toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into residential drinking-water wells in Pennsylvania. At least three wells were contaminated with dangerous levels of methane and other substances in 2010. The incident was one of several involving Chesapeake Energy that prompted state regulators to levy a ...

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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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Ebola threat in U.S., and we’re not prepared to contain it, experts warn

Mistakes and missteps in the handling of the first Ebola case in the United States trouble lawmakers, international organizations and some public health experts who say the government needs to step up its strategy to contain the virus. “Where is the 1-800-Ebola hotline?” asked Gavin MacGregor-Skinner, an assistant professor of public health at Penn State University who helped set up ...

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GE to give Penn State $10M for gas drilling center


Kevin Begos | Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research. Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement that the center will produce tangible benefits to the industry, to communities that are affected by drilling ...

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Yale, Penn State studies offer conflicting views of fracking


David Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Two academic studies exploring health and water issues in the gas drilling industry on Wednesday painted very different pictures of its potential impact and brought rebukes from advocates on both sides. A Yale University survey supported by environmental groups including The Heinz Endowments found increased reporting of certain health issues by people who live within ...

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