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Drilling impact fees OK’d in agreement on Pennsylvania oil and gas law

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By Timothy Puko  The impact fee on Pennsylvania’s shale drillers is likely to stand under an agreement reached in the challenge of the state’s revamped oil and gas laws. A state Supreme Court ruling in December put the impact fee on unconventional wells in doubt, but municipalities and other groups challenging the law reached an agreement with state lawyers last week ...

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Pipeline protesters arrested at Center City federal building


By Aubrey Whelan, the Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA – More than two dozen people were arrested Monday after they blocked entrances to the William J. Green Federal Building in Center City to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The protesters – most of them members of the Philadelphia-based Earth Quaker Action Team – said they were calling on President Obama to ...

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Natural gas industry buoyed by advancing technology


From the office computer to the drill site, to the wells that can stretch more than three miles underground, nearly everything in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is different from just a few years ago. Drill holes are longer and smoother. Drilling tools are packed with computer sensors that adjust on the fly. Rock holding the gas gets cracked hundreds of ...

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Train carrying Canadian oil derails, leaks in Pennsylvania (Updated)


By Robert Gibbons and Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:41pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire ...

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Pa. court sides with towns in gas drilling fight

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The highest court in Pennsylvania, heart of the country’s natural gas drilling boom, on Thursday struck down significant portions of a law that limited the power of local governments to determine where the industry can operate — rules the industry sought from Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers. In a 4-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ...

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First criminal case against a Shale firm opens

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A former state environmental inspector indicated Wednesday that there was evidence of previous, unreported spills on a Marcellus Shale gas drilling site where he discovered toxic wastewater gushing onto the ground in 2010. Jeremy Daniel, 32, an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at the time, said he found puddles of wastewater, sand, and a ...

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Pennsylvania oil boom starts to dry up

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IT WAS JUST a couple of years ago that fracking was booming in upstate Pennsylvania’s Bradford County, and Janet Geiger, a retired hospital worker living on a 10-acre spread near the New York border, could count on getting a $300 to $400 check every month from the gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp., which was drilling under her land. But both ...

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